Weiner smear victim: “He should hold his head in shame and resign”

posted at 2:12 pm on June 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier this week, Salon’s Steve Kornacki reminded us of the tawdry tale that started Anthony Weiner’s political career as context for the one that’s likely to end it.  As the underdog in a three-way race for City Council, Weiner launched an anonymous race-baiting smear campaign against one of his opponents, Adele Cohen, whose political career was temporarily derailed by Weiner before serving for a decade in the state Assembly.  Today Kornacki caught up with Cohen, who laments that Weiner ended up wasting his opportunity:

This morning, I spoke with the victim of that attack, Adele Cohen, who was depicted in the Weiner flier as being a puppet of Jesse Jackson and David Dinkins. The Jackson/Dinkins linkage was particularly devastating to Cohen’s campaign because the September ’91 primary played out days after the infamous Crown Heights riot in an overwhelmingly white district just a few miles away. Cohen ended up losing to Weiner, who admitted the flier was his only after the ballots were counted, by 195 votes.

“It’s been 20 years,” she told me, “and for the first year I was really upset — I mean upset. And then, you know, 19 years, I calmed down. But now it’s all up there in my face again, and I’m distressed, personally. He had an opportunity to do something good for people, and he really messed it up.”

That’s not to say that Cohen has any desire to see Weiner stick around Congress, though she does have a warning for anyone thinking about running against him:

“I think he should hold his head in shame and resign and go off into a corner,” she said. “I think what he did is so disgraceful. He brought disgrace on himself and his family and his constituents. But if he runs again, he’ll win. Because the most familiar name wins, and his name is only becoming more familiar. And he’ll put out whatever kind of stuff it’ll take to get him to win. Whoever runs against him: Beware. You have to be an angel.”

Well, the concept of shame might be a bit foreign to anyone who would run an anonymous smear campaign just to win a City Council seat — and perhaps to constituents who rewarded him with higher office after finding out about it.  At least Cohen is not sitting quietly the way other Democratic women in politics seem to be doing, according to the Associated Press:

The scandal presents a maddening choice for these female leaders, none shy, between speaking out or keeping quiet about behavior that, at best, is disrespectful of women.

“You’re right, I don’t like” questions about Weiner, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said with a smile.

Feinstein, D-Calif., was elected in 1992, known as “the Year of the Woman.” She said she’s shocked and saddened by the matter, which grew worse as the week went on, and she wished she could say something lighthearted about it.

Does she think Weiner should resign? “I’m not getting into that,” she demurred.

It was an apt illustration of the bind in which female lawmakers, particularly Democrats, find themselves as Weiner’s tawdry saga unfolds. They represent a party trying to position itself as the best choice for women in the lead-up to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections, yet the most senior among them have not called outright for Weiner’s resignation.

Most, in fact, have said nothing publicly at all.

Cohen has retired to private practice, so she doesn’t represent an anomaly in this matter.  Neither does former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, who went on the record with National Journal in an entertaining interview about the “frat boy” culture of the Beltway:

NJ What’s your reaction to the Anthony Weiner revelations?

SCHROEDER I want to look for a barf bag. Oh, no, not again! I’m so old, I’ve seen this happen over and over again. You keep thinking, excuse me, haven’t they figured out that they’re not going to get away with that stuff? What drives them to do it? What in the world is going on?

NJ Is there something about men in powerful positions that leads them to this kind of behavior?

SCHROEDER I really don’t know. That would be practicing psychiatry without a license. But you certainly see an awful lot of it. I don’t want to unfairly paint them all with this bad brush. But it is amazing to me, because I know that when I was there, I couldn’t figure out when I was going to launder my nylons, I was so busy. So, when they’ve got time to do all this stuff is way beyond me.

NJ What was the atmosphere like for you as a peer of these men? Do you think it has changed at all?

SCHROEDER It doesn’t sound like it has changed much. I will never forget one afternoon on the floor, a group of congresswomen were all standing around and talking about how we didn’t know this stuff was going on. There was some lobbyist who had this house on the Hill, where there were girls and liquor and all this stuff. The guys would all go there and then just show up for votes. And we were all saying we didn’t even know this was happening. The guys came over and just said, “Well, you’re out of it; you don’t know anything; you don’t understand.”

When asked about whether Weiner and John Edwards taint the Democratic Party, Schroeder fairly points out that Arnold Schwarzenegger taints the GOP, too — and one can add John Ensign, Chris Lee, and Larry Craig to that list as well.  It’s less a partisan issue than a gender issue, Schroeder insists.  I’d call it more of a power issue than anything else, as well as a severe lack of judgment, but we don’t see too many of these scandals involving women in Congress, either.

Finally, the biggest frat boy in recent Washington history is apparently frustrated at Weiner’s refusal to, er, follow the advice that the adviser refused to take when it counted as well:

While embattled Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner seems intent about staying in his job — and he’s been bolstered by a poll showing that a majority of his constituents say he shouldn’t resign — we can report that Democratic leaders, including former President Bill Clinton, are frustrated and some even furious at him. The reason: He isn’t doing his party any favors by staying in his job. The VERY few folks advising him to stay are the only folks he is listening to. Monday will be intense for him ,because the House is back and the Democratic caucus may speak as a group.

You mean the man who had sexual contact with at least one intern in the executive offices of the White House, then lied about it under oath, and then blamed conservatives while refusing to resign is now shocked, shocked! that Weiner won’t retreat into oblivion?  That one gets a Captain Louis Renault award for Bill Clinton:

Update: Adele Cohen, not Alice Cohen as I wrote originally in the first graph. I’ve corrected it; thanks to Ed Driscoll.


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Adele Cohen, who was depicted in the Weiner flier as being a puppet of Jesse Jackson and David Dinkins. The Jackson/Dinkins linkage was particularly devastating to Cohen’s campaign because the September ’91 primary played out days after the infamous Crown Heights riot in an overwhelmingly white district just a few miles away

Democrats can’t be racists… check the rulebook.

mankai on June 10, 2011 at 2:17 PM

enjoy your award, Billy Jeff!

ted c on June 10, 2011 at 2:17 PM


… Weiner, who admitted the flier was his only after the ballots were counted …

And a pattern develops.

Tony737 on June 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM


“I think he should hold his head in shame …”

Freudian slip?

Tony737 on June 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Funny how the scumbags lefties over at Salon who use their publication to dump on conservatives all of a sudden “recollect” what a POS Weiner is.

How he was always a unethical guy, etc…..

When Weiner was full on in his role as “Grayson times 2″ savagely attacking republicans personally and during House sessions, Salon and other lefty sites PRAISED him as one of their own.

Opposite Day on June 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM

At least Cohen is not sitting quietly the way other Democratic women in politics seem to be doing, according to the Associated Press:

And yet they were all furiously out to get Clarence Thomas for asking a staffer out, not retaliating when rebuffed, and telling one crude joke.

rbj on June 10, 2011 at 2:22 PM

I believe the expression is “hang his head in shame.” No one needs to encourage Weiner to hold his head.

Christien on June 10, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Weiner smear victim: “He should hold his head in shame and resign

Shame and resign do not exist in the liberal lexicon.

rukiddingme on June 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

He is the epitome of an arrogant, pushy, NY liberal. Nothing is too low and be damned if they are at fault for anything. Big surprise if the liar will resign. In his own mind, he did nothing wrong, especially for a high and might democrat congressman.

ultracon on June 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Tony737… you owe for me a new keyboard. Spit takes and Toshibas don’t get on well with each other, apparently.

princetrumpet on June 10, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Arnold tainted the Republican Party while he was governor.

cartooner on June 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I wish we had Republicans who went out of their way to take advantage of this, and to remind America about the politicians who resigned in shame.

Instead they do nothing.

Roy Rogers on June 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Kornacki is the one who called her – not anonymously, one must admit – the darling of the progressive/labor coalition. Was that a smear too?

Good riddance to bad apples. Dinkins, the quintessential left-liberal political hack, sat by helplessly for three days while a Jew was murdered and anti-Semites ran riot. Did she support his administration or not?

Seth Halpern on June 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Holding his head was what got him into this mess in the first place.

CurtZHP on June 10, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Once again it’s obvious that 99% of Dem women will always let politics trump any lewd use and treatment of women. (cf. Ted Kennedy).

INC on June 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM

“… but we don’t see too many of these scandals involving women in Congress, either.”

So who’s up for seeing a naked picture of Nancy Pelosi’s junk…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Knucklehead on June 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM

He’s a goner if Ethel is underage.

INC on June 10, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I didn’t think he was holding his head in the picture.

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Ward Cleaver on June 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM

He’s a goner if Ethel is underage.

INC on June 10, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Not in a liberal world.

12 is the new 21 to them.

Roy Rogers on June 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM

But if he runs again, he’ll win. Because the most familiar name wins

No, it’s not about the name at all – it’s because the liberated folks in his district are not embarassed about his escapades -many probably think “it’s just sex” and perfectly alright. The moral corruption of a degenerate culture in secular America has a consequence. Our new role model for leaders, as with Bill Clinton, is undisciplined, without dignity,perverted, dirty old men.

Soon, even the very word “character” will be banned in America as being too offensive for normal Americans to be forced to listen to.

Don L on June 10, 2011 at 2:53 PM

for the 27 years i was a registered dem, i’d be the first one to tell this clown to resign. not only a piece of crap but he will drag his own party down on his way out. Now that I am a registered Indi. I say hang on for all you can Weiner!

Forget whatever polls his district shows, he is going to get the boot but good. Just like any and every narcissist, they will deny reality and anything negative. they will focus on the one poll that shows they might not go down in flames. This is where Pravda mistakenly help take them down. They tell dems and people like weiner what they want to hear, so when reality comes crashing down on them, they are shocked. Much like the democrats being shellacked in 2010. Skewed nonsensical polls said it wouldn’t happen, forget common sense or the fact that it was skewed to give them the answer they so desperatly seek.

Not only is weiner going down, let’s hope he spends every dime trying to avoid the inevitable. He certainly will make the Dems look like crap the whole way :)

Niteowl45 on June 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM

You mean the man who had sexual contact with at least one intern in the executive offices of the White House, then lied about it under oath, and then blamed conservatives while refusing to resign is now shocked, shocked! …

…failing to mention the tail that wagged the dog of Clinton’s Kosovo WAR to shift the balance of power into Muslim control by obliterating the Christian population using the US Air Force painted with NATO emblems. Population: Muslim Bosniaks (44 per cent), Orthodox Serbs (31 per cent) and Catholic Croats (17 per cent).

maverick muse on June 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Don L hit the target.

“Name recognition” is a dead duck excuse. People recognize the name of a candidate they HATE and vote against that hated candidate.

“Shared values” wins the prize as to why people vote as they do.

maverick muse on June 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

INC on June 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Skanks

maverick muse on June 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM

The Caligula of Queens.

Hening on June 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM

A Marist Poll released yesterday found that 56 percent of registered voters in Weiner’s congressional district in Queens and Brooklyn don’t think he should quit.

Resign? Fuggedaboutit!!!

Move over, Mayor Bloomberg …

RedPepper on June 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM

What a _______ rhymes with “hick” synonym of “weiner” this Weiner is.

Really Right on June 10, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Weiner launched an anonymous race-baiting smear campaign

The only thing Weiner did wrong was to do it anonymously…

ninjapirate on June 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

7%:

“So who’s up for seeing a naked picture of Nancy Pelosi’s junk…?”

Heah, when Pelosi was in her 40s she was pretty hot.

jerryofva on June 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

The Caligula of Queens.

Hening on June 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Haha…. beautiful!

UltimateBob on June 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Well, you know how Dem women can be. Willing to get down on their knees for any male pol who will fight to keep unfettered access to abortion and Anthony’s got a 100% rating from NARAL and a 0% rating from NRLC. After all, what’s a little sextexting among friends when there are vastly more important issues to consider.

SukieTawdry on June 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

You mean the man who had got caught sexual contact with at least one intern in the executive offices of the White House

Don’t forget babs streisand and walter mondales’ daughter and probably george michael, too.

peacenprosperity on June 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I do not want Weiner to resign. His Congressional district would never fall into GOP hands anyway. Better to have him as a face of the Dem Party. Let him go on FOX NEWs every night so nobody forgets him.

Dennis D on June 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Well, you know how Dem women can be. Willing to get down on their knees for any male pol who will fight to keep unfettered access to abortion and Anthony’s got a 100% rating from NARAL and a 0% rating from NRLC. After all, what’s a little sextexting among friends when there are vastly more important issues to consider.

SukieTawdry on June 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Didn’t they tell Fat Al’s masseuse in Portland to ‘shut up and take one for the team?’

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Here’s hoping he hangs his weener in there all the way to Nov 12.

Dingbat63 on June 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM

If only you would go after your own as vociferously as you are going after Anthony Weiner on these pages, who by all accounts didn’t break any laws, unlike many Republican members of Congress who did and continue to serve. So, what you have on these pages is a strictly partisan rant. If I want honest news from Conservative voices, I guess that I shouldn’t visit Hot Air, a strictly partisan portal.

The CJ Political Report on June 10, 2011 at 9:53 PM