One diversion out of the way

Weiner and little weener are gone, thank goodness:

Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation Thursday, following revelations that he sent sexually explicit messages and photographs of himself to women he met online.

In a packed news conference at a senior citizens’ center in Brooklyn, Weiner (D-N.Y.) said it was impossible for him to continue representing his district because of “the distraction that I have created.”

Speaking above the repeated interruptions of a heckler, Weiner said, “So today I am announcing my resignation from Congress.” He said he was stepping down because he wanted his colleagues to be able to “get back to work” and so that he and his wife could “heal from the damage that I have caused.”

Here’s a guy who was good at attacking Republicans, saying a lot of the things folks on the left wanted to hear. And he was so effective, the Democratic leadership let him have a platform … made him the face to appeal to a younger, more politically aggressive constituency. He was a high-profile Democrat, essentially being groomed for some kind of leadership role down the road.

That means he was going to draw scrutiny.

So the fact he’s texting his johnson to women he never met over the Internet and providing us with online porn (see the dramatic reading by Bill Maher and Jane Lynch — and it’s definitely NSFW) doesn’t mean he’s necessarily a perv. It means he’s an idiot. And we’ve seen what happens when an idiot runs the country for eight years.

When you turn Andrew Breitbart into a beacon of truth and your pretend sexcapade makes David Vitter look like someone who actually can close a deal, you become a burden, not an asset.

Weiner is gone. Good riddance. But he’ll be back. He’s television material. Let’s guess: Which cable news network will give a former prominent New York Democrat caught in a sex scandal his own show?