Dear Representative Weiner:
On last week's MOMocrats MOMochat show, my panelists and I made the decision to bypass the two political stories that were getting the most media coverage -- so we could focus on the events that actually matter.
"This past weekend, there was some lady in a bus driving around, and a bunch of fake tweets," is how Cynematic characterized the news that broke over the Memorial Day holiday.
Of course, we believed you when you said your Twitter account was hacked. Why wouldn't we? You have been a visible and powerful advocate for many of the causes we support: affordable healthcare, restoring progressivity to the tax code, investing in transportation and infrastructure, and putting the teeth back into environmental codes, to name a few.
The story was broken by Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website, which has a history of smearing progressive leaders and organizations. Van Jones, Shirley Sherrod, ACORN, and NPR are just a few victims of the Breitbart team's setups and selective editing methods. We've learned to take Breitbart's reporting with a very large grain of salt.
And "Weinergate" appeared to coincide with the your efforts to force Justice Clarence Thomas (whose wife is a well paid conservative lobbyist) to recuse himself when the the Supreme Court is asked to decide the future of the Affordable Care Act.
I can see why you got so emotional at yesterday's press conference, where you acknowledged your "deep personal failing" and "terrible judgment" in conducting cybersex with as many as six (!) women.
Excuse my language, but no shit.
Didn't you learn anything from Bill Clinton? Or John Ensign? Or John Edwards?
You've never portrayed yourself as a "morals" guy and I honestly don't care what you do in private. But I expect you to be discrete. And smart enough to understand the golden rule of communicating online:
Thou shalt not send anyone anything you'd be embarrassed to see on the front page of the New York Times.
Because this information lasts forever.
My teenage daughter understands this. She knows it's dangerous to reveal too much information about herself. She's known this since the days she hung around on Club Penguin.
She has also had to endure the talk about the dangers of sexting. Every middle schooler in America understands that cameraphone photos can be widely disseminated with ease.
And while I'm on that subject, could you tell me when men decided that sending photos of their naughty bits is an acceptable form of flirtation? Because I just don't get it.
Congressman Weiner, I'm angry at you. By not fessing up at the outset, and lying to us on every media outlet in the country, you've wasted ten days where we've been distracted from very important issues that face our nation.. and you have further weakened the clout of your fellow progressives in Congress.
At this point, you are saying you're not resigning. I support that, as long as you haven't broken the law or violated Congressional ethics. However, your stupid behavior and lies about it have compromised your effectiveness and credibility.
And that is something I can't forgive.