It says something about the American political system that Anthony Weiner thought a political comeback was a good idea in the first place.
Weiner's lewd tweets in June 2011, at a time when he was married with a baby on the way, forced his resignation from Congress. In one day, Weiner went from making arguments on the floor of Congress to being the butt of jokes on late-night talk shows. Such a fall from grace should have prompted Weiner to change his behavior - a false facade Weiner himself perpetuated for the last year as he repackaged himself as a loving husband, doting father and reformed family man. That facade crumbled last week when Weiner admitted to a lurid flirtation on Facebook with a woman that happened as late as November.
Amazingly, Weiner is pressing on in his bid for mayor of New York City.
Weiner's dalliances with other women are an issue between Weiner and his wife. Yet his pattern of horrible decisions makes him unfit to be mayor of New York City. Mayor of New York City is a post that carries some weight statewide because of the city's size and stature and because the revenue generated by New York City is important to the rest of the state. Both good and poor ideas by New York City mayors, from Fiorello LaGuardia to Michael Bloomberg, have importance statewide - even nationwide.
Second chances are nothing new in American politics, especially second chances after sex scandals. Anthony Weiner has burned his second chance before it really began. Governing a city of 8 million people requires a candidate who can tell the truth, admit mistakes and learn from them. That candidate isn't Anthony Weiner.