Maybe Bill Clinton’s political survival emboldened Anthony Weiner. After all, the former president, who just happened to officiate at his fellow Democrat’s wedding, lied about an extra-marital tryst he had in the White House. And he served out his second term.
Yet, the question that keeps coming up is not just why Weiner, like his fellow partisan, lied about his flirtations with a twentysomething woman not his wife, but also why he repeating his denials in regular appearances on cable (and broadcast) news. At least, Bill Clinton didn’t go on a media tour with a duplicitous dog-and-pony show. He just wagged his finger, claimed he did not have “sexual relations with that woman” and attempted to move on.
Thirteen years later, with a stronger conservative presence in the media, particularly the new media and with the prominence of one such conservative (whom Mr. Weiner’s allies targeted), with a record of breaking stories of corruption on the left, surely Mr. Weiner must have known that some of the right would relentlessly pursue the truth of this matter.
Did Mr. Weiner, given his reputation as an anti-Republican attack dog, really think the media would cover for him on this?
Or maybe it was just the Democrat suffered from, as Ed Morrisey put it, “severe lack of judgment.”