F. Scott Fitzgerald famously uttered "there are no second acts in American lives" but bless his heart, the besotted scribe seems blissfully unaware of the loophole large enough to taxi a C- 130 through that exists for American politicians.
To protect their "dirty" secret, these scoundrels are inciting persecution and passing discriminatory laws that lead to many forms of suicide: career, social, financial, emotional, spiritual, and actual.
The rise and ultimate fall of Rep. Anthony Weiner's once-brilliant political career has many elements of a classic Greek tragedy, where the highly ambitious, competent, powerful protagonist suffers a horrible fate.
The wars drag on, the economy teeters, climate change unfolds just as the scientists predicted, and the yawning gap between the rich and the rest of us continues to grow. And what are we left with? The spectacle of a guy named Weiner doing naughty things.
In the wake of the BP blowout, President Obama signed an executive order establishing America's first national ocean policy. The oil industry, which has generated a trillion dollars in offshore revenues since 1946, was not pleased.
Following the Walker decision, gays from New York to California rejoiced over the decision, and were no doubt joined in celebration from the likes of Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Bob Allen and countless others.
Politicians like David Vitter, Eliot Spitzer, Larry Craig, John Ensign and cultural icons like Tiger Woods, Sandra Bullock, and Bruce Springsteen just don't follow the scripts the rest of us are taught.