Many political pundits and party leaders have expressed amazement at the fact that Anthony Weiner continues his quest for the Democrat nomination in the NYC Mayoral race, despite revelations that he continued to send x-rated text messages to strangers even after resigning from Congress in 2011. I find their amazement puzzling.
Some of the most popular shows on television feature individuals and couples acting like total baffoons. The only rule is that you keep people wondering what you'll do next. If you can keep people watching your antics, you can make a nice living being an outrageous, obnoxious, ignorant clown. What could get you kicked off the Real Housewives of (insert city here)? Only being boring. Even the couple from the New Jersey show who may be facing prison time may well wind up with a whole new show if they ever do go to prison.
Ratings is all that matters if your goal is just to be rich and famous. That seems to be what the Weiners are going for. Mr. Weiner doesn't need to win a primary or an election. He's getting all kinds of free air time with which he can find and build an audience. Even if most people find his antics distasteful, they only need enough to support a decent basic cable rating.
Stepping out of the spotlight at this point would be for the benefit of people who are sick of this story. It would not do anything for the Weiners. He can't embarrass himself any more than he already has. What would be the payoff? On the other hand, the American public has shown a penchant for rewarding dancing monkeys. If you're willing to put yourself out there and have no sense of shame, you too can be a star. It's the new American dream.