The urge to pathologize Anthony Weiner's proclivities stems from the same animus that underlies homophobia: the prejudice that atypical or unabashed sexual behavior must surely be immoral or unhealthy. Has the gay rights movement taught us nothing?
This is New York City. We should be at the forefront of progressive change. But for too long, New York has shirked this responsibility.
In an economy rife with inequality and inaction in D.C., NY's vocation of reform is again at hand. The progressive mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is a very strong candidate to lead the city and the new reform agenda.
As someone who does not vote in New York City, I have no dog in this fight. But as a grandparent, I have a big problem with this entire story line.
I said it once and I'll say it again: We're all freaky and Anthony Weiner just exposed his freaky-ism in the wrong way.
New York City is going to elect a new mayor this fall and it won't be Anthony Weiner. Who will it be? My money is on Bill de Blasio. Why? Because he's the un-Bloomberg.
Christine Quinn has made the trip. As has Bill Thompson. Bill de Blasio's been here. John Liu, too What's happening here? A model of educational innovation yielding big results, and catching the country's attention.
NYC held the first city-wide Mayoral Candidate Food Forum in the country, but now that the food movement has matured to the point where politicians have taken notice, how do we get our legislators to catch up with the mindset of community organizers and local activists?
Without air conditioning on this sweltering night and with mold throughout the bathroom, we could now feel the human pain associated with the repair tickets that dated back so many years.
After Michael Bloomberg, New York would benefit by electing an official who demonstrates some affinity for the needs of its middle-class citizens. But Anthony Weiner can't be that person.
A psychologist I know remarked today, "When I look at Weiner, I see a guy who was probably mocked when he was a kid, maybe even beat up." And someth...
Is Anthony Weiner just a victim of really bad timing or does the man never learn? We don't know for sure but one thing is for certain: the odds of him becoming Mayor of New York City are pretty low right now.
So why can't we find anybody to run this place? The Bad News Bears of politics have convened in America's landmark destination, fighting their way to the bottom in a display that would be funny, if it weren't so stupid.
"I've been the guiding force behind most of Weiner's decision making for the past few years and I don't apologize for any of my actions," said Weiner's penis at a press conference this morning.
If the next mayor doesn't care about sustainability as much as Mayor Bloomberg came to care about it, we can expect to see a compromised, half-hearted and symbolic effort. It will be up to those of us outside government to maintain momentum.
As someone who has spent much of my life teaching, or writing about education issues, I thought, why not? It wasn't one of those polls where they were surreptitiously trying to sell me a product--or were they?