Anthony Weiner, the politician with maybe the best name in the history of sex scandals, appears to have “sexted” one too many times, and his wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, appears to have finally had enough.
Weiner, of course, is the one-time Democratic wunderkind who seemed destined to occupy at least one of the most powerful offices available on the American political landscape. Weiner won New York’s 9th congressional district seat back in 1998 when his pal Chuck Schumer, who had been the representative in that district, moved on to the U.S. Senate. Weiner continued to win re-election by substantial margins, and looked to be a strong candidate for the 2013 New York mayoral election, when his career was derailed by a “sexting” scandal in 2011.
Weiner, in what was clearly a moment of particularly stellar judgment, sent a sexually explicit photo of himself…through his public Twitter account…to a woman in May 2011. That woman was not his wife, Huma Abedin, considered Hillary Clinton’s closest aide and confidant, whom he married in 2010.
Long story short, Weiner resigned his congressional seat in 2011, sexted another woman who was not his wife in 2013, and, just a relative few days ago, sexted another woman who, once again, was not Mrs. Huma Abedin Weiner.
Finally, Mrs. Huma Abedin Weiner, who, apparently, has not been fortunate enough to receive sexually explicit pics of her husband from her husband, has decided she’s finished with the marriage. Her statement:
“After long painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband.
“Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what’s best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”
Good for Huma Abedin. That said, she sure has seemed comfortable being up close and personal with people who are morally and ethically challenged, to say the least.
It raises the subject of what happens at the nexus of personal behavior and political posture. We are regularly told nowadays that one should have nothing to do with the other, but is that a realistic, or smart, outlook for any of us to have?
While clearly none among us is perfect, and surely most, if not all, of us have secrets we hope never see the light of day, there is something about those who aspire to reside in, or have the closest access to, the most powerful position in the world, acting very boldly in their immoral and/or unethical behavior, to include overlooking the transgressions of others…and doing so whileexpecting to get a pass from the rest of us.
If Huma Abedin’s judgment is this poor, if her willingness to overlook significant moral transgressions that great, how wise is it to grant her direct, ongoing access to the highest office in the land by electing her boss, herself someone obviously known to be ethically-challenged. I’ve always felt it fair to evaluate others in terms of the company they keep, and, in the case of Hillary Clinton, it’s smart to look not just at the queen, but at the ladies (or gentlemen)-in-waiting, as well.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large