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Weiner Gets No Pity From His Party

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Posted on Jun 7, 2011
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Following U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s tearful televised admission Monday that he sent lewd photographs to several women over the Internet, top Democrats in Congress are seeking to put as much daylight as possible between themselves and their colleague from New York.

The political hullabaloo surrounding Weiner’s behavior is unfortunate, as it gives the mainstream media one more opportunity to focus on its favorite topic—the sexual misadventures of public figures—and ignore the more pressing and profound issues that face the republic. —ARK

The New York Times:

Caught in a maelstrom of his own making, Representative Anthony D. Weiner saw his support on Capitol Hill crumble after he admitted having inappropriate online exchanges with women. A brash and talented New York politician with many admirers on the left, but few close allies, he suddenly finds himself alone on a hostile stage.

No sooner had Mr. Weiner delivered a startlingly abject admission and apology — carried live on television Monday from a circuslike news conference in Manhattan — than top Democrats on Capitol Hill began distancing themselves from him and his behavior.

Several, including Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader, called for an ethics inquiry into whether Mr. Weiner had violated House rules or used official resources to carry on his salacious electronic conversations.

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By Jack, June 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm Link to this comment
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It’s his private life and I don’t think it’s the government’s business or the business of the press.  He didn’t do anything illegal. 

If they are interested in ethics investigations, they should take a look at themselves - passing bloated military budgets overnight, invading and destroying nations, failing to pass a single payer health system opening an improved Medicare to the country, failing to improve and expand social security, bailing out CEOs and banksters, cutting taxes for the wealthy while Americans sink further into poverty and homelessness - that’s just the tip of the iceberg - so watching them go after the *sexually charged* emails of consenting adults is revolting to me - not the emails.

It’s like the Inquisition. 

Anthony Weiner is among the best representatives in Congress.  He’s fought for Medicare for the entire country (notice how well timed this is with the Republicans’ effort to destroy that program altogether), and he was one of the few to stand for the health care of the 9/11 responders—can any of the people attacking in Congress, at present, say they have done anything like that, at all?

Canadians, who have a terrific health care system, have been commenting elsewhere on how they do not deal with the sex lives of politicians.  And what a difference in their country and what they are able to accomplish.  Just a little ways north, across the imaginery line.  Now there’s a fantasy for all of us to follow.

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By jc, June 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment
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At least Weiner did not pull a John Ensign or have sex with a prostitute and was caught in the process.  When negative events place senators in the spotlight, they should not tap dance or cry about it on TV.  Man up yes I did it.

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By who'syourdebs, June 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

It is indicative of our celebrity-loving, scandal-mongering society that issues demanding immediate action get swept under the rug, while titillating reports of basically private matters scorch the headlines. Can’t we be serious for a moment? Anthony Weiner broke no laws, never even met the women he sent photos to, yet he is being accused of adultery and worse. Give me a break. That’s like calling all abortions murder, which is both ridiculous and ironic, in that life used to begin at birth but now begins at conception, thanks to science and sonograms, the same science that so-called conservatives reject when it comes to global warming and evolution. As to Weiner, lying to the press is part and parcel of American political life, for both parties but more so for the Republicans who are absolutely shameless. Do you really think the GOP is after him for his imaginary sex life? Not on your life—it’s about silencing one of the most outspoken and progressive members of Congress—period. No, he shouldn’t resign. Just as Congress and the media should have stayed out of Bill Clinton’s private life. You know, as in “consenting adults”. Let Weiner’s voting constituents decide when his term is up. “Reactionary” should replace “conservative” for the current Republican lot—they want to return to the 19th Century—politically, culturally, and sexually. Hypocrisy in the US has reached all-new heights. If only the mainstream media were free of their capitalist employers and able to fulfill their essential role, these traitors to their country like Cantor, Boehner, and Ryan might be exposed for the proto-fascists they aspire to be.

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By felicity, June 8, 2011 at 9:36 am Link to this comment

There’s more to the Weiner caper than is evident at
first glance.  In fact, it may reveal why present
sitting politicians are incapable of running an ant
farm let alone a country.

Men who are interested in politics are driven to seek
power which has a lot of sexual energy.  Another way
of saying it is that they wanna get laid and they
know men with power get laid. And we thought that men
who go into politics do so out of a love of country,
blah, blah, blah - when actually they go into
politics out of a love for furthering the activity of
what’s in their pants.

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By abikecommuter, June 8, 2011 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

The jerk has opposed bike lanes in NY- his friends should be alllowed to run him over,
go into reverse and do it again.

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By Magginkat, June 8, 2011 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

How about equal coverage for Clarence Thomas’s shenanigans with his wife’s income.  Now that may be a real crime. 

What about David Vitter, admitted criminal still sitting in the Senate and the silence is deafening?

As for the Democrats not supporting Weiner…....who’s surprised.  They have been letting the corrupt, vile, lying, republicans walk all over them for years.  Most of the Dems in Congress are a bunch of pansyass cowards.  They won’t even support Bernie Sanders, probably the most honest and courageous person in the entire Congress.

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By Jim Yell, June 8, 2011 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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Lieberman sold his office to corporate America. Bush got 100,000s killed for no reason but ignorance and stupidity and did so by lying us into attacking the only Islamic country that had not inspired and paid for the attack in 9/11.

Why men are so silly I don’t know. I am a man and I have acted silly. As to an effective lawmaker, well Ataturk was a goat in his personal relationships and yet he almost single handedly saved Turkey from occupation and went on to give Turkey the most progressive government and women civil rights of any Islamic country. So I think we can safely say that being a sex driven goat doesn’t mean you are not a good public servant.

The last issue is why do men lie? I think it is genetic.

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By Inherit The Wind, June 8, 2011 at 6:40 am Link to this comment

He made a lot of us look stupid.  To protect himself he played as all right into Breitbart’s hands, defending him.

What a selfish, unprincipled prick.  He needs to go.  If a GOPer had to go for the same thing, so does Wiener.

But in 2 years he’ll be a rich consultant.

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By Go Right Young Man, June 8, 2011 at 4:59 am Link to this comment

LOL…...............

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By UreKismet, June 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Weiner has shown himself up for what he really is; just another boring careerist caught out when his pretense of being hip came into conflict with his bourgois beliefs.

He would have done much better to play the ‘so what’ stance until the media moved on as they inevitably do.  This way he has pissed off both sides.
It indicates a bloke whose persona is determined by political managers, the change in approach suggests he swapped advisors when his figures looked grim, instead of toughing it out.  Now he just seems an uncommitted crowd pleaser happy to do anthing for a vote.  Exactly the type no one likes to vote for.

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By Beltwaylaid, June 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment
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Weiner just gifted the republican’s mudslinging media war chest against the entire democratic party exponentially.  His confession and subsequent Q/A session will be hot material in ‘12.  Way to go Anthony.

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By Blackspeare, June 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

It is interesting that Weiner’s wife, Huma, did not
take his last name.  But then again, if she did, she
would be called Hum-a-Weener!  You’d be hard pressed to
make this stuff up! (pun intended)

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By rico, suave, June 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment

The Dem party has to distance itself from Weiner. If they don’t, independent voters in 2012 will view the Dems as the party that accepts this type of behavior, and vote accordingly.

A lot of posters here have pointed out, correctly, that Republicans are as guilty as Dems of sexual crimes against humanity, therefore shouldn’t throw stones. But I think Republicans are better at cleaning house than the Dems. Chris Lee is the perfect recent example.

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By TDoff, June 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

Rumors that Weiner’s response to rejection by his colleagues is to FAX photos of his naked butt to all members of Congress, with the legend, ‘KISS THIS’, have not yet been substantiated. Although both Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank have been seen sneaking peeks and giggling at an unknown document in their middle desk drawers.

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By anonymous, June 7, 2011 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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Apparently it gives TruthDig “one more opportunity to focus on its favorite topic” too. Since this is on of THREE stories on Weiner’s Wiener on your homepage at the moment. :(

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