06/03/2011 05:49 pm ET | Updated Aug 03, 2011

An Attitude of Certitude

I have never "sexted" a photo of my crotch. (That is the first time in my 50 plus years that I have even combined those words in that particular order to form a sentence.) I have never even taken a photo of my crotch. I can make these statements with certitude. (This is also the first time I have publicly used the word certitude since hearing it for the first time a few days ago.)

Sadly, Representative Anthony Weiner cannot say, with certitude, that the now infamous crotch shot, which has gone viral, is not his crotch. (This is clearly a bad thing for a tasteless, if not lewd, photo purportedly showing a married congressman's briefs.) By the way, I have never been photographed in briefs. (For the record, I am a boxers person.) At my age (and current weight) I would not willingly even be photographed in a bathing suit (unless it is to appear on Celebrity Fit Club or in a Jenny Craig ad, in hopes of regaining a more youthful and slimmer physique)

What disturbs me the most is that Congressman Weiner's attitude lacks certitude. How can he not know whether the photo in question is of him? Simple deduction would lead one to the inescapable conclusion that his statement implies that it, therefore, could be him. That means that he might be able to say with certitude whether such a photo was actually taken. Given the close proximity and focus of the picture, it is difficult to imagine such a snapshot (the jokes almost write themselves) being taken surreptitiously, without the subject's knowledge. To imagine otherwise, frankly, leads us down a road that is more disturbing than imagining a married man -- a congressman no less -- photographing his own crotch and intending to send the picture to a college co-ed.

So then, what can we say, with certitude, about the scandal, now somewhat ironically being called "Weiner-gate?" (The obvious double entendre is both funny and sad.) We know that someone used this congressman's Twitter account to send a risqué and inappropriate photo to a young woman who is among a small group of people (many of them young attractive women) whom the congressman is inexplicably "following" on Twitter. (That, of course, raises other questions.) The photo was then uploaded (intentionally or accidentally) onto Twitter for everyone to see (hasn't this person heard of private email -- or self-restraint?) The congressman then ineptly (and uncomfortably) attempted to answer (or not answer) the inevitable and logical questions about the incident, only magnifying the problem (no pun intended) in the process.

I cannot say, with certitude, whether this will end well for Rep. Weiner. But I can make an educated guess. I can say with certitude, neither the picture, nor the situation, looks all that good.