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Anthony Weiner back in politics?
August 3, 2012 - Ron Hart
July 27, 2012 -
By Ron Hart Almost without exception, liberal politicians have no other marketable skills valued by the private sector. So when they are disgraced and have to resign from office, securing gainful employment presents quite a challenge.
This is the case of disgraced ex-New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is rumored to be considering a run for mayor of the Big Apple. This is a man whose regard for his own "private sector" got him into trouble.
Just to remind you, Weiner was a high-ranking Democrat attack dog. When high humidity prevented the enchanting and demure Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's head from fitting into the TV shot, Weiner was the backup, go-to spew monkey of Democrat talking points.
He loved the camera, though we did not know exactly just how much he loved it until about a year ago. As a hobby, Weiner enjo
(Enlarge) Anthony Weiner speaks to the media during a news conference in New York, Thursday, June 16, 2011. Weiner resigned from Congress, saying he cannot continue in office amid the intense controversy surrounding sexually explicit messages he sent online to several women.
SETH WENIG, ASSOCIATED PRESS yed putting his cell phone camera down his pants and taking erotic stills of his Congressional member. I hear you saying, "Well, that sounds pretty normal," but here is where it gets weird. Weiner would then Tweet and e-mail the pictures to girls whom he met online. "A little something for the ladies," he thought; he didn't have to do it, but he felt he was doing them a favor.
Congressman Weiner sent his "junk" mail to a number of unsuspecting women. In one day he sent his man-business picture to an exotic dancer, a porno starlet, an unwed mother, and a casino hostess – or, as they call it in Atlantic City – the life cycle.
When caught, Weiner went with a politician's first instinct: he lied. He said "someone," probably implying Tea Party members, had hacked his Twitter account and posted his pictures of his private parts online. In interview after interview he assured us he was "on this" and, like fellow Democrat O.J. Simpson, was going to hunt down those responsible and get back to us when he found them. He would not rest until he found the perp – or in this case the perv – who did this to him.
According to Weiner, the pictures were not of his wiener – he was being "set up," thereby claiming the highest honor a Democrat can bestow upon himself: victimhood.
Even as his denials lost steam and those pesky facts kept surfacing, he tried to say it was all a misunderstanding. (To be fair, when he went through Congressional freshman orientation, he was told that one of the perks for congressmen was that they could mail their packages for free.)
When a politician comes up the ranks as just a politician, we should be eternally skeptical. Our community organizer-in-chief spent precious little time accomplishing anything. Before he had really done anything, he wrote two autobiographies and had a "cup of coffee" as a state and U.S. senator before being thrust upon us as president.
Weiner tried other jobs while he was in his political time-out chair. He could have tried to be a greeter at some of the casinos near New York, but their owners probably don't want any employee out front who is that glad to see customers.
With public approval of Congress at 10 percent, in a few years Weiner might find it better to say he was an Internet stalker/flasher rather than admitting he was a member of "Nanny" Pelosi's Congress.
No bad deed goes punished in politics. New York re-elected Charles Rangel in spite of his misdeeds. CNN gave former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer his own opinion show. And Weiner has $4.5 million in campaign money that is his to use. Public matching funds, awarded by politicians for politicians, could add $1.5 million more to his creepy coffers, so he could be formidable.
Oddly, now even 45 percent of voters in his district want Weiner to get his Congressional seat back. The other 55 percent say they would like to have the CDC test the seat before anyone else occupies it.
So don't count Weiner out. In corrupt Democrat strongholds like New York and Illinois (where four of the state's last five governors are in prison), politicians never die. And even dead, they can vote.
My guess is that Weiner will continue to play coy about running. He seems to enjoy leaving things dangling.
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