Posting the video below, an editor at Breitbart.Tv quipped, “The simplest questions still go unanswered.” Just watch this for yourself; it’s an unbelievable exercise in obfuscation.
All the Democrat needs to do is to say, “Look, yeah, I tweeted out that picture. It was a dumb thing to do. I should have known better.” Some on my side of the political aisle might not let it go. The late night comics would crack a few jokes, bur other than that the story would blow over. He would continue to retain his seat in Congress and his influence within his party’s caucus.
But, while he tells the various reporters that they’re there to ask the questions, he’s there to answer them, he, well, he doesn’t answer any of them, offering instead some prepared hypothetical about a heckler at a speech with 45,000 in the audience (probably about 45 times the size of the largest audience that Democrat ever drew.)
“Weiner’s response,” Ed Morrissey writes, “seems odd under the circumstances“:
It might be that Weiner is still telling the truth and just believes this will blow over with the “hacking” explanation and a stonewall strategy from him, but if so, it’s not a safe bet that it will work. The mainstream press seems to be getting pretty curious about Weiner’s Twitter habits, and that may or may not go away with a lack of response from Weiner. One would expect some pretty emphatic denials from a wronged politician, including a demand to track down the culprits of a political dirty trick. A “let’s move along, nothing to see here” attitude at least suggests that Weiner isn’t terribly anxious for an investigation, which raises questions of its own.
If he didn’t do tweet the picture, why won’t he answer the question?
UPDATE:Michelle Malkin says the Congressman is
. . . certainly not doing himself any favors with his Talk-y McTalkingpoints deflection of the brouhaha. Even the Beltway press is not buying it.
Lefty blogs are not doing themselves any favors with wild and desperate conspiracies about this being a right-wing hit job.
She then offers her version of events which makes sense to this non-Twitter user:
As a dedicated Twitter user myself, the most likely scenario is that Weiner himself mistakenly DM’ed (direct-messaged) the “prank” photo to the young woman in Seattle and intended it to be private. It takes just one wrong keystroke for a private DM to appear in one’s public timeline. (Allah wonders if Weiner would be so stupid as to post the photo through publicly-viewed Yfrog, but as we’ve seen from the recent bipartisan parade of — pardon my language — political wankers fromEnsign and Edwards to Schwarzenegger and Sanford, etc, etc, etc — politicians do supremely stupid things when they think with the wrong organ.)
So, he made a mistake. He shudda just ‘fessed up and moved on.
UP-UPDATE: Stacy McCain calls this the “worst press conference ever“:
. . . we see in this video how Weiner fails to provide a simple answer to the simple question conservative bloggers have been asking for three days: If you are the victim of a crime, why haven’t you reported it to the police?