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Keep Sticking It Out, Weiner!

I really do try to avoid writing naked bald-faced partisan pieces. I find it bad form, generally, to tie myself to a party or ideology; I like to preserve at least a certain amount of "plausible deniability" regarding my independence. But every now and then, I get overwhelmed to just go all-out on an "inside baseball" political gamesmanship idea.

This is one of those times.

Finally, a lot of Democrats are calling for Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign his seat. On the other hand, a lot of them are calling for an "ethics investigation." (Which translates to "give us six months for this to die down, then we'll scold you and pretend it never happened.")

I hope he doesn't.

I hope he stays in office and completes his term.

Because I want to hang that SOB around their necks.

For years, the Democrats were proud as punch to have Weiner be one of their biggest mouths, their attack dog, their face of fierce, confrontational liberalism. He was their "loose cannon," their bomb-thrower, and they loved him for it.

But once he was caught, they still backed him. They bought into and parroted his lies and alibis and excuses. Then, when that started falling apart (thank you, Andrew Breitbart), they started hemming and hawing. They started wimping out, saying that "it's up to his constituents to judge" and "we think there should be an Ethics Committee invesigation."

Sorry, that game ain't gonna play out that way.

If I were advising Speaker Boehner, here's the game plan.

It's too late to oppose granting Weiner's request for a leave of absence so he can get treatment for being such an asshole. So, from this point, it's time to make certain that the Democrats own Weiner.

When the vote comes up for the Ethics Committee investigation, all Republicans vote "present." Then bring up an expulsion vote, and do the same damned thing. Explain that they want to give the Democrats the opportunity to take out their own trash.

And when that fails, then start up the campaign literature. Every single Democrat who campaigned with Weiner, gave him money or took money from him, who made any kind of joint appearance with the guy, gets Weinered. Run pictures of Weiner with the Democrat, then a few selections from Weiner's self-portraits. Turn every race into an art gallery showing, with the theme of "Democrats' Pride."

And, if Weiner had the slightest sense of integrity (a very doubtful proposition), he'd admit that it's exactly the kind of thing he would do if he had the chance.

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Comments (48)

Bravo, but also put up a fe... (Below threshold)
epador:

Bravo, but also put up a few billboards in his district and thank the voters for bringing such a bright and qualified Congressman to Washington.

I see only one flaw. The s... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I see only one flaw. The strategy is based on the fact you can shame a Democrat.

Not long ago Nancy Puloosi ... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Not long ago Nancy Puloosi shouted from behind the House podium, "We are going to drain the swamp". Even when some democrats at the time were in trouble in the House the dems had been succesful in screeching about the ethics of some republicans that were forced to resign. It worked well for the dems in 08'. The republicans need to man up and turn the tables and I have an idea for 2012. Make Weiner "Swamp Thing" the monster from the House swamp. In fact make weiner's weiner "Swamp Thing".

It would be nice to make We... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

It would be nice to make Weiner their albatross for one or two election cycles but the odds of that are slim to none with Speaker Boehner. He took over two weeks to even make an official comment, the odds of him having the moxie to bring up resolutions that force the hand of the Democrats on this are slim to none.

Democrats got ethics? Who ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Democrats got ethics? Who knew?

As I pointed out in another... (Below threshold)
Eric:

As I pointed out in another thread, NY State is losing two Congressional seats due to redistricting.

I predict Weiner will be one of the seats getting cut. Its clean, its easy and by electionm time the issue will be forgotten by the voters. Since he won't be running for re-election, there is no need to be reminded of it. And the Democrats know that however that district gets carved up, it will be held by the Democrats.

Over the course of the past... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

Over the course of the past few weeks, I've heard several reporters and/or commentators express the difficulty in discussing this unfortunate matter -- apparently double entendres are epidemic in our society.

I see from your "headline" you haven't managed to escape that pitfall either!!!

I'm not talented or patient... (Below threshold)
Clancy:

I'm not talented or patient enough with video editing tools - but what I’ve envisioned is a slight twist on rick-rolling – wiener-dicking! Use any popular video (perhaps a-political video’s would be best) and just cut to the famous underwear shot, followed by the “me” picture –and then back to the video.

Who knows – It could be so popular, even the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade will feature a surprise wiener-dicking!!

On the other hand, **a lot*... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

On the other hand, **a lot** of them are calling for an "ethics investigation.

The words between the ** are missing in the article above. (Yes, I'm critisizing a typo, but this will allow you to fix it, then you can wipe this part of the comment.)

I like this idea about forcing ht eDems to take out their own trash, the problem is that they have no morals or ethics. Dems are above that stuff, don'tcha know?

I'm sorry Maggie, I coudn't... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I'm sorry Maggie, I coudn't disagree with you more. This "unforunate matter" calls for the relief of "double entendres", otherwise, it is a grim subject, indeed.

And I suppose if a re-elected David Vitter can survive and manage to be walk around the Senate floor intact, with the sufferance of his wife, (a former prosecutor) so could Weiner (almost) in the House.

Mrs. Wendy Vitter (before the scandal)"I'm a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary. If he does something like that, I'm walking away with one thing, and it's not alimony, trust me".

Per Drudge new pictures sh... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Per Drudge new pictures show him "oiled up" and cross dressing. I dont know why dems congressional members and Obama are so upset. Isnt sex a private matter? He didnt violate any laws? His behavior is seen as normal (especially by folks in Pelosi's district).

I honestly dont see the problem for dems. he is a typical liberal. Another in a long line showing their true colors. hell he should run for minority leader against Pelosi. He would have Barney Frank's support.

Keep the swamp plugged nanc... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Keep the swamp plugged nancy!

"Bald faced partisan pieces... (Below threshold)
Oldpuppymax:

"Bald faced partisan pieces are BAD FORM??" So bald faced pro-American, Pro-freedom, pro-Constitution, anti-leftist, anti-liberty trampling, anti-political thug articles should be avoided? Apparently you're a politically correct blog contributor. Gee...what a triumph.

Sarcasm not included.... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Sarcasm not included.

The strategy is based on... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

The strategy is based on the fact you can shame a Democrat.

If Democrats were capable of shame they'd have all dropped dead long ago.

The fact that the Democrats... (Below threshold)
kevino:

The fact that the Democrats have no shame is easily demonstrated by the fact that it is taking weeks for a few of them to do the right thing and call for this man's resignation. Many others are looking to provide cover for him [pun intended]. And the rest are trying to ignore it and hope it goes away.

Once again, a Democratic politician is lowering the bar and undermining standards of conduct in the society. So while parents, good educators, and decent people are telling young people that sexting is a bad idea, the lamestream media and most Democrats are trying to protect this piece of crap from the consequences.

What will be the result? Lots of kids doing the wrong thing and saying, "That Congressman did it, so why not?"

President Clinton lied under oath and apparently abused his office to sexually assault women, but one of his worst offenses was lowering the bar for conduct in our society and setting a terrible example to kids.

Most Democrats appear to have no sense of shame.

I think the reason that so ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I think the reason that so many Democrats and Republicans are relatively quiet about this, is that they feel there, but for the grace of God. It is astonishing the number of sex scandals, of all manner, that have occurred with our elected politicians, in the last few years. It is enough to think they should all be required to take a minimum one week's sensitivity training course, on how to conduct themselves, on the "no no's" such as the miltary gives on foreign bases.

The fact that the Democr... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

The fact that the Democrats have no shame is easily demonstrated by the fact that it is taking weeks for a few of them to do the right thing and call for this man's resignation.

And that only after reviewing polls and focus groups - no internal moral compass involved. It's not whether it's right or wrong, it's whether they can weasel their way out of it or not.

Expediency, I believe that's called.

Excellent theory, dose of o... (Below threshold)
f1guyus:

Excellent theory, dose of own medicine etc. Chance of there being any Repubs with the balls to do it: Zero. That's zip. Nada.

The dems have no shame for ... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

The dems have no shame for what Barry is doing to the country. Why should they care about a little pecker in the grand scheme of things?

That's right, they don't

Weiner was the "go to" guy ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Weiner was the "go to" guy for the dem's. He was the dem's pit bull who went purposely rude in any debate with republicans. All the dem's loved it. It garnered national attention and glory from the MSM. I agree with JT. Keep him in office.

Steve Crickmore, Vitter is an unknown and was an unknown and the story you quote was already settled with his wife way before it became public. So your apples and apples argument is as usual, a libeal lie. ww

Steve-"It is asto... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Steve-

"It is astonishing the number of sex scandals, of all manner, that have occurred with our elected politicians, in the last few years."


I think it's the same as it's always been. Just with Inter-net communication devices and all, it is near impossible to keep quiet nowadays..

President Clinton lied u... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

President Clinton lied under oath and apparently abused his office to sexually assault women, but one of his worst offenses was lowering the bar for conduct in our society and setting a terrible example to kids.

Let's not forget the comrades in Hollywood. They've done more than their share to lower the bar for conduct in this country. All to turn a buck (or to speed the degeneration of society, or both).

Steve Crickmore, Vitter ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Steve Crickmore, Vitter is an unknown and was an unknown and the story you quote was already settled with his wife way before it became public.

WW's right. I'd never heard of Vitter before, but I was dimly aware of the Weiner.

Oscar Ma..Oh, scuse me.... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Oscar Ma..Oh, scuse me.


"Let's not forget the comrades in Hollywood. They've done more than their share to lower the bar for conduct in this country. All to turn a buck (or to speed the degeneration of society, or both)."

To turn a buck. The degenerates are not even aware that they are degenerates.

People have to wonder why W... (Below threshold)
retired military:

People have to wonder why Weiner is being such a d*ck about this.

As Jay Guevara notes @ #18,... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

As Jay Guevara notes @ #18, the Democrats' attitude towards Weiner changed only after they had time to gauge the popular impact. They were all prepared first to defend him and his preposterous "hacking" story - without even the curiosity as to WHY he couldn't say "with certaintude" whether the published photo was of him or not.

Once it became evident he was guilty as sin, they downshifted to the "personal matter for him and his family," as if all the women he had been stalking didn't even count. Only after the story of the underage girls proved true did Democrats begin to call for his resignation.

Obviously, from their conduct in this and other scandals, the Democrats were upset NOT by Weiner's behavior, but only by how it might affect their political prospects.

retired military: ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

retired military:
People have to wonder why Weiner is being such a d*ck about this.

Because his ... uh ... "resolve" is stiffening?

And Senator Vitter should a... (Below threshold)

And Senator Vitter should also resign, right?

And the GOP should also have started calling for him to resign, would you say?

And Senator Vitter shoul... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

And Senator Vitter should also resign, right?

And the GOP should also have started calling for him to resign, would you say?

Yep.

And the Democrats should also have called for the resignations of

Ted Kennedy (Chappaquidick, colluding with Soviets against Reagan - i.e., treason)
Chris Dodd
Barney Frank (where to start?)
Dianne Feinstein (self-dealing for hubby)
Eric Holder
Alcee Hastings (hell, they already impeached and convicted this clown once)
John Murtha And other Abscam alumni, all Dems (Raymond Lederer, Harrison Arlington Williams, Frank Thompson, Jr., John Michael Murphy, John Wilson Jenrette, Jr)
Gerry Studds (for cornholing an underage House page).

Agreed? And those are just for openers.

And Senator Vitter... (Below threshold)
Eric:
And Senator Vitter should also resign, right? And the GOP should also have started calling for him to resign, would you say?

JimX, So have you called on Weiner to resign, or are you still peddling all of the so called evidence that Weiner was hacked?

Last I heard Arnold Schwarz... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Last I heard Arnold Schwarzenegger was a Republican and very well known, not only as 'the groper' before he became governor, -the GOP didn't distance themselves from him then-, and then there was Larry 'wide stance' Craig (R) who somehow manage to serve his term out, several months, after he pleaded guilty in August , 2007, to a charge of disorderly conduct at an airport.

Oh, Larry Craig? You wanna ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Oh, Larry Craig? You wanna fags now?

Ahem ...

Gerry Studds cornholed a... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Gerry Studds cornholed an underage House page.

That makes him Presidential timber for you guys, doesn't it?

Wow, disorderly conduct. Ph... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Wow, disorderly conduct. Phew! Serious stuff.

Ted Kennedy killed a girl (manslaughter) in a drunken stupor, abandoned her to her fate, and later famously colluded with the Soviets to undermine Reagan's foreign policy in an attempt to get his syphilitic ass into the White House.

But at least he didn't commit disorderly conduct. Manslaughter and treason are the entry way offenses to big time crime: disorderly conduct.

SteveRegarding Arn... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Steve

Regarding Arnold. I hadnt heard anything about his groping prior to this latest stuff. As far as I am concerened he is as big a sleazebag as Weiner.

As far as the stance guy his ass should have been thrown in jial. And I dont recall republicans lining up to stand with him with his BS excuses.

That is the difference. Most republicans say kick their own out if they are guilty of shit like this. Most dems say "what's the big deal?"


Shall we talk about Barney fudgepacker who is still serving in Congress? Oh wait he got sanctioned OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH there is a black mark for you.

Steve you own a grocery sto... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Steve you own a grocery store. WHy not give ole weiner a thrill. go to his website and post

"Sale on Crisco aisle 5, sale on crisco Aisle 5"

I am betting they dont want... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I am betting they dont want Weiner to resign to give folks something to talk about to cover up their embarrasing slime hunt through Palin's emails which have turned up the worst kind of stuff imagineable.

She says sheesh in her emails.

She writes at an 8th grade level (where as Obama's speeches are one grade below that).

I am waiting on the charges of misappropriation of govt property for her emailing Todd a grocery list from a state computer.

"If the Wiener don't fit, t... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"If the Wiener don't fit, the condom you must aquit."

It is not surprising there ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

It is not surprising there weren^t any salacious emails, since Palin and her lawyers only released those emails that weren^t presumably embarrassing, citing executive privilege etc for the many they witheld. And it true they may have had legitimate state reasons do so.

As with Frank, the attempts to censure and expel Barney Frank were led by Larry Craig. Enough said..He who lives in a glass house....

"But once he was caught,... (Below threshold)
Art W:

"But once he was caught, they still backed him. They bought into and parroted his lies and alibis and excuses. Then, when that started falling apart (thank you, Andrew Breitbart), they started hemming and hawing. They started wimping out, saying that "it's up to his constituents to judge" and "we think there should be an Ethics Committee invesigation."

Can anyone name 3 prominent Democrats who did what Jay described above?

Hint: Barbara WaWa is not a prominent Democrat.

Can anyone name 3 promin... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Can anyone name 3 prominent Democrats who did what Jay described above?

(Quote from Jay above:

"But once he was caught, they still backed him. They bought into and parroted his lies and alibis and excuses. Then, when that started falling apart (thank you, Andrew Breitbart), they started hemming and hawing. They started wimping out, saying that "it's up to his constituents to judge" and "we think there should be an Ethics Committee invesigation." )

Debbie Wassermann-Schulz, chairman of DNC.
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader
Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader

No need to thank me, comrade. Happy to help. If you like, I'll supply quotes and links. I'll take the absence of such request as abashed acceptance of the veracity of my assertion.

Here's a little foretaste, from la Pelosi:

“I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation; for Anthony’s wife, Huma, his family, his staff and his constituents,” Pelosi said in a statement released on Monday night. “I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56365.html#ixzz1PPQBdW00

Sounds to me like she's calling for an Ethics Committee investigation, but I could be wrong.

I do trust that the chairma... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

I do trust that the chairman of the DNC, the House Minority Leader, and the Senate Majority Leader count as "prominent Democrats." Please inform me if that is not the case.

Sorry, but warming to the s... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Sorry, but warming to the subject ...

Last month, the House Democrats’ campaign chief Steve Israel, who represents a Long Island, N.Y., district, said ...

“Ultimately, Anthony and his constituents will make a judgment about his future,” Israel said in a statement. “To remove all remaining doubt about this situation, I agree with leader Pelosi’s request that the House Ethics Committee use its authority to begin an investigation.”

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jun/07/harry-reid-refuses-defend-rep-weiner/

House Democrat campaign chief a prominent Democrat? Check.

Says constituents should decide? Check.

Calls for Ethics Committee investigation? Check.

If I didn't know better, I'd think that a prominent Democrat had said Weiner's constituents should decide, and supported an Ethics Committee investigation.

But what do I know? I'm a wingnut.

So Steve: YOur way out is ... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

So Steve: YOur way out is to claim that if the embarrassingly disgusting email colonoscopy didn't find anything, its just because they were hiding it?

Gee, there's sour grapes. . .

Ryan, to be honest I haven´... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Ryan, to be honest I haven´t looked at all the parameters or penalties for all of this: resignation, censure, expulsion, public whipping (second thought, Weiner might enjoy being whipped). It is pretty sordid stuff, I agree, the little I have looked at it, but did he break any laws?

I have a feeling there is so much out there lying in the weeds with so many members of Congress, that we might have difficulty making up a quorum, if every member resigned for all their indecent sexual advances.

The last president in terms of having an assuredly, incorruptible adult sex life (there have been homosexual rumors and adulterous rumors about the others), was Jimmy Carter as far as I can tell, and how much respect did that get him?

I have a feeling there i... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

I have a feeling there is so much out there lying in the weeds with so many members of Congress, that we might have difficulty making up a quorum, if every member resigned for all their indecent sexual advances.

Ooh, the moral equivalence card. They all do it!

"The last president in terms of having an assuredly, incorruptible adult sex life (there have been homosexual rumors and adulterous rumors about the others), was George W. Bush as far as I can tell, and how much respect did that get him?"

FIFY.

incorruptible adult sex life (there have been homosexual rumors

Are we then to understand that you consider homosexuality to be corrupt and contempible, the inescapable implication of your comment?

JimX, So have you ... (Below threshold)
JimX, So have you called on Weiner to resign, or are you still peddling all of the so called evidence that Weiner was hacked?

Neither. As per resignation, my opinion is the same as when Bill Clinton was busted: as long as no crimes were committed beyond adultery, I don't care. Any more than I care if my mechanic was caught cheating on his wife, or if my surgeon was caught sexting from his work email address.

As per the evidence, I've already admitted the right-wing bloggers were mostly right on this, and I was wrong.

My point is, this puritan standard of "no sex lies = bad leader for America" is silly. But if you guys are going to push it, then you should apply it to those in your own party as well as the Democrats. And if the Democratic leadership is to be considered corrupt if they DON'T reaction with a demand for a resignation, the GOP leadership should be considered just as corrupt.

So, by the standard applied here, since Pelosi demanded and received Weiner's resignation, that means that the GOP should now demand and receive Vitter's resignation. Otherwise, they are proven to show less integrity than the Democratic party on this issue.

If you don't like that, remember that this is your yardstick and not mine.




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