STARTING from the top, Anthony Weiner was grilled by Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith, who began by asking why he’d been singled out for his “digital sin,” with his approval ratings worse than when “it came out that [Bill Clinton] cheated on his wife with an intern.”
“The coverage has been fairly brutal,” is where Weiner began.
“…You can do this or show videos of cats, whatever it is you do at Buzzfeed.” – Anthony Weiner to Ben Smith.
“We do it all,” Ben responded.
Asked whether his scandals have hurt her [wife Huma Abedin] role in Clinton world, Weiner said, “I feel that what I have done has hurt her. Hurt her professionally, hurt her personally.”
“She’s gotten roughed up,” he said.
[…] “I have given wide berth to my colleagues in public life because I know I have a lot to prove to them as well,” he said.
When asked whether he knew what Abedin’s role on Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential campaign would be in 2016, Weiner said only, “I do. I’m not telling you.”
Ben Smith rightly points out that the younger crowd likely doesn’t think what Anthony Weiner did is all that outrageous, because sexting is common among millennials. They just don’t vote with the regularity of other voters who can’t wrap their heads around sending out shots of your genitalia.
Snapchat would have saved Weiner the embarrassment.
Snapchat is a new way to share moments with friends. Snap an ugly selfie or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll receive it, laugh, and then the snap disappears.
The image might be a little grainy, and you may not look your best, but that’s the point. It’s about the moment, a connection between friends, and not just a pretty picture. …
If Sydney Leathers hadn’t surfaced, with the news that after he left Congress Anthony Weiner still didn’t stop sexting and reaching out to women not his wife, he might have survived.
The oddity remains that there was no sex here. The other issue is that the voters care less what Weiner did, but certainly do care that they have to hear about it 24/7 in the New York media. That’s actually a problem today more than the act, with the news of private actions having to be digested daily, which becomes too much for most voters.
This post has been updated.