The case of Rep. Anthony Weiner is worth pursuing if only to resist the double standard that would allow him to brush it off with this obvious bit of stonewalling:
A day after hiring a lawyer to look into the online mini-drama now dubbed “Weinergate,” Rep. Anthony Weiner said that he wants to move on.
“I’m going to return to working on the things I care about,” the New York Democrat told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday. “This is a distraction, and I’m not going to let it distract me.”
If a Republican were at the center of the chain of events in which he finds himself, Weiner would be leading the charge to get to the bottom of the story or run the guy out of town. And a suspected perpetrator who characterizes the chain of events as “a distraction” is pleading nolo contendere. As Weiner would be the first to point out. And he would be abetted by the media adjunct of the Democratic Party.
JOHN adds: I think the case is now closed. Weiner doesn’t want an investigation, so that the police can identify the malefactor before he can hack another Congressman’s Facebook or Twitter account. Because there is no malefactor. And Weiner doesn’t deny that the photo is of him:
Was the photo in question of Weiner himself?
You know, look, I’m not going to talk about this any more. I think that if I was giving a speech to 45,000 people, and someone stood up and heckled in the back, I wouldn’t spend three days talking to him. I’m going to get back to the conversation I care about.
So, unless someone “hacked” his way into Weiner’s bathroom–there to be greeted warmly by the Congressman, apparently–there is only one plausible conclusion. Weiner inadvertently made a private tweet of himself in his undershorts public.
Does this mean we get to hold another special election? And if not, why not?
UPDATE by JOHN: OK, if there were any doubt, this painful exchange with reporters dispels it. As Garry Trudeau wrote about John Mitchell back in Watergate days: Guilty, guilty, guilty!
If Mark Foley had had this kind of chutzpah, the Republicans might have held the House in 2006!