Filner’s fate: The warring conventional wisdoms

Filner’s fate: The warring conventional wisdoms

touched.filner.squareThere are two conventional wisdoms about Bob Filner, San Diego’s embattled pervert of a mayor, and they can’t both be right.

The first is that he simply can’t stay in office. Now that all nine City Council members say he must go and statewide officials are issuing increasingly personal calls for him to quit, Filner is dead meat. He knows he can’t beat a recall push that will kick into gear in a week, so why prolong the ordeal.

The second is that he will never leave office unless he can parlay his resignation into both a plea deal in a federal corruption investigation that seems increasingly serious and into the city agreeing to pay part or all of his legal expenses from pending lawsuits over his treatment of women while mayor. (Filner can’t escape footing the bill for lawsuits from when he was in Congress and hitting on rape victims who came to him for help.)

I think the second conventional wisdom is on far firmer ground. This approach insulated Spiro Agnew and lots of other pols gone bad from the full consequences of their actions.

Someone this weird may not think conventionally

But there is also another angle to raise: Filner is so off the chart weird and different that no one should assume he will think conventionally. He has been relentlessly obnoxious for 35 years in his political career and it’s somehow paid off for him with a long, successful run. He doesn’t see anything wrong with making open declarations that as mayor, he is running a pay-for-play administration — telling companies seeking city permits, “you don’t get free things.” He doesn’t see anything wrong with hitting on rape victims.

Why would anyone assume his motivations are conventional when he displays industrial-strength depravity and thinks it’s just another day at the office?

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  1. loufca
    loufca 11 August, 2013, 09:11

    If he has been so obnoxious during his 35 years, how did he last in congress? One more reason that the Senate and the House have such a low rating. They accept bad behavior, bordering on illegal, and turn a blind eye. Thanks Nancy!

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      admin 11 August, 2013, 14:07

      This is from Steve Mehlman, who is unable to post directly because of technical problems:

      Congress has such a low rating because Republicans voting no on everything and filibustering have prevented it from doing its job.

      Filner is a disgrace and needs to go. But trying to use this tragedy for political purposes is also disgraceful. Both parties have decent people and both parties have idiots.

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  2. Let It Collapse
    Let It Collapse 11 August, 2013, 17:51

    Congress has a low rating because they fail to represent those that they were elected to serve. And they fail to hold their own accountable. Case in point: James Clapper, federal employee who lied under sworn oath to Congress. No one in Congress presses for accountability. Yet members of Congress (Feinstein, Boxer, etc..) are willing to throw some flunky city mayor under the bus.

    This is an example why Congress has a favorability rating in the teens.

    And the so-called 2-party system has morphed into a 1-party system and has failed it’s people. All checks and balances have been pretty much eliminated.

    This is why people have lost faith in Congress.

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