Quotes of the day

posted at 10:21 pm on July 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

Q. So what kind of summer have you been having?

A. Wild. To some degree it’s been exactly what I expected. To some degree, it’s been the most surreal experience of my life. The great unknown when I got into the race was whether I’d ever get the chance to talk to the citizens about the issues. I knew what the guys who write the wood (front page headlines) would want to talk about. What the late night comics would want to talk about. And I launched this campaign on a gamble that I’d get to talk to the citizens about what they wanted to talk about. And the stuff I wanted to do as mayor. What immediately became clear, immediately, was that there was a disconnect. Citizens care about their own lives. They want to talk about what will make their lives better. They were not interested in all the other stuff in my personal life…

Q. Did you think the second shoe dropping would cause so much uproar?

A. I knew it would be bad. It’s too easy this stuff. The puns. The jokes. The institutional frustration that I was doing well in the race. Look at the tenor of the editorials before this second wave. Shaking the voters by the lapels and saying “Why are you voting for this Weiner guy?” They couldn’t understand that my message was reaching people. So now that they have something on which to hang their righteousness. I guess I’m not surprised. I’ve been in this business too long not to know it would be bad. It’s not like some outside force did this to me. I did this to myself. This is my private life that is now public. Sometimes that happens when you’re in public life. Voters know more about me than they know about any of the candidates. If the press wants to continue to talk about this stuff it will make it harder for me. But if I wanted it to be easy I wouldn’t be running for mayor.

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Anthony Weiner has lost his mind.

At least, that’s the conclusion most Democrats have come to…

He recently suggested, for example, that the latest sexting revelations, and whatever else may be coming, will actually benefit him in the race and once he gets to City Hall. “I’m going to be a successful mayor because of it,” he told the Staten Island Advance, “because it’s going to give me a level of independence.”…

“He looks a guy who’s at the deep end of the pool and he really doesn’t know how to swim. For a guy whose whole reputation was how smart a political guy he was, how good he was on camera, how quick witted he was, this is part of the process of unraveling,” said Bill Cunningham, a former communications director for Mayor Mike Bloomberg…

“He’s a guy who’s run amok. He’s in desperate shape, and he’s just trying to find a way to salvage a public career — not only a political career,” he said. “He looks like a punch-drunk guy trying to survive the fight, and he’s just wobbling around the ring, and getting hit with every punch from all directions.”

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The ranks of those finding Weiner offensive seem to cross party lines, gender, ethnicity, and religion. And voters, who were told as he launched his campaign that this chapter of bad behavior was behind him, are having none of it…

Weiner’s fate seems sealed at this point (the good people who handle tech support at Gracie Mansion can breathe a bit easier). Redemption looks to be out of reach, obstinance and delusion are the orders of the day. The cable psychoanalyzing of this public figure is wearing thin, even on the talking heads themselves, who are looking to fill air time during the lazy summer months. (How long, by the way, before Weiner gets his own chat fest?)…

What remains intriguing in this mess of indecency and indiscretion is whether the stink rubs off on his wife, Huma Abedin, who before doing her version of Tammy Wynette last week was one of the most respected and influential operatives in Democratic politics. Now folks are questioning her morals and motivations.

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In his media scrum downstairs, a weary Mr. Weiner tried and failed to engage the media in any talk about housing issues or the Bronx. Meanwhile, the remaining candidates–a pack of underdogs that included Rev. Erick Salgado, former Councilman Sal Albanese and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr.–lobbed shots at Mr. Weiner and the media in their absence.

According to some audience members, as the reporters cleared out, Mr. Carrión shouted, “Shame on you!” One local reverend, speaking at the end of the forum, called the media a “disgrace.” And the predominately black and Latino audience, less fascinated by the scandalous Weiner campaign, was similarly perturbed by Mr. Weiner’s ability to clear the room.

“I was very upset because you know, he [Mr. Weiner] can get on KISS F.M. and talk about certain things, but then to rush out–and the media, to follow him like that, it was ridiculous,” groused a Bronx woman who declined to give her name. “I was really shocked to see the media run out like that and that’s not fair coverage, for them to do that.”

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Even the Clintons wouldn’t be able to convince Anthony Weiner to drop out of the New York mayoral race.

The hyper-sextual candidate — whose poll standing is plunging — made it clear Monday night that he’s indifferent to the opinion of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have kept their distance from his campaign.

“I am not terribly interested in what people who are not voters in the city of New York have to say,” Weiner said in response to a question about whether the former president and secretary of state, who live in Westchester County, could influence his decision.

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The feelings about Weiner in Clinton-land are unequivocal, according to someone close to the couple: “Everyone’s done with him.” Multiple sources familiar with the Clintons’ thinking said they would be delighted for him to disappear from public consumption. (The fact that Weiner — who began the campaign, dropping Bill Clinton’s name repeatedly — declared at a mayoral forum Monday night that he wasn’t overly concerned with the opinion of non-New York City residents like the Clintons probably didn’t help)…

Clinton insiders and allies insist they don’t believe Abedin has become a liability for the former secretary of state, who is widely known to be considering a 2016 presidential bid. And a number of prominent Democrats insist publicly that they don’t see a problem for Clinton. To wit, Abedin was in Washington on Monday, the day Hillary Clinton had lunch with President Barack Obama, and was seen dining with longtime friend and Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines…

“There’s anger with Anthony, but that anger is because we love and admire Huma,” said Democratic strategist and longtime Bill Clinton adviser Paul Begala. “I respect Huma’s decision and admire it to stick it out and make the marriage work and such. But still, you can’t deny that people who love and admire her will be … furious with what he has put her through…

“It’s not a problem now,” said one senior Democrat. “But every day that this goes on brings increasing risk for the Clintons.”

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Huma Abedin, the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), dined Monday night with Hillary Clinton’s spokesman Philippe Reines.

The two were spotted at Meiwah, a Chinese restaurant in Washington, D.C., according to reports.

The public meeting comes amid speculation that former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are concerned about the fallout as Weiner struggles to regain a foothold in the race for New York City mayor after new revelations emerged about his lewd online behavior.

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“Do you think he maybe actually thinks this is not cheating?” Robyn asked.

“Maybe, but then again maybe not because I don’t think he really gives a s—, to be honest” Leathers said. “I think he’s like I’m Anthony Weiner, I’m gonna do, I’m Carlos Danger, I’m gonna do whatever I want. Who cares about my wife? She’ll forgive me no matter what.”…

“I think I am a little bit angry with him, just because, you know, he lured me into this situation and then he didn’t want to own up to it,” Leathers said. “What pissed me off was him on the campaign trail saying ‘Oh, I’ve changed,” and trying act like he has this perfect marriage now and everything’s just peachy … I was like, bullsh–, I’m proof that you have not changed.”

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Via WaPo.

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“This isn’t about me. This is about helping New Yorkers.”


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Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 2:31 AM

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Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 2:31 AM

Oh I’m thing and SWalker is cousin IT.

haha.

Axe is Gomez Darling and RWM is morticia the hottie who speaks french.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2013 at 2:32 AM

LOL!!!

Good Night All! Lol!

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Bayam must be stuck on Dos 5 or sumpin. He should get an iPad thingy..

SparkPlug on July 31, 2013 at 2:34 AM

HeIIfire! I figured Axe would be lurking. ; )

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 2:29 AM

I’m not. You are dreaming. I’m in everyone’s dreams, one way or another. I’m a shadow in the mind.

I’m the bitter cupcake.

I’m the bird in the window.

I. AM. THE. SLEEPY. WEIRD.

Axe on July 31, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Bmore visiting SWalker

Axe on July 31, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Scrumpy Darling,

Would you care for some tea and kerfuffle cakes?

SparkPlug on July 31, 2013 at 2:36 AM

Bmore on July 31, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Emotion!!..:)

Dire Straits on July 31, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Corn nuts are too big to fit through a bucket slit.

Same with circus peanuts candies.

Square fish will fit though.

Not cube fish.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Well. I refuse to be associated with nonsense of this order. At least if Resist’s asleep. I’m going back to doing nothing.

Axe on July 31, 2013 at 2:47 AM

B9

SparkPlug on July 31, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Huma, coming as it were, from an islamist background is probably used to all kinds of sexual peccadilloes.

No one is kinkier than pent up islamists!

Lonetown on July 31, 2013 at 6:08 AM

I really don’t think what Weiner did is THAT terrible. His wife seems pathetic, though. Don’t know why any woman would want to be involved with a pig like that. But I really don’t think it deserves the coverage it’s getting.

I wouldn’t ever vote for the guy, but I don’t care THAT MUCH if he stays in or not. Yes, the classy thing to do would be to step down. But he’s a pig with no shame, apparently. He has been criticized and shamed, and now I think it’s time to move on to other issues. Let the NYC voters decide from here.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 6:13 AM

a lot of christie love on morning joe this am…bashing paul, natch

cmsinaz on July 31, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Let the NYC voters decide from here.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 6:13 AM

i have to agree with you…tired of the national coverage of this idiot…

cmsinaz on July 31, 2013 at 6:15 AM

obama was awesome in tennessee yesterday
-mj crew

cmsinaz on July 31, 2013 at 6:17 AM

i have to agree with you…tired of the national coverage of this idiot…
cmsinaz on July 31, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Now the SD mayor, on the other hand… If those allegations are true, no amount coverage shaming him would be too much for me. The jump from consensual to harassment is the difference I see between the two.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 6:18 AM

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 6:18 AM

good point, and you notice that the lsm won’t say democrat mayor just mayor….double standard

cmsinaz on July 31, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Even in the most demented mind of a democrat this guy is through politically. I think it’s time this chap u quit it… oh wait.

onomo on July 31, 2013 at 7:01 AM

morning joe rant daily rant against ted cruz

cmsinaz on July 31, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” – President Barack Hussein Obama, July 13, 2012 “Obama Pushes 40% Tax Rate on Small Businesses. Karl Marx Smiles.” My take.

kingsjester on July 31, 2013 at 7:07 AM

kingsjester on July 31, 2013 at 7:07 AM

good one KJ :)

cmsinaz on July 31, 2013 at 7:14 AM

cmsinaz on July 31, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on July 31, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Stink, indeed. Why can’t he just find something else to do, instead of subjecting a whole metropolis to his tawdry affairs. I guess nothing can make him go away at this point, he is in a delusional state, but God, he can’t win can he?

scalleywag on July 31, 2013 at 8:38 AM

.” My take.

kingsjester on July 31, 2013 at 7:07 AM

…good again kj…I had to do a double take yesterday…when I saw the Fracking Saudi thread…later on in the day…yours was better!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Now the SD mayor, on the other hand… If those allegations are true, no amount coverage shaming him would be too much for me. The jump from consensual to harassment is the difference I see between the two.

bluegill on July 31, 2013 at 6:18 AM

If the allegations are true? You’ve got seven women who say they are- including a retired Navy admiral and a Dean at one of the SD universities. I realize the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise but the perv has admitted that he’s “a hugger” and has engaged in inappropriate behavior for which he is going through a rigourous two-week rehab for something though I’m not sure what kind of rehab covers demanding a panty-free workplace.

Bottom line, the city of SD is about to be hit with massive bills to settle all the lawsuits brought about by hiz honor.

When it comes to any of these pervs a guest on FNC summed it up great. Pull up your pants and do your job!

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2013 at 8:47 AM

… criticized and shamed, and now I think it’s time to move on…

blueball on July 31, 2013 at 6:13 AM

…you know

NOTHING…about “shame”…

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Axe on July 31, 2013 at 2:27 AM

My friend, nothing to apologize for, by all means. I thought for a second that we had homework to do, then I dropped it.

I’m libertarian, small “l”, to be certain. You and J. are entitled to anything, so long as you pay for it, and it harms no one :)

Just trying to say that it’s none of our business.

On serious note, hopefully said politics are surmountable. Can be detrimental to progress (not of the leftie kind).

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 11:07 AM

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