After saying he was going to keep the X-rated photo as leverage, you know, (ahem) in case Rep. Anthony Weiner targeted him, Andrew Breitbart leaked the photo during an appearance with wingnut radio hosts Opie and Anthony.
Though they now claim that they retrieved a still of the phone from a videotape of the show and that Breitbart didn’t allow them to photograph it, the original image, now removed from Yfrog, showed a thumb in the corner of the lens, as though it was taken from a cell phone camera. Yfrog was the image-sharing service to which Weiner sent the “joke” photo of him in his boxers that started the entire scandal.
The bad news is Rep. Weiner’s campaign to keep his job just got a lot tougher (if not impossible).
The good news is, congratulations, Tony.
Tim Kaine sent the message for the Democratic Party this morning when he asked Weiner to resign, followed by others, so I sent a message via Twitter to Mr. Kaine. He will not get my vote for senator.
That all this is happening as we find out Huma Abedin is pregnant adds a poignant note to this sorry spectacle.
I remain someone who doesn’t think stupidity is a criminal offense, nor is a libido, and neither means someone can’t handle their job in Congress. It’s also not breaking news that a man could be proud of his junk and the boys. It’s just best not to take a photo then transmit it across open technology platforms when you’re a sitting congressman, no matter how proud you might be. It’s criminally dumb, but not shocking to me.
To drive the point home, I particularly want to get sleuthing anti sex puritans out of politics so that private foibles, except something seriously criminal, should not be an impediment to public office. It’s simply long past time America grew up.
When I look at the carnage of the George W. Bush presidency, a faithful man who couldn’t navigate technology if his life depended on it, I’m convinced of this.
Rep. Anthony Weiner engaged in risky behavior considering the trail technology leaves, which may or may not require counseling, but it doesn’t mean he can’t work a job if New Yorkers want him to.
The notion that Weiner will keep Democrats from focusing or winning in 2012 is preposterous, but that’s what Obama loyalists are pimping. People are focused on the economy and jobs, with the longer Republicans focus on Weiner’s weiner bound to eventually cause a backlash.
As long as there are prudes and moralists we will continue to be led by tight-ass people whose squeaky clean life make it miserable for the rest of us, but also don’t make this country work any smoother, make the middle class stronger, or wars less likely.
On the upside, maybe this will be Alec Baldwin’s big break, though what he knows about running the biggest city in the country is yet to be proved.