If there's one Democrat who might see a silver lining in Mark Sanford's win this week in a special House election in South Carolina, it's Anthony Weiner.
Sanford's victory bodes well for Weiner for several reasons, as the former Twitter King mulls an uphill bid for the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor. First, Sanford's transgressions eclipse Weiner's by a longshot. While both were guilty of infidelity, Sanford went freaking AWOL for almost a week from his job as the political leader of an entire state. It was actual dereliction of duty.
As for the infidelity, Sanford had a physical affair while Weiner had less unethical virtual trysts. Sanford's infidelity had an emotional dimension, which were not apparent, at least on the surface, in Weiner's.
The parallels extend to the dynamics of their respective elections. Sanford eventually prevailed because he ran in a heavily Republican district in a very red state--a place where Mitt Romney defeated President Obama by 18 points. The inherent weakness of any Democrat left the door open for Sanford.
Likewise, in the Democratic primary field in New York, Christine Quinn has an early lead in polls but her numbers aren't taking off the way one might hope they would for a sitting City Council Speaker against lesser known (which isn't to say unknown) opponents. Nor are buzz or endorsements by top movers and shakers. Could it be Weiner who steps into the void as the non-Quinn?
Either way, there's no way we're posting this commentary without also including the following clip. May the tune stay in your head all day.