The legendary Earl Long, onetime governor of Louisiana, once got into an indiscretion that grabbed public notice. He and staff decided to follow the first course of defence and lie. That did not work, so they weaved a better prepared lie. Failed again. The reporters would not let up. To his staff’s chagrin Gov. Earl said, “we are going to tell the truth”. The truth about what happened and the truth about the lies. While he went on radio, his staff, was, I suppose, preparing for jail time and making the necessary personal calls. The people of Louisiana, at that time, accepted his confession and forgave him. He remained in office.
Not so sure Weiner will have the same results as Earl.
Weiner is a liberal Liberal. He is always on the attack and does not take prisoners. One of the most prominent mouthpieces for a virulent strain of Liberal ideology, inside and outside of Congress. He is interesting to watch on C-Span. Democrats count on him to carry the water and hand out the switchblades. Politically speaking, there is much at stake.
So, now we have more crying and remorse on Capital Hill. Washington has also become a crying capital. I don’t say this derisively. I am glad to see the violators confess and be sorry for their sins. We are all subject to find ourselves in Weiner’s predicament for some personal weakness. I am just puzzled why so many try the lying route first and sometimes second or even third until it finally dead-ends.
Most of the time, I don’t think politicians are different, or necessarily more vile than anyone else, but just live under more illumination. Of course, that could be unjustified optimism on my part.