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Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 06/07/2011

How much longer for Anthony Weiner?

It seems likely that we might soon see Democratic pressure on Anthony Weiner to resign if more Republicans come out and say things like this from Eric Cantor:

“I don’t condone his activity. And I think he should resign,” Cantor said after a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Louisa...

Though Cantor said he believes Weiner should resign, he said the decision is ultimately up to Weiner and his constituents.

“We’ve got a lot of serious challenges in this country and a lot of work for Congress to do,” Cantor said. “The last thing we need to do is get enmeshed in a discussion about Congressman Weiner and his Twitter activities.

The problem for Weiner, from the point of view of Democrats, is two-fold. The first is the sheer frivolity and carnivalesque nature of Weiner’s activities, which don’t send a good message at a time of high public anxiety about the economy. The second and more serious problem is the lying. By not telling the truth about this whole mess at the outset, Weiner put Dems in a terrible spot.

Indeed, Weiner privately assured Dem leaders that his Twitter account had indeed been hacked, and according to a source, they now feel personally betrayed. Today Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to the House Ethics Committee, formally requesting an investigation “to determine whether the Rules of the House of Representatives have been violated.”

I’m told that Dem leaders feel that Weiner’s presser yesterday raised more questions than it answered. As best as I can determine, no one in the leadership is taking any steps to pressure him to step down. But these things can change very quickly, and indeed, Dems don’t have to insist that he resign in order to make their ongoing displeasure known.

Rather, they can do as Harry Reid did today. Asked what he would tell Weiner if he called to solicit his advice, Reid replied: “Call someone else.”

Other members of Congress have survived far worse scandals, sexual and otherwise, than this one. It’s unclear, though, how many Dems want him to survive.

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