Tag: Anthony Weiner

As the Weiner Turns


FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Friday the bureau is reviewing new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s personal server, a development that shook her campaign 11 days before the election.

The emails being examined are part of an investigation into Anthony Weiner, according to law enforcement sources. Weiner, the disgraced former congressman, recently separated from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin after a sexting incident.

The FBI and the New York Police Department have opened preliminary investigations of allegations that the former New York Democratic congressman exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a purportedly underage girl.

And you thought this election couldn’t get weirder.

OK, let’s review what’s not going on here. The FBI is not reopening the investigation because the investigation was never really closed. We have no idea what the contents of these e-mails are. They could be critical; they could be nothing. Clinton is not going be indicted, at least not in the next 11 days.

(Update: Pete Williams of NBC says this involves a handful of e-mails, none of which are from Clinton.)

If I had to guess where this is going, I would say it leads to Abedin or someone else taking a fall. This is the pattern of the Clintons: they break the law, someone else pays the consequences. With Whitewater, it was Jim Guy Tucker and the McDougals. With the Lewinsky scandal, it was Lewinsky herself. I’ve been waiting to see who the Clintons would throw under the bus or command to fall on their sword. I think this is another step toward that endgame. And the endgame is likely someone like Abedin taking a plea.

Update: My proposal to resolve Election 2016. Republicans vote for Clinton to get rid of Trump; then Democrats vote to impeach Clinton to get rid of her. Result: President Kaine.

Preview of 2012 vote

The donkeys better get panicked. Short of one of the typical tricks where they “discover” a trunk full of votes somewhere to let their guy suddenly pull ahead, it looks like the seat formerly heald by Anthony Weiner, he of the wiener picture, will go to the upstart Turner. This is happening in what is usually considered a true blue district, NY-9 that has been a given for the donkeys. Sucks to be them.

The other election of note is happening in Nevada, and it now looks like NV-2, another one of those deep blue districts, will also go red. That’s a double sucks to be a donkey.

Of course, the LSM will still be telling us all how unpopular the Tea Party and those evil conservativs and their crazy idea of small government is with the American people, even as democrat after democrat loses their races. Keep believing their bullshit. Nothing tastes sweeter than the tears of donkey defeat, and boy is it looking like it’s going to be raining tears.

Remember when…

I posted here that I was reserving my judgment until he was actually gone-gone and got told that was a done deal? Well, hate to break it to ya, but Rep. Weiner has still not rewsigned and is doing business as usual.

Congress waited for Anthony Weiner to say he’s leaving — and now it’s waiting for him to clean out his desk. Although the randy rep. announced Thursday that he was quitting after seven terms, he still has to submit a resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner that says which day will be his last serving his Brooklyn-Queens constituents. Even after that happens, his staff will stay on, and his offices — in the Capitol and New York — will be run by the House clerk, officials said.

“Our offices will be open and fully staffed on Monday,” Dave Arnold, who has served as Weiner’s congressional spokesman, said yesterday.
Weiner resigned after he admitted to having online liaisons with six women while married — sending them photos of his crotch and exchanging steamy messages over Facebook and e-mail. Every day Weiner puts off his official departure date enlarges his congressional pension. But so far no one has pushed for Weiner to clear out of the Capitol.

Like I said: this ain’t over till he is actually gone-gone, and thus far, he isn’t looking like he has any interest of vacating the offices or losing his pension growth. That fat lady isn’t singing for Anthony yet.

Weiner Under Fire

Under pressure from within his own party, Anthony Weiner is going to seek treatment. For what, I have no idea. “Seeking treatment” seems to be part of the atonement process these days, no matter what it is that you’ve done. I’ve worked in places that treated people for drug addiction and other self-destructive behavior but I’m not sure how you treat creepiness and stupidity. Is he claiming that sending pictures to hot women is an “addiction”? How do you treat that? Aversion therapy, maybe? I think a lot of people would volunteer to smack Weiner in the head every time he uses twitter.

In any case, I think he’d doomed. Pelosi and other Democrats have turned on him with a speed and vehemence that has been strangely lacking when Democrats have been accused of actual corruption and criminal activity. I have no idea why they’re so gung-ho about this one. My guess is that they are concerned about his re-election prospects and want a chance to slip in a new candidate. Either that or they regard embarrassing the party as a bigger crime than … well, crime.

The Rightness of Being Wrong

Last week, Politifact tackled the assertion of Mitt Romney (among others) that Barack Obama went on an “apology tour” criticizing America. I’ve already addressed the bullshit that Obama said he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. But the apology tour is nonsense as well.

Here, we’re checking Romney’s statement that Obama “has apologized for what he deems to be American arrogance, dismissiveness, and derision” and a host of other reasons. If you think American presidents should never admit to any sort of error at any time, you might find yourself in philosophical agreement with Romney’s criticisms. We set out to discover whether Obama really had apologized in his speeches, and what he was apologizing for. But in our review of his words, we came up short. Yes, there is criticism in some of his speeches, but it’s typically leavened by praise for the United States and its ideals, and often he mentions other countries and how they have erred as well. There’s not a full-throated, sincere apology in the bunch. And so we rate Romney’s statement False.

The thing about the apology tour is that, if you read Obama’s speeches, he hasn’t been apologizing for America. He’s been acknowledging what he sees as mis-steps in language far less apologetic than that used by Bush or Clinton or Reagan. What pisses off his critics is that he’s been publicly refuting the policies of last Administration. But rather than address this head on or acknowledge that the last Administration screwed the pooch, they simply say he’s “apologizing for America”. It’s this season’s “not supporting the troops”. And it’s nonsense. Every single speech has been built around a vigorous defense and laudation of America’s virtues. To be frank, the Republicans’ recent tendency to side with Israel against the Administration is more of an “apology tour” than anything Obama has done.

So why do I bring this up? Who give a shit? Well, something about the whole “apology tour” nonsense has bothered me since it slithered into talk radio and then GOP talking points. And I think the trivial events of the last week — Weiner’s wiener and Sarah Palin’s muffing of the Paul Revere story — have helped me finally put my finger on what bothers me so much about it. Easterbrook:

These are merely the last week’s examples of a troubling tendency among public figures — refusal to admit being wrong. Just as lying about what you did may be worse than what you did, refusing to admit an error may be worse than the error itself.

All human beings occasionally are wrong — trust me, I’ve had plenty of experience! Honest admission of error makes a person upright and sympathetic. Refusing to admit error, by contrast, suggests deviousness or even megalomania. The sort of person who huffs and puffs and refuses to admit a mistake does not belong in a leadership position.

In the era of YouTube and Twitter, it’s often easy to obtain the evidence of public error. That makes it all the more creepy when politicians stare into the camera and deny that they’ve made a mistake.

Yet we’re surrounded by politicians who deny their mistakes. In recent history, presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton denied significant personal errors: one lost the White House as a result, the other nearly did. (I will skip the many instances in which public leaders would not admit to mistakes because they believed, rightly or wrongly, that refusal was in the national interest.)

Anthony Weiner could have made most of his problems go away by simply admitting that he’d done something dumb. Sarah Palin could have just said she was tired and flustered by the media pestering her in a line instead of doubling down with more historical inaccuracy. And the same applies to every other politician — from Tony Blair to Chris Christie — who tries to pretend that he hasn’t fucked up.

And that’s what bothers me about the apology tour meme. It’s an encapsulation of our national refusal to acknowledge mistakes — personal, party or national. It’s so rare that a politician owns up to stupidity that it’s notable when it happens. In the first GOP debate, one of the more remarkable moments was Pawlenty’s mea culpa on cap and trade.

This Orwellian mentality — of never admitting mistakes, never acknowledging errors, always saying you were really right even when you were clearly wrong is not just annoying — it’s dangerous. One of the biggest obstacles to fixing our political system is the refusal to admit that a policy has failed. We make bad decisions and then we compound our mistakes with a ridiculous stubbornness — a belief that sticking to bad decisions somehow proves our manliness and stepping back from them is a sign of weakness.

During the early 90’s, when welfare reform was being debated, a huge obstacle to fixing the system was the absolute refusal of liberals to believe that giving people money can’t erase poverty. Welfare had to be underfunded or undermined by evil Republicans — they simply couldn’t admit that it had been a bad idea. The biggest problem with our public schools is a stubborn refusal to admit that a politically-run, union-controlled education system is fundamentally dysfunctional. Our War on Drugs continues because of the refusal of the drug warriors to admit that you can’t get people off the shit by tossing them in jail. The War in Iraq almost reeled out of control because of the Administration’s refusal — until they lost an election — to admit that we didn’t have enough boots on the ground. Our attempts to fix Medicare and Social Security are running aground on the ridiculous belief that we can’t change a system simply because we’ve had it around for 75 years.

This mentality has been enhanced by the “us against them” media cycle. Admitting to mistakes also means admitting that your evil evil opponents were right about something and then hearing them crow about it on MSNBC and the blogosphere for the next week. Anything but that!

Admitting errors is not a sign of weakness; it’s refusing to do so that’s a sign of weakness. Totalitarian regimes are constantly revising history, flushing old policies down the memory hole and editing pictures to show that they have always been right, they have never erred, they have always been at war with Oceania and Trotsky never existed. It is a fundamental strength of our Republic that we don’t flush failed policies away, we don’t pretend the past never happened, that we don’t pretend we’re perfect and always have been. We admit that slavery was mistake, that the massacre of Native Americans was terrible, that Jim Crowe was crime and that the welfare state was a failure.

One of the key moments that ended our disastrous experiment in prohibition was a letter from John Rockefeller acknowledging that the policy he had fought so hard for was a mistake. The turning point of the Civil War happened because Lincoln abandoned the generals who’d failed him. The Iraq War turned because Bush finally admitted we needed more troops. Reagan began tackling the deficit by admitting he’d lowered taxes too much. American history has been defined by people acknowledging mistakes and changing course.

I would have thought more of Weiner if he’d immediately copped to the pictures and admitted it was a stupid thing to do. I would have thought more of Palin if she’d just admitted she flubbed the Revere story and shrugged it off. This is what serious people do when confronted with their mistakes, especially mistakes so trivial. If they can’t acknowledge such trivial errors, what are they going to do when faced with massive multi-trillion dollar mistakes like Obamacare?

I disagreed with some of what Obama said on the “apology tour” but because I thought he was wrong, not because I thought it was unmanly to admit to failed policy. Had he apologized for dropping the atomic bomb, as was once rumored, I would have been furious, not because of the apology but because I think dropping the bomb was absolutely the right thing to do.

Apologies don’t hurt us. It’s bad policy that hurts us. And it’s bad policy compounded by a stubborn refusal to admit it that is ruining us. I’ll take all the apology tours Obama’s teleprompter can cope with if it means we start undoing some of the dumb idiotic policies we’ve been pursuing for decades.

WeinerGate update

If you were one of the people giving Rep. Weiner the benefit of doubt when the whole WeinerGate fiasco came a calling, you are seriously going to have to rethink that now that more wiener pictures are coming to light.

Weinergate is getting bigger and bigger. Another woman has come forward to RadarOnline.com and Star magazine and provided a sexting exchange with embattled New York Representative Anthony Weiner. The woman says she has 200 sexually explicit messages from Weiner from a Facebook account the Democratic politician no longer uses.

RadarOnline.com and Star magazine verified that the account where the messages originated does belong to Weiner (see below). He told the woman he had a “ridiculous bulge” in his shorts and asked if she “wanna see” it — almost three months before a photo of an erect penis in tight fitting briefs appeared in the pol’s Twitter stream.

It was obvious to me that this sanctimonious democrat prick was hiding something as soon as he refused to call for an investigation. If there was any chance at all his system was hacked, he would have made a huge deal out of it, demanded an investigation, and prayed like hell he could blame some conservative, or better yet, republicans, for it all. Instead he played turtle.

Don’t worry though. The MSM isn’t going to hound him out of office. Instead they will simply say that it is about sex, and give him a pass – this will all be free publicity – and Weiner will keep on molesting young nubile women. Now if he had a (R) next to his name, he would have been forced to resign by now for sure, and crucified if he had not resigned, but made such a spurious and ludicrous claim as his account being hacked, and got exposed by other evidence of constantly doing stuff like this

Mrs. Weiner was unavailable for comments. At least the picture confirmed Weiner is a lefty.

UPDATE: Looks like all the people that accused Breibart of lying or making this up will have to apologize as I hear Weiner did when Breibart took over the presser where Weiner admitted to sending the picture and then, erm, trying to disseminate the truth. It looks like Weiner also won’t do the honorable thing on his own, despite speculations, even on the left, that he should. No shame, no continence.

Enjoy Brebart getting some payback. I sure did.