Confession – a dear friend from Texas is responsible for my tendency to call a penis a ween. You’d have to hear her say it, with a West Texas accent – too cute!
Anyhoo…on the case of the phantom ween or rather the fall of Congressman Weiner otherwise known as Weinergate.
I could give a shit whether Congressman Weiner was texting. I do give a shit whether Congressman Weiner was stalking attractive fans through Facebook and Twitter…but that remains to be seen.
My issue is with the lie…and it’s near Nixonian texture.
On the surface it would seem that this latest political scandal is lame and the result of some conservative minion launching assaults on key liberal politicians as part of his ultimate campaign for world domination.
Tis true that a conservative minion with a habit of targeting liberals broke this story.
But the problem isn’t that a peevish little shit broke the story and the problem isn’t that Weiner sent pictures to women who are not his wife – those are issues that became problems when Weiner lied his ass off, made charges that someone hacked his accounts, and the lied some more.
‘Tis the lie that is the problem.
The lie…and all that the lie reveals.
Oh, don’t get me wrong…I understand the lie. Hell, I probably would have wanted to at least attempt to lie my way out of that shit my damn self!
But the lie is what turns an issue into a problem…and the fall out from the lie is what turns a promising political career into a ween joke.
Congressman Weiner’s lie about texts and/or tweets is amusing political theater for some…ill-timed distractitude for others…and a shit-storm for Democrats.
For his constituents it is a disturbing look at what their Congressman will do when in a pinch…how he will respond when called out on a mistake…what his instinct is when shit goes wrong, when he may look bad, when he fucks up.
He lied…doubled down on that lie…and had to be hauled, kicking a screaming with feet literally dragging, to meet the truth face to face.
It is important that we don’t see that as trivial.
When President Nixon and his minions lied about a third rate burglary that was wrong…but his position as the head of government and the military is what made his instinct to lie to protect his ass intolerable.
A ween is just a ween…but a lie?
Oh, a lie can take a nation to war…can result in death and destruction…can destroy far more than a political career.
I suppose we’re lucky that the conservative minion who broke this story was hell bent on breaking a scandal and didn’t think to blackmail Congressman Weiner.
That’s not the kind of “lucky” that should make anyone sleep easy.