The problem with Weiner’s wee-wee: In this morning’s New York Times, Gail Collins just keeps discussing Anthony Weiner’s wee-wee.
Last night, cable spilled with discussions of Weiner’s mental state and the motives of his wife. In today’s New York Times, those motives are limned by New York City women in this news report.
Elsewhere on cable, piles of piffle are being peddled about the new Brit, Baby Boy George. You can say good-bye to those discussions of race and justice we were going to have!
This morning, the New York Times prints six letters about Weiner’s high-profile wee-wee. By George, we think this last lady’s got it:
LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (7/25/13): Anthony D. Weiner’s continued presence in the mayoral campaign is preventing a discussion of the real issues: schools, housing, quality of life and so on. By staying in the race, he’s getting what he thrives on: attention. But the very city he claims to want to lead is getting no attention at all. He should bow out, and do so gracefully, while he still can.By George, we think she’s got it!
New York, July 24, 2013
Would there ever have been a discussion about New York’s schools, housing or quality of life? Color us unconvinced.
That said, the letter writer gets to the heart of the current problem.
Our society is hanging on to its sanity by a slender thread. The tribalism of the times has virtually destroyed the ability to have a sane discussion of any topic.
Always, though, the cable talkers are happy to find a new distraction. Weiner’s wee-wee and Baby Boy George have showed them blessed escape from discussion of serious topics.
Our society is barely able to hold a discussion of any topic. People like Weiner are guaranteed to terminate any last hope.
The cable clowns are always eager to find a new distraction. In 2001, it was Gary Condit. The year after that, it was Elizabeth Smart.
They always pretend there’s a point to their chatter, a serious topic they are exploring. But there isn’t a point and there isn’t a topic. Once you tear away the veil, they are discussing shark attacks. They live for such distractions.
Our intellectual culture is on life support. Wee-wees like Weiner’s can kill it.
The history of distraction: The discussion of Condit and Chandra Levy was still a powerful presence on cable right through the evening of September 10, 2001.
The next morning, the World Trade Center was hit. That ended all discussion of Condit and Chandra Levy.
The pundits swore they had learned their lesson, that they would never be silly again. But they are very silly people, and they're paid large sums.
Last night, Chris got mad about all the sex and Lawrence kept talking about Gennifer Flowers, the woman who seems to haunt his dreams. He even played tape of his lady love, who once chronicled the Clintons’ murders for Chris, right there on The Channel.
To some extent, they’re paid to do this. But to a large extent, they’re just broken-souled losers.
Make no mistake, they’re genuine crackpots. These people are actually nuts.