Behold: the Last City, and the Last Democrat
Just as Detroit is the terminal destination for America’s “Progressively” governed-cities, Anthony Weiner is the endgame for leftwing politicians. He had no experience in business or in the military before entering politics straight out of college, initially as a staffer for another leftwing political lifer, Chuck Schumer. He has zero charisma as a public speaker. He has no vision for where he’d like to see the nation go. He’s in politics strictly for himself, because, well, what else is he going to do?
As Kyle Smith noted in April, what business would hire him? Other than MSNBC, I guess. He’s running for the mayor of New York simply because that’s what you do when you have no other career prospects. Say what you will about Michael Bloomberg, and we've said plenty over the years, but at least he had a lengthy business career, first at the bond-trading firm Salomon Brothers, and then forming his own diversified company, before deciding to run for mayor of one the most important cities in New York.
For Weiner, that's just what you do next, after resigning from Congress in disgrace.
In a sane world, a major news organization would look at Weiner’s nonexistent real-world C.V. and laugh if he said he’d like to be handed the keys to Gracie Mansion. Instead, the New York Times and Time-Warner-CNN-HBO-owned People were both quite happy to grease the skids for Weiner's election bid in service to their party, up until the point where he – again – made a fool of himself.
Shortly before Weiner resigned in 2011, when the late (and sorely missed) Andrew Breitbart served as the opening act for the Greatest Press Conference of All Time, Ever, I quoted Nietzsche's warning in 1885′s Also sprach Zarathustra, “Alas, the time of the most despicable man is coming, he that is no longer able to despise himself. Behold, I show you the last man.”
Behold: this week, we’ve witnessed the last American city, and the last Democrat.