If Congressman Anthony Weiner weren’t married, the latest story about the recent tweet from his account should be the biggest non-scandal since a federal judge allegedly found pubic hairs on a can of Coke.
As usual, Jennifer Rubin asks all the right questions about this scandal and makes all the relevant observations:
First, if he lied he’s toast. As embarrassing as a raunchy tweet might have been, the recipient isn’t a minor, and the requisite “allow my wife and I privacy” would probably have been sufficient to quell the storm for a liberal Democrat in a safe seat. It’s a truism that voters will put up with a lot, unless you lie to them.
Exactly. She has more, so just read the whole thing.
To be sure, this kerfuffle does raise (yet again) the issue of media bias. As per Althouse, “Imagine if Anthony Weiner were a Republican. (I know, it’s such a hackneyed visualization, but it’s important here.) The liberal/lefty blogs would be shredding him mercilessly.” (Via Instapundit.)
Look, Congressmen are human. They have the same weaknesses, the same strengths, as the rest of us. If Weiner’s twitter wasn’t hacked, Mr Weiner did something a lot of (single) men do when they’re lonely and longing for human connection. Not just that, he pulled the tweet within five minutes of releasing it.
That the Democrat is married does, to be sure, add another wrinkle to the story. But, beyond that, the real issue, if indeed he tweeted the picture in question, is that he lied about it.
UPDATE: He’s not answering questions.