No doubt encouraged by Republican Mark Sanford's Phoenix-like rise from the ashes in South Carolina, disgraced sexting politician, Anthony Weiner, just announced his run for the New York mayoral gig.
I think Weiner has a decent shot to win the Democratic nomination and go on to become New York's first sexting mayor (Note: Had the technology been available to him, I'm sure Jimmy Walker would have texted inappropriate photos of himself to adoring females in the Roaring '20s).
The re-emergence of Sanford and Weiner says a great deal about the image and reputation of politics and politicians (and our society at large).
Politics is no longer seen as a higher calling. It's no longer attracting the best and brightest. Instead, it's become a haven for the dysfunctional and misguided.
One need only look at the morass inside the Beltway to see that partisan, power politics have become the currency of the realm. And, egregious behavior no longer assures a misbehaving politician a one-way ticket to Palookaville. That's because Washington, D.C has become Palookaville.
It doesn't bode well for a country that's already falling behind China, India and other emerging nations to have so few, true leaders from which to choose.
I'm not sure when it happened, but the media's insatiable thirst for gossip, rumor and sleaze has certainly dissuaded many otherwise able individuals to take a pass on politics (think: Colin Powell). As a result, we're stuck with the likes of Sanford, Weiner, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman, among others.
Sadly, I don't see the situation improving. In fact, we may soon be voting in a presidential race that pits Sanford and Lindsay Lohan against Weiner and Britney Spears. And, the scariest thing about my previous line is that it isn't too far-fetched.