After Gen. Douglas MacArthur was fired by President Truman, MacArthur famously said “Old soldiers never die. They just fade away.” That may be the case with old generals, but what do discarded politicians do?
They become talk show hosts. Scott Johnson has a suggestion for CNN; they could take Andrew Weiner on as a co-host and call it the Spitzer-Weiner Report. There is a risk. The congressman’s style is even nastier than that of Keith Olbermann or Ed Schulz. But if he succumbs to an undisciplined mouth they way those two did, there is always John Edwards. It would still be an all Democrat, all star show. Although, as Scott pointed out, Edwards may not be aailable immediately.
Just imagine. It could be the Next Generation in cable news, a program centered on excuses for corruption and stories of great right wing conspiracies and conservative hackers concocting tales of sexual escapades as though they were real. With no pretense of truthfulness, no claim to fairness in broadcasting it would be the ultimate Political Reality show.