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June 09, 2011

Alec Baldwin: Anthony Weiner Is The "Modern, High-Functioning Man"

Maybe we need some of the more primitive, lower-functioning ones back again.

I noted that Alec Baldwin had called HuffPo commenters a bunch of "sanctimonious d-bags." But I didn't know why.

Well, it's because Baldwin penned an apologia for Weiner's genitalia.

Weiner is the modern, high functioning man. The fact that he is married is just one, albeit a huge, factor. I know many people who divorce over such issues of online betrayal. Appointment sex with your spouse doesn't always arrive when you need it most. A modern cell phone, loaded with contacts of willing fellow players, has a table with a red checkered table cloth ready for you at virtually any time. . .

Oh, but there's more. From Business Insider, which cheekily runs a picture of Baldwin at the blackboard explaining Always Be Closing.

My thought on Weiner is that he is a very busy man. Like most, although not all, politicians, he probably spends a great deal of time going to meetings, raising campaign funds and seizing upon every opportunity to remind people of how great he is as a public servant and a human being. It's exhausting. He exists under a constant pressure cooker of self-analysis and public appraisal. Like other politicians, he needs something to take the edge off. For some people, regardless of occupation, that could mean booze, drugs, gambling, food or shopping. For high functioning men like Weiner and other officials who have lived through such scandals, who are constantly on the go, that leaves one tried and true source of a reliable high. The affirmation that comes when someone lets you know they want to sleep with you. Or even cyber-sleep with you.

Oh My Dear Sweet Generous Heaven of Never-Ending Beclowning... It's just Christmas every day anymore.

Eh, some of these guys need something to take the edge off.

You know what really takes the edge off?

Teenagers!

"In Fairness:" I'm supposed to say, "in fairness," tha Baldwin says he wasn't justifying Weiner's behavior, just explaining it.

But I don't think much is needed on the explanation front, really. He's a horny guy, and that special and dangerous combination of narcissistic/arrogant but deeply insecure/haunted by feelings of inadequacy. Those go together all the time, and it results in a literally jerky personality type, veering from indulgent crybaby to swaggering bully in an instant, and usually marks someone who's headed for a big fall.

Anyway, he says this isn't a justification. Praising Weiner as "the modern, high-functioning man" as part of the "explanation" sure sounds like "justifying" to me.



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