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