It is always fascinating to watch a Congressman cornered like a racoon in a tree that has been chased up there by hunting hounds.
A lot of people have spent a lot of time investigating Weiner’s claims that his Twitter account was 1. hacked 2. pranked 3. joked. The story changed with every media appearance Weiner made. He just dug a hole deeper and deeper as the days progressed. He maybe should have done as 18th-19th century politician Thomas Jefferson did when a journalist wrote about his common law relationship with one of his slaves (Sally Hemings). And the many children she had by Jefferson. Jefferson did not even comment on it. And he got elected in spite of the scandal in the newspapers of that time. So is silence golden??
Not if you are Anthony Weiner. He talked and talked and lied and denied until he finally became the tree-d racoon…especially when about 6 women came out and said that he had sent them lewd pictures of himself and lewd messages.
Now his statement today was the usual thing. He admitted that he lied, he admitted he had taken pictures of his own underwear (with him in it) he admitted sending the lewd photo on his Twitter account and he admitted to doing it a lot of times in the past. But he used the prescribed words like “sorry” and “apologize” and “terrible mistake” and then got tearful when he said his wife’s name. At least he did not force the poor woman to stand beside him as the vile Eliot Spitzer , another NY politician did when he was caught frequenting a prostitute. Spitzer DID resign from being Governor. Weiner insists he will not resign because he says he did not break any laws or violate House ethics. (Say what?)
The standards for liberal Democratic politicians are far different than those standards for Republicans who are caught up in a scandal. Republican Chris Lee also of a NY district was told by Speaker John Boehner to get out of his office by the end of the day when he was found to be twittering lewd messages just like Weiner. Senator John Ensign (R) of Nevada is on the way out (resigning) for his sex scandal. But on the other side Rep. Charles Rangel is still encsonced in his House office…in spite of being found to have committed great numbers of ethics violations . What else is new? Republicans resign; Democrats do not.
CBS News had a breaking story on its website and there were 440 comments the last time I checked. It is worth reading the comments to see the perspective of American people …those folks that are not locked into the Beltway Mentality.
Here are a few of them:
1. ” CREEP!”
2. ” Admits he’s a liar; admits he possesses very poor judgement, but insists he is qualified to serve as a Congressman. You must be joking.”
3. “Quit now. Rep. Chris Lee quit the 26th district of NY for far less. Republicans have a different standard. Quit now, you dishonest person!”
4. He is a typical politician except he is the most arrogant a-h—-e in the world. He is not good enough to clean sewers. I hope he goes through hell, loses his wife, his job, his money and lives a destitute life.”
5. Absolutley classical liberal response. First deny, deny, deny, deny. Then when the truth comes out deny deny deny deny that what was done was any deviation from normal acceptable behavior.”
Weiner may or may not survive this tempest. If the ethics committee decides he needs to be ousted he will be. It doesn’t appear that he will resign on his own…but the people who see what he really is are pretty united in thinking him to be a perverted twit that ought to be out of Congress faster than “a New York Minute”
Some of the commenters said that being on line all the time..it is pretty near normal for such “activity” to occur. I take it that sending lewd pictures and messages is considered normal and “every day” ordinary behavior. I suppose if you are doing this yourself you want to think it is normal and not perverted.
If this is true, we are in a bigger world of trouble than I thought. If this is considered normal by online addicts, then we are peopled by a whole huge bunch of sexual perverts.
There was a time when these “terrible mistakes” were called by their right name: sins, as in “thou shalt not bear false witness” et.al.
CBS News article: “Representative Anthony Weiner Admits Posting Lewd Pictures To Twitter; Making ‘Terrible Mistakes’.”
(read the comments: they are instructive and most interesting)