"It's not about me."
New Weiner ad: Hey, aren’t you impressed that I’m not a quitter?
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Of all the conceits of narcissistic politicians, this may be the most galling:
Yeah. OK, Carlos. Folks in New York don’t quit. People get up in the morning with a tough day ahead of them, and they don’t quit. Right.
But those New Yorkers are refusing to quit things that are hard but worth doing. You drive a cab all day to feed your family. You work a construction site, you direct traffic, you sell hot dogs on a corner . . . and you don’t quit because someone is depending on you. You’re committed to a worthwhile and honorable endeavor.
Anthony Weiner refuses to quit doing something that is completely self-serving and offers value to no one but himself. He wants to get back into elected office in spite of the fact that he keeps exposing him as untrustworthy and lacking either moral compass or self-control. He wants a position he is unworthy to occupy. He should quit. Because that is a bad thing to try to do.
There are few greater indicators of a politicians’ lack of worthiness for office than their attempt, once caught in the act of dishonesty and malevolence, to compare themselves to you - an honest person doing your best every day - because hey, he won’t quit!
I won’t quit taking care of my family, no matter what it takes. He won’t quit the pursuit of his own self-exaltation, no matter the reasons he does not deserve to attain it. Same thing, right?