Lawrence O'Donnell: Maybe Weiner's playing coy about the photo because of the size of that package; Update: Maybe the photo started out as one of me, says Weiner

Via Mediaite, he’s kidding, obviously, but in service to a point. I can’t find the full clip yet to confirm Mediaite’s account, but here’s their description of the rest of the segment:

After the humorous introduction, O’Donnell gets serious– looking back at a history of liberal politicians that have survived sex scandals because their constituents admired their work. O’Donnell notes that, as much as he mocks Newt Gingrich and other Republicans for their private misgivings, he only does it because of their hypocrisy. “Nothing should matter to you less than the legal sexual conduct of [a politician],” he concluded, adding that he believed Rep. Weiner’s career was safe “no matter what he tweets.”

Ah yes, the hypocrisy. One of CNN’s anchors floated that idea tonight too, that maybe Weiner’s off-limits here because, unlike those preachy Republicans, he doesn’t lecture people about their sex lives. That’s the left’s evergreen fig leaf for why it’s cool to revel in GOP sex scandals but not Democrats’. Scott Brown is pro-choice, pro-civil union, and voted to repeal DADT, which puts him slightly to the left of where Bill Clinton was when he had his scandal. Anyone think Brown would get a pass from MSNBC if he got caught sending pics of his schwanz to some coed in Seattle? That’d certainly qualify as legal sexual conduct by a politician, yet I do believe it’d be mentioned on “The Last Word.”

Also, am I to understand from this that if Weiner now comes clean and admits that he accidentally tweeted the pic himself, everything’s copacetic even though his office falsely claimed he was the victim of a serious cybercrime? No penalty, moral or otherwise, for that? It’s a good thing he hired that private security firm to rubber-stamp his allegation that he was hacked, or else that could have been quite the sticky wicket.

Exit quotation: “Jack Levin, the chief executive of yFrog, the Twitter-affiliated image and video service that was used to upload the photo, said in an interview on Wednesday that his company did not have reason to believe that its user passwords were exposed or stolen.”

Update: Skip ahead to 4:00. This guy now seems to be saying that it could be a photo of him, but that it’s either taken “out of context” (cropped?) or possibly photoshopped to make it more embarrassing. Okay, I’ll play along. How many “innocent” photos of Congressman Anthony Weiner in his underwear are floating around and publicly accessible by nefarious photoshoppers or photo-croppers? If it hasn’t been ‘shopped but merely taken “out of context,” does that mean the bulge is authentic too? Stop me before I speculate again.

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