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Weiner Undone and Politically Skewered by Dems

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Little Weiner finally decided to resign from office. When you are a Congressman and your name because publicly associated with a porn actress, photos of your erect penis and six different women, none of whom are your wife, you should probably resign. After three weeks of dragging his party and wife in the mud with his unseemly behavior of sexting and lies, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) resigned Thursday.

He apologized for the “embarrassment” he caused his constituents and wife. This should have been his script three weeks ago. The moment the photo of his underwear clad crotch, featuring his erect penis was exposed by the news media, Weiner should have come clean he emailed the photo over his twitter account. Then he wouldn’t be resigning in such a disgraced fashion– first having denied the charges, then admitting to them and haughtily refusing to leave office.

Instead he accused Andrew Brietbart, editor of www.biggovernment.com of hacking his twitter account and sending the lewd photo. Brietbart first reported May 28th that Weiner sent the photo to a Seattle college student Weiner followed on Twitter.

But when Weiner said he couldn’t be sure with “certitude” the photo sent via his Twitter account wasn’t a picture of his “junk,” everyone knew he was lying. The problem with lying to the news media as an elected official is the press always finds out. One only need look back in time for examples (former South Carolina Governor Sanford’s lie about hiking and Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sex with that woman”). Despite holding a tearful press conference, June 6th, admitting he was a mendacious, pervert, Weiner refused to resign.

As Weiner retreated from the public eye to seek “counsel” more embarrassing photos of Weiner erupted onto the scene and other women admitted receiving sexual photos. Weiner’s three weeks of shame not only knocked Democrats off their Mediscare tirade but read like a cheap romance novel.

Weiner’s behavior certainly wasn’t befitting of a member of Congress but if he was pressured to resign by President Obama, the most powerful Democrat, along with House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic National Committee Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, why wasn’t Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) forced to resign over his scandal?

For 18 months Rangel was allowed to remain chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, which writes tax law while he was being investigated for tax evasion and other unseemly ethics violations. No Democrat or Obama for that matter called for Rangel’s resignation, even after he was censured by the House and found guilty of 11 ethics violations.

If resignation was good enough for Weiner, it should have been good enough for Rangel. Democrats made an example of Weiner because his story was sucking the air out their political agenda. It seems Democrats ethical standards change depending upon what direction the political winds are blowing. I guess Charlie was just lucky.