WASHINGTON – How I love the smell of steaming hypocrisy in the morning and there’s a lot of it going around lately, especially from the media. Rep. Weiner isn’t going quietly. Why should he?
Did Sen. David Vitter resign? Did Sen. Larry Craig? Sen. Ensign only bugged out when the Senate was poised to expel him, with his alleged crimes far worse than anything proved so far against Weiner. Conservatives are focused on one thing, getting Weiner out, with the media aiding the cause, even though when it comes to their own they always provide cover. IOKIYAR. Translation: It’s okay if you’re a Republican, something Rachel Maddow used to hilariously draw out the hypocrisy meter on Weinergate.
Matt Lewis tweeted this today, complete with a link to a 2007 Musto article: A 2007 Village Voice column pondered if “Hillary Clinton is Gayle-King-ing her aide de camp, the glamorous Huma …” Serving up Weiner’s accomplished wife Huma Abedin, who happens to be Sec. Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, by digging up old, gossipy articles reveals a lot about how far some conservatives will go to target a Democrat.
New Yorkers are divided is some polls, not in others. What people are concerned with is the economy, not Weiner’s compulsions, and nothing remotely related to Rep. Weiner’s situation, no matter how this plays out, will impact the 2012 elections.
According to a survey of 500 New York City registered voters conducted by New York 1 and Marist College, only 30 percent say Weiner should resign. 51 percent of respondents said he should stay in his position and 18 percent said they were not sure. “It’s worth keeping in mind that New York is overwhelmingly Democratic. Partisanship can run high in this town. Moral outrage, maybe less so,” said ABC News pollster Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates. – Anthony Weiner: Poll Finds Majority of New York Voters Think He Should Not Resign
Whenever Republicans are calling for a strong Democrat to resign over a sex scandal no one should take them seriously, as even Michael Steele pointed out last night on MSNBC.
Another poll shows it much closer than ABC, with many women undecided.
Donald Trump called Rep. Weiner a “psycho” and a “bad guy.” Well, he should know; this from a guy who’s had three wives, bankruptcies and all sorts of other weirdness in his life.
Of course Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both want Weiner to resign. Sean Hannity is playing it for all it’s worth, though he’s never very worried when toe-sucking Dick Morris opines on his shows. Bill O’Reilly’s isn’t either and he’s been sued for sexual harassment.
However, nothing was more delightful than seeing Mr. Hannity try to label Meagan Broussard a “victim,” which brought an eye roll, as she scoffed at the notion. Hannity also attempted to portray her as a “26 year-old girl,” with the interview falling apart as he tried to feed her talking points that she wouldn’t accept.
Wall Street wanted Eliot Spitzer to resign and he too had made powerful enemies.
Now the Right is fundraising on Weinergate. Are you getting it yet? It’s just too bad Democrats won’t turn it around and do the same on Ensign and Vitter.
Ed Schultz was embarrassed when his own (silly) instant phone poll illustrated that over 70% of his own viewers say Weiner shouldn’t resign. (I don’t watch his show, but caught the end before another.)
If the late Sen. Ted Kennedy can redeem himself to such glory there is no reason whatsoever why Rep. Anthony Weiner can’t continue driving his adversaries crazy in Congress.
There lies the reason Republicans are demanding he go.
Few are as good on camera making the Democratic case than Rep. Anthony Weiner.
But since Republicans are so self-righteous; Democrats filled with self-loathing, who knows how this will end?
“I think he’s one of the most effective, decent congressman out there,” said Brooklyn native Richard Elliott. Weiner’s behavior was “stupid,” Elliott said, but not something to resign over. He also said, “I find it ridiculous that that would be the news” when so much else is going on in the world. – Democratic leaders ostracize Weiner
After an ethics investigation, if more is uncovered and Rep. Weiner is subjected to House rules rebuke or worse, that’s the way it goes and he has no one to blame but himself. But as things stand today, the media verdict is simply part of the circus that only seems to apply to Democrats.
Taylor Marsh is a Washington based political analyst, writer and commentator on national politics, foreign policy, and women in power. A veteran national politics writer, Taylor’s been writing on the web since 1996. She has reported from the White House, been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and has been seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her blog.