Politics does, indeed, make for strange bedfellows

MooseNo 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.

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4 thoughts on “Politics does, indeed, make for strange bedfellows

  1. It is a very sad thing and one can only hope that somehow our country finds a way to turn the tide and send decent people back to Washington. Having just witnessed first hand the craziness that was the Sanford-Colbert Busch race in SC, I feel like the crazy has followed me to the City. Perhaps the voters of NYC won’t be so forgiving.

  2. I wouldn’t count on that, Chris. With the likes of Boss Tweed and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Manhattan has had more than its share of crazy politicians over the years. Weiner is in good company.

  3. Well, if that holds true then comedians everywhere can take solace in the fact that the Weiner jokes can continue.

  4. Count on Weiner jokes right through the primaries, Chris. Sadly, he has a serious chance of winning the Democratic nomination if not the post itself.