A change would be good for Weiner as well. Many people in Washington have felt for a long time that if Weiner acted more seriously, he could be a real asset to the Democratic Party. After all, no one has ever questioned his work ethic, his ambition or his intelligence.

But long before he was involved in the scandal which forced him to resign from Congress, he had a reputation for mistreating his staff and being ill-tempered. Can you imagine if Weiner spent as much time focusing on crafting smart legislation as he did getting on MSNBC? He could be a real mover and shaker on Capitol Hill, and not just someone cable news producers can count on to lob pointed jabs at Republicans…

It wasn’t my idea for the former congressman to run for his old seat. I heard it from one of the smartest guys I know on Capitol Hill. But as soon as he said it, I knew. It’s got drama, redemption, suspense and all the elements for a great political comeback.