The Swarm

Mix it up with The Bee's editorial board.

July 25, 2013
Pelosi to Filner, Weiner: Get a clue, get therapy in private

Nancy Pelosi didn't mince words Thursday when asked about the transgressions of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

"Let me be very clear," the top House Democrat and first female House speaker told reporters on Capitol Hill. "The conduct of some of these people that we are talking about here is reprehensible. It is so disrespectful of women. And what is really stunning about it is they don't even realize it. You know, they don't have a clue."

"And...if they are clueless, get a clue," she continued. "And if they need therapy, do it in private."

That clear message is similar to what The Bee's editorial board said Thursday about Filner, who is accused of sexual harassment, and Weiner, who has admitted "sexting" more than a year after he left Congress in scandal.

So far, however, neither is heeding calls to exit the stage.

Pelosi wasn't asked directly whether she believes Filner should resign, as some prominent Democrats in San Diego have done. Asked whether Weiner should drop out of the mayoral race, she replied, "That is up to the people of New York."

July 12, 2013
Video on frying an egg in Death Valley goes viral

Here's the egg-frying video I wrote about today that was posted by a staffer at Death Valley National Park. Some visitors are ignoring her admonition to use a pan and not leave a mess, and that's annoying park officials.

July 10, 2013
Sen. Steinberg looks into crystal ball on his political future

So many possibilities, it's enough to make a politician's head spin.

Still, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg did clear up a few things about his potential political future in a meeting Wednesday morning with The Bee's editorial board.

Yes, he plans to serve out the remaining 16 months in his leadership post in the Legislature.

No, he would not run for Sacramento mayor in 2016 if Kevin Johnson seeks reelection.

Yes, he's interested in Attorney General in 2014, but only if Kamala Harris doesn't run again.

No, he's not inclined to run for Sacramento District Attorney in 2014 because it just doesn't appeal to him.

He's also not that interested in Congress, even if Rep. Doris Matsui stepped aside, because it would require a bicoastal life. A judicial appointment doesn't float his boat because it is "too sedentary."

To run for any office after he is termed out in 2014, it would have to be one that he would be "excited" about, Steinberg said.

If the stars don't align, he said he's prepared to wait as late as 2018 to seek elected office again. He already has some $800,000 in a campaign account designated to run for lieutenant governor in 2018. In the meantime, he would consider working with a foundation, perhaps on mental health, an issue he is passionate about.

About The Swarm

The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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