Anthony Weiner's Candidacy Is Doomed

redit: Talk Radio News Service / Foter / CC BY-NC-SAredit: Talk Radio News Service / Foter / CC BY-NC-SAAt this point, the only question left about Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign is how long he’ll stay in the race. Because at this point his candidacy is doomed. 

Weiner had been leading the pack in the Democratic primary. But after last week’s revelation that the former congressman, who stepped down from Congress in 2011 after admitting that he had shared risqué photos of himself over the Internet, had continued to share similar photos following his resignation, his poll numbers tanked, dropping nine points. Yesterday, Weiner’s campaign manager announced he was quitting. And a chorus of “just go already” arose on the Sunday talk shows, even from Democrats and their allies, with folks like longtime Obama strategist David Axelrod calling Weiner “delusional” and saying flatly that he ought to quit the race.

So why would Weiner stay in? He can’t even make a basic case for his candidacy at this point. Asked by a former public school teacher on Friday whether he had the “moral authority” to lead the city, his response was to ask the teacher whether she would vote for him (she would not) and then declare that others should have that choice. That’s not much of an argument.

Granted, there’s never been much of argument for Weiner, except that he’s feisty and provocative and hungry for TV soundbites. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal for an article about his legislative accomplishments, he offers up that he funneled $70 million to a local national park, and insists that while he sponsored just a single bill during his time in Congress—a bill intended to reduce cigarette tax avoidance—he attached a lot of amendments to legislation sponsored by others.

In other words, while on Capitol Hill, Anthony Weiner wasn’t much of a legislator, or a deal maker. Instead, he was an attention-seeker, whose first and last priority was Anthony Weiner. If he stays in the race for a while longer, it will be because he just can’t give up that attention, even if it means embarrassing himself and his party. On the other hand, it also suggests the case for Weiner, should New Yorkers make the unlikely decision to give him yet another chance: He’s the same brash, attention-seeking guy he always was, and at this point, there can’t be that many embarrassing secrets left to reveal. 

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  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "he sponsored just a single bill during his time in Congress—a bill intended to reduce cigarette tax avoidance"

    I imagine that means punishing other states for New York's high cigarette-tax rate?

    "at this point, there can’t be that many embarrassing secrets left to reveal."

    You just revealed one.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Not to mention persecution of NY smokers. Will they be forgiving of this lapse? Or will they say, "since you take such an interest in our private behavior, let us take an interest in yours!"

  • Lord Humungus||

    You know who else had a doomed candidacy?

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    "Tricky Dick" Nixon?

    He stood tall despite all the blows coming down on him and eventually prevailed!

  • Tim||

    Gary Hart?

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    Weiner didn't get to where he is now by pulling out prematurely! If he can maintain his self-control and stop shooting his dick so promiscuously, he should be able to hold out until the campaign comes to a climax.

  • Snowden's left nut||

    C-

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    That's being generous.

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    Everyon's a critis. I don't see Snowden's left nut out there for public appraisal.

    As pressure mounts for Weiner to pull out, we will see a shift to where any messy comlications that dribble out are laid on Bush anyway.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Anthony Weiner is very stimulating - for bloggers, gossip columnists and pundits.

  • Snowden's left nut||

    Look, the guy has ~100% name recognition. In today's 500-channel world of thinly-divided attention-spans, that's gotta be worth something. Now he's just trying to figure out how to monetize it.

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    He needs to thrust his message out there in the people's faces, possibly by using a push poll.

  • WTF||

    You misspelled pole.

  • ||

    Megalomaniacal.

    Guy can't control his impulses to show his cock in public, is seeking treatment for it, but thinks that someone with such issues would do just fine running a city AND thinks voters need him so much that he won't leave the race.

    Anybody else think this guy might just have a real psychological problem?

  • R C Dean||

    Megalomaniacal.

    Guy can't control his impulses to show his cock in public, is seeking treatment for it, but thinks that someone with such issues would do just fine running a city AND thinks voters need him so much that he won't leave the race is a professional politician married to an Islamist Clinton courtier.

    Anybody else think this guy might just have a real psychological problem?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    The media are serving as his pallbearers, letting him down for what is hopefully the last time.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    He just wants to be loved. Why won't you love him?

    folks like longtime Obama strategist David Axelrod calling Weiner “delusional” and saying flatly that he ought to quit the race.

    That was pretty funny; Axelslime using the term "pathological" in reference to politicians. I wonder if he experienced any hint of the irony of that. I doubt it.

  • Jon Lester||

    I'm surprised you didn't mention possible damage to the Clinton political machine, although it may be something they can wipe off between now and when Hillary decides something. Meanwhile, the rent is too damn high.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    The Clintons are LIVID that they are compared to the Weiners.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/l.....D4SiXeWSLJ

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    That's pretty funny stuff. The Clintons say the comparison is inapt because Hil was a Senator and the SecState. I suppose she's too embarrased to compare what they forgave, the size of the problems, who had to suck it up more, who had the bugger balls.

    Crotchety old wheezebags anyway.

  • PRX||

    it's like a weird episode of Saved By The Bell

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    it's like a weird episode of Saved By The Bell

    Why 'Saved by the Bell' is All a Dream: A Conspiracy Theory

  • Snowden's left nut||

    How's your rectal health, Longtorso? I haven't heard a peep about it since you had that colon exam a little while back.

  • Ken Shultz||

    For some people, I suspect the whole point of the exercise is so you can campaign.

  • KDN||

    Sounds about right to me. It's a great big networking opportunity and ego boost rolled into one.

  • Tim||

    After this is over he'll fly out to California and do some pornos.

  • albo||

    Let the people of NY decide. If they vote him into office, they'll just confirm their own self-important political idiocy.

  • Rhywun||

    Better him than that screeching harpy who's clawing her way back to the top now that Weiner's flagging again.

  • SugarFree||

    Just embrace the image Anthony!

    Weiner For Mayor: Try Getting Fucked By A Different Dick For Awhile

  • Rhywun||

    At least we sort of get to see the goods first this time.

  • ||

    ...at this point, there can’t be that many embarrassing secrets left to reveal.

    Oh Peter, so naïve.

  • SugarFree||

    Yup. We haven't even seen the pictures of Huma's girl penis yet.

  • T||

    If this goes all futanari on us, the world will offically become too strange for my comprehension.

  • PapayaSF||

    Are we sure she... has anything down there? There's a notorious Islamic practice she might have been a victim of.

  • Tim||

    It's hard to keep a good man down.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    This makes no sense to me.

    He publicly disgraced himself.

    He resigned as a consequence.

    He decided to run for office again, and became the front-runner, despite publicly disgracing himself.

    Then he loses support because he publicly disgraced himself in the exact same way as the first time.

    So the exact same behavior mattered to voters the first time, and then didn't matter, and now matters again.

    People are insane.

  • SugarFree||

    People like a redemption story line because they hope to have a redemption story line themselves after they are caught doing something they know is wrong or just stupid. But you really only get one shot, because people understand that third chances are only given out by chumps who didn't learn their lesson the first time someone screwed them over.

  • PapayaSF||

    ^This.

  • Calvin Coolidge||

    "But you really only get one shot"

    In today's political climate, if your one shot fails, you can just wait 15 minutes and try again. But if the second one also misses, then you are pretty much spent.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    Well done. Very well done.

  • db||

    #1. Weiner serves as a distraction from real scandals in politics on a national level.

    #2. Weiner is taking a serious one for the team to secure a political sinecure out of public view.

    #3. But for the showing-his-penis-to-strangers-unasked part, the description

    Anthony Weiner wasn’t much of a legislator, or a deal maker. Instead, he was an attention-seeker, whose first and last priority was Anthony Weiner.

    describes another recent, but far, far more successful politician quite well.

  • PapayaSF||

    So, it looks like NYC's next mayor will be a left-wing lesbian who had to have her office soundproofed because of all the screaming she does at subordinates? Oh joy.

  • Jon Lester||

    The same one who was complicit with Bloomberg in overturning voter-mandated mayoral term limits?

    If any of you in New York haven't done so already, there's still time to sign the petition to get Jimmy McMillan on the ballot. Even if you don't plan to vote for him, it could only be good for the race.

  • Rhywun||

    The rent is too damn high - in his head. The rents shown on that page are at least double actual averages.

  • Jon Lester||

    Yes, I know what they really are in the other boroughs, too. Of course they'll be crazy high in midtown Manhattan.

  • Rhywun||

    The Brooklyn one is triple what I pay, and I live in a good neighborhood. Granted, there are no hipsters which keeps the rent down, but still.

  • Jon Lester||

    I've found a few places in Bed-Stuy I could afford and be happy with, but I'd have to keep most of my possessions elsewhere.

  • PapayaSF||

    Apparently she also thinks the teacher's unions have been getting a raw deal.

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