The Indiscreet Tweeter, Anthony Weiner

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Lying to the press through a flack is a common-enough Washington transgression. Perjuring yourself to federal law enforcement officers is a jailable offense. Should Weiner take his public relations flunky-told tale to the feds, and appear as eager to hunt down journalists as he had been prior to the scandal, then the public might give his story a listen. But Weiner has developed a case of cameraitis that he had previously been immune to and he doesn’t seem so keen to personally interact with the police.

The seedy public fixation on the private lives of politicians undergoes a role reversal here. Instead of a peeping populace forcing its way up to the bedroom window, a politician has imposed, albeit unwittingly, his private life upon the public space. It’s different that the exposed is also the exposer. But the revulsion felt by the dignified remains the same either way.

Illicit sex is about the only area of bipartisan harmony on Capitol Hill. Whereas Democrats benefitted from the resignation of Craigslist Congressman Chris Lee through a seat pick-up last week, Republicans will not be so lucky with the Indiscreet Tweeter Anthony Weiner. A person prone to broadcasting his every half-developed thought through Twitter is by definition immodest. The shamelessness that prompts the publication of so personal a picture necessarily precludes the possibility of a humiliation-avoiding resignation. For anecdotal evidence of this phenomenon, see Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, Gavin Newsom, and David Vitter.

Weiner benefits from the “D” next to his name. He benefits more from the lockstep partisanship of his New York City district. Whatever vainglory the seven-term congressman possessed prior to attaining federal office, the lack of accountability built in to representing such a deep-blue district has exaggerated it. Live wrong but vote right, and you’re sinecure will stay yours. Had Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Lee possessed the correct the political affiliation, or enjoyed a similar party monopoly among constituents, he might be sitting alongside fellow New Yorker Anthony Weiner in Congress today.

Lee had neither, so he is gone. Weiner has both so he won’t be going anywhere.

As bad as it is to have an inadequately-endowed groin imposter, it could be worse for Anthony Weiner. The congressman’s last name could be Johnson. There’s no telling the sport his political enemies would make of him then.

Daniel J. Flynn is the author of Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002), Intellectual Morons: How Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas (Crown Forum, 2004), and A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008). He writes a Monday column for Human Events and blogs


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  • fred

    It wasn't me worked for Clinton

  • Joseph Cannon

    The evidence against Weiner was fabricated. published a screen capture of a putative Yfrog page (connected to the alleged Twtter account of the congressman), and this screen capture contained the lewd image. No-one else saw the image — not even the intended recipient. The only person who saw it was someone working for Breitbart.

    On my site, I compare an actual screen cap of a real Yfrog image page to the screen cap that Breitbart published. When you look at the comparison, the evidence of fakery should be clear even to a child. A real Yfrog page contains the URL of the image within the header, under the account holder's name. That information does not appear in the Breitbart version.

    It's a fake. Weiner is innocent. Here's the proof:

    • Chris

      If A. Weiner was hacked, he would not be letting a crisis'go to waste'. He would be accusing Republicans, conservatives, the Koch brothers, Sarah Palin, Bush, etc.etc. of high crimes and treason. He would be on every newscast expressing his disgust with the vast right-wing conspiracy that unfairly sullied his 'good' name. He would be demanding that local,state and federal law enforcement bring down the conservative scum that had impuned his dignity. But instead little tony is suddenly camara shy. Why is that?

  • Toby

    The evidence is overwhelming that Weiner is lying.

    He came out lying right away – about being on-line tweeting about Hockey when he saw his account get hacked. In reality, his account was inactive for 204 minutes before the Lewd Picture was sent to a young honey.

    Instead of simply getting the FBI, which would serve multiple interests (such as serving as a detriment for the phantom hacker to not start down the list of U.S. Congressman's accounts and stealing their ID's) he gets a private lawyer to serve only him. A lawyer that cannot be compelled to testify against Weiner or provide evidence of his guilt.

    His Twitter account stayed in the Verified State throughout, something that does not happen when one's account is hacked. The real culprit just happens to have very skinny legs and is sun-deprived too?

    The girl from Bellingham WA also rushed off to shut all her stuff down and started deleting stuff. She wasn't on-line, but in minutes she's deleting everything. Did the Congressman call her?

    I submit that Anthony Weiner used his Government paid and provided Blackberry to take that picture and then used several of his accounts (not one) to complete what he thought was his own Picasso. Weiner is an egomaniac and he is focused with serving his Ego.

    There is more evidence, but every single step of the way, Weiner has acted like a Guilty man. He meets with and hires a personal Lawyer on a Holiday, but in like 72-80 hours, he can't have a staff member call the FBI?

    John King of CNN called Weiner's behavior – Curious, very curious. Indeed.


  • Amused

    Oh what a LOW-DOWN TACTIC ! Fabricate a story , then commisurate with ….EVEN IF IT WERE TRUE ..BLAH BLAH BLAH ……you oughta be ashamed of yourself Flynn……but you're not . Are ya ? What is this , a training school for yellow journalists ?? You call yourself Americans ?
    If republicans had any ethics they would have thrown Breitbart in the trash , but instead he's become a darling of the party . EVERYONE knows this whole story is contrived B.S. , that is everyone except people like you Flynn . But alas , there are thousands of suckers like Toby above . What a PATHETIC political strategy ..

    • MarkRich

      I swear Flynn is acting like a far lefty isnt he!!!? I mean when Palin had a grandchild it WAS her kid wasnt it? I mean when a republican has a potential moral problem its a slam dunk baby- no evidence required baby! What makes Flynn think he can come from the right and do this same thing. We libs got a corner on this market baby! Flynn go back to being wrong no matter what you say- your not a lib baby!

  • Amused

    "Say it enough times and people will believe it "….the nazi Goebbels .

    • MarkRich

      Or MSLSD or the Associated depressed or Meet the depressed or Huff Po or any other lefty rag- Goebbles would be a proud lib today!

    • GKC

      It's the FAT CATS I tell you!

  • Steeloak

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  • Matthew Quigley

    Considering what a sleaze Weiner is, and also how stupid he is on top of that, I have no problem whatsoever in accepting that he sent that photo to the young woman.

    But since he's a Marxocrat, he'll gain votes for this action. Says more about the people who vote for these piles of pond scum than anything else.

    • Amused

      That's because you are a total gullible arsehole .

  • zsqpwxxeh

    There was an attack dog named Weiner
    Whose sound bites just couldn't be meaner
    For one coed he'd beg
    So he lifted his leg
    But she barked and took off. Have you seen her?

  • USMCSniper

    Weiner is a nutcase for sure and maybe a dangerous one. Strikes me as a punk who's acting tough to overcome a deep sense of inferiority. Anyway, THIS speech of his on the House floor was so over the top that it actually made me think of THIS

  • MarkRich

    He is a democrat- so he DESERVES the innocent until proven guilty moniker. Hes a democrat so less is expected of him morally so even if he did it hes NOT GUILTY. Hes a democrat so hes obviously MOST LIKELY a victim of dirty tricks. Hes a democrat and he votes the way people SHOULD VOTE and SOMEDAY WILL BE COERCED TO VOTE so whatever he does is justified in the sense of the dialectic. Hes a democrat dam- it!

    • Maxie

      Well put MR. You'd think no one had ever heard of the Lefts' Double Standard. MarxiCrats get praised: Republicans get punished for the same action.

  • vlparker

    Must have been hacked by the same guy that OJ was looking for.

  • Amused

    Yea FPM , get it off the Front page before you embarrass yourselves any further .It will also save the sycophant idiots above from making bigger fools of themselves .

    • MarkRich

      We be fools- oh yea- we not enlightened libs-! I is so embarrased because "amused" called me a fool. I wont be able to sleep tonight. Follow his advice FPM- he's from the correct side- now go ahead follow his orders- he's straight from the Enlightened One's side- the side thats always right. Evidence be dam-ed- they is right and we is stoopped! So as I re-read this guys comment I thinks to me self- should I stop writin and talkin bout this??? Nah! I aint enlitened- I 's a fool- but what the hel- its fun and likes libs gettin all mad- bye now!

      • Amused

        Not so Mark , that would be elevating the word "fool " .

  • Asher

    Every time a Democrat gets caught doing something underhanded its a set-up or a fabrication….How many people are willing to believe these excuses???? Weinergate is not going to go away, especially because of the content of the video and the House rules.

  • Amused

    Yea I bet you would , you should be ashamed of the slander you support . Dem or Rep , SLANDER IS SLANDER , and YOU KNOW THIS STORY IS SLANDER .

  • Amused

    …..and dont ever preach principles , you have none .And what a pathetic excuse , "because they do it , you will too " …and you call yourselves "Americans " ? You denigrate that title .

  • fmobler

    Your tease for this article on the FP page is yellow: "Even if the Democratic congressman did send x-rated tweets, …" The picture he may or may nor have sent (but certainly messed up in a smarmy way afterwards) was a long way from x-rated. Creepy, yes; x-rated, no.

  • Amused

    LOL….."Even if " [we know it's not true ] ……….were gonna slander you anyway and then justify with ," well they [DEMS] do it too", what moral terpitude !! And the sycophants suck it up .Like I said many times before on this blog regarding shamefull behavior …."it's just a matter of the turds floating on the top criticizing the turds floating on the bottom " ….both dive head first into the cesspool . Dems aint got nothing on you guys .

    • Steeloak

      The KING of slander gets slandered…Oh the Horror!

  • kafir4life

    Isn't Tony D Weiner one of kapo Schumer's sock puppets?

  • pennswoods

    Well Mr. Congressman. Let's get the FBI to find out WHO the "hacker" was. Does he have the same initials as you?

  • Amused

    There wasn't any hacker DIMBULB , there's no need . It is the protocol at yFrog which supports ANYONE putting up a picture ,it’s possible for anyone to post a picture to anyone else’s account at the picture hosting site , without a password. You simply email a picture from a Blackberry to the user’s email address, with the word “@subject” in the text. The picture is then posted at yfrog , and a tweet is posted at Twitter with a link to the picture. And this is no security gap , it is the common protocol at yFrog.
    This will also work with an i-phone . HACKING not required .
    And aint it funny that the Seattle woman involved had been harrassed for weeks after following Weiner on Twitter , after Weiner brought into question that Supreme Court Justice's wife's involvement and payments in 6 figures with a medical provider firm . So much so that Weiner brought it up followed by 75 votes that that Justice should recuse himself from any rulings regarding any issue involved ion such . So the "sin " is inconsequential to all of you , so long as it is committed aginst the right people . Oh how pathetic . How HYPOCRITICAL and phony your morals are .

  • Amused

    Weiner got framed , and is now knowingly being slandered . A perfect example of Yellow Journalism by Daniel Flynn , who thinks he's a journalist . But is nothing more than a political hack with a vocabulary .An Amatuer whose been gratefully given a venue on a blog like this .

  • Amused

    Oh , and BTW Flynn , what was done to Palin , HACKING AN E-MAIL ACCOUNT -was illegal . What happened to Weiner was NOT hacking , nor was it necessarry illegal . However there are Libel issues here if can ever be proven who did it. So you remain WRONG in your …er …"journalistic piece " right down to the last sentence .And I guess , it never struck you , that a person can be a slimeball yet not legally culpable . [hint ] you need ethics to make such a determination .

  • CHARLEY 60

    His wife posted it to show his weiner wasn't a winner.