It was bad enough that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) admitted to sending a turgid picture to a 21-year-old college student after spending a week aggressively lying about it. We thought it couldn’t get any worse when Weiner’s racy texts with a Las Vegas blackjack dealer were published. But over the weekend, it did get worse. So much so that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is reportedly considering resignation — which means he is finally catching up to the rest of us.
Late night Friday, “Real Time With Bill Maher” featured a live, dramatic and uncensored reading of the raunchy messages between Weiner and the blackjack dealer. If you’re a throwback to the Victorian era don’t even think of clicking on the link. The language is raw. And I mean r-a-w. Even the most sexually free person on the planet will gasp at hearing the words of the Weiner-blackjack dealer conversation uttered in a public forum.
The Saturday papers had stories about a 17-year-old girl from Delaware who had been in contact with Weiner via Twitter. She began following the seven-term congressman after hearing him speak during a trip to Washington on April 1. All sides, including the police who interviewed the young girl and her parents on Friday, say conversations between Weiner and the teen weren’t improper. Still, it elevated the nausea factor in this scandal by a notch.
By Saturday afternoon, despite Weiner’s saying he would seek professional help and request a leave of absence from the House, the entire Democratic Party leadership called on him to resign. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Steve Israel all released statements within minutes of each other calling on Weiner to call it a day.
Then came Sunday.
TMZ.com released a new series of photos of Weiner in various poses — and various stages of undress — in the House locker room. This only validates previously mentioned Rules of Life No. 234,232: Nothing good comes from a grown man doing muscle poses in front of the mirror and capturing them in photos taken by a hand-held device.
Bishop Eddie Long sent photos of himself clad in spandex to young men in his megachurch’s congregation. Last month, he settled a lawsuit brought by four men for a reported $25 million. Republican Chris Lee bolted his upstate New York congressional seat after his shirtless trolling for dates on Craigslist was unearthed by Gawker. Total elapsed time from the publishing of the shirtless picture to Lee’s resignation was about four hours.
And now we have Weiner, who is more than two weeks into his death by a thousand clicks. That he is thinking about resigning is the only glimmer of hope that this sordid and sad affair may end soon. Still, I can’t help but wonder how many more embarrassing outrages must befall Weiner, his family, constituents, supporters and colleagues before he realizes that he has outstayed his welcome.