Video flashback: Weiner didn’t mind tossing a Dem or two under the bus in 2010; Update: New photos emerge

posted at 12:00 pm on June 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s a great catch by Morgen at Verum Serum in which the Democratic embarrassment du jour opines on not one or two but three Democrats mired in scandal just 15 months ago.  Anthony Weiner got chatty with Don Imus about then-Governor David Paterson, then-Rep. Eric Massa, and unfortunately still-Rep. Charlie Rangel … and he hardly offered unconditional support for any of them.  On March 10, 2010, Weiner wanted Paterson to resign after the New York Times wrote that Paterson was being investigated for intervening with law enforcement on behalf of a staffer accused of domestic violence — for which he was never charged.  He calls Massa “one taco short of a Happy Meal,” but the more ironic quip comes immediately afterward as Weiner mocks Massa:

I don’t know why these accusations of impropriety are always coming down on the guys that are having tickle fights with their staffers.  It just seems so unfair, these stereotypes.

On Paterson, Weiner said that the state’s problems required a Governor who is “firing on all cylinders,” and that Paterson should get out of the way so that New York could find a new executive.  He did qualify it with “If these charges are true,” which at least so far turned out not to be the case with Paterson — but is self-admittedly true in Weiner’s case. On Rangel, Weiner takes exception more with the Ethics Committee, complaining that Congress has gotten “drips and drips and drips” rather than just the whole truth at once so that Congress can act. Gee, doesn’t that sound familiar?

For a man so eager to push his colleagues under the bus, Weiner seems awfully reluctant to apply the same standards to himself. No wonder his colleagues are so eager to get him to quit.

The most amusing part of the clip might be the beginning, where Weiner and Imus discuss the now-embattled Congressman’s favorite songs. Number one? “Excitable Boy” by Warren Zevon, with Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” coming in at #5.

Update (AP): On the slim chance that you haven’t already seen the new photos from the House gym on eight thousand other websites today, here you go. Think of Weiner’s resignation calculus as a scale: How many public indignities have to pile up on one side to move the weight of his ego in being a congressman on the other side? If you believe KP, the number is basically infinite, so presumably there are still many, many more indignities to come.

A procedural question via Greta Van Susteren: Can his attempt to get out of dodge for awhile by requesting a leave of absence be blocked?

A leave of absence must be requested on the floor. This is usually a perfunctory, moot exercise, with no one objecting.

But….

It is conceviable that if someone does object…the leave is not granted. And, it’s possible a debate and even a vote could ensue on the merits or demerits of granting leave.

If Weiner asks for leave, it would not surprise me if someone were to object on the floor. Then we’re into uncharted territory.

Don’t assume that it’d be a Republican who objects, either. Blocking his leave might be the last weapon Democrats have to try to force him out quickly.

Back home, some of his constituents are organizing a protest to demand that he resign. (“It’s not going to blow over, the only thing that’s going to blow over is him.”) Exit quotation from the local president of NOW:

“I wasn’t happy to discover that my congressman is a 14-year-old boy,” said Julie Kirshner, president of the NOW chapter.

“But he happens to be one of the best politicians out there, so we’re in a bad position. We’re trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

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“But he happens to be one of the best politicians out there, so we’re in a bad position…”

Remember, NOW’s definition of a great politician is simple: Pro-abortion with no restrictions. A poly-sci major with no ability to think for themselves would qualify as a great politician in their book. The more you hate someone who believes in the sanctity of human life, the better. Wiener is indeed way up on that scale, and proving it in new ways every day.

Freelancer on June 12, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Rep. Weiner’s pictures in the Congressional locker room make me wonder how many of our political “leaders” were aware of Weiner’s photography hobby before his pictures hit the headlines.

Are these types of “self portraits” so common in the Congressional locker room that nobody told him to put his camera away?

wren on June 12, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Rep. Weiner’s pictures in the Congressional locker room make me wonder how many of our political “leaders” were aware of Weiner’s photography hobby before his pictures hit the headlines.

Are these types of “self portraits” so common in the Congressional locker room that nobody told him to put his camera away?

wren on June 12, 2011 at 9:44 PM

RINO’s are bad liberal behavior enablers

Roy Rogers on June 12, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Starting Monday, Rep. Weiner’s DC staff will depart for other Congressional offices

BigGovernment has learned from a confidential source on Capitol Hill that, starting tomorrow, Rep. Weiner’s DC staff will depart for other Congressional offices. According to our source, staff from Democrat leadership assembled Rep. Weiner’s staff and offered to assist them finding positions in other offices. Finding positions for everyone in Weiner’s DC office could take a week or two.

“Leadership said they understood that the staff had been lied to,” our source told BigGovernment. “But, they appreciated that the staff had been troopers and wouldn’t be left without jobs. They also made it clear that they didn’t think Rep. Weiner would be back in Congress.”

Rep. Weiner may not resign his congressional seat, but it may resign from him.

End Game

Roy Rogers on June 12, 2011 at 10:45 PM

I personally don’t think Weiner is going anywhere because he has no money and no marketable job skills being a congressperson for so long now. I think he has been completely neutered, no one is going to be asking him to come on their program and opine about Republicans, he’s an embarassment to all the Hatefilled Left… because he got caught… What a creepy loser that guy is and oh, even with a bag over his ugly face… … yuck.

CCRWM on June 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Try cnn, msnbc, pbs, nytimes, al gore’s tv, etc., so he won’t be out of work for long.
All these lonely women will look at the pix and croon and he will have a following. YUK! Talk about hard up! Whoops maybe that wasn’t appropriate!

Bambi on June 13, 2011 at 12:52 AM

I can honestly say, I’ve never taken that many pictures of myself. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever actually taken a picture of myself…

taznar on June 13, 2011 at 9:42 AM

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