Time for Anthony to fall on his pork sword
“This is a massive overreaction and I don’t understand it.”
— Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Melanie Sloan • Offering one of the few defenses to Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has been told by members of both parties that he should resign. Even close friends of his — including Fox News commentator Kirsten Powers, an ex-girlfriend of Weiner’s — are forcing the issue. In that case, what’s a little surprising is that he went out of his way to help Powers when her parents were stuck in Egypt during the Arab Spring, and she defended Weiner long after many correspondents quit. It took a lot for her to turn on him — though she now claims he used her. But for us, Sloan’s point — that Weiner likely did nothing illegal, considering that all of his affairs were virtual in nature, and a guy who actually paid for prostitutes, Sen. David Vitter, is still in office — isn’t really getting heard. He screwed up, but really? Really? Come on now. People do worse things every day. source (via • follow)
Kirsten is a good friend of mine. She’s angry, as are a lot of Weiner’s friends and supporters, that he misled her and sent her on air to spread stories he knew were false and would be exposed. A leader doesn’t do that. (Also, she’s revolted by the misogyny evident in the chat transcripts.)
The reason he has to go now is political, not the relative severity of what he did. He’s hurting his team with his out-of-control behavior. No Democrats (e.g., Pelosi, Harry Reid) should have to spend political capital on him now, when Democrats are in tight combat with the GOP — and have some momentum — by having to excuse unsolicited sexualizing of conversations with supporters he targeted using social media. Nothing personal, Anthony, this is business. Get under the bus.
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