As many of you know, I love to write trashy spy novels. What is happening in Manhattan is making me wonder if I should also attempt trashy political novels. Although, I don’t think I could have ever come up with a former governor who hired prostitutes and a former Congressman who sent sex texts while serving and being married. As one of my favorite words describes it perfectly if using the correct inflection – Really?
No one would believe this if I had written it. First, why would the former governor of New York want to be elected as the Comptroller of Manhattan? Clearly he is starting over since he wants to be back in politics. Personally, I think that is a little strange. Who would want to expose themselves to a constant set of embarrassing questions? And why would he want to expose his family to the unending comments and jokes. Late night television certainly is enjoying the material.
And then we have the case of the “exposer.” It is not bad enough that a Congressman has to resign over sending lewd texts to women, but he then has to admit that for a year after he left Congress and supposedly had seen therapists to solve his “problem,” he was still doing it. He had his wife stand up beside him and make a plea to the voters of New York. How embarrassing for her. Is being Mayor of New York really worth the angst written all over her face? I don’t think there was a person watching her that didn’t feel mortified for her and wished she had not been there.
It seems that it is the egos in these men that cause them to make the idiotic mistakes in the first place. Somehow though, they don’t seem to learn their lesson. Their hubris is amazing. Perhaps in the future there should be mandatory classes for all elected politicians as to how to keep their egos in check.
So although my sense of humor is tickled pink that finally another city has politicians making fools of themselves and providing all sorts of amusing tales, I would like all of the men who are providing this fodder for trashy novels and late night comedians to cease and desist. As amusing as it can be, it is a sad state of affairs that these are the people running for office and believing they have a chance. Americans are great at forgiving, but maybe it would be nice if for at least a few years we are not exposed to having to forgive candidates. I know it’s highly unlikely that I’ll get this wish, but one can hope, can’t one?