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Anthony Weiner’s reality show options


Shameless Self-Promotion Award of the Day goes to veteran television producer and media training expert Jess Todtfeld, who runs a media consulting company in Manhattan.

The morning press buzz over Anthony Weiner’s fall from Congress had scarcely begun Thursday when we got an e-mail from Todtfeld.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993. View Archive

“Hi Al,” the missive began, “Are you looking for quotes on the Anthony Weiner resignation?”

Well, sure.

“As a ‘Media Consultant,’ Todtfeld wrote, “I have plenty to add on the topic. I can talk about the ‘Anatomy of a Meltdown’ . . . where did he go wrong? How could he have saved his job?”

Todtfeld said he would also analyze “the resignation speech, comparing it to Tiger Woods’ speech and others” in similar situations.

“Here are a few things I can say,” he wrote. On the question of image repair, Todtfeld opined that Weiner “can never truly get past this story. . . . But, that doesn’t mean he can’t star in a reality show or host a program on CNN.” That makes sense. Fox might have an opening for someone to present the Democratic side on issues.

Is Weiner finished in politics? “Not necessarily,” Todtfelt said, noting that “Marion Barry was exposed as a crack addict and was able to regain his job as Mayor in DC.” Anthony Weiner is no Marion Barry.

Can Weiner cite sex addition, Todtfeld wondered, and turn the resignation speech “into his big moment, much like the McGreevey ‘I am a gay American’ speech?”


He’s ba-ack?

Speaking of reality shows, do you miss those fun days when Donald Trump topped the polls for the GOP presidential nomination? Do not give up hope!

Trump seemed to have disappeared from the political radar after the Birth Certificate appeared. And then there was that tag-team skewering he got from President Obama and comedian Seth Meyers at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. (Not to mention when Obama dispatched Osama.)

Trump yielded to NBC’s entreaties and decided he’d stick to his television show “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Many figured that once the show was renewed, Trump would drop out of politics. But never say never.

“If the economy is bad and the Republicans put in a person that I think is wrong, I will run as an independent,” Trump vowed this week.

Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity he’s pretty sure the economy isn’t going to get any better and the Republican field isn’t up to his standards.

“I’d love for the Republicans to choose somebody who is great,” His Greatness said. “So far, I’m not seeing it. I have to be honest with you, Sean. But I would love for them to choose somebody who is great.” Trump said that “if they pick a loser, I may very well run as an independent.”

But don’t you worry, Hannity asked Trump, “that you would split the anti-Obama vote?”

“I think two things would happen,” Trump said. “I would win or Obama would win. I don’t think the Republican could win.”

Unless the party picks someone great. Truly great. Someone like . . .

The hard life of a diplomat

It’s good to be an ambassador in America. Even better when the State Department, as part of the eighth Experience America tour, arranges a little Alaska outing. Some 40 ambassadors from places as disparate as Japan, Chile, Switzerland, Ireland, Gambia, Congo, Peru, Belize, Latvia, Morocco and Bangladesh, most all with spouses, are heading off next week to check out the midnight sun at Barrow — the northernmost point in the United States — and the Kenai Fjords and other splendors of the 49th state.

Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak could get a firsthand look at what his long-ago predecessor, Baron Edouard Stoeckl, gave up when he signed that agreement with Secretary of State William H. Seward in 1867 to give up Alaska for a piddling $7.2 million.

The ambassadors are paying their own way — though the State Department has 10 staff members heading up there to coordinate the trip, which begins Tuesday — the night of the summer solstice — and to set up the sessions with Alaskan officials and business leaders on energy and natural resources, meet with the Alaska Native community, talk about tourism and economic development, and so on.

To ideological flexibility . . .

Was a time, really not so long ago, when Republicans would regularly pillory Democrats as the “cut-and-run” party, appeasers, soft on communism, etc. More recently, when Democrats were pushing for a quick pullout from Iraq, the R’s said the D’s were abandoning the war on terror.

So it’s been strange to see Republicans and Democrats teaming up to blister Obama over military action in Libya, and pushing for a quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan than the president favors.

Well, shows you there’s still a chance for bipartisanship on some issues.

Pass the Cuba Libres

We’re hearing that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a Cuban American and a hard-liner on the Castro regime, may not look favorably on the nomination of a career Foreign Service officer to be ambassador to Nicaragua even if Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) blesses spending $20 million to promote independent journalism, human rights and such in Cuba.

Menendez is said to believe that Jonathan Farrar, now head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, was too diplomatic with the Castro regime. Of course, that was probably because the Obama administration has opted for more engagement with the commies.

Follow In the Loop on Twitter: @AlKamenWP.


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