This is a sad day for progressives. According to the breaking news on MSNBC, CNN, and Huffington Post web sites, Congressman Anthony Weiner has told a friend he is resigning. Progressives have lost a powerful advocate. Weiner passionately defended the Public Option for health care, and defended the right of 9-11 cops, firefighters, and other workers to health care.
Weiner was not afraid to call out Republicans on their bullshit. He did it memorably on the House floor, beginning his comments with the sarcastic words, “what great courage,” as he stood up to Republicans who were stalling the health care 9-11 workers needed.
Oh yes, what great courage has been shown by Pres. Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schulz, and several of Weiner’s House and Senate colleagues. I’ll bet they’re popping champagne corks in Republican offices right now. If I were them, I would be.
Republicans have much to celebrate today. A powerful and effective adversary has been silenced. And over what–racy photos and comments tweeted to women he probably never even met.
If I were a Republican, I would be very gleeful right now. Imagine re-electing Sen. David Vitter, R-LA. The esteemed senator not only frequented prostitutes, but did so while wearing diapers. But most people don’t even know about it. The media failed to cover it. His Republican colleagues raised funds for his re-election. They knew they could count on the spinelessness of Democrats. Democrats never confronted them over Vitter.
Instead, Democrats confronted Weiner, and over what?
The most disgusting thing about this is that 56 percent of Weiner’s constituents wanted him to stay. Only 30 percent wanted him to resign. What the voters in his district wanted meant absolutely nothing.
Whenever Republicans count on Democrats to be spineless and destroy their best advocates, they win. The spinelessness Obama showed on this issue makes me very fearful about the future of Social Security and Medicare.
Goodbye Anthony Weiner. You will be missed.
If anyone has suggestions about who to vote for and volunteer for in 2012, I’m listening. It’s getting very hard to stomach the idea of supporting Democrats who could care less about their base.