Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on July 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

While Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin say they’re trying to move their marriage past Weiner’s repeated sexting scandals, friends of Abedin’s told CNN that upon the former congressman’s confession to his wife last fall that he had relapsed into exchanging lewd messages, Abedin was furious and seriously considered ending the marriage.

She was done and ready to leave him, the friend said. Another friend said she was “this close to walking out the door.”

After some reflection, friends said, Abedin felt that taking their toddler son from his father was not what was best for him, and ultimately decided to continue with therapy in an effort to heal their relationship and help him with work through his issues.

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Jessica Marrocco, 26, suspected another motive.

“I think she’s really just doing it for the publicity, and she wants a husband in office,” she said. “Because no self-respecting woman would stand up there and say that something like that’s O.K.”…

“It’s hard to watch her still encourage people to vote for him,” said Arita Balaram, 22, of the Bronx, as she sipped a caramel latte by Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn. “It’s hard to watch this as a woman.”…

“I have no way of knowing whether Huma, for whom I have great respect, is responding out of new motherhood, the Stockholm syndrome or a mystery,” Gloria Steinem, the feminist activist, wrote in an e-mail.

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What makes Huma Abedin different isn’t that she stood by her man, while pregnant, as he publicly disgraced their marriage, and lied about it repeatedly while blaming the same “vast right-wing conspiracy” as Hillary.

No, Abedin took it a step further. She didn’t want him to resign, according to what Anthony Weiner later told The New York Times — plus, she encouraged him to jump into the mayoral race…

Her defense of him is so over-the-top that the only conclusion that can be drawn is that she is as power-hungry and deranged as he is. It’s reminiscent of Elizabeth Edwards, willing to ignore her husband’s affair and obvious love child, so long as he still had a chance to become president.

Huma Abedin once inspired pity, but now the growing public feeling toward her is anger. Anthony Weiner has no self-control and no business being New York City’s mayor. The woman who enables him shouldn’t be first lady of our city.

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It’s also time to declare a moratorium on the line that Huma Abedin is the smartest, shrewdest, most level-headed and glamorous asset the Democratic Party has, and if she’s OK with Anthony, we should be, too. Clearly, there is something very wrong with Abedin — whether it’s simply that she shares her husband’s vaulting ambition or that she has a pathological need to be publicly humiliated, something’s up. When The New York Times is calling for you to take your sad assemblage of sexual compulsions out the door, you should consider that a wake-up call. Silda may have stood by Eliot, but even she never opened her mouth in his defense.

Abedin took the good-wife act one step further at Tuesday’s press conference, admitting her collusion in this new lie: “We discussed all of this before Anthony decided to run for mayor,” she said. So clearly, as Abedin sat for these joint interviews in which Weiner claimed to be a changed man, she knew that wasn’t the truth, and was happy to lie to a public that had been nothing but sympathetic toward poor, brilliant Huma, saddled with such a dud. Perhaps they’re a better match than we knew.

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Huma Abedin has critics saying the long-time Hillary Clinton aide might just be taking a page out her boss’s playbook for her own future benefit…

“Her tendency would be to go the Hillary Clinton model,” [Monica] Crowley said on Fox News. “It is clear that Huma, given her position with Hillary Clinton who is running for president in 2016, that she has a lot of personal ambition of her own. What may be taking place here is shared ambition on the part of both of them to achieve ever higher positions of power and using their marriages to do it.”

Fellow conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was slightly more direct, calling Abedin a “doormat”.

“Her loyalty is to Hillary Clinton and her role model is Hillary Clinton. Doormats. Doormats with the promise of a payoff later down the road,” Limbaugh said on Wednesday.

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This strategy worked for the Clintons politically. But after this latest press conference, I’m pretty sure that Abedin has stretched the Hillary mantle past the breaking point.

The essential problem is that the circumstances are very different for Weiner and Abedin than they were for the Clintons. Back in the late 1990s, the country’s stability, along with the future of the Democratic Party, hung in the balance. Even in 1992, when Hillary went on 60 Minutes to quell the controversy over Gennifer Flowers, many voters already saw her husband as a potentially transformative political figure, and plenty of them were therefore willing to overlook his transgressions. Weiner, by contrast, is running for mayor of New York City, not president of the United States, and based on his performance in public office so far, he’s not really worth the rest of us trying to forgive or forget what we know of his private behavior.

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“Huma was the one in the relationship with credibility, and her credibility was supposed to carry him and lift him up into office. And now he’s bringing her credibility down along with his,” said author and political analyst Keli Goff. “That’s what this has done, now we don’t trust either one of them and what stories they’re telling about this timeline.”

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Huma’s appeal to media bigwigs like Brown goes far beyond compassion. Even before she became Mrs. Carlos Danger, she was a star. CNN’s Dana Bash said “she is almost like Madonna or Cher here in Washington.” Bash doesn’t have her simile quite right; Huma is Kennedy glamour resurrected. She brings exotic beauty and a hint of Oxbridge intelligence — and of course cosmopolitan liberalism — to a town full of heartland men in ill-fitting brown suits and southern women in fire-engine-red blazers. Even during this Hell Week, Huma has managed to project such an unusual combination of elegance, composure, and vulnerability à la Jackie that it was tempting to take her laughable plea for privacy at face value…

But I do know a woman of substance would have sat her husband down and said: “Look, honey. Give it a rest. Work in an orphanage for a while. Or maybe take a job on an oil rig. Read some philosophy — or the Bible. Look within. You’re not ready for primetime.” Instead, Huma encouraged him. He wanted to be mayor so he should be mayor. Never mind a public already cynical about politics who would find in the not-yet-released sexts even more sustenance for their dark frame of mind. Never mind the likelihood that in the future her beloved, assuming he is genuinely sext-free at the moment, would lapse into his old ways — surely the protégé of Hillary Clinton should wonder about that — and would once again drag the public through the sewage of his private fantasies. What was the civic good compared with Anthony Weiner’s ambitions?

Pace Tina Brown, Huma shares many of her husband’s qualities. But here’s the thing: She looks awesome at a press conference.

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It’s very nice that her friends are feeling for her in this time of self-inflicted hardship. What, though, is missing from our politics if Abedin’s not in it? Before this week, she had a sterling reputation (based in part on how she didn’t appear at Weiner’s press conferences, but oh well) based on … what, exactly?

In August 2007 Vogue profiled Clinton’s aide—her “secret” weapon—and informed us that “her black Prada suit is wrinkle-free, her skin is flawless, and her long, luxurious hair is blow-dried into the kind of bouncy waves you see mostly in shampoo commercials.” Philippe Reines, who would go on to be Clinton’s spokesman at the State Department, added that “the women in our office definitely watch what Huma wears.”

What did we learn about Abedin’s policy chops? Not much, apart from how she accompanied Clinton to the hospital to comfort a 9/11 victim because she cares about people, not politics. No one who’s profiled Abedin has really bothered to tell why we should like her, only that other people really like her

Standing by your husband when he keeps disappointing you is, sadly, an ordinary thing. Making connections in D.C. and then cashing in on them is also pretty ordinary. The single most irritating aspect of the Weiner scandal is that we’re being asked to buy tickets for this third-rate psychodrama. The Weiner-Abedin marriage is to the Clinton marriage as Sharknado is to Jaws.

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Isn’t it time to call the spectacle of the suffering political wife, standing by her man in the media glare as he admits to his latest sexual offense against her, what it really is: spousal abuse?

We have the right to say that we will not enable this anymore; we will not endorse it; we will not bless it just because it is her “choice.” Instead, we will call a public figure’s cheating on his wife, then bringing her to the mea culpa press conference, not only offensive to her but a slap in the face to women in the electorate…

Here’s the simple rule for male politicians: If you had your fun without her, man up and face the press corps without her. Ironically, each of these men calls himself a feminist. Respect for women begins at home, fellas.

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annoyinglittletwerp on July 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Hi alt!! Yup, methinks you are here :)

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Does Anyone Know

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Terrific music as always!! Thank you :)

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Send Me An Angel – Scorpions

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Most welcome, Scrumpy. My pleasure. :)

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Lifes a Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V8uSouJrRY

Warrant…

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Resist We Much — You still out there? Want to see me? :) I’m not finished with this essay thing, but — it really doesn’t matter; no traffic yet anyway. I could upload it. I know, I know, I’m more excited about this crap than you are.

I mean see what I look like, not, you know, answer your door. That’s not my kind of weird. My kind of weird is noticing it’s raining and running outside with a camera to “document it.”

Which is completely different from Spark’s kind of weird. Which is the weird weird does when it’s getting weird.

— It’s up. You want “Part 2.” When/if you get a chance or get curious. O! I should. . . Um . . . Sophie . . . Um — Facial hair of one kind or another is a time honoured tradition of my people.

Heh. :)

Am I here?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

About as much as you ever were. :)

THWACK

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Wow. I wish it was Friday. Cool Thursday, though. I’m at a stopping place, and have beer. I’m never at a stopping place. I never have beer.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Lara Fabian – Je t’aime

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Believe me, you get used to being without it.
And life’s much quieter.

I’ve heard.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Mine don’t talk much. It’s just the top that walks it around won’t shut up.

arnold ziffel on July 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Night Dance – Adam Hurst

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Lara Fabian – Adagio of Albinoni

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

I know you didn’t sir. However, I try hard to be the lead pig.

arnold ziffel on July 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

:)

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:34 AM

The music you play is always very interesting, wish I spoke French!

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I have an early start tomorrow, so I bid you all a very good night!

God Bless and be good! ;)

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Feminist liberal women have been saying for years now that when liberal men engage in twisted amoral bad-judgement behavior its excused on grounds of political alliance and agreement on issues

Read anything from Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Emily’s List or Maxine Waters on Filthy Bob Filner these days to get a sense of what I mean.

“Well yes, maybe he sexually assaulted a dozen women, but that’s just Bob being Bob and he’s such a progressive fightin’ dreamboat on gay rights, abortion, pay equity and gun control, so its really none of our business if he is a sexual jack the ripper because Republican War on Wymnz.”

Amoral wretches like Filner, Carlos Danger, Bill Clinton and John Edwards know their women care far more about liberal political views and power than they do about issues of basic human decency and morality.

Accordingly these clods thoroughly understand they can get away with just about any humiliating moral outrage. As long as while they’re half-assedly apologizing for serially groping women, tossing their sauce at interns, making love babies with groupies and sending dickpix to college co-eds, they also toe the correct & accepted line on liberal power issues such as gay rights & abortion among many other lefty hobby horses.

Is it really any surprise therefore that amoral lefty liberal men lacking in common decency, for whom politics power and ambition are the be-all, end-all, would attract like minded amoral spouses lacking in common decency e.g. Huma Abedin and her career-long pal and mentor Hillary Clinton, for whom also left wing politics power and ambition always always always get first second and last priority??

Answer: No, it is in no way surprising.

Sacramento on July 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

The music you play is always very interesting, wish I spoke French!

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM

You all inspire :)

Even if the French disapprove, Spanish is still the language of lovers :)

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

That’s a very unique and lovely rendition of that piece. :)

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Be well Scrumpy and good night.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

I have an early start tomorrow, so I bid you all a very good night!

God Bless and be good! ;)

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Meh. I always feel like making noise on a quiet night, always feel like sleeping when people are making noise. I’ll try to be quiet whilst you sleep. I’ll wrap up my essay thing and then . . . read. :) Night Scrump.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Scrumpy on July 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Goodnight, Spritely One. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Wake – Adam Hurst

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM

What’s wrong with English? I’ve always found it quite effective ;)

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Tango in Harlem

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Second Waltz- Shostakovitch

:)

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Nothing at all :)

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Good evening, Dire! :)

You’ll know what ‘Splice the Mainbrace!’ means. :)

Rum?

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Good evening, sir. And we are only about a month or so away from COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

John the Libertarian on July 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Anthony Weiner has no self-control and no business being New York City’s mayor

Given New York’s current behaviors, I’d say Weiner is exactly a perfect match for the city. After all, look how often they elected Doomberg

AZfederalist on July 26, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Romance – Shostakovich

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always.

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Best piece Shostakovich wrote, to these ears :)

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Nite Jackie – sleep/write well.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Am I here?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

.
About as much as you ever were. :)

THWACK

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM

.
But just how much, “much” is, is in the eye of the beholder.

listens2glenn on July 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Sounds good to me..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Romance – Shostakovich

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Beautiful

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 1:13 AM

“True Love Ways” Buddy Holly

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM

John the Libertarian on July 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Can’t wait..:)

PS..Looks like you have two very good chances to win the PAC-12..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM

The most disgusting couple in the whole of NYC.

What a whore factory that city is.

thejackal on July 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM

John the Libertarian on July 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM

.
Can’t wait..:)

PS..Looks like you have two very good chances to win the PAC-12..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM

.
Does the “Big Ten” really exist, anymore ?

listens2glenn on July 26, 2013 at 1:23 AM

listens2glenn on July 26, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Sure..The Nittany Lions should be good..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Hi Dire! Sorry, I’m doing this photo album thing. It’s pointless, but most of the fun bits of life are. :)

I guess. It seems. Who knows? Why am I still typing?

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

But just how much, “much” is, is in the eye of the beholder.

listens2glenn on July 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Hm. You are obviously a visiocentric auralphobe.

*sniff*

Typical Hot Airian “otherness” issues.

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Night, graceful Jackie. :) Almost no one lives in the moment you know. It’s pretty sad. Only people that have been forced to count them do.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Would love to win a 12 pack.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

*tips fdora*..:)

PS..Photo Album sounds cool..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

*tips fedora*..:)

PS..Photo Album sounds cool..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Sorry..My mistake..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Sorry..My mistake..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 1:44 AM

*rubs eyes*

I can’t find your mistake.

But that’s OK. It’s a minor failure to recognize in a long litany of major failures. Like Mitt Romney? Thought he was going to win. Melissa and Shay? Though Melissa was telling the truth and Shay was lying — it was the other way around, and thereby the course of the last twenty years was set. :)

I’m pretty sure SparkPlug is a lesbian, though.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 2:00 AM

LoLz..Very good analysis..:)

Dire Straits on July 26, 2013 at 2:16 AM

lol, There are plenty of pretty lesbians. They ain’t all Napalitanoes.

arnold ziffel on July 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Amber heard comes first to mind in that. When she came out, I bet she ruined a lot of men’s fantasies. And probably gave a bunch of other guys brand new ones. LOL

Liam on July 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM

mmmmmm, Amber Heard…is not picky! :)

Meet Johnny Depp’s new, bisexual girlfriend [SLIDESHOW]

Amber has said that she doesn’t have a gender preference, you know, sexually. She told Details, “I’m open to whoever. I think it is absurd to assume that I have to look in a certain category…It’s silly to look in one category or another. I would never imagine a mate based on a certain sex or race.”

I’m pretty sure SparkPlug is a lesbian, though.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 2:00 AM

lol

I’d like to get bnmine’s input on this!

Sweet – “A.C.D.C.”

She got girls
Girls all over the world
She got men
Every now and then
But she can’t make up her mind
On just how to fill her time
But the only way she can unwind

[chorus]
A.C. D.C.
She’s got some other lover as well as me
A.C. D.C.
She’s got some other women as well as me
She’s got some other women as well as me

She’s got funk
But they call her a punk
She got zing
You oughta see her dingaling
Well let’s be in it together
We can still be in it forever
You gotta take it now or never

Anti-Control on July 26, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Just as they are hell bent to keep portraying GZ as a murderer and TM as a 12 year old boy, DM is now spining Leathers as a victim.

Blake on July 26, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Apparently the ‘War on Women’ doesn’t include Progressive Men abusing Women.

Soon all a rapist will have to do is claim to be a socialist or communist and that will be instant absolution. Ditto for murder. Just so long as it is against women, the Progressive Men have been given a license to do anything so long as they vote ‘the right way’.

Makes me wonder what non-Progressive Women think about the deal since they are in the majority.

ajacksonian on July 26, 2013 at 5:42 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! Just when you thought Obama was running out of “phoney” scandals…”The Obama Administration Wants YOUR Internet Passwords.”
My take.

kingsjester on July 26, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Apparently the ‘War on Women’ doesn’t include Progressive Men abusing Women.

Soon all a rapist will have to do is claim to be a socialist or communist and that will be instant absolution. Ditto for murder. Just so long as it is against women, the Progressive Men have been given a license to do anything so long as they vote ‘the right way’.

Makes me wonder what non-Progressive Women think about the deal since they are in the majority.

ajacksonian on July 26, 2013 at 5:42 AM

WEll, I’ve heard some say, sex is a right.

At that press conference, was Huma’s hair in a bun? Would that be a Weiner bun or has she kept her last name?

Fallon on July 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

…”The Obama Administration Wants YOUR Internet Passwords.”
My take.

kingsjester on July 26, 2013 at 6:53 AM

…the press is OUTRAGED!

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM

<blockquote>”…tossing their sauce at interns…”

Sacramento on July 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

You owe me a coffee to replace the one I just blew through my nose…

CaptFlood on July 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Let’s face it, at Weinies age this was not his first rodeo. He didn’t just wake up one day after marrying into the Muslim Brotherhood and decide to strip an click. Looks like the MB didn’t vet the guy they picked as the next in line in the D rat party. We should all breathe a collective sigh when this perve slips back under a rock. I give it 6 months to a year and she’s outta there.

Kissmygrits on July 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

“Because no self-respecting woman would stand up there and say that something like that’s O.K.”…

Whaddya mean? Hillary did it for decades…oh, wait. Nevermind…

MarkT on July 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Huma is Kennedy glamour resurrected. She brings exotic beauty and a hint of Oxbridge intelligence — and of course cosmopolitan liberalism — to a town full of heartland men in ill-fitting brown suits and southern women in fire-engine-red blazers.

Although nobody knows who is being quoted on Quotes of the Day, what makes this writer think Huma Abedin is beautiful or glamorous? Maybe she forgot her makeup before the presser with Weiner, but she seemed rather plain, and almost made people understand why Weiner would email photos of his weiner to other women.

I’ve seen far more beautiful or glamorous political wives on TV, starting with Laura Bush.

Steve Z on July 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I can’t find your mistake.

Axe on July 26, 2013 at 2:00 AM

It’s in the fedora :)

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

The picture here says it all: they both have their fingers crossed and are thinking to themselves “Just look serious and concerned. Can we really pull this off?”

virgo on July 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

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