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So Long, Spitzer and Weiner: What Their Failures Mean for Other Disgraced Pols


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: dishonesty, ethics, elections, disgraced politicians, usa, media, news )

Cal
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Step one: Keep your pants on



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Roseann d. (178)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:35 pm
It's too bad. Sptizer and Weiner were f*ing around meanwhile the GOP are F'ing us all.
 

Jae A. (321)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 4:11 pm
Right on Roseann....appears that the reichwing are more concerned with their personal lives than their polical actions/policy decisions/service. I'll now add my standing ovation,metaphorically speaking, for your ... "meanwhile the GOP are F'ing us all ' part of your comment above !
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:49 pm
Thanks.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:50 pm
Thanks.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:57 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Although I'm not crying about Weiner losing, I do wish Spitzer had gotten the job.
 

tasunka m. (338)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 11:09 pm
At least Quinn isn't in the running.
Was involved with ny horse heroes.
Their slogan was anything but Quinn.
Animal friendly choices are all good, now.
Thanks Cal
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:44 am
Let it be a lesson to politicians: it isn't a matter of what your sexual escapades are, it's a matter of what you have to offer your constituents. A free ride at a high salary while enjoying your *dinky* isn't going to persuade the voters. Can I say that on Care2?!
 

Robert K. (31)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:49 am
Isn't it funny that these things only apply to Dems? The Family Values crowd can have any kind of sexual bad acts without penalty. Even in the case of David Vitter committing a felony on the senate floor arranging a tryst with a call girl and have no pressure to resign his seat at all, meanwhile Spitzer and Weiner who were guilty of poor taste, not felonies, were pressured by their parties to resign. So which party do you think is the one with actual family values?

I will say that Weiner's actions were repulsive to me, but as a guardian of the public no one in congress except maybe Alan Grayson could hold a candle to him. He was on the side of the people 100% of the time.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:03 am
I like what you are saying, Robert K., and yes, Heidi, I guess you can say that, here; so daintily put.
Weiner may have had the high road, politically, but has come across as an asshole, personally.
And, like Bill Clinton, his possibly valuable political input suffered completely from the use of the wrong head.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 9:18 am
No morals and no ethics - the hallmark of the politician who believes that it is elite and therefore privileged and above the law.
Politics the oldest profession next to religion followed by prostitution is the biggest Ponzi scheme going and our governments are the biggest criminals in the world. The Mob and the Catholic Church pale in jaded comparison.
We're all in the wrong business. LOL
 

Winn Adams (204)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 9:30 am
So glad they won't be in the news as much as before.
 

Beth S. (334)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 9:51 am

Good bye and good riddance!

Yes there is debauchery that needs to be rooted out from both parties.

We also have Huma Abedin (Wiener's wife) from a big Muslim Brotherhood family, who may just see some of her influence diminished in this race. This is a good thing for democracy and human rights.
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 11:08 am
"So to future disgraced politicians attempting comebacks: Don't get caught repeatedly lying about your sexploits, and pick a race where you have a huge built-in political advantage.

Or, you know, keep your damn pants on in the first place."

LOL. Well, yeah, there is that. There is a simple rule, and test, for determining who is qualified to lead, anything really. Do they tell the truth? Tell the truth, your truth, all the time and to everyone. You'll never get in what you could consider trouble if you just do that. You may find people who honestly disagree with you, fine, persuade them to your ideas or not, but tell the truth. If you can't keep marital vows, don't marry. If you take vows, take them seriously. How can a lying attention junkie from either party expect people to believe he/she will take their vows of office seriously when they demonstrate so clearly that they don't take them seriously in their personal lives either? Forgive, of course, that is an option for a spouse, but that is between the two, in political or business life, on the other hand, the forgiveness must be between the one lying and all who work with, for, or on whose behalf the liar intends to work. It is said politics is a dirty business, well THIS is the biggest reason why both politics and business are dirty. Liars leading the way. It is just these lost, it would be more just were the liars of many of those "major" NY based businesses who nearly brought this country to economic ruin were out of the way too instead of still there concocting new schemes and still profiting at the expense of the people. They are as filled with debauchery as these disgraced politicians.

We have a lot to clean up in this country, I hope that starts in earnest with the 2014 elections and continues through the 2016 campaigns when we might at last be rid of most of the tea party liars who swept into office on the promise of jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010 and have done nothing but obstruct progress and attack women and minorities ever since. They're liars too and as unrepentant as those in this story.
 

Jason R. (66)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 2:02 pm
LOL I just replied to weener to love his wife and grow up. Stop acting like a republican. He really disappointed.

Spitzer? What a loss for the people. He could have really turned wall street around. Because he had a hooker? Lots of people hire hookers! The republicans really set him up and we bought the shame crap.
 

Patricia Martinez (13)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 2:33 pm

Some people commit acts of dishonesty, indiscretion and immorality and say

- I was weak
- I had no willpower and gave in to temptation
- I have a sexual addiction problem
- The devil made me do it

I had not heard "The Republicans made me do it" before.

Learn something new every day.
 

Nancy L. (141)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 2:53 pm


Wow newsflash the perv who texted his junk lost an election....DUH

Can't believe 5% voted for him. SMDH
 

Dave C. (227)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 3:49 pm
I am not sure what this means....GOP has never held their side to any morals except money and power ;however, in the past Dems (including myself) didn't hold Bill Clinton responsible since his actions didn't effect the country.......the difference is maybe the hypocrisy for Spitzer and the perversion of Weiner??????
 

Jason R. (66)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:20 pm
Republicans voted David Vitter back in, right after he was caught with a hooker in DC!. Spitzer is different? Isn't the hypocrisy enough to make you puke 24/7? There is just soooo much of it. Not to mention they killed MLK and JFK.

"The Republicans made me do it" Who said that? Spitzer was shaking the hell out of the cheats on wall street. Republicans don't like that so they tailed him until they got some dirt. It's really that simple. When Democrats want some dirt on a righty, he just waits for the morning news.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5:21 pm
Step One: Keep your pants on...and Zipped Tight! Good comments and I agree that Spitzer was a threat to the GOP and their Wall Street bosses...even with his pants down.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 11:59 pm
Hey, being a politician is the way to the royal table where you can feast with Satan on the humans!

Let the expensive prostitutes unzip the pants and go to work.

It's the tax payers who pay for the devil's dance.
 
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