After the latest round of lewd revelations, it seems like just about everyone in New York City is urging Anthony Weiner to drop his quixotic quest for mayor. But though his chances of capturing City Hall seem to be getting slimmer with each withering news cycle, the man simply needs to stay in the race. Not for himself, but for us.
Forget, for a second, the several capable candidates he's running against. Nevermind, while we're at it, the disapproving editorial voices of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News and, not to be forgotten, Alec Baldwin. Of course, they all have a point: the man is an embarrassment, a walking joke — and a liar. His moronic behavior distracts from the issues New York City voters actually care about: jobs, crime, schools, bike lanes. Trusting him with City Hall would be like handing a pyromaniac a blowtorch.
Amen to all that. But if we truly want Weiner gone from the political scene, he needs to suffer the electoral drubbing that awaits him in the Sept. 10 primary.
We can understand the desire for Weiner to simply disappear, for the news cycle to be free of this serial sexter. But if he were to drop out now, it may only be a temorary relief, setting up the inevitable rehabilitation further down the road, once this summer of Weiner-dom concludes. He already has the playbook. People have short memories, after all. Just look at Eliot Spitzer, gunning for the city comptroller's office despite having committed acts that are illegal, not just plain dumb.