I just read that acetic acid is an exception to the general idea that the conjugate base to a weak acid is a strong base. The example says that the conjugate base of a weak acid will only be strong if the acid is a weaker acid than water.
What I'm curious about though, is if acetate is a weak base due to its resonance structure. Does the resonance cause acetate to be more stable than hydrogen acetate?
Is this true in the more general case where some substituent can bond to the atoms involved in the resonance?