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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Translation – I stepped on my own Weiner and don’t want to dwell on the subject.

teke184 on May 31, 2011 at 2:20 PM

No. This fecal flinging “representative” NEVER moves on. I say bring on the investigations.

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2011 at 2:20 PM

He’s so guilty.

I love it.

nickj116 on May 31, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Jonah Goldberg this morning:

“Breitbart et al. seem perfectly happy to have an investigation.Meanwhile, the only person who wants to let the story die is Weiner.”

and

“At minimum, it seems to me that if the Left wants to claim Weiner was set up, then they are honor bound to support a full investigation.”

Yuuuuuup.

nickj116 on May 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Weiner says the story will go away on its own

At least shrink.

the_nile on May 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Somebody should check his undie drawer. If the undies fit….

tcn on May 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM

to be fair, he would say this if he was guilty OR innocent

Drunk Report on May 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Weiner says the story will go away on its own

At least shrink.

the_nile on May 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Not because of the weather, though it could happen if he sees his career dissipation light going into overdrive.

teke184 on May 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I blame Big Wiener.

The Mega Independent on May 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Everyone BUT Weiner wants an investigation.

I wonder why…

Abby Adams on May 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

No way, Weiner. You messed with Brietbart. This won’t be going away.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 2:25 PM

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.

Ed, just have Tina handle the Weiner story.

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:25 PM

It goes with out saying but a republican would be forced to resign by now…

liquidflorian on May 31, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Don’t show your abs!!!!!

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 2:25 PM

“If this story last longer than four hours, call your physician.”

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

So now all you good Republicans serving the people out there know the new drill: next time you’re implicated in possible sexual misconduct while serving your term–just ignore pointed questions and repeat that you have more important things to focus on. Should work like a charm.

RepubChica on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Does anyone really WANT to know about Anthony Weiner’s sex life?

Look at the guy.

*vomits*

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Is anybody asking about the dozen+ high school age girls Weiner followed on twitter?

Probably just a “hacker”… right?

tetriskid on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Weiner: “I’m sorry I raised the issue …”

PackerBronco on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

but neither of us have had anything to say about the story until now

Also silent on the weinergate:

*Drudge
*Media Matters

Anyone else know of any other notably silences?

Abby Adams on May 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Other politicians that just wanted to move on:
Richard Nixon
Barney Frank
Jack Murtha
Bill Clinton
Charlie Rangel
Maxine Waters

John Deaux on May 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM

The fact that he won’t deny the picture is him is all you need to know.

WisCon on May 31, 2011 at 2:28 PM

The fury of the left in trying to claim that Breitbart and this Wolfe guy actually hacked his account and sent the picture themselves is almost funny.

Everybody’s guilty but “Tiny.”

KingGold on May 31, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Also, to believe that this was some cooked up story by The Dread Pirate Brietbart, you have to have a willing suspension of disbelief.

Abby Adams on May 31, 2011 at 2:28 PM

For a loudmouth who can’t shut up, he sure is quiet!

rjoco1 on May 31, 2011 at 2:28 PM

to be fair, he would say this if he was guilty OR innocent

Drunk Report on May 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM

No way , if someone really hacked his twitt , he would call on everything to make it political.

Either he’s a victim of a crime or he’s dirty.

the_nile on May 31, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Weiner is as guilty as hell. He posted the picture. If he had been hacked he would be furious and demand an investigation. Instead he just wants the story to go away. That tells me all I need to know.

Lizzy on May 31, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Anyone else know of any other notable silences? Abby Adams on May 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM

ABC, CBS, NBC… oh, you said notable.

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Watch how shifty he gets when the question is raised- turn the sound off and watch his body language and rapid eye shifts. It is fascinating to see- if he was innocent I think he’d be more direct.

Kristamatic on May 31, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Where is Ted c….he’s been on a roll with today

cmsinaz on May 31, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Hell, he can’t even say: “That is not my weiner!”

Blake on May 31, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Weiner
..Twitting
….Frank

Electrongod on May 31, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Fact is, this story can sink his NYC mayoral run, and an actual investigation would show that it was indeed Weiner’s weiner.

Rebar on May 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM

*vomits*

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I’ve actually had crackheads on the subway in New York beg me for change that look healthier than him.

RepubChica on May 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM

His name’s Weiner, that’s funny.

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM

BUSTED.

greggriffith on May 31, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Let’s see if the media lets it go

Kini on May 31, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Msdnc is defending him….

cmsinaz on May 31, 2011 at 2:31 PM

How about a Weinerbot?

either orr on May 31, 2011 at 2:31 PM

if the briefs don’t fit, you must acquit…..

t on May 31, 2011 at 2:31 PM

It must be hard being congress’s Weiner. :-|

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Lets see:

First he was “hacked”
then he makes jokes about all the bad luck he is having
then he shows up in public with the dutiful wife holding hands (which is always a dead giveaway of guilt)
then he was “pranked”
now he wants to move on?

YEP! It’s his junk! Keep up the pressure Breitbert.

ramrants on May 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Well, if we see his wife moving out in the near future, we have our answer, right?

ButterflyDragon on May 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Innocent people call the cops. Perps hire lawyers.

Valiant on May 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

SOOOO BUSTED.

greggriffith on May 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Why would he get a lawyer? Why wouldn’t he be angry about being hacked? Or at least pretending? Because he’d look worse if he’s found out? Why won’t Rep. Oscar Meyer knock this out of the Ball Park?

cartooner on May 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Weiner: “I’ve been wronged. But being the rational, unemotional human being that I am, I seek no vindication and no retribution.”

BuckeyeSam on May 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

He won’t even say that it isn’t even him in the picture…

””””
So the list of things Anthony Weiner has time to do include following coeds on Twitter, sending DM’s to strippers/bloggers, complaining about his Tivo and the missed hockey game for all the world to see.

Things he doesn’t have time to do? Call the FBI and ask them to find out who hacked his account and tried to humiliate him. That might take, oh, an hour of his time. But he can’t spare it apparently, even on a long weekend.

I find that suspicious, don’t you? After all, this is not a shy, retiring wallflower of a man who shuns the limelight and hates controversy. This is political firebrand Anthony Weiner. And he’s just going to drop it…?
“””””

http://www.verumserum.com/?p=25027

Has Weiner ever cared about the “Hacker”?

3 hours after the last tweet the lewd tweet goes up and is immediately deleted… and then 5 minutes later is oddly preoccupied with hockey… if I just got hacked I would not be talking about a hockey game I can’t even watch…

05/27/2011 16:00 @RepWeiner tweets that he is “Heading to 30 Rock to chat with Rachel at 9. #Thats545InSeattleIThink”
05/27/2011 19:30 @GennetteNicole re-tweets @RepWeiner’s “30 Rock” message along with “#Thats545InSeattleIThink”
05/27/2011 20:00 @RepWeiner tweets “@GennetteNicole http://yfrog.com/h25m3luj“; the skinny white male erection photo
05/27/2011 20:04 @RepWeiner tweets “Killng me!! RT @kknapp1: @RepWeiner that is a tragedy! #EpicGame”
05/27/2011 20:05 @RepWeiner tweets “my tivo ate the hockey game! #WhoCanISue?”
05/27/2011 20:08 @RepWeiner tweets “@kknapp1 just kill me now.”
05/27/2011 21:00 @RepWeiner tweets “Tivo eats the hockey game and Versus taunts me with endless postgame.”
05/27/2011 21:10 @RepWeiner tweets “Followers of my lame hockey tweets recall i picked tb and nashville. #NotSoBrilliant”
05/27/2011 21:24 @RepWeiner tweets “Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next?”

(not sure about the timestamps on this are 100% exact but the ordering is correct)

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/05/complete-weinergate-timeline-crack.html

ninjapirate on May 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Hacking can now be an act of war. Should we not investigate this?

reddevil on May 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I’m no expert but his frequent head turn downward and to the left is a clear indication to me that he is LYING and/or has SOMETHING TO HIDE!

glennbo on May 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM

“If this story last longer than four hours, call your physician.”

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

And soak in a claw footed tub.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Can we just call him Dick for short?

search4truth on May 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.///

kingsjester on May 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I think the weenie roast is just about to start should we have a pool on what day he apologizes for his indiscretion?He is a dem so it is not a lewd action.

tim c on May 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM

They asked another politican if their sexual habits should be examined based on a rumor

Its not a Rumor

/Swartzenegger

William Amos on May 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM

So, it’s really not anybody’s business but Weiner’s and his wife’s, but when someone as awful as him can be driven out of politics, it would be a shame to miss an opportunity like this.

This needs to be demagogued to high hell and he needs to be driven from Congress.

What a twerp.

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I’m no expert but his frequent head turn downward and to the left is a clear indication to me that he is LYING and/or has SOMETHING TO HIDE!

glennbo on May 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM

I see a classic “body language expert” segment on the O’Reilly Factor in our future!

BuckeyeSam on May 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

the explanation could have gone either way, and I had no opinion on which I thought it might be

I call BS.

This is either a BIG story about a sitting Congressman sending penis pics to a teen over the Net, or its a BIG story about someone trying to frame a sitting Congressman by hacking their Twitter account.

Either way it’s a big story.

faraway on May 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM

How come Tony Dick can just demand this story be buried when GOP politicians have been forced to resign for doing far less? Does the House leadership have any sway in this matter?

Doughboy on May 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Weiner got himself a new car.

glennbo on May 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM

hahahaha

The Weiner is guilty of showing his wiener.
Innocent people want the truth. This clown is trying to avoid it at all costs.

darwin on May 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Will Boehner investigate Weiner?

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Also silent on the weinergate:

*Drudge
*Media Matters

Anyone else know of any other notably silences?

Abby Adams on May 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Rush brought it up briefly, but only to say that it wasn’t worth talking about.

holygoat on May 31, 2011 at 2:39 PM

This interview is going to be like a tanker truck of gasoline on a match.

Chuck Schick on May 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

How come Tony Dick can just demand this story be buried when GOP politicians have been forced to resign for doing far less? Does the House leadership have any sway in this matter?

Doughboy on May 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM

And the fact that he would pounce on any of the Right leaning justices on the SCOTUS if they did something half as disgusting.

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Song for Weiner

http://youtu.be/hmbEuRzlhIs

William Amos on May 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM

the explanation could have gone either way, and I had no opinion on which I thought it might be

I call BS.

This is either a BIG story about a sitting Congressman sending weiner pics to a teen over the internet, or it’s a BIG story about someone trying to setup a sitting Congressman by hacking into their Twitter account.

Either way, it’s a very BIG story.

faraway on May 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Given that:
.
1. Shirtless pictures (maybe ‘PG-13′? certainly not ‘R’) emailed to a hottie have ended Congressional careers
.
2. Hacking personal accounts is cause for investigation and action by Law Enforcement, and results in jail time
.
3. Fooling with phones in a Senator’s home office causes the men in black SUVs to appear
.
and
.
4. Tony “THE GENTLEMEN WILL SIT DOWN” Weiner seems the sort to insist on each and everyone of his rights, and raise all hell even when there is only an implied potential infringement
.
Weiner’s decision to NOT contact ANY Law Enforcement branch, and in fact to let this situation die, seems puzzling ….
.
What would an FBI investigation find?
.
Are you / your house, accounts, comm lines, etc., a security risk? Are you still able to keep Congressional information and secret briefs (except for gray ones) safe?
.
Tony, was the hacking conducted from INSIDE YOUR HOUSE?
.

Arbalest on May 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM

It would be enough for me if FNC would stop putting him on as the poster child for the lunatic left

But seriously, it would piss off any normal person to actually think they were hacked…and if you had any power at all you’d want to get the sob that did it.

And, who would “hack” this guy…lefties are normally the hackers. He has wanted to be nyc mayor…so if anything, this is a warning shot from the nyc Dem machine. kinda lie “we know where you live”

r keller on May 31, 2011 at 2:42 PM

He doesn’t want to discuss such a “small” matter

Bevan on May 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Weiner: “I’m sorry I raised the issue …”

PackerBronco on May 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

lol

JetBoy on May 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Rush brought it up briefly, but only to say that it wasn’t worth talking about.

holygoat on May 31, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Why? Was that wink wink?

the_nile on May 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Let’s get back to the meat of the matter: What kind of congress creep sends photos of his hard-on to young women??

We know he did it. He’s either done this before and gotten away with it or there was some very hot talk between him and Gennette going on via DM.

Blake on May 31, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Why? Was that wink wink?

the_nile on May 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Rush freely confessed that he’s not really savvy about Twitter, so he doesn’t know who’s telling the truth.

I don’t think he wants to cover the story unless it grows a little and stands at attention.

KingGold on May 31, 2011 at 2:46 PM

This guy is guilty as heck. I’d like to see O’Reillys body language expert decipher Weiners movements.

portlandon on May 31, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Nah, lets expose for all to see what a moonbat loon you really are.

No mas Teflon Weiners.

Speakup on May 31, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I call BS.

This is either a BIG story about a sitting Congressman sending weiner pics to a teen over the internet, or it’s a BIG story about someone trying to setup a sitting Congressman by hacking into their Twitter account.

Either way, it’s a very BIG story.

faraway on May 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Exactly . Those only two possible scenarios are both bad and has to be investigated.

the_nile on May 31, 2011 at 2:47 PM

If only Weiner had been caught sending a pic of his wiener to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Ditz gets wiener.

darwin on May 31, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Everyone should read this now… Weiner is so BUSTED…

Weiner’s Actual Tweet Stream Disputes His Version, Raises Valid Questions

http://biggovernment.com/driehl/2011/05/31/weiners-actual-tweet-stream-disputes-his-version-raises-valid-questions/

ninjapirate on May 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

He sure is behaving as though he is embarrassed. He also keeps looking down when answering.

ronsfi on May 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

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

Many of the Kos kiddies thing Breitbart is behind this whole thing.

JetBoy on May 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

*think

JetBoy on May 31, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Married Dem Congresscritter tweets schlong pics to college-coed, nothing to see here move along.

In your dreams Oscar Meyer.

Iblis on May 31, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Btw, account restoration on Twitter is currently disabled.

@GennetteC deactivating instead going private means no way to EVER verify DM history.

nickj116 on May 31, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Given that:
.
1. Shirtless pictures (maybe ‘PG-13′? certainly not ‘R’) emailed to a hottie have ended Congressional careers
.
2. Hacking personal accounts is cause for investigation and action by Law Enforcement, and results in jail time
.
3. Fooling with phones in a Senator’s home office causes the men in black SUVs to appear
.
and
.
4. Tony “THE GENTLEMEN WILL SIT DOWN” Weiner seems the sort to insist on each and everyone of his rights, and raise all hell even when there is only an implied potential infringement
.
Weiner’s decision to NOT contact ANY Law Enforcement branch, and in fact to let this situation die, seems puzzling ….
.
What would an FBI investigation find?
.
Are you / your house, accounts, comm lines, etc., a security risk? Are you still able to keep Congressional information and secret briefs (except for gray ones) safe?
.
Tony, was the hacking conducted from INSIDE YOUR HOUSE?
.

Arbalest on May 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM

#1 lead to at least one resignation in New York, #2 lead to the prosecution of the 4chan moron responsible for hacking Palin’s e-mail account and Breitbart can talk to you about #3 after a quick visit to Mary Landrieu’s office.

#4 would lead to charges of perjury and/or filing a false police report if he’s pressured into reporting it, such as when Alger Hiss was pressured into suing Whitaker Chambers for libeling him as a communist.

teke184 on May 31, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Oh I wish I had a pic of Tony’s weiner,
That is what I’d truly like to see ee eee.
‘Cause if I had a pic of Tony’s weiner,
We’d all know there isn’t much to see.

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Many of the Kos kiddies thing Breitbart is behind this whole thing.

JetBoy on May 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Do they really or is it the usual leftwing projection.

the_nile on May 31, 2011 at 2:52 PM

It’ll be hard to erect an excuse if the media keeps going after him…

OmahaConservative on May 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Someone is twittering pics of someone’s junk to minors.

If that someone is a Marxist piece of garbage, that means this doesn’t get investigated?

If the I.P. fits the P.P…

MNHawk on May 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM

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.

Pretty damn chicken of you both, Ed. No matter what the actual facts turn out to be, IT’S NEWS! Ed doesn’t have to form a careful, judicious, non-partisan, mature, middle-of-the-road opinion to report the damn news, does he? I mean, it’s not ALL about Ed’s opinion.

You’re both weak. Can we get some conservatives in here?

misterpeasea on May 31, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Considering that the picture didn’t contain any identifying attributes,…

Except maybe to his wife?

irishspy on May 31, 2011 at 2:54 PM

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

kinda like a Friday night boner?

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:52 PM

heh++

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 2:55 PM

no identifying characteristics? why it looks just like him!

hip shot on May 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

“Mrs. Weiner, does the weiner in that picture look like Mr. Weiner’s weiner?”

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Just like the Fugitive, for the rest of his life he’ll be looking for the one-eyed intruder.

RBMN on May 31, 2011 at 2:57 PM

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.

he is testing the limits of the Democratic firewall that has been built to protect him. Do firemen wear cotton underwear? If they don’t, then Weiner’s junk is in trouble.

ted c on May 31, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Hey Anthony, is that a roll of quarters in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?

JetBlast on May 31, 2011 at 2:57 PM

If you blur your eyes a little it looks like Tony Weiner in a hoodie.

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 2:57 PM

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