To escape their prison on Crete, Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers -- one for himself and the other for his son, Icarus. Before they took off from the island, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun or the sea. Alas, hubris got the better of the young man, clouding his judgment and causing him to believe he and his wings would survive the heat of the sun. He was wrong...and so was Anthony Weiner.
We all feed our egos. For some of us, our choices take us too close to the sun, despite reason and the wisdom of others.
Anthony Weiner doesn’t have a PR problem. My guess is he has some kind of gender-related psych condition or addiction, digitally enabled by the echo chamber we call Twitter.
The kind of condition that tells him some rules don’t apply to him. The little voice that says, “I’m an exception.”
The ancients labeled this hubris. It reminded them that mortals had better not trespass on the powers of the gods unless mortals were prepared to suffer the consequences.
Time and a lot of hard work may the restore the trust people once had in Weiner. Just as Nixon was able to pull back slightly from absolute and permanent disgrace after San Clemente.
Clever branding may figure into such a restoration for Weiner. Probably just not yet.
Meanwhile, he’s the latest (not the last) to fall into the sea.