I have often scoffed at the concept of “no publicity is bad publicity,” but in the case of Anthony Weiner, I may stand corrected. My 20-year old Psychology 101 course has led me to the conclusion that Weiner’s fetish is not dirty talk, or dirty talk with random women, or even dirty talk with random women about their shoe collections; Weiner’s fetish is himself, his own image seen through the eyes of whatever adoring female he may be addressing. It appears Anthony Weiner’s narcissism has raised its ugly head once again and thrust him back into the spotlight he so craves and by his side is his wife Huma Abedin, longtime aide and close friend of Hillary Clinton, who is now, despite her reluctance to weigh in, being dragged into this ridiculous mess. Many political bloggers and pundits are even going so far as to speculate how much harm the Weiner scandal will do to a potential Clinton 2016 presidential run, but it may not be the problem many think it is. On the contrary, this scandal could give Hillary Clinton the opportunity to take the stand she could not 20 years ago.
Growing up in Arkansas in the 70s and 80s, I cannot remember a time when I was not aware of Bill Clinton. And I, like the majority of Arkansans, eventually became aware of the fact that our governor had, to put it delicately, a bit of a problem with fidelity. Had it been anyone else, we may not have been as willing to overlook it. But this was Bill Clinton, our shining pride, who we all knew was destined for greater than the Governor’s mansion.
So we focused on his triumphs, acknowledged his accomplishments, basked in his charm and reciprocated his adoration, and forgave him his trespasses. And we understood why Hillary was willing to do the same, especially when the Gennifer Flowers scandal threatened to derail Clinton’s presidential aspirations. Despite her claim that she wasn’t “standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,” many found that hard to believe. The incident quickly faded and proved to be little more than a speed bump in the road to the White House, and though Hillary Clinton’s many accomplishments over the ensuing years would make her one of the most admired women in politics, her never-wavering public support of her husband, through all his infidelities, has been the one bit of tarnish in her feminist trophy case.
But now, by making her disapproval of Anthony Weiner known, she has the the chance to wipe that blemish away. All the wrath she could not make known over her husband’s scandals throughout his 22 years in public office can now be focused on the man who wronged Huma Abedin, the woman she considers a surrogate daughter, and giving her the upper hand over a possible liability. As she has shown time and again, if anyone can take lemons and make lemonade, it’s Hillary Clinton.
External links & references
- Does Hillary Clinton Have an Anthony Weiner Problem?
- Daily Mail on Hilary’s fury at betrayal of Huma Abedin
- New York’s 9th Congressional District : Wikipedia
- Sydney Leathers & Anthony Weiner and City Hall
- A Tale of Two Weiners : Daily Beast