Anthony Weiner Gives Us Another Reason to Vote for Women

06/06/2011 05:40 pm ET | Updated Aug 06, 2011
  • Dan Collins New York Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post

Just before Anthony Weiner went before the cameras to announce his Twittering problem, he confessed all to Nancy Pelosi.

"She was not happy," he reported.

Poor Nancy. Pelosi and GOP House leader John Boehner (no wonder he cries so much) must feel as if they've spent half their recent careers listening to congressmen from New York describe their strange sexual habits.

We all remember the shirtless-on-the-Internet congressman and the upstate representative who hired a ton of young male aides with whom he engaged in tickling marathons.

This is the land of Eliot Spitzer, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani.

The Brooklyn Democrat's tell-all press conference was painful to watch. However, there's no good way for a congressman to admit he's been sending women pictures of his penis. (No, it's not the cover-up. It's Weiner's idiotic behavior.)

The former New York City mayoral hopeful endlessly apologized to his spouse, Huma Abedin. Happily, she was sensible enough not to appear at Weiner's side in the role of good-wife-to-the-cyberspace-weirdo.

Beyond the incredible humiliation, we've got to take stock in our political future. Who's going to look out for the state when our lawmakers keep crashing and burning?

At least Charles Rangel confined himself to tax evasion.

"This was a very dumb thing to do," Weiner said many times with stunning accuracy.

The first thing he is going to do, he vowed, is to "make sure this never happens again." Sounds like a plan. The rest of us might want to confine ourselves to electing women.