Alec Baldwin, the man considering a New York City mayoral run, has weighed in on the Anthony Weiner scandal. And while Baldwin does not come out and say he feels bad for the congressman in his essay for The Huffington Post, the actor does outline some level of understanding about where Weiner might have been coming from when he made his well-reported lapses in social-networking judgment.
"My thought on Weiner is that he is a very busy man," Baldwin writes. "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 ... Like other politicians, he needs something to take the edge off."
Baldwin goes on to say that Weiner turned to the Internet, but made a terrible error along the way. "Weiner is so busy, he forgot the important rule that everyone you interact with on this plane becomes a co-conspirator. You rely on them to remain confidential," Baldwin wrote.
Ultimately, "Weiner is a modern human being," Baldwin said. "So he ensnared himself in things that modern humans do. When I first heard about his problems, I snickered and made jokes, too. Now, I'm sad for him, his family, his district and his colleagues.
"Let he who is without sin....."
You can read Baldwin's piece in its entirety here.