ANTHONY WEINER IS POLITICALLY WOUNDED, BUT HE IS NOT DEAD: AT LEAST NOT YET
Last week I wrote a column on my Room Eight New York Politics blog (www.r8ny.com) about Anthony Weiner’s contemporary political problems. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, relative to his claim of being “hacked”. Yesterday, at a hastily arranged press conference, Congressman Weiner admitted that the photo of a man’s pubic area -which went viral on the internet last week- was his. He also admitted texting it to a young female student. He further admitted to internet- dalliances with at least six female strangers over the past three years.
We now know that Anthony isn’t as cool, calm and collected as he has always projected. The congressman pusillanimously panicked, when internal concerns grew over some of his semi-kinky fetishes being publicly exposed. In the panic, he made some strange decisions: like being mendacious when there was no life or death reason to be. As I have asked him before: who do you talk to before you make big decisions? Who do you reach out to for advice and counsel? Are you an egotistic one-man (wrecking) crew?
We democrats can only hope that further revelations in this sordid episode aren’t forthcoming. Right now Tony is politically wounded; if more stuff hits the fan he will be politically dead. I pray yesterday’s strange press-conference doesn’t open up another can of worms. He answered many questions that weren’t even asked: public relations experts will tell you that’s a no-no.
Time will tell whether or not NYC voters will forgive Weiner’s foolishness. His lies, poor judgment and silly boyish antics are rather disappointing. I know what he did was ridiculous and distasteful, but does it rise to the level of law-breaking?
The hardest question he faced appeared to be the one where he was asked whether he had vetted the ages of these women with whom he was messing (on-line). It was a poignant moment of realization and revelation. His face couldn’t hide that fact.
Look; Anthony has always had that kid-like quality to him. Maybe it was just the way he is physically structured (no pun intended); or maybe it’s his boyish-charm and spunk. What happened here is more embarrassing than law-breaking. Weiner should have come clean from jump-street. If he had done that, then there wouldn’t be as many calls for his resignation now coming from various quarters. Most likely, the ethics committee of the House of Representatives will investigate Weiner’s actions; and who knows where that will go?
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