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Why The Weiner “Controversy” Doesn’t Make Sense

Why The Weiner “Controversy” Doesn’t Make Sense

When the “Weiner Hack” started over the weekend, I expected it to go away.

It hasn’t.

Now Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner is retaining counsel, the Capitol Police is noting that there is no investigation ongoing, and the Daily Caller can’t stop insinuating that Weiner is having twitter affairs with porn stars.

So how does this effect Weiner in the long run, and why is this even happening?

The Fix suggests that regardless of if Weiner is guilty or innocent, his attempts to run for mayor of New York in a few years may be going up in smoke.  “It’s spiraling out of control, and not sure where it ends,” said one New York-based Democratic strategist. “It’s never good when the [New York] Post takes a hold of something potentially salacious and certainly fun and runs with it.”

There’s definitely a weirdness occurring.  In an MSNBC interview, Weiner said he couldn’t say “with certitude” that the picture in question wasn’t him.  And calling a reporter asking questions about the event a “jackass” isn’t helping things, either.

But what is the biggest weirdness, besides the fact that the alleged tweet was only seen by a twitter personality that professed a hate for the politician, and came a few weeks after that same twitterer stated that there was a sex scandal with some pictures about to occur involving a liberal politician in New York? 

Why twitter?

If I were going to conduct a cyber-affair, twitter seems like the last place to do such a thing, even beyond the flub of sending a private DM as an @reply.  Twitter is prone to security risks in general — I’ve known scores of folks who have had their accounts taken over by either phishing scams or just good password guessing.  If you were going to be conducting an affair, or sending unwanted pictures out to people who aren’t your spouse, wouldn’t you pick as secure and private of a setting as you could find?

Is the next allegation going to be that Weiner runs a “swingers” secret group on Facebook?

I could be wrong, of course.  After all, if someone had suggested to me that a politician would have an ongoing affair with a campaign videographer while on the campaign trail, I would have told you that made no sense, either.  But that was exactly what John Edwards did.

Still, I think at this point I agree with Amanda Marcotte so far that until there is some real, verifiable evidence from someone who isn’t Andrew Breitbart, this is mostly a matter of trying to take down a vocal Democratic politician while indulging in a bit of mysogynistic harassment of young women at the same time.

 

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9:17PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Oh dear, according to the poll, 80% of the liberals here were clueless and thought Weiner did not send any photo. Ha Ha Ha.

8:05PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

4:51PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Yes he sent them - he's now admitted he lied from the beginning.

6:53AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

this is bill clinton all over again.
america will oust a president for getting a blowjob,
but will reelect a guy who commits war crimes.
prove me wrong this time america.

5:01PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

I noticed that Dick Boehner was starting to look a little pale, not his normal orange self this past week. I wonder if he knows something?

8:50AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Really!! grown(?) men behaving like third grade boys in school....

GROW _UP!!!!.......there are some serious things to be contemplating in our country

7:34PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

The main publicity came from Breitbart. The man has a certain track record about electronic sting fakery. There are proper suspicions to raise about the Weiner affair if one looks at what we who remember "Dragnet" would call "M.O.": 1) Electronically captured embarrassing photographic matter )2 widely exposed by Breitbart 3) to the detriment of progressive groups and/or individuals 4) exposed later as set-ups.

With 3 out of 4 in this case, Sgt. Friday would have bet on its being the same perp.

5:35PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

"If you were going to be conducting an affair, or sending unwanted pictures out to people who aren't your spouse, wouldn't you pick as secure and private of a setting as you could find?"

Not when they're thinking with the little head.

5:35PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

The news medias keep their jobs and ratings with sensationalism. I don't know how bad this is or what weiner shudda wudda done. I don't know if it is as bad as media and repugs and fox and feelers keep wanting us to believe. We are suppose to be innocent until proven, but in america the risk is guilty cause we say so and also we will kill you for what we say you did/aredoing. That america as it porteays itself. no harm no foul,no proof. but humans like to take people out regardless. I like weiner he has moxy for the american citizen. He appears not to be corporate driven and in love with america and americans. I really want him to make it out of this. but the media is not going to let it go and neither are the repugs. but still doesn't mean it is bad as they claim or will become. Weiner doesn't look guilty to me, with the way he has handled this. What is the right thing to do or say? Or even when and how to say it. Their will always be the loud mouth with an opinion to the counter. Be glad it is not your problem and it could be you know. If it is a set up- it could happen to any of us at any time. I know I am preaching to the choir here.

5:12PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

WHO CARES??? Oh, that's right, it's the erotiphobes of the right wing who do.

Anthony may have taken a photo in his underwear... I have itsy-bitsy bikini-wearing pics. The photographs can be taken and distorted, cropped, re-sized, etc.

Absolutely NOTHING to discuss!

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