Battle of the Bulge

Throughout 2006 and through half of 2007, I was lambasted by just about everyone I knew.  It wasn’t a matter of the classic “personal failing” that happens in politics, it was just a dumb mistake.  But, it was part of a pattern of behavior in my life that just didn’t seem to work out for me.  What was my major malfunction?  I’m a terrible liar.  I really am, I suck at it.  That’s what I should have said then because it’s the only thing I’ll say about those tumultuous times now.

This kind of behavior isn’t unusual.  When you do something in life that you’re not proud of, you do everything you can to put it behind you.  There’s little else you can do.  Sure, the press is going to try and dig up whatever dirt they can on you, that’s why you do your best to avoid them and that’s the first thing that Anthony Weiner has done right in a long time.  This week, aside from Monday, he has done an excellent job of staying out of the spotlight and that’s important from a damage control standpoint.  But, the critical polling that is the leading indicator for whether a politician can remain in office came out today and it should resolve the question of Anthony Weiner’s political future.  Despite his personal failings, Weiner enjoys a 56% approval rating and just a 33% disapproval rating among constituents.  Those are the only voices that matter in the life of Anthony Weiner right now and they’re quite telling.

Basically what they’re saying is that they don’t care what everyone thinks about him, they like their Congressman.  Why?  Because he delivers.  He’s good at his job.  Anyone who is good at their job should be allowed to retain their job unless they’re involved in a scandal that directly affects their ability to successfully complete the tasks associated with said job.  This isn’t as complicated as it sounds.  Weiner didn’t do anything that violated the law.  He didn’t pay off his sexting buddies with campaign cash, heck we don’t even know if he lied to his wife.  The only thing Weiner is guilty of right now is bad judgment and an inflated ego, but who in Washington doesn’t suffer from this disease?  We need to remember that it’s not the media that elects our representatives in government, it’s not the pundits that make the votes in the U.S. Congress, it’s people like Anthony Weiner that do that and as far as his Congressional record is concerned, we could use more Congressmen who stand up for Progressive values like he does because being a progressive has nothing to do with what you do in your spare time.  If it did, we’d probably all be guilty of something.  I know I would.

While lawmakers from Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) own party have now begun to call for his resignation, a Marist poll released Thursday night finds that his constituents think he should stay.

In the poll, 56% of registered voters in Weiner’s NY-9 district think he should remain in office, while only a third (33%) think he should resign. That result comes as further salacious details about the Twitter scandal have come to light.

However, voters are as yet undecided on whether they’ll support Weiner when he’s up for reeleciton in 2012. thirty percent of respondents said they’d definitely vote for him next year, compared to 31% who said they would definitely not. A 38% plurality said it was too early to say for sure who they’ll vote for in the next election cycle.

It’s the first poll to survey voters solely in Weiner’s home district, and the first conducted several days out from Weiner’s Monday press conference when he first admitted to sending lewd photos and flirting with multiple women on the Internet.

Two polls taken just hours after Weiner’s announcement that surveyed New York City residents, and not just those from Weiner’s district, found conflicting results about whether the congressman should resign.

In addition, the poll found that 46% of Weiner’s constituents think his actions showed a failure of personal judgment, while 10% said it was a reflection of poor professional judgment, and 29% said it was both.

The poll also comes one day after a number of Democratic lawmakers, including . Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), who serves among the leadership of the DCCC, publicly called on Weiner to resign.

Earlier Thursday, Weiner reiterated to the New York Post that he did not plan to resign.

The Marist poll was conducted June 8 among 411 registered voters in Weiner’s district. It has a margin of error of 5.0%.

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