BuzzFeed: “Weiner fatigue” setting in

posted at 1:21 pm on August 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

‘Twas but a few short weeks ago that the lazy, hazy summer afternoon news cycle was being dominated by yet another press conference of Anthony Weiner kinda’-sorta’ fessing up to still more newfound sexting allegations — an oh so charming and rather déjà vu moment from two summers ago, when Weiner resigned from Congress because of the same — but as the interest in his raunchy scandal has petered out, so has the accompanying press coverage.

He’s been saying all along that he’s willing to ride out the persecution and the incessant questions over his ‘personal life’ in order to talk about the real issues affecting New Yorkers, except that… nobody really seems to be interested in what he has to say on those. BuzzFeed reports that Weiner is trying to put on a brave face and play the role of the valiant underdog, but…

After weeks of topping the polls, Weiner is now trailing nearly all of his Democratic rivals — Speaker Christine Quinn, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio — and he is battling what one New York Times reporter dubbed, “Weiner fatigue.”

Since admitting to a new scandal last month — that he continued sending explicit messages to women online for more than a year after resigning from Congress for the same behavior — voters have tired of Weiner, and so have reporters. …

“You might be surprised to hear this, but I actually like it better this way,” he said after talking with Bronx passersby for about an hour that evening. “You remember early on, I’d have Malaysia TV getting between me and voters.”

Fewer reporters, Weiner said, means more time with voters — and more of what he called the “nourishment” he gets from talking with them. “Every campaign ebbs and flows, and every campaign gets its moment. I didn’t have that — I had a tsunami,” he said. “I think I might be the only campaign in American history that’s aspired to ‘normal.’ Just get me to a place where I can talk about issues and give citizens an opportunity to come up and say hello.”

It’s journalists who have been getting in his way of just saying hello and having pleasant interactions with average citizens? Riiight.

The RCP average, for your ease of reference:

Poll Date Sample Quinn de Blasio Thompson Weiner Liu Spread
RCP Average 8/2 – 8/14 24.3 22.7 18.7 10.3 5.0 Quinn +1.6
NBC NY/WSJ/Marist 8/12 – 8/14 355 LV 24 24 18 11 5 Tie
Quinnipiac 8/7 – 8/12 579 LV 24 30 22 10 6 de Blasio +6
NY Times/Siena 8/2 – 8/7 505 RV 25 14 16 10 4 Quinn +9

 


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That’s what she said?

Drunk Report on August 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Leftist fatigue setting in.

The land needs a good soaping.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I wanted to type “cleansing” but reconsidered, for obvious reasons.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

There’s a app pill for that.

Capitalist Hog on August 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Your 15 minutes are long gone….
Just go away already.

dentarthurdent on August 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

After the primary….Huma bails.

PappyD61 on August 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I’d vote for Weiner for president if he ran against Christie.

besser tot als rot on August 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

BuzzFeed: “Weiner fatigue” setting in

Hell, this is an Easy fix! He simply needs to
start sexting again!!

ToddPA on August 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Weiner petering out?

NoFanofLibs on August 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

but as the interest in his raunchy scandal has petered out

I see what you did there, Erika. Funny.

rbj on August 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

After the primary….Huma bails.

PappyD61 on August 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Yeah, this was a marriage of convenience. When she said she was in a place where she could forgive her husband, it was a reference to Gracie Mansion. She’ll cite the sexting even as she was giving birth, get a divorce, and work for Hillary while finding somebody who has some political pull because there is only one thing that Weiner is pulling these days.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

you can only beat it so much, anthony……

truth

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

er….Carlos…../

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I’ve been limp on this story for a couple of weeks now.

NotCoach on August 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

It’s journalists who have been getting in his way of just saying hello and having pleasant interactions with average citizens? Riiight.

Given what I know about the man, I certainly wouldn’t shake his hand.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Fatigue? Wiener’s staff obviously failed him, so he needs to take matters more into his own hands.

Liam on August 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

If you’ve got an election in which you are polling less than 15% for 4 weeks or longer, call your doctor…..
Options

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

If your attempt at election lasts for more than 4 weeks, please consult a doctor.

KMC1 on August 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

surely something a meat tweet could solve…./

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

what is weiner going to do for his big finale? a money shot?

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai
Stevenson: “Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!” Stevenson called back: “That’s not enough, madam, we need a majority!”

Truer words were never spoken, aside from “You Lie”, in the state of the union speech obama gave.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

what is weiner going to do for his big finale? a money shot?

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I get a sense he’d end up short changed in the end.

Liam on August 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

I thought this was going to be about Bubba Clinton.

pain train on August 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM

everybody already knows what is important to him….
1. Power
2. His crank

it’s no wonder they’re not interested….

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

What’s with Liu? *decides against making obvious ethnic joke*

Seth Halpern on August 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Allah P is sad that the comedy gold mine on this guy is running a bit dry.

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Few things worse the a “fatigued Weiner”.
Guess he’ll just keep limping along the campaign trail until he completely peters out or is all spent.
Defeat is kinda hard to swallow for some people.

mechkiller_k on August 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Maybe he should run for mayor of Lake Flaccid.

Flange on August 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Anthony can’t keep it up.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Almost makes me want to donate to his campaign.

nobar on August 20, 2013 at 1:57 PM

does he ask for a cigarette once “he’s done”??

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

let’s all tweet him a picture of our laughing faces and ask him if he wants more…

DanMan on August 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Once he drops out of the race what is the over/under on how long it takes Huma to split? 6 mo.s?

tommyboy on August 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Please keep the Weiner puns comming! (Ducks)

Deafdog on August 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I’d vote for Weiner for president if he ran against Christie.

really

gerrym51 on August 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

The depositions in Weiner vs Weiner will be must see TV. But if theirs a chance that Huma and Hillary’s relationship being brought up I see Ft Marcy Park in little Tony’s future.

meci on August 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I guess Weiner’s election chances have all petered out?

The Weiner campaign climaxed prematurely, huh?

Well, with his campaign’s constant thrusting, it was bound to chafe, ummm, rub….some people the wrong way.

An election was just impossible for Weiner without constant stimulation of the electorate.

Ladies and gentlemen, I could do this for hours…

…but apparently Weiner can’t.

AAAAAHHHH, I just can’t stop!! :-)

ICBMMan on August 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Journalists getting tired of flogging the Weiner..?

trigon on August 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

We’re all better of without “Screech” in the picture, anyway.

HiJack on August 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I’d vote for Weiner for president if he ran against Christie.

besser tot als rot on August 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Anybody but Obama. And Clinton.

HiJack on August 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Leave Weiner ALONE!!!
Leave him alone.

connertown on August 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM

..as an old guy, I can sympathize with the American public. I have had Wiener Fatigue for some time now.

(..and, yes, that is intended as double entendre.)

The War Planner on August 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM

He should have pulled out earlier.now he has suffer the consequences of staying in too long

jaywemm on August 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM

He’s probably just a little chafed from all the rough handling.

PJ Emeritus on August 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

But Weiner is still getting 80% of the vote among under-30 single women with webcams.

The problem is those OTHER people who don’t appreciate his Weiner.

Steve Z on August 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

After the primary….Huma bails.

PappyD61

Don’t be so sure – she comes from a culture that allows 4 wives.

Wander on August 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

…how’s his hands?

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

…how’s his hands?

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Probably as soiled as the rest of him, methinks…

BlaxPac on August 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Bevis or Butthead?

StevC on August 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM