Weiner: Let’s move on, shall we?

posted at 2:18 pm on May 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Rep. Anthony Weiner gets a skeptical reception from reporters after he suggests that he will move on from the so-called “Weinergate” story that erupted over the weekend. In this clip from CNN, Weiner says the story will go away on its own, to which one reporter responds that the story would go away more quickly if Weiner would answer some of the questions — such as whether he’s pressing for an investigation, whether this was a “hack” or a “prank,” and so forth. Weiner tells the reporters that he’s not convinced answering questions will do much good, a response that they clearly don’t accept:

Allahpundit has been linking the most prominent “Weinergate” stories in the headlines, but neither of us have had anything to say about the story until now. For my part — I won’t speak for AP — the explanation could have gone either way, and I had no opinion on which I thought it might be. Considering that the picture didn’t contain any identifying attributes, nothing about it suggested that it depicted Rep. Weiner at all, except for it being on his Twitter thread. I wanted to wait for a response from Weiner, and given the fact that this happened over a holiday weekend, I kept an open mind about the possibilities.

Weiner’s response seems odd under the circumstances. It might be that Weiner is still telling the truth and just believes this will blow over with the “hacking” explanation and a stonewall strategy from him, but if so, it’s not a safe bet that it will work. The mainstream press seems to be getting pretty curious about Weiner’s Twitter habits, and that may or may not go away with a lack of response from Weiner. One would expect some pretty emphatic denials from a wronged politician, including a demand to track down the culprits of a political dirty trick. A “let’s move along, nothing to see here” attitude at least suggests that Weiner isn’t terribly anxious for an investigation, which raises questions of its own.

I’ve been following the story at Ace’s place this weekend, and I’d recommend readers continue to follow the course of the story there (as well as Big Journalism, which reported it first, and our friends at Verum Serum). I’m still not convinced much of any particular explanation, but Weiner’s response raises a lot more questions than it doesn’t answer.

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Dusty on May 31, 2011 at 6:43 PM

The troll is just playing Alinsky’s rules over and over again.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 6:51 PM

The one good thing they could do is to get everyone to use SSL.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 6:49 PM

By that I mean don’t use a URL that begins wth http:// for important messages. Only use https://, but there are so many loopholes with that, it really needs to be built into the internet itself.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Possibly, but who cares? Wiener doesn’t, because he knows that if he obsessed about this he will look ridiculous. People don’t want their representatives to spend their time in silly he-said-she-said twitter games.

i think you’re in a box pedestrian. Here’s some Althouse:

This morning, looking at a new NYT article, I thought of another option. This article goes on at length about what a prolific tweeter Weiner has been and how clever his Tweets are.

The innocent explanation is: He doesn’t write his own tweets. He’s got a ghost-tweeter.

Mr. Weiner’s Twitter tone is strikingly punchy and personal, and sometimes juvenile….

Maybe because he’s got some cheeky Harvard Lampoon-type guy tapping out the wisecracks.

He often posts several messages a day… Many are about national politics, with cheeky hashtags, like “Newt running for Prez. Mitt running from Mitt. Where to begin? #TargetRichEnvironment.” And there was “Ok let’s start with Newt. He’s the brains of the field, right? #TallestPygmy.”

So terribly clever and edgy. Why does a Congressman have time for that? Why does a Congressman have a mind for that?
The number of members of Congress who are on Twitter has more than doubled, to more than 400, since the start of this year, but the actual involvement of those members in the crafting of their messages varies widely.
So who’s writing all that junk?

so maybe his ghost writer has a crush?? he wants to be edgy???

r keller on May 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Via Dailykos-

Why hasn’t Weiner contacted the FBI/Law Enforcement to report Breitbart’s hack?

There is something that has me deeply disturbed about the recent Breitbart “scandal”.
One thing that is clear to me is that Breitbart and his minions were behind this, and have been attempting to set Congressman Weiner up for a long time now. But other than that fact, there is a lot that I don’t understand.

Hacking is, or at least can be, a federal felony punishable by as many as ten years in jail. There’s one felony.

Sending explicit images of genitalia (and whether the infamous bulge shot would count would be something a prosecutor would determine, but I would imagine this would fall under a statute in Washington State or in NY as sexual harassment or even sexual assault) is extremely serious. Most likely, that’s another felony.

Further, what Breitbart did is falsely accuse Congressman Weiner of attempting to have an affair, or at least engage in extremely inappropriate communication with a college student in Washington. That’s an attempt to jeopardize the Congressman’s marriage.

So far, there are at least two felonies attributable to Breitbart’s conduct, as well as an attempt to destroy a marriage.

This is no laughing matter.

YES!

We need to get to the bottom of this!

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 6:59 PM

kim roy on May 31, 2011 at 3:25 PM

You might enjoy Ace’s latest on this calling them out. No disrespect intended towards the overlords.

RepubChica on May 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I’ll have to check it out later when I’m not supposed to be working. Might have to revise my opinion on Ace depending on the contents. Thanks for the link!

kim roy on May 31, 2011 at 7:00 PM

i image the Weiner defenders will basically retreat into the fever swamps of dKos et al. When you’ve lost Mediaite stick a fork in it:

One of Capitol Hill’s most media-friendly people, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, seems to be souring on the subject of his Twitter account, brushing off questions about his Twitter feed and the photo of a man in his underwear that was sent from that account. “I’m not going to talk about this anymore,” Weiner said Tuesday afternoon, in an exchange with journalists CNN described as “angry.”

r keller on May 31, 2011 at 7:05 PM

According to Weiner, this was a prank, which suggests someone who had legitimate access to his twitter account.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 5:19 PM

If one of his staff members sent the photo, that person needs to be fired immediately. This is not acceptable behavior by staff members nor by a Congressman. Weiner obviously is trying to hide something or he’d be calling for an investigation.

GrannySunni on May 31, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Weiner obviously is trying to hide something or he’d be calling for an investigation.

GrannySunni on May 31, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Shortcomings

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 7:29 PM

“I’m not going to talk about this anymore,” Weiner said Tuesday afternoon, in an exchange with journalists CNN described as “angry.”

Every school boy (who read Haing Ngor) knows that “In Khmer slang, ‘getting angry’ means getting an erection.” Just sayin’.

Kenosha Kid on May 31, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Where’s the beef, Congressman Weiner?

And how is Mrs. Weiner handling the situation, Congressman?

molonlabe28 on May 31, 2011 at 7:57 PM

For pedestrian to make up his mind would undercut his objective. He simply blowing a smokescreen to protect Weiner.

pearson on May 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

But it’s too late for that – with today’s presser meltdown, his Weiner was exposed for all to see.

whatcat on May 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM

For pedestrian to make up his mind would undercut his objective. He simply blowing a smokescreen to protect Weiner.

pearson on May 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

But it’s too late for that – with today’s presser meltdown, his Weiner was exposed for all to see.

whatcat on May 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I always thought Dana Bash looked like a horse…

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 8:37 PM

That is beside the point, because it is up to Wiener to decide if he wants the FBI all up in his business. I would think conservatives would respect people’s right to choose not to be investigated.
pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 4:56 PM

“people’s right to choose not to be investigated.”

I’d bet a lot of money that everyone in prison today would like to have chosen not to be investigated!

If he was really hacked, it is a Federal crime, and that’s for ANYONE who has been hacked.
The Fact that he is a US Congressman ADDS to the severity of the crime.

Commonsense tells you that if a US Congress person has been hacked the system used by the US Government MUST be viewed as compromised till proven otherwise.
If he was really hacked “we the people” should know about it.

We the people own the system used by the US Government.
The person responsible MUST be found and prostituted to the fullest extent of the law!

If Weiner is lying, then Weiner has committed a Federal crime and should be prostituted to the fullest extent of the law!

Remaining in office is not an option.

Now who has the most to lose?
An unnamed unknown hacker? or Congressman Weiner?

Who is blocking this investigation from going forward? Congressman Weiner.

Draw your own conclusion.

DSchoen on May 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM

It’s never pretty when liberals self-destruct.

The sad part is the people they take down with them.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Pedestrian,

You should change your handle to ‘pretzel’. You’re tying yourself in knots with your posts.

zoyclem on June 1, 2011 at 7:33 AM

Mark Steyn, subbing for Rush, is having fun with this. He just dubbed today “Weiner Wednesday”.

petefrt on June 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Mark Steyn, subbing for Rush, is having fun with this. He just dubbed today “Weiner Wednesday”.

petefrt on June 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

That would make tomorrow “Tweeter Thursday.”

Ted Kennedy (in hell) is wishing he had a Twitter account.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Was it Weiner or someone elses?

Not that it matters since this probably just means he’ll be re-elected with by a big margin….and ultimately be able to jack up his speaking fees at commencements.

PappyD61 on June 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

If Weiner is lying, then Weiner has committed a Federal crime and should be prostituted to the fullest extent of the law!

DSchoen on May 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Best Freudian typo ever!!!
[stands up and sincerely applauds]
:-D

Mary in LA on June 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Weiner wants to talk about the federal debt? OK, let’s:
How many federal employees are paid more than their governors? 77,000!
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/31/77000-feds-paid-more-than-governors/
The number of federal employees making six-figure incomes has skyrocketed under Obama.
http://chrisbanescu.com/blog/2010/02/americans-suffer-while-government-workers-prosper/
Number of federally-owned limousines increases by 73% in Obama’s first two years, from 238 to 412.
http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/05/31/4765/limousine-liberals-number-government-owned-limos-has-soared-under-obama
What will you do about these facts, Weiner? Celebrate?

itsnotaboutme on June 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

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