Yes, I went to college with Anthony Weiner. I only knew of him mulling about the school grounds and as someone in the student government in Plattsburgh. I never saw him at the parties, the bars or social circles where we were all hanging our hook – so to speak – in search of the opposite sex. (It seems he’s more than making up for that now.) All that aside, I can’t help but feel every single one of these scandal bound politicians, celebrities and athletes receive counsel from the same incompetent public relations firm. Given the track record, I’d like to make myself available for the next fall.
It’s very simple – tell the truth, because it’s not the sin that does the majority of the damage, it’s the duplicity afterwards.
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” wagged Bill Clinton before the nation. It turns out you did and lying about it got you impeached.
He relied on a mountain of lawyerly machinations that somehow didn’t take into account that there are no secrets in public and revelation is always around the corner.
And please don’t tell me it was about saving his marriage. Hilary Clinton always knew what she was getting and the only angst involved here is of a political nature, not a personal one. So putting aside the hero he would have been to me, telling Republicans to stick it with an admission of the truth, where exactly could the media and political opponents run with such an admission. Nowhere – the whole thing would have fizzled to an end, with no lie to linger.
I couldn’t have saved A-Rod so seamlessly but he didn’t opt for the truth either. Instead, Rodriguez tries to cover up and obstruct and now faces a lifetime ban rather than the last 50 games of a lost Yankee season.
Of course, Weiner did come clean rather quickly two years ago but only because the evidence existed in all our faces. Time passing, though, he calculated this to be the time and breaking into an early lead, it seemed correct. In actuality, Weiner rolled the dice in a completely unrealistic expectation that his cookies would be deceptive enough to go unnoticed by all those who would be so diligently looking for them.
This is what I would have had Weiner say in his mayoral announcement.
“If a person gets fired from their job for behavior related to his alcoholism, it doesn’t mean the next day he stops drinking. The same goes for this compulsion that unfortunately has a very public exposure.” (I’m sorry I couldn’t resist that one)
“Nonetheless, I immediately entered a 12 step program for addiction, but continued with my unfortunate behavior on several occasions for about a year after the original incidents. Otherwise, in the race now, I’m confident that the problem is behind me. But it’s entirely possible that the remnants of a behavior that unfortunately lingered during the time in question will resurface during this race. Thank you for your support”
That wasn’t so hard. The press neutralized to the greatest extent possible and given the inevitability of the situation, this represented his only chance and maybe a pretty good one
America is just longing for someone to tell the truth. Anthony Weiner could have been the one. Instead, I will continue to wonder why this must go on happening before these idiots learn.
Still, I think Anthony Weiner will be back, and I’m available with advice. The only Rich Monetti on Twitter, I can easily be reached. On second thought…
Yeah, I couldn’t resist that one either.