Just watched that weepy press conference with Rep. Anthony Weiner and wanted to jot down a few thoughts before I try to purge the memory from my brain forever.
My overall impression, to quote Col. Jack O’Neill, is, “That boy can really grovel if he has to.” While Weiner seemed genuinely sorry for having hurt his wife and family, his apology was, as they say, a day late and a dollar short.
A Day (or a week, rather) Late
Like all apologies made under duress, Rep. Weiner’s would have carried more weight and seemed more genuine a week ago last Friday. Instead, while knowing the truth, he allowed Andrew Breitbart to be libeled (and here plus many others) and “Dan Wolfe,” aka @patriotusa76 (account now deleted, can you blame him?) to be threatened. That’s the act of a cowardly man and an ethically challenged man. I’m sorry if that seems harsh but I can’t think of any other way to say it so there it is.
A Dollar Short
Weiner made repeated references to having made “mistakes” and having “personal weaknesses.” I don’t know about you, but where I come from, a mistake is dialing the wrong phone number and a personal weakness is being overly fond of doughnuts. Transmitting unsolicted, raunchy photographs of oneself to women young enough to be one’s daughters is sick, sick sick. That it’s become common makes it no less so. So while Rep. Weiner claimed repeatedly that he was sorry, by denying the seriousness of his actions, his apology is diminished.
Note to Rep. Weiner: Saying “I’m apologetic” isn’t the same as apologizing. Just so you know.
Weiner claims he wasn’t drinking when he sent the raunchy photos. I don’t know…I think this makes it worse for me.
If we’re to believe Weiner’s statement today – and there’s no reason we should; the man is an admitted liar – he told his then-fiancee about his propensity for texting/tweeting/whatever photos of himself to women he’d met online. I feel badly for her but she should have seen this coming. And for the love of God, women, use your brains when you’re choosing a mate. Please.
Anthony Weiner doesn’t have the judgment required to be an entry-level employee at Dunder Mifflin but can be elected to the United States House of Representatives. God help us all.
Update: Thanks to Dan Collins at POWIP for the link…check it out, it’s one-stop shopping for #weinergate updates.