What does a disgraced former congressman do for a living? That may be one consideration that has deterred Anthony Weiner from doing the decent thing and resignign his office. Yet regardless of circumstances, Democrats can rely on the institutional left in academia, philanthropy, foundations, and elsewhere to look after them once their useful life in politics has expired. It’s Republicans who really have to worry about life after politics, even whey they haven’t disgraced themselves in office.
In any event, since the first day of Weinergate, Weiner’s future has seemed clear to me. He had a problem. He had done what he has done, and he needed the media to cover for him. If they didn’t, the truth would emerge and nature would take its course. Anthony Weiner is not Bill Clinton. Weiner’s Democratic colleagues are going to want to cut their losses. They want to see Weiner leave. They want to return the discussion to talking about Republicans killing granny and seeking the restoration of Jim Crow.
If Weiner has any sense, he will make up with CNN reporter Dana Bash and producer Ted Barrett, whom he dubbed a “jackass” in the course of his modified limited hangout. He will then enter negotiations to team up with Eliot Spitzer for repackaging of Spitzer’s In the Arena as The Spitzer-Weiner Report. The Spitzer-Weiner Report will serve as a placeholder for John Edwards until such time as he is free to join them in Out of the Arena.
CORRECTION: Several readers have written to point out that I got the name of the putative CNN show wrong. Hans von Spakovsky explains, for example: “You only got one thing wrong about the Spitzer-Weiner show on CNN; for those of us who speak German, or like German food, and like cross-culture jokes, the name of the show really should be Weiner-Spitzer (takeoff on Weinerschnitzel).” All I can say in my defense is that I agonized over the correct order before making the error.
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