WienerGate is about to end…
I have very mixed feelings about this tacky little episode.
First of all, Congressman Weiner broke no laws. Unlike Republicans David Vitter and John Ensign who continued to serve in the Senate with their colleagues support.
Weiner did initially lie to the press and his constituents. But polls show the people he represents forgave him and wanted him to remain in office.
It’s his Democratic colleagues, who unlike the GOP, did not stand by him and pushed him to resign. They basically forced him out.
Maybe it’s for the best. This just keeps going on and on as a distraction.
Maybe now Congress can focus on something besides penises.
Still, Weiner was a strong, Progressive voice in Congress. Maybe too strong. That’s why his colleagues were so fast to turn on him. He made waves. He kicked ass and took names. I’ll miss him.
When this whole thing began, I still say he should have said it was no one’s business but his and his wife’s and left it at that. He should just have refused to discuss this as it is/was a personal matter.
But the tabloid press loves a good penis story…
On with the show….
From the NY Times:
Representative Anthony D. Weiner has told friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from his Democratic colleagues to leave the House, said a person told of Mr. Weiner’s plans.
His decision follows of revelations of his lewd online exchanges with women, said a person told of Mr. Weiner’s plans.
The news comes as Democratic leaders prepared to hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss whether to strip the 46-year-old Congressman of his committee assignments, a blow which would severely damage his effectiveness.
Mr. Weiner, a Democrat, came to the conclusion that he could no longer serve after having long discussions with his wife, Huma Abedin, when she returned home on Tuesday after traveling abroad with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.