If LSD or mescaline aren’t doing the trick for you, you can always take in the podcast and interview with Anthony Weiner that for some reason the Puffington Host thinks the world really needs today. Here’s a sample:
“I’m probably the best campaign politician you will ever interview. I’m like perfectly evolved. I’m like the Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator,” Weiner said in this week’s episode of HuffPost’s Candidate Confessional podcast. “I love it. … I’m just really good at it and take great joy in it.”
Of course, Weiner turned out to be a total twit underdone by Twitter. The PuffHo story verges quickly into satire:
The new revelations turned his campaign into a media circus. . .
Looking back now on his failed run, Weiner doesn’t see any particular lessons to draw from his race, other than that his scandal may well have been the last obsession of the dying world of tabloid journalism — a way to boost newsstand sales.
Still, his campaign showed the limits of retail politics; that even the most skilled politician can be overwhelmed by character failings. . .
But it gets better. The top prize in the Anthony Weiner School of Being a Dick goes to the former head of the UN’c climate circus (the IPCC), Rajandra Pachauri. As we reported here over a year ago, Pachauri was ousted as head of the IPCC over a sex scandal. Like Weiner, Pachauri is out this week sticking with his claim that his emails and texts were the result of a hacker. He’s going full Marion Barry: the b—- set me up! No, seriously—that’s his story and he’s sticking with it:
His accuser, who cannot be named, is a science graduate. She says he besieged her with offensive messages, emails and texts in the 16 months she spent working with him. In February 2015, she gave police a cache of several thousand electronic messages as evidence.
She says she rejected Pachauri’s “carnal and perverted” advances. “On many occasions, Dr Pachauri forcibly grabbed my body, hugged me, held my hands, kissed me and touched my body in an inappropriate manner,” she told police.
From the emails, Pachauri appears enamoured of the woman. “I am yours for life,” he writes at one point; “I have never felt so overwhelmingly in love as I have been with you, and even though you gave me so much pain, I will always be your well-wisher and carry beautiful memories of the joyous moments between us, limited as they might have been,” he says in another. . .
“Please you are not to grab me and or kiss me,” the woman told Pachauri in one text. He replied: “I wish you would see the difference between something tender and loving and something crass and vulgar.”
Until now, Pachauri has said nothing about the case beyond denying all the charges, and claiming that his emails and computers had been hacked or misused. Now, however, in a series of emails with the Observer and in one meeting in London, he claims that his accuser was acting for money, and was probably set up to trap him by persons unknown.
He claims that she had access to all his five email accounts, and to his electronic files which included personal correspondence and many poems that he had written over the years.
“What is disturbing [is] that right from the first day over a period of about 16 months she was creating and assembling an archive of messages, which to anyone would seem very unusual. As far as I know, the emails, text messages etc that she collected were personal, semi-personal and only in a few cases official,” he says. . .
He claims it would have been easy for someone to have assumed his identity and sent messages seemingly from him to her, without his knowledge.
Doesn’t Hillary say we’re supposed to believe accusers? There’s more, and about the only think missing is the allegation that the Koch brothers must be behind it all. Oh, wait. . .
Adding to the intrigue, Pachauri says it is “curious” that the attacks on him in India have been led by the business journal the Economic Times. Its former editor Swaminathan Aiyar is a research fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington DC, which has funded many climate-sceptic think tanks.
There is no suggestion that Aiyar has played any part in the scandal but he has written columns calling for Pachauri’s resignation. Referring to the allegations of harassment, he says: “This is ‘gender terrorism’. It is high time the famous and powerful were exposed, denounced and ostracised.”
A spokeswoman said: “The Cato institute has had no involvement in the case being brought against Mr Pachauri.”