Embattled Representative (now happily a “former” one) Anthony Weiner of New York has amusingly proved true the old trope that Democrats simply have no values. Worse, he’s gone a long way to prove true the assumption by many that Democrats don’t even know what a “value” is.
In a scene that couldn’t even be written by the best of late night comedians, in his resignation speech Rep. Weiner actually thanked his parents for the “values they instilled” in him, those wonderful values that have helped him so much to this point.
Here’s what he said:
“And of course I want to express my gratitude to my family: to my mother and father who instilled in me the values that carried me this far…”
Seriously, Mr. Weiner? What sort of values are those? What sort of parents teach “values” that include using the Internet to send around nude, nearly nude, and suggestive photos of oneself to random strangers? What sort of “values” lead one to contact underage girls and use one’s powerful place in government to impress them into starting a perverted email chain?
I have one other question, here, too. Is this actually a slap at his parents? Is he blaming them for etching him the “values” that have gotten him in trouble?
Mr. Weiner has certainly had one of the hardest falls in recent memory. But it is good riddance to bad rubbish at this point.