Via The Corner and our Headlines, a bit of a “wow” moment from the Left on Anthony Weiner’s insistence on staying in office from the most sympathetic network possible. Schultz’ logic isn’t exactly impeccable here; if he wants Weiner to run in 2012, then what’s the point of resigning now? New York will have to run a special election to fill his seat, which would almost certainly produce a Democratic winner — especially with the GOP’s track record in Congressional special elections in the Empire State. Still, Schultz hits the nail on the head when he accuses Weiner of taking credit for defaulting back onto the truth only when all other options were obviously closed:
The truth matters. And I take issue with the fact that you take full responsibility. You took full responsibility when it was convenient. You took full responsibility when new information came out and you got caught. There has to be more restitution than just stepping up and saying ‘I’m sorry and I’m not going to resign.’ That’s a little too arrogant for me.
And when you’re a little too arrogant for Ed Schultz …
Meanwhile, Survey USA polled New York City yesterday as the damning facts unfolded, presumably before and after Weiner’s tearful admission of wrongdoing. Are Big Apple residents demanding Weiner’s resignation? Barely. Among all respondents, 46% want Weiner to resign, while 41% want him to remain in office. Men (50/43) are more adamant about this than women (42/39), oddly. Among ethnic demographics, only black supporters support Weiner’s continued presence in Congress, by a plurality of 48/36, hardly a ringing endorsement, while all other demos have either a plurality or majority in favor of resignation.
Less surprising is the partisan breakdown; Republicans and independents have identical 55/34 scores for resignation, while Democrats have a thin plurality for keeping Weiner in office, 42/45. Self-professed conservatives want a resignation, 56/34, while moderates and liberals both end up in dead heats but edge towards remaining in office.
Nevertheless, Weiner’s much-remarked aspirations for the office of mayor are definitely not going to get addressed in the near term. Only 11% of all respondents would consider voting for Weiner in a city-wide election, with 45% saying they would vote against him. Even Democrats wouldn’t turn out for Weiner, 13/42.
Schultz says that Weiner’s relatively young and can always re-enter politics at a later date, but what else would Weiner do? Since graduating with a degree in political science, he’s either worked for Chuck Schumer or held political office. His next private-sector job will be his first, at least since college. It seems doubtful that Weiner will get a job flacking for another politician, his previous gig before winning a seat on the city council, after this credibility meltdown. Although he should resign, don’t expect him to do so unless his political situation gets more desperate than it is at the moment.