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Congressman Weiner finally resigns

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by LucyDuke, Jun 16, 2011.

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Weiner resigns...

  1. He should've resigned because of the sexting.

    20.8%
  2. He should've resigned because he lied about the sexting.

    59.7%
  3. He should've resigned for some other reason.

    10.4%
  4. He should not have resigned.

    31.2%
  5. Something about sexting downtown, yeah baby.

    32.5%
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  1. Masquerouge

    Masquerouge Deity

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    I think I will never understand politicians who:
    1. despite knowing that every single atom of their private lives is under the microscope, do stupid stuff like this
    2. once caught, lie about it despite knowing that the truth will come out.

    Idiots.
     
  2. LucyDuke

    LucyDuke staring at the clock

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    To be clear, I don't give a flying crap about any of the twit-dick stuff. The only thing I object to is that he lied about it.
     
  3. Princeps

    Princeps More bombs than God

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    He lied about a deeply personal and private issue: he didn't lie about anything that is even remotely important to you or his country.

    And don't give me that "I don't care" piffle. If this issue didn't involve dicks, but rather some other private issue, like a personal illness (that he'd lie about), you wouldn't care about him lying.
     
  4. LucyDuke

    LucyDuke staring at the clock

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    He lied about what was all over the news. It's stupid that it was all over the news to begin with, but I don't run the show.

    Hey, do me a favor and don't tell me what I care about, k? You don't know what motivates me.
     
  5. Theige

    Theige American Baron

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    George W Bush wasn't in Congress, and he had the lowest approval rating of any president in our history. Screw off.
     
  6. Arwon

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    I'm not sure reflexive lying about embarassing personal life things is really grounds for removal from public office.
     
  7. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    I think this is another one of those "being caught in the lie was worse than the actual behavior that was lied about", especially for an elected official. Been there, done that.


    And, so this means porn stars can't become elected to office in America? They fill up my emails all the time with lewd messages.
     
  8. Arwon

    Arwon

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    But why? Responding to excessive purient interest in one's personal life, with something other than instant and total openness, hardly makes somebody unfit for public office.
     
  9. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    Maybe. But depending on the situation, it can render the person unable to be effective in their office.
     
  10. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    He lied in public. It'd be better to say that he and is wife were just reconciling. He didn't really have to respond publicly to it. He could have waited to see if it blew away or could be settled.

    I'm not his constituent, but I'd have more respect if he said "nunya" in "nunya business" than if he tells a straight lie and is caught. It matters only that he lied to the people he served, not whether his constituents were puritans or whores.
     
  11. metatron

    metatron unperson

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    No, he should not have resigned.

    1. The sexting doesn't matter. Congresspeople are unfaithful to their partners all the time.

    2. The lying doesn't matter since it's simply nobody's business anyway.

    At that point everybody who feels differently should imagine the very same situation with everyone's sex reversed (bear with me for the dualism).

    And, of course: So, David Vitter is not a liar who has to resign cause nobody bothered to ask him "Mr. Vitter do you frequently use the services of prostitutes" in time?

    Maybe we should ask every congressman a series of such questions upon inauguration, to avoid any confusion about this lying thing.
    Do you have any children we should know about?
    Did you bang and blackmail your wifes best friend who happens to work for you?
    Are you gay?
    *

    You get the idea.

    *Note that i am not interested in #3.
    Come to think of it: I'm not that interested in #1 either.
    But apparently many people are.
     
  12. downtown

    downtown Crafternoon Delight

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    David Vitter should be gone, and so should Weiner. This sort of thing is an american cultural thing that I don't think our European friends are going to understand...but you cannot lie about this kind of thing. If you lie about this, completely publicly and fragrantly, your credibility on other issues is going to be in question.
     
  13. Arwon

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    Yeah, that's the bit that bothers me. That link hasn't been demonstrated and I don't think it can be.
     
  14. bhsup

    bhsup Deity

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    Well, you're shown to be a liar. You simply cannot be trusted on anything you say after that.
     
  15. metatron

    metatron unperson

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    Erm...and that's not true for other politicians?
    Can't he just say "it wasn't intended to be a factual statement"?

    No, seriously. Most people cheat. And lie about it.
    And almost everybody lies about something.

    Isn't there more important stuff to lie about than sex?
     
  16. Whiskey_Lord

    Whiskey_Lord Deity

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    Looks like he couldn't rise to the occasion after all.
     
  17. Save_Ferris

    Save_Ferris Admiring Myself

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    Does this mean we can get on to important news now?

    -Save_Ferris, not a resident of New York
     
  18. Arwon

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    Oh, OK. I guess that rules out, well, everyone in the world.

    So nobody is fit for office. I'm on board to abolish the state and build an anarchist society if you are.
     
  19. ParkCungHee

    ParkCungHee Deity

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    I did. His original denial was so specific, that I assumed he had to know what happened, but it wasn't him sending it.
     
  20. Millman

    Millman Mark the Magnificent

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    I will apologize for my outlandish behavior in public too.

    But when you commit crimes against humanity, incite riots, endanger the public, violate your oath of office by doing this. That's more than enough imo.

    Unfortunately we don't know the whole story and things are probably worse elsewhere. If all they do is stare at one another in a building and talk about the same thing over and over again, why bother at all?

    I guess the verdict is a bad job is better than no job. :eyeroll:
     

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