But the Conquered, or their Children, have no Court, no Arbitrator on Earth to appeal to. Then they may appeal, as Jephtha did, to Heaven, and repeat their Appeal, till they have recovered the native Right of their Ancestors, which was to have such a Legislative over them, as the Majority should approve, and freely acquiesce in.
-John Locke

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Choice May Not Be Weiner's to Make

Lost in all the kerfuffle about Weinergate and the photos, emails, contacts with underage girls far from his own district, contacts with porn stars and buried behind the lies, excuses, lies, accusations, lies and even more lies of Weiner's cover-up is the story that Weiner may lose his seat regardless of a scandal to redistricting.  According to the results of the census, NY is going to lose two seats.  This is due to the great migration known as population shift, which has been a result of the current economy.  I would argue that anything that reduces the influence that NY has on our national policies can't be all bad, especially given the clowns that NY has a propensity to send to Washington.

I had the feeling that Weiner would not give up his seat easily.  It has been reported that Weiner has zero personal fortune and no prior job experience worth mentioning outside of politics.  That is, Weiner has no day job to go back to, and in effect needs his job as a Congressman.  Weiner has been disgraced, which lessens his future job prospects - we already have an over-sexed, sleazy, loudmouth, disgraced ex-pol on cable news, we won't tolerate another.  No, Weiner won't go gently.  Clearly he has no shame, so why wouldn't he cling to his office for as long as possible?  Perhaps he'll wait it out long enough to extract some type of offer of a job somewhere if he'll just go.  Maybe he believes that if he waits and gets ousted via re-districting, he can re-write history and claim that he was never accused of breaking a law, never in violation of House Ethics, and the only reason he's out of the House is because of the Census results.  Again, this is a man with all ego and no shame.

Of course, maybe he'll prove me wrong and resign tomorrow...

UPDATE:  it took 2 days, and now he's gone.

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