Surprising to no one, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has decided to resign, as The Fix reports: “Weiner called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) on Wednesday night — as the two attended the White House picnic — to inform them of his plans, the source said.”
Chris Cilliza quotes House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) as saying that “it’s an unfortunate situation and I’ve said I didn’t condone his actions and I had said a while ago that I think he should step down.”
Weiner, who is expected to announce his resignation in New York at 2 p.m. today, will become a footnote and a punchline, but what of the rest of the players in this drama? There are the snooty mainstream-media types who accused Andrew Breitbart of cooking the whole story up. There were the bamboozled bloggers who took the “hacked” claim seriously. There was the loathsome comment that it was no tragedy since Weiner was in the pocket of AIPAC. Of course, there was the display by a segment of the media that reflect a generation of young people so morally deficient as to not understand why it was “a big deal.”
And then there was the shoddy showing by the Democratic leadership, which took weeks to call for Weiner to step down. In the end, it looked both weak and unprincipled.
As for Weiner, you can understand why he didn’t want to step down. He’s got no job now and no prospects for employment. Unlike Eliot Spitzer, he doesn’t have family wealth to fall back on. None of this is to say he deserves our sympathy; but it should give others (at least those who can stop themselves) pause if they think they can escape scrutiny for their misdeeds. Sooner or later, they all catch up with you.