Weinergate ‘like a classic Greek tragedy,’ says county Democratic chairmanby George Bennett | June 16th, 2011
“This is like a classic Greek tragedy — great hero, fatal flaw, hubris, disaster,” said Siegel, a former New York state Senator who has known Weiner for more than a decade.
When Weiner first admitted that he had in fact sent a sexually suggestive photo via Twitter to a 21-year-old college woman, Siegel said his actions didn’t merit resignation because “Weiner never ran on a platform of ‘I’m going to tell people how to behave’…The one thing that there isn’t here is hypocrisy. There’s stupidity — real stupidity.”
But Siegel more recently joined other Dems in calling for Weiner to step down.
“What changed in my mind is that he’s become completely a punchline and therefore has lost his effectiveness,” said Siegel.
Party bigs like Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz waited five days after Weiner’s admission to call for his resignation.
“It was a humane response,” Siegel said of the timing. “Democrats and Republicans are different. Democrats, they feel bad when something like this happens and more reluctant to throw someone over the side. Republicans appear willing to cut anyone down who steps out of line. Newt Gingrich said the wrong thing about some bill and he’s pronounced as dead meat. One of their governors says it’s possible that the world’s getting warmer and we’re involved in it and Rush Limbaugh pronounces the end of his campaign.”
Siegel added: “When you see someone struck down by that sort of classical Greek tragedy you don’t want to join the hue and cry for his head right away. You want to see the process work out.”