Live Blog: Breitbart hijacks a Weiner Presser

There’s basically a media circus unfolding on TV right now.  Congressman Weiner was supposed to hold an event this afternoon and Big Media Blowhard Andrew Breitbart showed up at the podium to defend himself against charges of hacking Weiner’s twitter stream.

It looks like Weiner is waiting in the wings.  Breitbart has just left the podium.  Many news outlets are now covering it live but not broadcasting the sound.

What a zoo!!!

Notable Tweets:

 

TheFix The Fix
Holy. Crap. Andrew Breitbart has hijacked the Weiner press conference. This. Is. Amazing.

AmandaMarcotte Amanda Marcotte
Shorter Breitbart: If 5% of what you say is kind of sort of like the truth, then no one can call you a liar again.

cspan CSPAN
WATCH: @RepWeiner Press Conference – LIVE shortly on C-SPAN3 http://cs.pn/C3LIVE

joshtpm Josh Marshall
make that the Breitbart press

Slate Slate
He’s hijacked Weiner’s presser. RT @thefix: CNN is live-streaming the Breitbart presser. You must watch this. http://ow.ly/5bp1W

Thedailybeast The Daily Beast
WATCH: Congressman Anthony Weiner to address his latest Twitter scandal (now hijacked by @andrewbreitbart?!) http://thebea.st/ixpvRL

politico POLITICO
RT @maghabepolitico Tweeps, this is a real Anthony Weiner presser. We were not punked into covering Breitbart http://politi.co/9Ax31v

HuffPostMedia HuffPost Media
by HuffingtonPost
Andrew Breitbart hijacks Anthony Weiner’s press conference, says the press asked him to do so http://huff.to/lMxMVx

MotherJones Mother Jones
Breitbart on Fox News Channel on a radio show explaining why he hijacked a press conference #SUPERmeta

Links:
Rep. Anthony Weiner: ‘The Picture Was of Me and I Sent It’


133 Comments on “Live Blog: Breitbart hijacks a Weiner Presser”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Twenty Five minutes after calling the presser … Weiner finally takes the podium to clear up …

    oops terrible mistakes and deeply sorry …

    uh on …

    he tweeted it!!! omigosh!

  2. dakinikat says:

    he’s engaged in inappropriate conversations … messages and photos of explicit nature with women online!!!

    He’s trying not to cry!!!

    • The Rock says:

      WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Branjor says:

      Not just with women online, but with a 21 year old. He could be a real cradle robber.

      • WomanVoter says:

        The GOP will demand a hearing about the ages of the contacts and the worse part is he told that his wife knew about it…yea, right, just like he told her he sent pictures… Jerk.

      • Seriously says:

        I knew it, god, what a maroon. He’s claiming his Twitter was hacked as a freakin’ member of Congress but uh, uh, uh, I don’t want to make a big deal of it? Gimme a break. The only bigger maroon is “Honeytrap” Cannon. His whole “defense” of the guy was based on non-facts. The Twitter was never hacked–it was all a hoax! Wait, Weiner’s story involves hacking? Um, er, irrelevant! Weiner *thought* his Twitter was hacked, but he didn’t really know, he was mistaken, and then there was the safehouse, the abduction, the aliens, and then–*rolls eyes*

  3. Fannie says:

    This presser is so fugging funny, typical hypocrite. His ass got caught lying.

  4. Riverbird says:

    Feh. I actually believed him earlier when he said his account had been hacked.

    • WomanVoter says:

      Not only that but he let people like me defend him, when he has been spending time on-line sexting and one lady supposedly will reveal phone sex. I can’t figure the latter out, but don’t enlighten me.

    • I didn’t know what to believe, but I was very wary of believing anything coming from Breitbart et al after their track record. I didn’t think he was helping matters with the way he was responding, but it did seem, comparatively speaking, more plausible that he was hacked than any Congressperson being so stupid to tweet that, and especially Weiner so recently after he roasted himself at the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner for having a name like “Weiner.” I just found that timing really odd and admit I was more willing to believe that the rightwing saw the speech and decided to play a dirty trick than I was ready to believe Weiner could be THAT reckless. Turns out truth is stranger than fiction.

      • Seriously says:

        You’d think that these guys would learn from Tiger Woods. The fact that the famous have no problem scattering incriminating text messages, voice mails, etc. like grass seed to any number of people they just met is mind blowing. I guess they want to get caught.

      • paper doll says:

        They seem to think it’s 1961 and they are Jack Kennedy. It’s not and they ain’t.

        Imo ,on some level Wiener wanted to be found out…I mean ,how else can this pointless, reckless and it seems long standing compulsion be explained?

      • Seriously says:

        I didn’t see it, Minx, I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  5. The Rock says:

    I think he should just go ahead and cry and get it over with….

  6. dakinikat says:

    This presser is stranger than fiction!

  7. Minkoff Minx says:

    Riverbird, I believed him too! Wiener is a Dumbass!

  8. The Rock says:

    Jon Stewart is going to have a FIELD DAY with this tonite. I’m actually looking forward to the Daily Show tonight! 😀

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Me too…should we do a live blog on it?

      • WomanVoter says:

        Sure, I’ll run out and buy another box of Kleenex. We will never get accessible health care, with this going on in congress and a DINO.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Let me know if you’re going to do it, If so, I’ll absent myself.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        No matter what anyone thinks about this sideshow…the stupidity of Weiner is beyond belief. Nothing is “private” when you post it on the web…

        One thing is certain, I am in desperate need of a laugh, and I am sure that Jon Stewart will have some funny shit to say about all this tonight.

      • WomanVoter says:

        I feel terrible for his wife and for the voters…very disappointing.

    • Fannie says:

      Ha Ha, I was thinking the same too…….Hope he calls on Willie.

  9. janicen says:

    I just can’t believe it. What the hell possesses someone to do something like this? I’d love to get inside his head to see what he was thinking at the time but, at the same time, I don’t think I want to go there.

    • dakinikat says:

      obviously thinking with the lower head

      • janicen says:

        I think it goes beyond that. We all have libidos, but most of us have the presence of mind not to do something so reckless. Didn’t he see what happened to that Rep in NY? How did he think he could get away with it? I’m sorry, I’m just ranting. I just don’t understand it.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        @ dakinikat 3:49pm

        Too damn funny!

      • bostonboomer says:

        The Rep in NY was putting ads on Craigslist to meet transsexuals. He didn’t have to resign, but he didn’t want that particular preference to come out. Weiner was exchanging photos and other kinds of communications with consenting adults–immature and stupid behavior, but how did it interfere with his ability to do his job?

        Do we really have the right pry into everyone’s personal sexual behaviors and fantasies? I don’t want to live in that kind of world–maybe I’m alone in that here.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        @BB I agree and I don’t care about the sexual lives of these politicians. I just am disgusted with the lies.

        I am also disgusted with the spin on all this. Check out the Drudge page.

        SCANDAL ONCE AGAIN HITS CLINTON INNER CIRCLE…

        WEINER WIFE SILENT…

        President officiated nups…

        With pictures of Hillary and Huma…now that pisses me off.

      • Fannie says:

        What, I knew that.

      • janicen says:

        I agree, BB, but I think it’s the hubris of using social media and thinking there will be no consequences that puzzles me. We all have the right to privacy, but it shows an incredible lack of judgment to do what he did. Nothing is private on social media. My teenager understands that.

      • bostonboomer says:

        @Minkoff Minx,

        I wouldn’t be caught dead reading Drudge. Are you serious?

        • Minkoff Minx says:

          Hey, you got to keep you eye on the opposition…I don’t listen to Rush or Beck, but I will read about them on Media Matters, and other sites.

          I have posted about the ridiculous nature of all the media attention on the Weiner thing on Sundays reads. Memeorandum is lighting up with Weiner stuff again… I don’t think I have even linked to articles about Weiner in my evening news post. I ignored it. But damn him, he was so stupid to do this…and then to lie about it making the whole thing orgasmic for all those right wing nuts and DINOs who want him gone.

          I have a new post up and it has nothing about Weinergate…I hope everyone gets a chance to see it.

          I won’t be doing a live blog tonight on the Daily Show 😉
          But I sure as hell will be watching it.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Minx,

        Go ahead and do the live blog. I apologize for saying I wouldn’t be here.

        I just hate to see this kind of right wing smear machine stuff be so successful.

  10. jillforhill says:

    I feel so bad for Huma. He wasn’t protecting her,he was protecting himself.

    • Fannie says:

      That is awful, but this day will make a big difference in her future.

    • WomanVoter says:

      He said she knew of his conduct that he engaged in for years, which I don’t think she did, because he said he just admitted to her about the photo in the gray shorts. So, how could she know about the naked photo, or the sexting or the phone sex one lady is claiming. JERK!

  11. bostonboomer says:

    I already told Dak this, but I still don’t see why this is being covered as breaking national news. I didn’t see this kind of coverage of David Vitter’s behavior, and he actually did something illegal. I think it’s really silly that people are getting so worked up about this. Sure, it’s immature, silly behavior, but how does it affect Weiner’s ability to do his job. This isn’t even as important as what Clinton did.

    • janicen says:

      Good point.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Yup, that photo is not as bad as some of the other stuff which politicians have been caught at.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I agree with what Joseph Cannon wrote today:

      I’ve suggested all along — and, truth be told, Weiner has pretty much said the same thing — that Weiner was concerned that a political enemy had somehow gotten hold of images involving an earlier cyber-dalliance with someone other than Gennette Cordova. (Yes, I wrote that. Many times.) I’ve also consistently stated that the Twitter “scandal” was manufactured to set the stage for a fishing expedition, the purpose of which was to grill the congressman about his entire life, not just about the night of the 27th.

      That is precisely the scenario now being played out.

      Note that in the latest revelations, we learn that Weiner was bright enough to send photos via private email. We may fairly presume that the recipient was someone he had gotten to know and whom he considered trustworthy. So far, the images are hardly salacious, though Breitbart intimates that this situation will change. Weiner knew that Twitter places photos in one’s personal “twitterstream,” which is available to all — even when the images are sent via direct message.

      Nothing undermines Gennette Cordova’s claim that the Congressman’s communication with her was entirely appropriate. The idea that he would send “the crotch shot” out of the blue, via Twitter, to a woman he did not know, remains inane and risible.

      Given the very worst interpretation, what are we seeing here? In several earlier comments, I called the shot: This is a replay of the Whitewater scenario. A bullshit charge sets the stage for a fishing expedition.

      If Weiner were a conservative Republican, this would either be a non-story or would be over and forgotten very quickly. If we go along with this–dignify it as “news” when we currently have 9% unemployment and the U.S. is on the verge of default, we are as bad as the Republicans and the MSM.

  12. Dario says:

    I guess Cannofire was wrong about Weiner. I liked Weiner. Bye bye Weiner.

  13. glennmcgahee says:

    O BOY! I’m so sick on men politicians. Especially the st8t ones.
    This guy is out but he can make a fortune afterwards.
    Its just so sad for we constituents.
    I will only place a vote for a woman, ever again.
    We are all sexual beings but the hormones we guys have are too powerful to make us trustworthy.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Why is he out? He’s not resigning.

    • WomanVoter says:

      They are already calling for an investigation.

      • dakinikat says:

        Pelosi just called for one.

      • jillforhill says:

        Pelosi needs to go. She won’t investigate the Bush Adminstration because we don’t have time and it is off the table,but she has time to look into Weiner’s drawers. This does feel like it has Obama’s fingerprints on it.

      • WomanVoter says:

        It’s re-election time, time to re-make her image, and besides, she was in the meetings about but can’t recall about torture.

        Yup, it is nice to know she knows how to call for one, and erase the illusion that she didn’t know.

        Nancy Pelosi called for an Ethics investigation when he said he wouldn’t resign. The investigation will see if any government resources were used and if any of the women were in fact teenagers (Speculation at this point, but he sure showed poor judgment.).

  14. Minkoff Minx says:

    Damn, this gives Breibart some credibility…

    • dakinikat says:

      Shakestweetz Melissa McEwan
      Irrespective of anything Weiner did, Breitbart threatened to publish more personal pix of Weiner. That’s called sexual coercion.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I don’t see how it gives Breitbart credibility. The only credibility he has is that the media is covering him. He wanted the chance to go on a fishing expedition into Weiner’s private life and the media cheered him on. I think it’s sickening. And Democrats haven’t fought back because they too want to be rid of Weiner. He’s a liberal. He has opposed the Patriot Act. He defends Social Security and Medicare. For that, he must go. I won’t cheer for that.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Maybe Breibart got lucky with this one? But I do feel that in the eyes of lots of people, Breibart will get kudos and credit for this.

      • WomanVoter says:

        One out of Three is not a very good record. Nancy Pelosi is calling for the Barbi to be turned on, Oh, it’s called an Ethics Committee hearing.

  15. Minkoff Minx says:

    My husband thought the Weiner picture was a naked picture…when he just saw it, he said that it is not pornographic or lewd, look at all the ads for Calvin Kline underwear…

    Still, it is a shame that another politician bites the dust.

    • dakinikat says:

      I thought david vitter was gone when he was caught on that madam’s list but he got re-elected here in a landslide … you just never know

      • bostonboomer says:

        It will be up to his constituents, who so far overwhelmingly support him.

    • Peggy Sue says:

      I agree, BB. It’s up to his constituency, unless the Dem leadership starts pressuring Weiner to step down. We can’t have anyone tainting Obama’s chances in 2012.

      What a circus!

  16. jillforhill says:

    Breitbart said he has more pictures and messages that will ruin Weiner for a long time. How could he be so right politically but so dumb personally.

    • dakinikat says:

      he’s a man with access to young women … that’s all any one needs to know

      • Jadzia says:

        Seriously. My lying husband who lies did some similar shit not too long ago (only without the press conference, thank God), and the stupidity of some people just …

        I am taking this one way too personally. Suffice it to say, all of my compassion is reserved for the Congressman’s wife. I don’t know what would be worse, the betrayal or the public humiliation. (His public humiliation he brought upon himself, so not a lot of sympathy there.)

  17. CinSC says:

    Are there any mature adult males on Capitol hill? I am so tired of irresponsible stupid fraternity behavior. No, technically it doesn’t affect his job, but he’ll be gone before the week is out. He has to be so the dems can move on.

    • bostonboomer says:

      If Weiner is forced out over this–private behavior with other adults–Democrats will be more open to being smeared in the media than ever before.

      On what basis would he be forced out anyway? Charlie Rangel didn’t have to resign for illegal behavior. Why should Weiner have to resign for embarrassing behavior that isn’t illegal?

      I’m shocked that so many people here are cheering on the right wing noise machine.

      • CinSC says:

        Rangel should have resigned, just my opinion.
        Trust and credibility is part of his job. You are right, it should be up to his constituents. If I were in his district, he’d lose my vote.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Why wasn’t Vitter driven out of the Senate then? Please explain.

      • WomanVoter says:

        Nancy Pelosi didn’t call for a hearing…Bush & Cheney, no investigations, Anthony Weiner…she has called for a hearing already.

        • Minkoff Minx says:

          Yep, that just pisses me off too! No hearings on the WMD shit…no hearings on the torture shit…but some stupid ass post pictures of himself on the web, lies about it…get that hearing scheduled.

    • Branjor says:

      Right, CinSC. What we need now is a good liberal woman to replace Weiner.

  18. jillforhill says:

    The POS chris matthews just blamed Huma and the republican said matthews was a fool for saying that.

    • Peggy Sue says:

      What??? Blame the wife? Oh, please.

    • WomanVoter says:

      Yup, he blamed Hillary and just put the blame on Huma.

      • jillforhill says:

        The rethugs are now bringing up the rumors of Hillary and Huma.

      • WomanVoter says:

        Sheesh, Anthony Weiner is so self serving and still not coming clean. His wife didn’t know about all his pictures! He barely told her today about the one with clothes on today.

      • jillforhill says:

        He should have kept her out of it and not used her like that. She may have known about what happened in the past,but I don’t believe for a second that she knew he was still doing this stuff.

      • Peggy Sue says:

        I almost hate to ask this: But what ‘rumors’ about Hillary and Huma?

      • jillforhill says:

        The rumor has to do with them having a relationship that is romantic.

      • Peggy Sue says:

        Oh, that old rumor questioning Hillary’s sexual orientation. Which makes me suspect Huma is also a strong woman. Obviously if you’re a strong, fierce, smart woman there’s something that just doesn’t meet the eye and it must be sexual in nature.

        The Repugs need better material; they’re way too predicatable. And boring.

  19. Peggy Sue says:

    As disappointing it is that Weiner did, in fact, lie his way through this fiasco, I think he did a decent job with that press conference. Stood up, confessed, apologized, and then remarkably opened it up for questions. He should have done it from the start but that’s water under the bridge. At least he didn’t drag his wife to the podium.

    So, the pound of flesh has been exacted. It remains to be seen how long the circus will continue because this has the press in an absolute tizzy.

    Ir’s so much sexier than talking about failed economic policy, foreclosure fraud or the Robber Baron mentality that is destroying the country.

    Nothing like a good sex scandal. And Breitbart commandeering the press conference? I wish I could say nothing surprises me anymore. But then there’s always something.

    The beat goes on.

  20. mjames says:

    I’m totally grossed out. And, yes, I’ve lost all respect for the man. Proudly showing off his body? Grinning? Sending pics to women he never even met? Then sobbing like a baby when he’s caught? Apologizing to that slime Breitbart? Come on. Grow a real pair, would you buddy?

    Yeah, yeah, of course it’s a private matter. But that’s what the right wing does. We all know that. How could he have been so stupid? And to compound the stupidity by lying? A pathetic loser in my book.

    It’s too bad that another liberal voice is silenced. (Well, too bad for some of us, though, as bb says, most Dems and Repubs are probably glad to see him silenced.) If I were his wife, I’d be out barhopping this very moment. Come back home around 3:00 a.m. Let the egotistical narcissistic shit see how it feels.

    • bostonboomer says:

      If Obama didn’t want Weiner gone this wouldn’t be happening.

      • WomanVoter says:

        Do you remember a congressman was critical of Obama blocking the Public Option…I think it may have been Weiner.

      • mjames says:

        Right you are.

      • Peggy Sue says:

        Wow! Looks like the Dem leadership is into purging the membership. Again. I didn’t remember Weiner opposing Obama on the public option. But Pelosi is now calling for an investigation??? Sorry but she missed a few before the Dems took the WH.

        What the hell is going on? And why am I beginning to feel a little sick, not simply about the extraordinaryly foolish acts of a Congressman? Dak suggested Obama-guided hands could have been playing this scandal behind the scenes the other night.

        She could be all too right. Wow!

      • paper doll says:

        Obama didn’t want Weiner gone this wouldn’t be happening.

        I agree with that. Let’s see if they try to drag Hillary into it…I mean in the formal investigation… Weiner may not be the only one Obama wants gone

      • okasha says:

        I’ve had a feeling since the beginning that this was at least partly aimed at Hillary through Huma.

        I hope Weiner doesn’t quit because every liberal vote is needed in Congress. On the other hand, I hope Huma whacks him a few times upside the head with a cast-iron skillet and and divorces his sorry, lying ass.

      • Jadzia says:

        I’d be happy to donate my skillet to the cause. There was a picture of his wife at a State Department (I think) function from a day or two ago that I just cannot forget. She is incredibly gorgeous–but in that picture, she looked like somebody who had cried all night. I think it was in the NY Post.

        I may be projecting.

    • Jadzia says:

      No kidding. I’d be happy to buy her a drink or ten!

  21. Riverbird says:

    I don’t care at all what consenting adults do, but I wish Democratic politicians wouldn’t make themselves vulnerable by doing something stupid and arrogant. Anything a Democrat does is going to get more negative attention than if a Republican did the same thing. I hope Weiner’s constituents do stand by him, but I won’t be surprised if he steps down soon.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Democratic politicians are only vulnerable because they don’t stick together and they don’t fight back.

      Why isn’t anyone asking Mitch McConnell when he’s going to come out of the closet? Why isn’t his being kicked out of the army for sodomy relevant?

      I’ll tell you why. Because he’s a Republican and Republicans stick together and fight back.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Posts about this kind of Republican hypocrisy get ignored, while the right wing noise machine gets cheers.

      • janicen says:

        Weiner not only did what he did, but he went on the road and blatantly lied about it. I’m not cheering on the right wing noise machine, but one must acknowledge that there is a different standard for public behavior of public figures. It’s not illegal to pick one’s nose in the privacy one one’s home, but it’s damned stupid to do it in public, especially if you are a celebrity.

      • janicen says:

        *one’s own home*

      • bostonboomer says:

        Mitch McConnell opposes gay rights and gay marriage. He is a powerful man with the ability to hurt gays and women. He is a closeted gay man. Why isn’t that relevant? I believe it is relevant to his ability to perform his job.

        Question: Why doesn’t McConnell get 24-hour coverage for his hypocrisy?
        Answer: Because he’s a Republican, and anything is okay if you’re a Republican.

        IMHO, that is a serious problem that we face in this country.

      • paper doll says:

        He is a closeted gay man. Why isn’t that relevant?

        Because McConnell was not caught sending photos of his Mr.Happy to young men? I agree the Republican hypocrisy is in full cry( as usual) But we have having this discussion because of the idiot Dem action….but I ceratinly agree that Repugs usually stick together while Dems run for cover…But it’s because press helps the Repugs while roasting the Dems.BTW The French guy charged with rape today lucked out…now the media will be Weiner 24/7

      • bostonboomer says:

        McConnell lied about his military service and covered up his court martial.

        But whatever–let’s drive a liberal out of office for private behavior. Fine.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        @ BB 4:46

        I remember you talking about the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats one time in a comment some months ago. You mentioned the difference between the two in terms of individuality and something else. I can’t remember exactly, but it was a good point to make.

        I know I am rambling…but do you remember what you said?

  22. Branjor says:

    I’m totally disgusted by Weiner and on one level I’m glad to see him outed as the lecher he is. But on another level it is painful as his politics are so right. I just wish repub lechers would get the same treatment he is getting and that we had more liberal women in office so that some of us wouldn’t be reduced to defending liberal male lechers.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I wish it wasn’t OK to pry into every detail of people’s private lives–whether they are politicians or ordinary citizens. Weiner has consistently voted against spying on private citizens. So he must be destroyed.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That doesn’t mean Weiner’s behavior doesn’t disgust me. I think it’s creepy. But I simply didn’t need to know about it.

  23. Pat Johnson says:

    I am at the point where I am about to unplug the tv, shut off the computer, and just pretend that what is happening out there by way of moral leadership and intelligence is completely lacking and there is just nothing I can do to stem the flow.

    There is no one we can count on. No one who can he trusted. No one willing to do the job without becoming jaded and tainted the longer they serve.

    The American public deserves better than the Schwarzeneggers, Breitbarts, Santorums, Weiners, and any and all of these degenerates and fools who stand in as “leaders”.

    We don’t expect much from the likes of Bachmann and Palin but Anthony Weiner was supposed to be “smart”. Another myth buried beneath the male need to expose his beloved “thingy” to the world. And this one did so via cyberspace.

    Jayzus!

  24. paper doll says:

    Well BB if Dems gone wild had HALF of your fight , they won’t resign their offices when caught and we would have single payer health care! lol! But much like their behavor on Capital Hill: Today’s Dems usually wet their pants and cave

    He should have fessed up days ago AND I really resent him speaking about his wife AT ALL. Why drag her in? That was really pathetic.Isn’t being married to this lulu enough ?

    • mjames says:

      And now Pelosi (according to Shakesville) wants an ethics investigation. Like there’s anybody in that D.C. cesspool with any ethics.

      • paper doll says:

        In DC it’s the least criminal acts that get the shake down EVERY time…Remember the guy who was gifted two Yankee tickets….we just HAD to have trial for that. The real crimes we ” must move forward” from

        And I’m expecting Hillary to be called to testify .

        Weiner STARTED his wife even being mentioned in this …he totally gifted the media slime machine talking heads that one…he’s an Id-jit

      • Pat Johnson says:

        Calling Diogenes!

  25. This *should* be a private matter, but Weiner is the one who made the mistake of using freaking twitter on his official account to engage in this kind of behavior. While I think this story has been the biggest distraction and don’t think it’s a prudent use of resources of the House Ethics Cmte. to investigate him, Weiner himself is the one who made this not private.

    • WomanVoter says:

      He was only thinking of himself, when he was engaged in the behavior and when he lied/hide the facts and let people defend him.

      He may not know it, but telling lies of that nature require some advice from a professional. Those aren’t the kind of lies you tell and then just say, sorry and continue.

    • WomanVoter says:

      In the mean time Hillary and Huma are at work with the Israeli and Palestinian tensions. Sad, that there are so many issues that are so important and this is what is getting a hearing.

      Pelosi clearly wants him to resign.

      • jillforhill says:

        If Pelosi wants him to resign then I want him to stay. Who is she to judge anyone and their ethics. She should be investigated too so we can find out why she won’t investigate the bush administration.

    • Seriously says:

      I agree. Is it the biggest deal in the world? No. But did he handle it horribly? Sure did. He’s the one going on CNN announcing that he can’t be sure the photos are not him. He’s not an idiot, he knows that’s going to keep the story going with a vengeance. I didn’t believe his “I was hacked but won’t go to the authorities” story for a second, personally, but if he’d just kept quiet instead of keeping it going with brazen lies, it would have blown over–or, if the other stuff had come to light anyway, he wouldn’t look *as* bad. Dragging Huma into it also is a license to pry.

    • Fannie says:

      He wanted to prove he was the one and only.

    • paper doll says:

      Weiner himself is the one who made this not private.

      Exactly…and i’m still steamed he dragged his wife into it at the presser. That was low imo

  26. Pat Johnson says:

    There is nothing marked “private” when you become a public figure. When you expose yourself to public scrutiny unfortunately your entire family pays the price.

    Whether it be dragging your kids along as convenient props or sending pictures of your genitals through cyberspace, nothing is off limits.

    Lessons learned. What one does in the privacy of one’s home there is no longer a guarantee that someone will discover your little “hobbies” and make political hay in the process.

    What is more aggravating is that when it happens to people we have come to admire and depend upon for acting on our behalf it reinforces the cynicism that we have come to expect whenever this stuff hits the fan.

    Ethics committee or not, I know more than I care to know about Anthony Weiner and digging further into this mess gains us nothing.

    Let him the do the right thing by resigning now rather than drag this out for the next few months and ending up pretty much with the same result.

  27. bostonboomer says:

    lhfang Lee Fang
    When congressmen vote to help powerful industries after meeting lobbyists and taking campaign checks, is there ever an ethics investigation?

    http://twitter.com/#!/lhfang/

  28. Minkoff Minx says:

    Oh wow! 122 comments on this post…

  29. Uppity Woman says:

    Men in power in DC. They are all pigs. Doesn’t matter which party. They think with their dicks. They use power for their dicks. When they “champion” women they only do it for the sex. No offense, but Ted Kennedy was the patron saint of this kind of behiavior. Champion the women and pork as many of them as he could.

    I find it nearly unbelievable that all women in this country don’t roundly reject the whole lot of them and refuse to elect these pigs. It doesn’t matter which party they are in, they are pigs. The only difference between the Ds and the Rs is the Rs don’t even bother pretending they want to control women and keep them down. The Ds pretend they give a shit and string women along. They have been doing it to us for decades. We have to face it. They are the same pigs the Rs are.

    The only difference between Weiner and the rest of them is he got caught.

  30. bostonboomer says:

    I’d just like to say from a psychological point of view, Rep. Weiner is a human being. In the press conference he expressed a great deal of shame. I just hope he has some support right now, because I’m concerned that he could become severely depressed. He clearly has an addiction problem. I’d hate to see him do anything to harm himself.

    Just my 2 cents…

    • Uppity Woman says:

      I guess I’ve seen this movie too many times with these DC critters. To me he’s simply sorry. Sorry he got caught.

      • I’m sure he is sorry he got caught, and maybe that’s the only thing he’s sorry about, I don’t know. But I think some part of him had to be crying out for help or something to be as reckless as he was–in which case, I hope he gets the help he needs.

  31. Sima says:

    Wow, I was away from the computer for the weekend and Monday and the Rep’s crap just hit the fan. I’m disappointed, of course.

    But I’m also with BB on this. It’s really none of our business. And that goes for Repubs or Demos.

    Yes, it makes me more cynical. Yes, it makes me angry and disappointed. But where does it stop?

    Do we have to raise our future politicians in glass bubbles? How about we spay and castrate them, so they have no human sexual impulses? And remember to thoroughly vet their friends and relations (probably best to have them spring forth from a petri-dish so they won’t be tainted by familial problems). Remember to raise them with a silver spoon in their mouths, so money is not a problem and they can’t possibly be enticed by it. Remember, no struggles for them, that could lead them to be influenced one way or another.

    Why are we asking the impossible from these people? It’s a difficult question for me. But there are obviously lines that shouldn’t be crossed. I’m not sure sexting with consenting adults is one of those lines. Does it reveal something about his personality? Sure, but unless we are his wife or family, it doesn’t affect US. He has done a good job as a liberal and as a representative of his constituents. He isn’t, to my knowledge, owned by a company or companies. Yes, I suppose if his urges were kept hidden, he might be susceptible to black mail, but if WE didn’t care about those urges, if we were adult enough to turn away when they are brought out in public and sneer at the newspeople frothing at the mouth over them, then they would be harmless and we could all go about being adults.

    Bleh, I probably have made no sense, but I’m sick of this, from both sides. If a politician breaks a law, I want to know. If s/he’s simply a human, with human faults, I don’t really care as long as s/he’s doing her/his job right. It’s not my business.

    • Generally I’d agree it’s none of our business, but using twitter for it was a serious lapse of judgment on Weiner’s part.

      If it’s selfish of me expect people who make impassioned pleas on behalf of liberalism to not publicly tweet photos of their crotch and risk dragging down the liberal brand with that kind of thing, then I’m selfish.

      As for everything beside the use of twitter itself–I just don’t care. It’s already TMI and for Weiner, Huma, and the shrink(s) to sort out.

      • paper doll says:

        The man is sick. I’m over calling this sort of behavior : boys will be boys. Imo constant sextexting people in this manner is a compulsion I don’t believe he can control . Now that is completely seperate from the question : should he resign…because certainly being ill doesn’t stop the GOP from staying ….just saying. He may say he’s staying now, but I don’t see a profile in courage here…( dragging Huma in etc)It will be interesting to see what the press does….But I’ll be surprised if they give it the GOP dropped pants treatment and say it’s a private manner and the family needs be left alone to ” heal”