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So, now Weiner admits it

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:27 pm - June 6, 2011.
Filed under: 112th Congress

He should have made this statement last week.  It’s strong.  He doesn’t mince words.  He acknowledges his error and doesn’t try to pass the blame onto others.  And admits he hasn’t been telling the truth.

“I haven’t,” the Democrats says, “told the truth and have done things I deeply regret.”  He calls what he did a “terrible mistake”, calls it a “very dumb thing to do.”  Acknowledges it was “destructive” and repeatedly says he accepts responsibility, that he has harmed his wife and family.  Calls it his own “deep weakness.”

Had he offered this statement last week, people might be more disposed to forgive him.  Right now, however, we have the question not whether or not he truly regrets his actions or he regrets that he got caught.

RELATED:  R.S. McCain is also covering the Democrat’s presser.

UPDATE:  He even apologizes to Andrew Breitbart (who comes off today, as Charlie Sheen might put, as the day’s big winner).

UP-UPDATE:  Just a thought.  He might have served himself better had he made his statement and then not taken questions.  Some of these questions are just, well, inappropriate.

UP-UP-UPDATE:  Calls its a “deep personal failure”, but says he never met any of the women in question nor has he had sex outside his relationship.  And says he’s not making any excuses for his behavior, repeats that he did a dumb thing and “lied about it.”

UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Yes, he’s right, his wife does deserve better than this. And he acknowledges that denying this made it “worse.”

SPECIAL UPDATE at 4:51 PM EST. Get off the stage, Anthony. You’ve said all you need to say. One minute later, he takes my advice.

UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Lis Wiehl on Cavuto saying that if he admits responsibility, he should resign. Because he lied to his constituents.

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29 Comments

  1. In other words, someone confirmed the IP address of his previous and subsequent tweets. I bet they all matched. Guess he didn’t know about IP addresses.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — June 6, 2011 @ 4:34 pm - June 6, 2011

  2. Andrew Breitbart gave him no other choice; Weiner proved himself to be a weiner in more than one sense of the word. Weiner should still resign.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 6, 2011 @ 4:38 pm - June 6, 2011

  3. CNN could hire Weiner to co-anchor Cliet #9′s show; it will be a gas.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 6, 2011 @ 4:39 pm - June 6, 2011

  4. Had he offered this statement last week, people might be more disposed to forgive him.

    Indeed. I agree with Weiner that as a nation, we have much more important things to talk about.

    It’s too bad it was his own creation – the train-wreck spectacle of Weiner’s dishonest flailing – that sidetracked us from that.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 6, 2011 @ 4:43 pm - June 6, 2011

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  7. Yes, ILC, this was all his own creation.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — June 6, 2011 @ 4:54 pm - June 6, 2011

  8. Per RSM, Wiener just apologized to Breitbart by name. I respect that.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 6, 2011 @ 4:57 pm - June 6, 2011

  9. So… I guess now we get back to accusing Paul Ryan (who, in fact, believes in Medicare and countenances $5 trillion in ADDITIONAL U.S. debt over the next ten years, in order to save Medicare) of pushing Grandma off the cliff.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 6, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - June 6, 2011

  10. Well, I expect Breitbart — and a lot of others on the right — to enjoy a big victory lap this week.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — June 6, 2011 @ 5:03 pm - June 6, 2011

  11. “Per RSM, Wiener just apologized to Breitbart by name. I respect that.”

    That will probably be the first item on Bribart’s web site for the next three months.

    Comment by Julie the Jarhead — June 6, 2011 @ 5:07 pm - June 6, 2011

  12. Regardless of the apology, Weiner needs to resign given he has proven he cannot be trusted. Weiner only apologized because Breitbart has loads of proof to contradict Weiner’s past statements; therefore, Weiner only did the right thing since Breitbart forced him to do so. Otherwise, the MSM would have played along with Weiner to let the story go away. The MSM is corrupt & negligent as journalists.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 6, 2011 @ 5:19 pm - June 6, 2011

  13. Why in the world would Weiner resign? He’s a liberal, progressive, socialist leftist Democrat.
    Clinton, Rangle, Spitzer,Conyers, Jackson, Kennedy, Kennedy, Scuds, Frank,
    I mean come on.
    It’s only sex.
    CAN WE GET BACK TO THE ISSUES!!!!

    hehe

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 6, 2011 @ 5:42 pm - June 6, 2011

  14. Breitbart holds a photo of Anthony “The Hot Dog” which he says would be devastating to his family. If Breitbart has it, you can be darned sure others do as well. Like the Enquirer?

    So, Anthony “The Hot Dog” first decided to be too clever by half in calling Breitbart a liar and stonewalling the press. Then he woke up, today, and discovered he was not quite the Anthony “The Hot Dog” as he thought he was.

    He packed his pride in his old kit bag and he came forth crying for understanding which was motivated nearly entirely by his being caught red handed. He really, really, really regrets he got caught and now he is asking for forgiveness.

    Moral Relativity rule #1. When caught red handed, break into an effusive “woe is me” dance of personal despair. Claim a soul shaking epiphany and crawl on your knees in your best tailor made suit.

    Since moral relativity is awash in equivalency rituals, Anthony “The Hot Dog” will be excused by his partisan cohorts who will then find a Republican who has done far worse by doing far less.

    Anthony “The Hot Dog” was pressed into chokingly uttering Breitbart’s name in his “apology.” Beitbart is owed a full mea culpa from the prideful one.

    And, Anthony “The Hot Dog” needs to learn that sometimes saying you are sorry does not cut it. Sometimes you need to take your disgusting self away from the theater stage and work hard on restoring the faith your loved ones have placed in you and regaining a measure of honor.

    Breitbart is dead right that Anthony “The Hot Dog” placed himself in jeopardy of blackmail for the national secret information he holds. Considering how he responded to this event, what makes you think that the Chinese could not have bought him with a compromising photograph?

    Comment by Heliotrope — June 6, 2011 @ 5:57 pm - June 6, 2011

  15. Yep! Moral relativity and the equivalency rule are alive and well. Here is Barbara Walters on The View:

    “[A]nthony Weiner, whom I also know, has a problem,” Walters said. “He can be very sarcastic and very sardonic. And you know there are a lot of times you wish he would not say it. He is a good congressman. He has been an effective congressman. If Sarah Palin can still ride around on her bus and be considered as a possible president, this man can override this, stay in congress and just hope there is another scandal that will take him –”

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/06/barbara-walters-if-palin-can-ride-around-on-a-bus-weiner-can-stay-in-congress/#ixzz1OXOPgTzT

    Comment by Heliotrope — June 6, 2011 @ 6:31 pm - June 6, 2011

  16. Yep! Moral relativity and the equivalency rule are alive and well. Here is Barbara Walters on The View:

    “[A]nthony Weiner, whom I also know, has a problem,” Walters said. “He can be very sarcastic and very sardonic. And you know there are a lot of times you wish he would not say it. He is a good congressman. He has been an effective congressman. If Sarah Palin can still ride around on her bus and be considered as a possible president, this man can override this, stay in congress and just hope there is another scandal that will take him –”

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/06/barbara-walters-if-palin-can-ride-around-on-a-bus-weiner-can-stay-in-congress/#ixzz1OXOPgTzT

    Comment by Heliotrope — June 6, 2011 @ 6:32 pm - June 6, 2011

  17. When did Palin send pics of her junk around?

    Comment by TGC — June 6, 2011 @ 7:03 pm - June 6, 2011

  18. Barbara Walters failed with in trying to compare Sarah Palin’s bus travels to Rep. Anthony Weiner’s e-mailing pictures of himself in compromising positions; the 2 subjects are not even on the same planet. Walters needs to retire or retract her statement.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 6, 2011 @ 7:16 pm - June 6, 2011

  19. Or lie: “I was hacked!”

    I know that to the raving Andrew Sullivan, literally everything that Palin ever can or will say is a lie. But leave him to his own world.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 6, 2011 @ 7:17 pm - June 6, 2011

  20. Only Mark Steyn could come up with this headline:

    The Conspiracy Goes Deeper Than You Think

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/268988/conspiracy-goes-deeper-you-think-mark-steyn

    Comment by SoCalRobert — June 6, 2011 @ 9:26 pm - June 6, 2011

  21. Weiner is still lying, though, claiming he sent the pic of his boxer-snake “as a joke.” Really? Is anyone besides Levi, Dooms, and Cas stupid or naive enough to believe that he really only sent that… and all the other pics… out “as a joke?”

    Comment by V the K — June 7, 2011 @ 9:15 am - June 7, 2011

  22. I knew this man was lying from day one. This is so ridiculous. This kind of behavior could have left him open to blackmail. Is it any wonder our country is in such turmoil. What a moral degenerate. The fact that he would do this; why even bother getting married? As much as everyone talks about the sanctity of marriage, I’m finding that seriously lacking these days.

    If he had any decency he would resign. I have a feeling he will, eventually, since he is no longer the boy wonder of his fellow leftists. I cannot trust that his constituents will not re-elect him. New Yorkers are so far gone, it’s tragic.

    Sebastian Shaw, please don’t give CNN any ideas.

    Comment by Scherie — June 7, 2011 @ 10:21 am - June 7, 2011

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  24. As for his marriage? It’s beginnng to look like cover for both of them.

    Comment by Mary — June 7, 2011 @ 11:31 am - June 7, 2011

  25. “as Charlie Sheen might put, as the day’s big winner”

    No, Charlie Sheen’s version of winner is crazy loser. Andrew Breitbart’s winner is his own category. A true winner who challenged and won over the Liberal meme. He won despite the strong headwinds against him.

    Comment by anon23532 — June 7, 2011 @ 11:44 am - June 7, 2011

  26. “It’s beginnng to look like cover for both of them.” – heh :-) And the Clintons makes four?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 7, 2011 @ 1:09 pm - June 7, 2011

  27. Okay, so at Weiners presser HE KNEW how really bad this scandal was…and the new material thay COULD come out. MSNBC is now saying he texted and sexted women in Las Vegas. All after he was a newlywed man.
    So as more info comes out the question I ask is….
    how big are your onions to come out and do a presser hoping to put our a fire which HE KNEW had was just a flicker of what it was going to become. These pols seem to have a sickness hard to describe.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 7, 2011 @ 5:58 pm - June 7, 2011

  28. Weiner claimed last week that the sending of the May 27, 2011 tweet was the “tip of Al Queda’s sword”. Since he has now admitted that he sent the tweet deliberately, does that mean that either Weiner’s private parts, or he himself, is the “tip of Al Queda’s sword”? And if so, doesn’t that disqualify Weiner from Congress?

    Comment by eaglewingz08 — June 8, 2011 @ 3:16 pm - June 8, 2011

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