Disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner is in the midst of attempting a comeback. Despite being forced to resign in 2011 due to sexually suggestive tweets he sent out, word on the street is: Weiner is vying for Bloomberg's seat as mayor of New York City. And because he'll be thoroughly vetted (again), he's getting it all(ish) out there, and letting us know that more sexy-time pictures of him may surface. They may not. But they may.
In an interview Weiner said he "can't say" if more embarrassing photos of himself exist. "If reporters want to go try to find more, I can’t say that they’re not going to be able to find another picture, or find another … person who may want to come out on their own," Weiner said. "But I’m not going to contribute to that. The basics of the story are not gonna change."
"The basics of the story." Heh. Spoken like a true politician. That answer still leaves room for Anthony to change part of his original recount of what happened, yet gives the illusion that he's being truthful. However, general political sleaziness aside, I do think it's a good idea for Anthony to come clean on incriminating things that may or may not exist before they get into the public's hands. It will make them less shocking. Better to call yourself out first, right?
Remember back when David Letterman was being blackmailed by that dude, Robert Halderman, who said he was about to go public with info on the talk show host having sex with female employees? And how Letterman beat him to the punch, announcing on his show that he had, in fact, slept with women he worked with? The whole thing blew over in a matter of a week or so all because of the way, to put it bluntly, he didn't look like an asshole.
That's essentially what Weiner's strategy is here. Do I agree with the things he's done? Absolutely not. But from a political standpoint, it's a damn smart move. And also, it gives us all time to hide our eyes.
What do you think of Anthony Weiner?
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