Why Anthony Weiner Acted the Way He Did
I think this analysis of Anthony Weiner’s perverse behavior is right — i. e., he obviously wanted to get caught in an odd (though not uncommon) attempt to stop his perversion, as perverse as this may sound. We’re supposed to enjoy our perversions, right? However the news media article does not go far enough even though it brings in the nonpareil psychological authority Freud at the end. (Yes, Freud is still nonpareil and always will be, even though nobody reads him any more and his theories have been supposedly dismissed or debunked by any number of halfwits.) The news article answers the question “Why did Weiner do what he did?” The answer: to be caught out, obviously. The news article does not begin to answer the deeper question of “Why did Weiner want to be caught out?” The answer to this, in my view, is that he found politics not only unsatisfying despite the name he had earned for himself, suggesting he found his behavior by which he was engaging in politics and had earned such a vaunted, prized reputation bankrupt, silly, unseemly, and shameful. Weiner wanted out of politics. He engaged in his seemingly irrational, perverse behavior because he was ashamed, ashamed to the point where he no longer had any shame. His behavior seemingly destructive to himself and offensive to the large majority of the public was a means (probably not much at the conscious level, though maybe if he is introspective and honest enough) of shaming not only himself, but also the public which had put him on a pedestal for what he regarded as his shameful involvement in today’s field of politics at the national level, which is obviously shameful and is disturbing and corrosive to anyone involved in it (e. g., Clinton, Trump, most of the Republican candidates for president). In this view, Weiner is more rational, logical, open (in terms of communication by imagery and context), and in a way commendable than most of the persons involved in politics. Weiner may have come to his present state of ruin because he is more moral and conscientious than most persons in politics. Too prudent and considerate to say directly what he thinks about politics and many other politicians, he acted out what he really thinks of the whole business, his presence in it, and the public’s countenance of it.