The ‘Otherly-Abled’ Have Affairs, Too

New York Gov. David Paterson discusses his marital infidelities at a news conference on Tuesday as his wife Michelle Paterson looks on. [Source: NYT]
New York Gov. David Paterson discusses his marital infidelities at a news conference on Tuesday as his wife Michelle Paterson looks on. [Source: NYT]

A day after I gushed that I could hitch my wagon to this guy’s star, he and his wife held a news conference where they confessed to cheating on each other. It sounded like something out of the Jerry Springer show. That’s how Fred Dicker, state editor for the New York Post, represented it in an NPR interview. Dicker’s moral indignation sounded like sour grapes because the Daily News scooped his tabloid. I felt a little chagrined, but hardly indignant. Unhitch the wagon, son, and grease the singletree. This star isn’t going anywhere new.

I should have known TV comedians would turn the story into cheesy blind jokes. No worry, John Ridley’s blog has a retort. Read David Paterson’s Got It Going On!:

What do I like about the guy? First day on the job, he admits to having an affair. Second day on the job, he admits to having a number of affairs. Not that I approve of sleeping with other women. Per se. But people are always carping about politicians not being honest and here is Paterson, paint still drying on his office door, throwing out a little TMI.

And let’s not forget that Paterson is legally blind. I only bring that up because Sheri Shepherd — the “blonde” black girl on ABC’s “The View” — joked (I think she was joking) that Paterson “can’t see to cheat.” Know what? I’m sick of people underestimating the otherly abled! Truth is they can screw around just as well as people with two good eyes!

All I can say to that is amen, brother!

Perhaps the final word should go to a homeless guy on Times Square interviewed for a NYT story callled Governors Gone Wild. He held a handwritten cardboard sign “that had syntax problems” but made his point:

I need only $4,300 so I can meet a nice girl like our Governor Spitzer.

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6 Responses to The ‘Otherly-Abled’ Have Affairs, Too

  1. ms modigliani says:

    Speaking of dumb blind jokes, I was watching “Dancing with the Stars” last night on TV and was astonished to hear accolades for the dancing of Marlee Matlin, as “not bad for a deaf broad.”

  2. Mark Willis says:

    You know, I wouldn’t eradicate such jokes in the name of political correctness. I want to reverse engineer them for clues about the minds of people who say them. Ms. M, why do you suppose your TV joker thought it clever to link deafness and dancing?

  3. ms modigliani says:

    I dunno what was in his mind about that dancing and deafness, and I don’t think I even care. Someone who uses ‘deaf broad” in a backhanded compliment on a dancing show makes me want to change the channel, which I did.

  4. Mark Willis says:

    My guess: some people would sell their grandmother for five seconds of attention. To them, deaf or blind people are even cheaper tricks.

  5. tomrobertstennessee says:

    Hi Mark & Joann-
    This morning I remarked on that joke to Kimberly, who sometimes watches “Dancing with the Stars”. She hadn’t watched it last night, but told me that the announcer was possibly lampooning a viewer who had sent in a ridiculous e-mail to Marleen Matlin the week before, asking her how she danced to music she couldn’t hear, and whether or not she would continue being deaf for the whole series.
    I once saw Marleen Matlin in a brilliant performance on Broadway, “Children of a Lesser God,” which addresses the issue of deafness.
    I understand your feeling burned by throwing your hat in the ring with a politician, Mark. No group hardens my cynicism more than politicians who make public displays of personal principles for approval ratings.

  6. Mark Willis says:

    It’s a good comment thread. Thanks for joining, Tom. I don’t feel so burned by David Paterson. I didn’t expect St. Augustine. I want him to be a politician.

    Anyone curious about deafness and dancing should check out the music of percussionist and composer Evelyn Glennie.

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