Defenders of the Weiner


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Even more hilarious than some of Weiner’s defenders are those on his side of the aisle abandoning him.  Bill Clinton, the man who performed Weiner’s wedding – how could that go wrong? – is reportedly furious that Weiner isn’t resigning.  After all, Weiner got caught with his pants down, and Clinton only got caught with his genetic material on someone else’s dress.  World of difference there.  Nancy Pelosi, who has famously used her self-proclaimed status as Grandmother To Us All to ram through her socialist political agenda and save corrupt bureaucrats like Charlie Rangel, thinks it’s bad policy for Weiner to stay in power since he used his self-proclaimed status as Weiner To Us All to ram through, ahem, his own peculiar agenda.

Overall, though, many liberals seem confused as to why Americans would care about Anthony Weiner’s sextcapades at all.  What they don’t understand is that this isn’t about the sex.  It’s all about the arrogance.

Just as with Bill Clinton, liberals like to boil everything down to the sexual act.  “People lie about sex!” they shout.  But public officials should not lie about sex.  We’re paying their salaries.  When Anthony Weiner tried to blame Andrew Breitbart for the leaked tweet, he violated a public trust – the same trust Richard Nixon violated with Watergate.  Anthony Weiner’s “I was hacked” was the same as Nixon’s “I am not a crook,” only more pusillanimous.

That’s why Weiner should step down.  It’s not because he violated our supposedly Puritan sensibilities about the propriety of penis pictures distributed around the web.  It’s not because the members of his district want to get rid of him; according to the latest poll data, they don’t.  It’s because Congressmen represent the entirety of the American people along with their district; they owe something to all of us, not just those who vote for them.  They owe us their best efforts and their honesty.  It means they shouldn’t target citizens like Breitbart who stumble on their mishaps.  It means they shouldn’t use their position of power to prey on young women.

What ever happened to the honest left?  What happened to liberals who prized honesty above all else?  When did they sacrifice their own basic principles in favor of political convenience?  When did they decide that a man like Weiner was worth defending?

Ben Shapiro is an attorney and writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and author of the upcoming book “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV” from Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

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  • http://www.barrassoandsons.com Frank Barrasso

    Alex Baldwin just lost our vote……

    • WWP

      He lost me with the illiterate "let he who is without" "he that is without sin among you. let him cast the first stone. " Who would say Let I enter the room?

    • CHARLEY 60

      And what did the Wiener show that anyone can't see in any Sears or Penny's catalog, in the men's underpants section? Back in Jr. High us guys used to sneak off an ooh an aah over the pictures in the ladies section. I'd bet a lot of teen girls was doing the same in the men's section. If the people who can vote for him don't like it let them get rid of him. If not, it isn't anyone else's business. They have the right to choose who represents them. When I can decide for them our system of Government is gone.

  • Guest

    Weiner may enjoy the high of having someone attracted to him; however, one would hope his adult-self would counsel him against behaving as he did. What Weiner demonstrated is that he is not much older, emotionally, than a teenager.

    • nina

      And that is absolutely how I see it. He was a very good congrassman, if you are a leftist. He worked very hard and was awailable to his constituents. I think he was a real worcaholic. It is also most probable that as a teenager he was very serious and focussed on reaching a goal, and thereby missed much of his youth. What I feell is that there were no parties in his college days, no frivolous fan. He didn't saw his wild oats, and so this sophomoric expression happened. Someone should have noticed. If his wife wouldn't have been so enveloped in her work, perhaps she would have noticed. Anyhow, the outcry was as if he had murdered someone. To compare this to Watergate is ludicrous. Clinton who had a sexual affair with an intern in the Oval office, doesn't resign, and now turns out smelling like a rose. The irony!

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    In defense of Wiener, if all democrats would spend more time tweeting to women they'd have less time to ruin the country

    • coyote3

      Indeed, he could settle this in "small claims" court

  • Rifleman

    Little weiner will do anything to keep from having to get a real job.

    "High functioning," that's a laugh, especially since he was obviously thinking with his lower head. They couldn't even get around to passing a budget.

    Just remember, these are the same folks that defend the druggging and rape of an underage girl by a movie director.

  • kafir4life

    Tony D. supported the disemination of sexually based material to kindergarteners, such as learning about alternative lifestyles, gender indentity issues, and other social liberal causes. I would suggest that should TonyD still be in public office, that an age appropriate scrapbook of Daddy Tony's activities be prepared and given to Tony and his muslima's 5 year old. Another scrapbook in Farsi should be prepared as a gift for Tony's muslima.
    Seriously tho'……I would investigate Tony and his Muslima. It's been said that she's an agent of Iran, and married Tony as it was determined he'd be easy to compromise. Can anybody think of any other reason why a Muslima would be allowed to marry a Jew and live?

    • Amused

      I fail to see the logic in your "new theory " , since "Tony D" is now rendered USELESS to anyone for any reason . Just another case [of which we see all the time ] of a moron tripping over his , er ….weiner .

    • trickyblain

      "It's been said that she's an agent of Iran"

      By who?

      • kafir4life

        That's "whom".

        It doesn't matter by whom. The charge has been made. The evidence is irrelevant.
        (Dan Rather)

  • Amused

    Again a member of that demographic segment of America with the highest per capita crime rate , proves himself unbelievably stupid . I must admit , that I underestimated the extent of Weiner's utter stupidity to such a degree that I believed it to be another of slimeball Breitbarts hoaxes . I will now eat my humble pie , scratch my head in wild wonder, at how an elected member of Congress could be such a moron .
    Having said that , after again being non-plused by this "segment " [525 or so ] of elected public officials , I begin to wonder about the how and why , people like this manage to get themselves in such high positions of government . And Rifleman , you should just remember, that behavior like this is not limited to Democrats , Republicans , who just like their Democrat counterparts do the same and are just as reluctant to give up their "privileged " positions until the evidence is simply too overwhelming to defend . And this is not limited to just sexual peccadillos , but to thieving and corruption , and I make no distinction between them .

    • Rifleman

      You're right, Amused, this behavior is not limited to democrats. Creepy or crooked Republicans, however, at least have the decency to resign when found out. The democrat party needs more like you to help clean it up. I've got minimum standards, myself, just ask newt.

      • Amused

        I'm not a Democrat Rifleman , this stuff makes me sick no matter who , Dem or Rep.

        • Rifleman

          My bad, but they do need somebody's help, and they sure don't want mine. Come to think of it, the GOP might not either, after some of the e-mails I've sent them when they do dumb things. Apologies for my subject verb agreement, but "did" didn't look right because it's an ongoing thing.

    • ajnn

      I was surprised to note that president G.W. Bush's administration had no, none, zero financial or sexual scandals.

      Pretty good !!!

  • Amused

    So , dont get too puffed up Rifleman , or have you forgotten the Airport restroom two step , Le Hay or Ensign ? Know well , that it's only a matter of time before another member of this "elite group " of crooks , philanderers and deviates , very , very , few of which have EVER worked for a living [nor will they ] gets busted .And they too , no matter the stripe, will hang on to the point of utter shame , to remain in this group which we call "politicians " .

    • Rifleman

      Amen, I keep a pair of my old boots shined to boot substandard Republicans to the curb.

  • Tanstaafl

    Would I get fired if I had behaved like the Weiner? Yes. That's enough for me. Time to resign, Mr. peter poster.

    • Asher

      The Best thing for the Weiner to do is to resign and get help, why should the people have to pay for his rehab, he caused this mess himself…..I have never seen anyone so obsessed with their physique and private parts!

      • Rifleman

        Not since grade school, anyway.

        • Amused

          I had more sense in gradeschool .This man is sick , and has proven himself a disgrace , and unworthy to hold the title of U.S. Congressman .

          • Rifleman

            Not me. I have to apologize to my olders younger sister every time I see her for all the mean pranks I used to play on her and to my mom and dad for what I did to their blood pressure.

  • Amused

    Dont compare yourself to this privileged group [ our 525 or so Congressmen ,Senators and Representatives ] , they are governed by different standards .The only thing that eventually gets them "fired " is , potential damage to their peers and contemporarys . Without public outcry , NOTHING would happen . It is ridiculous to expect self monitoring , kinda ,like a whorehouse demanding virginity .

  • Amused

    BTW , of what importance is the opines of Alex Baldwin ?

    • kafir4life

      Ah, yes. That would be the hollywood types who believe that their opinions carry some greater weight than others. And they're right. They must be. His quotes are right here at FPM.

      • Amused

        much ado about nothing .

  • David Lawrence

    Chris Matthews thinks that only hick bigots care whether married Wiener indecently exposes himself on the internet. Well, I am no hick. I am a sophisticated New Yorker with a Ph.D. in liteterature. I belived in abortion and am an athiest. But I find Weiner disgusting. In fact he is perverted. He is a sick man who insists on exposing himself to quasi-strangers. I believe that flashing is or should be a crime. He should be brought up on criminal charges. Mathews, Baldwin and the rest have no values even when it comes to perversion. They feel that anything goes. They would like to reduce life to a meaningless romp. They are afraid to criticize because they are so capable of being criticized. They themselves are a breath from being perverted. Maybe they secretly are flashers.

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    The Philadelphia Metro paper so fit tp make it's top letter one by Stan Jacobson titled The Weiner inside us all. In regard to the Weiner episode he wrote "We deem it fully OK to show people killing each other on film and TV but do not allow showing an act of intimacy and love".

  • jacob

    I always maintained that for men to take advice from their lower heads is bad news
    starting from the point that it is brainless and therefore…
    I believe the Weiner should resign and dissappear and liberals and lefties in general
    should stop trying to justify him and that all other Congresspeople besides
    Democraps should make sure he is EXPELLED instead of resigning..

    Which brings me to ask how many and how powerful were the Congresspeople
    RANGEL had by the short hair to goe off practically scott free ??????

  • Questions

    "Weiner Strikes Back" — the sequel.

    I don't defend the man, but I don't think his offenses rise to an obligation to resign either. Rep. Weiner's tweets were unbecoming of a real man, but this is a trivial pursuit. He needs to set up an appointment with a psychiatrist soon. That said, his seat should remain his until voters in his district tell him otherwise.

    • coyote3

      That's part of the problem. Anyone who needs this much "personal" attention has no business in public office. However, I am torn between him resigning and him staying in office until the next time he engages in some foolishness, and indeed, there will be a next time.

  • Stephen_Brady

    I thought Baldwin left America in 2001 …

    • coyote3

      That's what he said he was going to do.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      I think he is working on a return of the three stooges, Baldwin, Sheen and
      Weiner, the question is who will be the Moe……………………..William

      • Stephen_Brady

        Compaing Baldwin, Sheen, and Weiner to the Three Stooges is an insult to the Stooges! :)

  • Fred Dawes

    Weiner is just one more nothing guy in power and as for Baldwin he was a great actor 10 years ago now just one more butt.

    • ajnn

      still an oustanding actor. his work on '30 Rock' is tremendous !!!

  • American_Flag

    Weiner boy is a complete a$$ whipe. But, as with all good liberals/democrats, they are exempt from morals and standards that most of us follow. He is also dubbed VICTIM, a modern day term for the sole purpose of keeping one's credentials in order…Conservaties and Republicans need not apply for this same treatment if the tides were turned. No way no how.

    The double standard that exists is deplorable!

  • Amused

    Weiner has expressed all that need be known , regarding his dismissal from Congress . He's history . And yes the "double-standard " is a bigger than life REALITY in American politics . Yes it's deplorable , but more so, and worse … it's EXPECTED .
    BTW Breitbart is STILL a Slimeball worthy of TWO FLUSHES OF THE TOILET HANDLE .

    • ajnn

      what has Breitbart to do with any of this ?

      I think Breitbart is a pretty good 'performance artist'. a talented man.

  • morriswise

    It is rare to find a Washington politician that does not indulge in non-traditional sexual behavior. A real investigation will prove that to be a fact. Those trying to lynch Weiner dislike his ethnic style and are jealous of any outsiders talents. The majority of his highly intelligent constituency believe he has committed no unique moral infraction but is a victim of a JEW hunt.

    • ajnn

      huh ?

      no, as a ny jew i can state with some authority that very few jewish people think his downfall has much to do with his religious affiliation. it's not as if he actuallyatttended a religious service since his 'bar-mitzvah' !!!

      others may think it a 'conspiracy, and that tells us more about THEM than about this embarrassment.

  • Amused

    Oh that's just so much nonsense . Dumb conspiracy theories are just that , no matter what side of the political coin they come from . Anyone who came to such a conclusion is certainly lacking intelligence . His behavior was unethical , juvenile , irresponsible , and unbecoming a Congressman of the U.S. , and an indication of some very poor judgement .
    He gets the BOOT .

  • sedoanman

    "…many on the Left are not satisfied to see their erstwhile hero bite the political dust."

    What's the difference? Since New York has an inexhaustible supply, there are plenty more where he came from.

  • USMCSniper

    There were approximately 75 NATO and US troops killed if Afghanistan between May 11 and June 11 of this year and we are discussing a silly uneducated gard core unemployable little man;s displaying of his shortcomings publically as important. That is what happens when feminists and their castrati run society instead of we alpha males.

  • USMCSniper

    Dear Non-Colleagues: You can all cling to the notion that somehow you will stop the Progressives and their destruction of America but with kind of censorship on this website of your betters, you are just the mirror image of your friends at Media Matters, MoveOn.org and PeaceKeep.

  • Ben There

    I need not an ellipsis, front, nor rear. Frankly I’m tired of these politicians, they molest all of us. Who are these people anyway? What do we really know about them? They lie, cheat, and steal, and we give them what? MORE POWER.

    Anthony Weiner is a TEMPORARY, all of them are. We need to make them temporary, permanently. He should resign immediately, in brief, or in Weiner’s briefs I should say.

    The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
    — Hannah Arendt

    …Freedom! laissez-faire.

  • morriswise

    We love Weiner because he is a New York type of guy and like lots of us is kinky and freaky and sometimes will tell a few lies to cover our tracks. According to a recent NY1 Marist Poll 56% of registered voters in New York’s 9th Congressional District do not think Anthony Weiner should resign.  Only one-third believe he should, a few are unsure. Let the bible thumpers and bigots mind their own business and check their own dirty laundry.

    • ajnn

      wow !!!

      now that is a poll result embarrassing to ny'ers !!!

    • mlcblog

      I'd like to see more polling. Not sure I want to trust this one.

  • nahum420

    (long time reader, first time post)

    In 2006, he tried to ban the PA delegation from entering the United Nations, stating that the reason the PA is not an official representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is to avoid the parent group's label as an outlawed terrorist organization.
    Representative Weiner introduced in Congress in 2007 the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act, designed to “halt Saudi support for institutions that fund, train, incite, encourage, or in any other way aid and abet terrorism, and to secure full Saudi cooperation in the investigation of terrorist incidents…”

    • ajnn

      no wonder he has some supporters – he has some good policies.

  • nahum420

    continued…

    His stand on Israel awaited a change orchestrated by Pres. Obama and his loyal Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Just like Israelis, Americans are mostly incapable of seeing one level below the surface to understand the hatched plot. And the Weiner scandal just screams cynical high level conspiracy at anyone who cares to listen. Shall we begin with his new wife?
    The very fact that she spent 15 or 16 years in Saudi Arabia [from roughly the age of 2, until roughly the age of 18], and then showed up in the Clinton White House, as an intern, in 1996, at roughly the age of 21, is, in and of itself, a massive security breach. That she then spent another five years in the Clinton White House, and, for most of the last seven years, has been wedded at the hip to Mrs. Clinton, night and day [whether or not illicitly], is an unthinkable compromise of national security. http://lukeford(dot)net/blog/?p=1037

  • nahum420

    continued…

    His wife is not just a Muslim, she is a Saudi Muslim. And he is the Congressman who introduced legislation threatening Saudi Arabia with severe American sanctions unless it changed its political ways. If he was a nobody Jew, Weiner would have to become a Muslim if she were not to be ostracized or much worse at home. But he was not a nobody Jew, he was the initiator of the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2007 and ideological exceptions would be made to the religion to get rid of him. Now the big question. In Washington, where dirt on every member of Congress is actively pursued, how did the Clintons or Abedin not know he was sexting young women. The answer is that something occurred within his marriage to push him beyond his harmless flirtations, to sending genital photos to women, one a minor. THAT he didn't do before he met Huma Abedin, Mata Hari on a job well done.

  • USMCSniper

    There have been almost 200 NATO + US casualties this year in Afghanistan ignored by the press, and all we hear about is Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, and now an insiginficant uneducated fool named exibitionist Congressman Weiner to a point of saturation.

  • Wesley69

    Other Libs with no moral compass.

    • Amused

      get off your high horse Wesly , there are just as many slimeballs on the rep/con side .One of them you know very well, and one whose editorials appear on this website , likes to crawl around on the floor with prostitutes dressed in womens lingerie . Or did that go down the memory hole too ?

      • Wesley69

        I'll give you the point there are plenty of slimeballs on all sides. Maybe I should have been more direct. I should have compared Weiner to people in this administration, who are adherents of Saul Alinsky philosophy. Anything is okay to get power.

  • Amused

    And Weiner made a very bad one . There would be no scandalous pix , if Weiner had not posted them somewhere . And what kind of moron in high political office would do such a dumbass thing ?

    • Wesley69

      If he misused anything connected to his position in the US government in sending those pix, he could be slapped with a criminal charges. When power goes to your head, dumbass things will happen.

    • CHARLEY 60

      Ted Kennedy

  • Dispozadaburka

    Why is he so small?

    I thought he was trying to show that he was so big?

    • CHARLEY 60

      I thought he'd put his underpants over his head and taken a picture of it.

  • Bonniegal

    I read Baldwin's piece and thought it excellent. I didn't interpret it as making excuses for Weiner, but as a commentary on social networking and the reasons it has exploded into our lives and consequently, along with the good comes the distasteful. Our society is largely immoral segments sanctioned by each other, but we all know right from wrong, good from evil. That we have chosen to ignore it and honor those who do is a societal ill. That is what I got from Mr. Baldwin's piece.
    May I add I am no fan, by an stretch and was quite surprised at his elocution in stating an obvious societal ill.

  • BS77

    I like Baldwin….have you ever seen Malice or Miami Blues?? The guy is cool……

  • mlcblog

    This is the old I am better than other men because I am more highly sexed than they.

    Not!!

    Other men are just as sexy (powerful) but choose to correct themselves and channel their energies in a socially constructive manner.

  • mlcblog

    THANK YOU, BEN SHAPIRO

    That’s why Weiner should step down. It’s not because he violated our supposedly Puritan sensibilities ….. It’s not because the members of his district want to get rid of him …..It’s because Congressmen represent the entirety of the American people ….. they owe something to all of us, not just those who vote for them. They owe us their best efforts and their honesty.

    GREAT POINT. THANK YOU.

  • Stephen_Brady

    I think that Weiner got this honor from the media solely because of his name. I mean, a guy named "Weiner" sends pictures of his … ahem! … to women over the internet? It would have been the same, if his name was "Johnson". On the other hand, who cares what someone named Petrowicz does?

  • CHARLEY 60

    What was shown anyone, including curious young girls, that couldn't be seen in catalogs everyday in the mens section, or other sale bills stuck in your mail? Or anatomy books in the high school library. Sure he is a slimball. Bill Clinton got his BJ while on the taxpayers dollar at work. That was stealing of public funds. ML wasn't charged was she?