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The danger of ‘Carlos Danger’

Anthony Weiner basically knew this day would come: the day his sexual chats with women who were not his wife are released for all in the public to view.

But one of the most damning aspects of the whole episode over the past 24 hours -- in addition to the bombshell admission that he kept engaging in these relationships after his resignation -- is the irresistible shorthand we all now have for Weiner's indiscretions:

Carlos Danger.

Anthony Weiner (Jason DeCrow/Associated Press)

The cartoon-character-esque pseudonym that Weiner reportedly used really says it all. It's both ridiculous and terribly embarrassing for Weiner. It's also all you'll need to say anymore to recall this whole ugly mess.

And it's really hard to overstate how important a good shorthand is for a big scandal. (Weiner-gate? Come on.)

One need not spend too much time on social media today to realize just how quickly the nom de plume became a thing. It's already trending on Twitter.

Also think back to some other nicknames that came to define their scandals. The same Web site that posted Weiner's alleged sexts with a woman,, revealed that former congressman Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) had written racy items for it under the alias "Brock Landers" (a fictional character from "Boogie Nights" — a movie about the 1970s American porn industry).

And when NFL quarterback Michael Vick was discovered to have masterminded a dog-fighting ring, his alias "Ron Mexico" (used when he was getting tested for an STD) became a running joke — so much so that the NFL said it would no longer make customized jerseys using the name.

As with those nicknames, Weiner's pseudonym will follow him around wherever he goes as he campaigns for mayor and will be on the tip of peoples' tongues (just think what the New York tabloids will do with it Wednesday morning). And thus, it will make it harder for Weiner to move past his past misdeeds.

Weiner's biggest problem, to be sure, is the revelation that he continued engaging in such relationships after his resignation from Congress. But "Carlos Danger" really ties it all up in a nice little bow.

Expect the nickname to continue to have a life of its own on social media and elsewhere — with all of it working to Weiner's detriment.

Updated at 5:50 p.m.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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