Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) in one of the top weirdest political news conferences confessed to lying, to sending inappropriate photos and messages to six women via Twitter before and after his marriage and to bad judgment. He lied. Oh, yes. To everyone. A lot. He’s very sad. And he cried and teared up. But you know, he never had sex outside his marriage, he told us. And really, this has nothing to do with his ability to serve and with his oath of office. And to the best of his knowledge none of the women was under age. That’s the gist of it.
If this sounds entirely bizarre and vaguely disgusting, you get the drift. What wasn’t asked and what he didn’t answer is why he thinks he’s fit to serve. He’s claiming he didn’t break the law, but is that the standard for service? And is he going to be able to effectively serve his constituents? That remains unknown.
He says his wife “was not happy” and learned of his lying this morning. (Did she learn nothing from working for Hillary Clinton about enabling lying men?) She at least wouldn’t be dragged before the cameras.
Will he survive? I suppose if he wants to tough it out and there is no evidence of illegality, he can try. But he’s ruined himself and disgraced his office. That, I suppose, is where things stand.