The sideshow theater involving the exploits of Congressman Anthony Weiner and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has made American politics more of a joke than it already has become.
Not that other politicians need any assistance in this area, but more buffoonery is becoming an ever-increasing distraction from serious political discourse in this country during these tough economic times.
So, we've got some advice for these two comic characters if they really care about America.
For Weiner, it's simple: resign.
For Palin, declare your candidacy, or get off the bus.
The arrogance of Weiner and Palin is evident as they both seem content to destroy their political parties just to satisfy their own egos and gain some exposure.
Weiner, in probably history's most political miscalculation, simply went on a media tour lying through his teeth about how his Twitter account had been hacked. A photo of his crotch was sent via Twitter to a 21-year-old female follower. All the time he was granting interviews with the press, there was this backlog of sexually-charged texts and photos sent to other women, including a former porn star, just waiting to be made public by a conservative blogger.
His media campaign did nothing more than distract from the Democrats' attempts to convince Republicans to raise the debt limit.
As for the Republicans, Palin's "discovering America" bus tour, complete with blasting graphic displays and Twitter updates, was launched in the Northeast, just as serious presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty were announcing their candidacies and laying out their platforms.
How many people were able to concentrate on Romney's and Pawlenty's plans for economic recovery, with Palin babbling, almost incoherently, about the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
We don't even think this issue justifies any more detail than that.
Recent polls involving Palin and Weiner offer encouraging, and discouraging news.
For Palin, almost two-thirds of Americans say they wouldn't vote for Palin for president. The recent ABC/Washington Post poll showed Romney as the frontrunner among potential Republicans seeking the party's nomination.
That's a relief.
However, a Marist College poll of Weiner's New York congressional district, showed more than half of respondents think the Democrat should stay on the job.
We don't think Palin or Weiner will heed any advice on these matters. It's not part of their characters. They will do whatever they feel benefits them first and keeps them in the spotlight.
Yes, being the punchline is more important than benefitting the bottomline.