A friend has asked for my opinion on Wienergate. I don't want to add too much to the flood of coverage already out there, but there are one or two points I think aren't getting enough attention:
This certainly still is Bill Clinton's Democratic Party, isn't it?
It couldn't happen to a "nicer guy". For those who may have forgotten, Anthony Wiener was the pompous little twerp who marched down to the White House in 2001 to demand an apology from new President George W. Bush for the reports that the outgoing Animal House administration of Billy Jeff Clinton had done considerable damage to the White House on their way out, including such juvenile antics as prying the Ws from the computer keyboards. Initial counter-rumor had claimed that the vandalism hadn't happened, and Little Anthony seized the opportunity for a nobody of a congressman (namely him) to grab a little national TV coverage. In a bit of a forewarning of his reaction to the current scandal, the Wiener made no apology when an investigation confirmed the original rumor that in fact considerable damage had been done by the Sore-Loserman Democrat staffers. Six-figure damage.
Anybody besides me old enough to remember Watergate? The press and the Democrats (then as now largely redundant) never tired of telling us "Nixon must resign. He lied to the American people." Anthony Wiener started this public airing of his sordid actions by telling a series of lies to the American people, yet none of the moral enforcers on the left insist that he must resign because of the lie. Presumably they believe that left morality doesn't require honesty. Then why should we accept any testimony they give under oath?
At first Nazi Pelosi was conspicuously silent on the question of whether Anthony the Wiener should resign his seat. I think someone in the Democrat leadership finally realized that Wiener is easily replaced, as his congressional district would no doubt elect someone just as radically left as he if he were forced out (which appears to be the only way to get rid of him).
Actually, if Wiener refuses to leave Congress, maybe Pelosi could contact Lorena Bobbitt
. I believe she has experience at this sort of thing. Out the window you go, Anthony!
One of the things I love about Ann Coulter releasing a new book is that we get to see her on TV, handing liberals their (often empty) heads in debate. Commonly, one of the weapons used by liberals when debating our Ann is historical falsification. George Stephanopolous gave us a sterling example of this leftist mainstay when he interviewed
Ann on the subject of her new book, "Demonic
". The assertion by boy George that the Klan turned Republican quickly after it was founded is blatantly false. I do not believe that it is mainly Republican even today.
The New York State United Teachers are a union of greedy incompetent-protectors. Property taxes in New York state are near to being the highest in the nation. New York State schools spend nearly 50% more per pupil than the national average, and yet student achievement in these schools is stagnant and mediocre (a word most graduates of these schools can't even define). The new governor, Prince Andrew Cuomo, has agreed to a Swiss cheese property tax cap which might AT BEST slow the growth of the already elephantine school budgets. The new guv didn't actually say "It's the least I can do", but if he had he would have been almost perfectly accurate.
What did the NYSUT do? They started running ads (paid for with mandatory union dues, perhaps?) slamming the proposal, using the usual plaintive whines about under-funded schools and slashed budgets, although the reverse is true. They seem to think that the school system exists to provide them jobs and make them rich in exchange for shoddy work. Meanwhile businesses flee the state, high-school graduates can't get jobs without remedial education, school systems can't fire the most incompetent teachers, and the state's economy swirls down the toilet.
Suggested bumper sticker -- "If Your Child Can't Read His Diploma, Thank a Teacher's Union".