A Thought About The ‘Weiner’s Weiner’ Kerfuffle

The latest from the “centrist” Democratic Party is an apparent effort to tar progressives for asserting that Weiner should not resign while Republicans remain in Congress who admitted to doing far worse. The thread on this TPM post seems to have turned into a free-for-all pounding of progressives and liberals in the Democratic party, not that the TPM crowd has ever required much of an excuse to do that.

And yet…

Anthony Weiner may be the first member of Congress EVER to have his resignation demanded for having been caught with his pants ON. If the Democratic Party doesn’t defend him, he probably won’t be the last. It’s your choice, Dems… defend him or prepare to kiss ass for the rest of your sorry days as a pitiful party.

UPDATE: In defiance of some Democrats who have expressed their desire to see him go, Weiner has announced he will not resign. Good.

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  • Northeast Elizabeth  On Friday June 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I agree. There is nothing wrong with a married man sending an unsolicited picture of his penis to a college student as long as he keeps his pants on. And I applaud the fact that he didn’t bother to check if any of the girls he sent his penis pictures to were underaged. America is too puritanical. We need more Congressmen sending uninvited pictures of their private parts to minors. [/snark… added by editor]

    • Steve  On Friday June 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

      You forgot your /snark tag, Elizabeth, so I added it for you.

      And if wishes were fishes… Your wish, obviously, is that one of Weiner’s recipients was underage. so you could tar him with that. Would you care to offer even the shabbiest source indicating that? No? Why not? Could it be you have… NO EVIDENCE?

      Well, Hell, if we can just make shit up and force members of Congress to resign for that shit, I have a rather long list of GOPers I’d like to smear.

      (Afterthought: this is the problem with GOPers in general. A large percentage of them are willing to lie baldfacedly in pursuit of destroying their opposition. Obviously Elizabeth couldn’t care less whether Weiner’s recipients were underage, as long as the accusation was politically effective.)

  • c  On Friday June 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Now my question is —- What kind of an IMBECILE do you have to be to send that sort of photo through social media when you hold public office and are therefore a public figure? Whatever else one might say about him, Anthony Weiner behaved like a complete idiot.

    • Steve  On Friday June 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

      I can’t argue with that, c. Some people seem not to understand the nature of email and social networks. Weiner was a fool.

      I am not applauding… I do not even approve of… Weiner’s foolish act. I am just saying that if the DP (of which I am no longer a member) doesn’t want to face a constant stream of smears every campaign season, they’d better support Weiner, or else fight fire with fire using Vitter, Gingrich, etc. ad nauseam.

  • c  On Friday June 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

    On the otherhand, given the recent history of the GOP, we can probably bet that the GOP-ers most actively going after Weiner right now are also sending lewd photos of themselves over social media — think Larry Craig, Newt Gingrich . . .etc (hmmmmmmmm) Now that might be fun . . .


    • Steve  On Friday June 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

      c, we must have been posting simultaneously.

      As one who no longer belongs to a political party, I admit there could well be some schadenfreude in allowing this crap to continue. But like Mr. Obama, I believe it has to be bipartisan in nature. 😈

  • Bryan  On Friday June 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

    In the spirit of bipartisanship, Mr Weiner should be subjected to the same punishment that Congressman David Vitter of Louisiana endured for making “dates” with “ladies of negotiable affection” while voting on the floor of the House. Yes, I think Weiner should be forced to become a US Senator. I know it’s harsh, but fair is fair.

    Weiner should have bought a Porsche, a Harley, or a cigarette boat, like any other normally insane guy with a mid-life crisis, but he decided to prove he wasn’t over-the-hill by “being hip and with-it” on “social media”. Pretty pathetic actually, but it happens to a lot of guys.

    • Steve  On Friday June 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Bryan, I think you have an excellent idea. Is Schumer anywhere close to retirement? (Note: I just looked; he’s younger than I am.) I presume Gillibrand is not likely to leave soon. But when it’s practicable, Weiner should be forced to run for a Senate seat.

      I haven’t escaped the mid-life crisis entirely, but I seem to have been spared the need for the running-around-with-other-women (or -men) part of it. The sexiest picture of me you can find online is the one that appears with each comment I post, the one in which I am tuning my harpsichord before a gig at MFA Houston… and I freely admit that’s what I looked like 20+ years ago.

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