A female writer for CNN says Congress shouldn't force Anthony Weiner to resign -- even as the latest graphic images from the embattled congressman's Blackberry hit the Internet this weekend.
CNN contributor Anne-Marie Slaughter, who teaches politics at Princeton University, wrote that men like Weiner should be excused for their bad behavior because the job of being a public servant is a thankless, low paying one.
She added that these representatives, who are "willing to give themselves up to the public" are "competitive, driven, extroverted and high risk takers" with "high testosterone."
Ms. Slaughter argues that the downside of all that drive and testosterone is a scandal or two that we should all be willing to accept without regret.
Slaughter writes that we should look the other way in Weiner's case because his character flaws, "if properly channeled" are "the sources of the kind of bold, decisive, even daring action that this country needs from its leaders."
I'm not making any of this up.
On Saturday, Weiner announced he was taking a leave of absence "to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person." The next day, TMZ published more self-aggrandizing photos taken by the troubled Weiner in the locker room of the House Members Gym in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Weiner had assured his constituents that he didn't use Congress facilities or equipment to text nude pictures of himself to six women on the Internet.