I can't really work up enough energy to care about Anthony Weiner's extramarital adventures in cybersex. Other than the standard accusations of arrogance and narcissism inherent in this kind of behavior, it has to be asked when politicians will realize that all those expectations of privacy in a digital age have been obliterated for them as well. The internet is forever and long after Anthony Weiner is consigned to the history books, his grandchildren will still be forced to see his "junk" by cruel classmates.
That said, it's up to the voters of New York to decide whether this is something to factor in to their choice of mayor. Candidly, I and a majority of San Franciscans decided that infidelity was not a deal breaker when electing Mayor Willie Brown twice to office. Nor did South Carolinians care about Mark Sanford's really tacky introduction of his mistress-turned-fiancee to his children at a campaign event.
But in Anthony Weiner's case, the media has decided en masse that it's time for him to go back into hiding, lest he offend their puritanical outlook. Every single Sunday show raised the issue, and like David Axelrod on Meet The Press above, unanimously agreed that it was time for him to go quietly into that good night. The pressure is clearly building, and Weiner's campaign manager quit last night as well, just adding yet more fuel to that fire.
But here's the thing: it's not up to Axelrod, or George Will on This Week, or Peter King on State of the Union or any other Washington denizen to decide the campaign is over. That's only a decision to be made by the candidate himself or better, by the voters of New York City.
Or is democracy that difficult a concept for Villagers to grasp?