He’s hanging in there and taking the heat for all of us. For America.
“I’m going to get back to work as best I can,” he said.
“I betrayed a lot of people and I know it and I’m trying to get back to work now and try to make amends to my constituents, and of course to my family of course,” he added. “I’m going to go back to my community office and try to get some work done.”…
Asked if his wife was having a boy or girl, Weiner said, “I have no comment on that. See you soon.”
Among the people he betrayed: Allegedly, Barack Obama.
A highly placed Democratic source told FrumForum that four days before his June 6 press conference, Weiner had a phone conversation with Obama in which Weiner aggressively denied that he had sent the now notorious photo of himself in his underwear.
According to the source:
“The congressman said fairly aggressively what he had been saying in the media. Not admitting that it was him in the pictures, not denying that it was him, but saying with certainty that he did not send them.”
So there you go. In case you’ve been wondering why Democratic leaders are lining up to twist the knife, wonder no longer. And yet, and yet, I’m increasingly convinced that he really will survive this. He won’t have a friend in the world inside the caucus if he does (from what I’ve read, he doesn’t have many now), but I don’t think he cares. Watch the second clip below, via Fox Insider, of Kirsten Powers describing how being a congressman is Weiner’s “entire identity.” It’s his ticket to prestige and women, after all; it’s his conduit to the media, for whom he loves serving up soundbites; and realistically, it’s his only route to becoming mayor. They’ll have to drag him from the House chamber kicking and screaming. Watch what she says too about what distinguishes Weiner’s scandal from other sex scandals. It’s not that he lied about it to try to cover it up. It’s that he lied to everyone, from his wife to his friends to his aides to his colleagues to his donors to the president. And of course, to himself: If this guy seriously thought he could run New York City while texting photos of his schwanz to random female acquaintances online without anyone finding out, his egomania and self-delusion are so severe as to require medical attention. It’s seriously crazy. And not only did he lie, he did it in one of the cheapest, most demagogic ways possible by trying to pawn the whole thing off on the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” As sleazy as Clinton’s, Vitter’s, and Spitzer’s scandals each were, I never thought it defined each man’s entire character; with Weiner, I do. I think KP agrees, which is why she seems so palpably distressed when talking and writing about this.
Anyway. The latest poll from his district has 56 percent of his constituents saying he shouldn’t resign; just 33 percent think he should. That doesn’t make him a lock for reelection, but it Pelosi and company thought a full-court press would tilt public opinion against him, they’d better reconsider. Exit question: Isn’t there, in fact, one person out there who could still save his career? Granted, that person is furious with him right now, but if she can lay that aside and speak up publicly on his behalf, it would instantly silence his Democratic critics and give him time to regroup. And no, I’m not talking about Weiner’s wife. I’m talking about someone with … Absolute Moral Authority.