While strolling through the blogosphere, I'm finding a lot of media items that seem to be expressing empathy, sadness, and even notes on the bleak, spiritless decor of the room in which Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y) admitted he sent illicit photos and e-mails to young women. The photo in particular question has been one of him in a pair of grey shorts that was sent to a college student via Weiner's Twitter account.
Weiner gave a series of embarrassing news conferences and interviews in which he tried to pull a Clinton ("it depends on what the definition of 'is' is," etc.) and instead wound up pulling a mix between a bad imitation of George W. Bush's SNL version of bungling the English language (dignitude), and a kid with chocolate smeared all over his mouth telling you he didn't eat the candy. He actually said in an interview with NBC when asked if the photo was or was not of his body below the waist, "I can't say with certitude that it's not me."
And so today the Congressman has now confessed it was his doing all along (gasp!). In predictable fashion, the liberal media began bestowing victim status upon Representative Weiner, though he already trotted out the "V-word" himself last week. "I was the victim of a prank," he said.
Eric Dezenhall, author of Damage Control, speaking of today's news conference during which Weiner confessed to lying, said, ..."Unless you're a sociopath, watching someone endure that is a very, very distressing thing." Call me a sociopath, but I don't think watching someone squirm out of the ropes with which they bound themselves is "very, very distressing." It feels a little more like...justice.
Didn't we all--and I mean all--know this guy did the deed in question and was lying about it? Why the headlines and dismay? Reports are Weiner won't resign (he should) and so, at least for now, the Dems will hold onto their seat. So that's probably not it. Why such sympathy and column space for a guy we knew was a lying sack and a story from which we should just move on?
Because I'm writing about a dweeby little guy with a funny name who happens to be a United States Congressman using his official Twitter account for ill and blaming it on hackers instead of how Obama's great economic recovery is a failure and an even bigger lie than the tale of the Little Man Who Tweeted.