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‘Weinergate’ (The Congressman keeps changing his story... was it a hack, or was it a prank?)
National Review ^ | 05/31/2011 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 05/31/2011 9:52:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Over the weekend I said that I suspect this will not end well for Congressman Weiner. I still think I’m right.

Rep.Weiner stands accused of sending a lewd picture to a young girl via Twitter. He says he didn’t do it. At first his office said his Twitter account was “hacked.” Now he says it was all a “prank.” This is an important change in language because to claim his account was hacked is to claim he was a victim of a crime. Meanwhile a prank is something he can wave away.

Meanwhile, the Left has been all over the place. They seem torn between wanting this all to go away and wanting to pin it on Andrew Breitbart or some other conservatives to be named later. That’s a problem because Breitbart et al. seem perfectly happy to have an investigation.

Meanwhile, the only person who wants to let the story die is Weiner, which suggests he’s the one who has done something wrong or knows something he doesn’t want others to know. Even some at Daily Kos realize this is a problem. And while the MSM seems perfectly inclined to follow Weiner’s lead, there are just too many other outlets that will not let go of the story.

I honestly have no idea what happened, but I do know that Anthony Weiner is exactly the kind of Democrat who would sensationalize a story like this if the politician involved was a Republican. And you can be sure the press wouldn’t have to be dragged kicking and screaming to cover it.

I don’t think this is a colossal scandal, but the selective standards of the MSM drive me crazy. Recall that the NY-26 race we’ve just finished analyzing was a result of the fact that a sitting congressman had to resign because he sent a picture of himself without shirt to a woman on Craigslist. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi used Mark Foley’s scandal to help win back the Congress.

And what if Weiner’s innocent and this is a dirty trick by some right-wingers? Don’t we need to know that? Shouldn’t they be exposed? (You know what I mean! Do you people have any idea how hard it is not to pepper this post with double entendre?)

At minimum, it seems to me that if the Left wants to claim Weiner was set up, then they are honor bound to support a full investigation.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthonyweiner; hacker; weinergate
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1 posted on 05/31/2011 9:52:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What a dick.


2 posted on 05/31/2011 9:54:35 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: SeekAndFind
accused of sending a lewd picture to a young girl an adult via Twitter ...

Let's not get overwrought, Jonah. We're not talking about my 10-year-old here.

3 posted on 05/31/2011 9:56:19 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties.)
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To: pnh102

I think Anthony’s Weiner has started its own Twitter account.

It tweets things like:

“I was sent to a female?”


4 posted on 05/31/2011 9:57:01 AM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m glad the NR finally (belatedly) covered it. I wonder if Rush will cover it? Drudge hasn’t. I am disappointed with the so-called conservative media so far. It is basically “only” bloggers who have covered it it depth. There very possibly may have been crimes committed and it’s treated as a joke or ignored.


5 posted on 05/31/2011 9:59:18 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: LyinLibs

Is Rep Weiner using taxpayer funds to market his genitals?

And since his marketing efforts cross state lines, are they goverened by the Commerce Clause?

If so, can Congress regulate his weiner?


6 posted on 05/31/2011 9:59:25 AM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: SeekAndFind

new tag line


7 posted on 05/31/2011 10:00:22 AM PDT by advertising guy (fingerprint evidence says der Weiner hacked de weiner so........we gotta ball game)
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To: SeekAndFind
Photobucket
8 posted on 05/31/2011 10:00:35 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok, let’s just keep our heads on this and remember, it’s the seriousness of the CHARGE that matters, not if he’s guilty or not.


9 posted on 05/31/2011 10:00:38 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Tax-chick

i think the point he’s trying to make is the omnipresent MSM double standard and not that the girl was somehow violated by the tweet. That being said, my 22 yo daughter would be taken aback at receiving such a pic via twitter. Not all young twenty somethings are worldly skanks.


10 posted on 05/31/2011 10:03:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: LyinLibs

There actually was an account tweeting this past weekend by the name of Wiener’s Weiner, but i can’t find it now. It was HYSTERICAL!


11 posted on 05/31/2011 10:04:31 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Tax-chick

Perhaps not! However, what is being discussed is the behavior of a U.S. Congressman who is a married man, who may have sent a lewd photo of himself to a young woman! Let’s go out on a limb and ask were this to involve a conservative U.S. Congressman - what reaction then???


12 posted on 05/31/2011 10:05:59 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Are you guys apologizing for Weiner? You guys think it’s fine for a sitting congressman to be sending wiener pics to girls? Just because he’s a Dem?

That was weiner’s skinny wiener and thighs. He switched to “prank” because his defense lawyer has told him it would be a felony to report a false crime. Weiner needs to be grilled over this.


13 posted on 05/31/2011 10:06:07 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind
At minimum, it seems to me that if the Left wants to claim Weiner was set up, then they are honor bound to support a full investigation......

As long as DOJ is not involved in the investgation.

14 posted on 05/31/2011 10:08:01 AM PDT by Larry381 (If in doubt, shoot it in the head and drop it in the ocean!)
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To: xsmommy

I agree with the general point. I was simply thinking of the confusion that results from treating a college student as an adult one minute, and as a child the next. I think the inability to establish adulthood vs. childhood is a serious social issue. But that’s neither here nor there, really ...

My 20-year-old daughter would laugh hysterically at anyone pathetic enough to Tweet her his Weiner ... although it couldn’t happen, since she’s not on Twitter sharing her daily activity anyway.


15 posted on 05/31/2011 10:09:17 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties.)
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To: SoldierDad
Let’s go out on a limb and ask were this to involve a conservative U.S. Congressman - what reaction then???

If you lift the little finger of your right hand, the questions marks stop appearing.

That said ... what reaction? The MSM would go ballistic, but anyone who gives a flying freep about them, at this point, can't call himself a conservative Congressman. He's just a Republican, spit when you say that. Republicans caught messing around have resigned. They didn't have to. They could have said, "Bleep you - I'm running for reelection. If you like my voting record, vote for me."

16 posted on 05/31/2011 10:12:55 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties.)
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To: SeekAndFind

what would sharia law say in this case? can the wife do some cutting on the weiner?


17 posted on 05/31/2011 10:13:23 AM PDT by isom35
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To: SeekAndFind

‘I don’t think this is a colossal scandal.....”

Then what is it Jonah?...toe tapping wasn’t that big? A picture of a NY congressman with his shirt off wasn’t that big? Where do you say it is a big deal you knucklehead?


18 posted on 05/31/2011 10:16:01 AM PDT by oust the louse (The death of Osama is as mysterious as the life of Obama. just sayin...)
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To: Tax-chick
Well, since I hit the question mark tab three times, I guess I need not worry about lifting my little finger, now do I???

Thank you for making my points for me.

19 posted on 05/31/2011 10:16:27 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SeekAndFind
Generally speaking, chicks don't want to see a picture of your junk.


20 posted on 05/31/2011 10:16:51 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Tax-chick

my 22 and 16 yo daughters and i are all on twitter. it’s a fantastic way to follow sports, congregates all of the relevant material for you. one needn’t say a word about oneself on twitter, but can use it as an information-gathering device.
There are 10 yos who are far too adult for my taste. i don’t think one has to be hardened and wordly to be an adult.


21 posted on 05/31/2011 10:19:55 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: LyinLibs
If so, can Congress regulate his weiner?

He can't, what makes you think they can?..............

22 posted on 05/31/2011 10:20:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

LMAO! good advice, HG! good to see you! i posted elsewhere today that no matter how cute you think it is, you probably shouldn’t take a pic of it.


23 posted on 05/31/2011 10:21:36 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SeekAndFind

Write to Speaker Boehner & request an ethics investigation:

http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/


24 posted on 05/31/2011 10:28:42 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jonah Jonah Johan, you are forgetting to which party weener belongs.

There will be no consequences to his perverted behaviour.


25 posted on 05/31/2011 10:31:52 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA, DO YOU HEAR ME NOW.......'67 BORDERS, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh yes I agree I want to know what kind of awful person would send a photo of an obivious sexually excited man to a young college student using his account.If it were my daughter I’d want to know exactly who the prevent was who did this no matter who they are and I think it is serious enough that it is not a prank that should be overlooked.I don’t care how “small” Weiner thinks the “issue” is it is collassal to find out just who the pervent is.


26 posted on 05/31/2011 10:32:42 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: SeekAndFind

The media outpets are being very selective on this - it’s very troubling.

But the story itself is a real hoot.

Weiner’s weiner!

All that remains is for the experts to come forward with proof that the photo was doctored. ha ha


27 posted on 05/31/2011 10:34:29 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: SeekAndFind

outpets = outlets

although “pets” might be appropriate


28 posted on 05/31/2011 10:34:55 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: SeekAndFind

I read one story (can not say if it is true) that the girl that was sent the “twitter” has been busy closing her accounts and removing her name from every were...Why, unless there is more to this then the Weiner is saying


29 posted on 05/31/2011 10:40:27 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: SeekAndFind

UPDATE IV (4:10 p.m. ET): OK, now we have a very significant development: In March, porn star/stripper Ginger Lee boasted that she had received a Twitter direct message (DM) from Rep. Weiner.

She is a fan of Weiner, and raved that getting this private communication from the Democratic congressman was “like a DM from Buddha.”

This is what I believe lawyers would call “pattern evidence,” and if anybody in the major media thinks they can safely ignore this story much longer, they’re wrong.

http://theothermccain.com/2011/05/29/msm-starting-to-cover-weinergate/

UPDATE VIII: Weiner spokesman in an e-mail to the New York Daily News: “This is intended to be a distraction, and we’re not going to let it become one. Anthony’s accounts were obviously hacked. He doesn’t know the person named by the hacker, and we will be consulting on what steps to take next.”


30 posted on 05/31/2011 10:40:57 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: oust the louse

RE: ‘I don’t think this is a colossal scandal.....”

Then what is it Jonah?...toe tapping wasn’t that big? A picture of a NY congressman with his shirt off wasn’t that big?

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far be it for me to defend Weiner ( whi I will NEVER vote for ). But in regards to this matter, it reminded me of an incident at work almost a decade ago...

In the early 2000’s I was working in a large company ( which will be unnamed).

I had a friend everyone knows as a sort of “fun” guy who like to crack jokes ( a lot of them were, what to call it -— off color ).

Once, he used his home e-mail to send a funny but lwed picture to all of his “buddy” office mates (including a few women who knew him and his personality). He made an mistake in his clicks of the address book and mistakenly included one HR lady in his mailing list.

She made a fuss out of it and decided to investigate by asking everyone on the list whether they were offended by the picture ( she personally was not offended but apparently had to follow rules ).

When everyone on the list (including the ladies on the list ) told her that they were NOT OFFENDED, the HR lady simply dropped the investigation.

That friend of mine had a close call.

Apparently the basis for filing charges was whether or not the recipient “felt offended”.

So, why am I telling you this?

If a recipient’s “feeling offended” is the basis for being charged with a crime or offense, then my guess is Weiner is probably off the hook. The recipient seemed NOT to feel any offense at all.

Jonah Goldberg is making a personal statement here. He seems to be saying that if he himself received the same lewd picture, it would not have been a big deal to him.


31 posted on 05/31/2011 10:41:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s a guilty little pervert. You can draw that conclusion from his arrogant attitude on TV.


32 posted on 05/31/2011 10:41:54 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Tax-chick

How about “a girl young enough to be his daughter”?


33 posted on 05/31/2011 10:49:24 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me do the investigation. I would recognize it!

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34 posted on 05/31/2011 10:50:24 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: pnh102

Geez. These erected officials just can’t help but misbehave.


35 posted on 05/31/2011 10:52:37 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: xsmommy
Even poor Brett Favre's dikshots were ill-received.

A dong is like a squid. Yeah, it's good in certain circumstances, especially when well-prepared, but no one wants to see a picture of one on the menu

36 posted on 05/31/2011 10:53:19 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

L M A O


37 posted on 05/31/2011 10:55:16 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SeekAndFind

Anthony Weiner will get re-elected and it won’t even be close. :(:(:(


38 posted on 05/31/2011 10:55:56 AM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: oust the louse

Yeah. What YOU just said.


39 posted on 05/31/2011 10:57:09 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Tzimisce

Which is a direct reflection of what passes for voters in his district.


40 posted on 05/31/2011 10:57:09 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: xsmommy

The reports say Rep. Weiner was “following” several young women on Twitter, which, as I understand it, means the young women were Tweeting.


41 posted on 05/31/2011 11:00:12 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties.)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

Rofl! Post of the day!


42 posted on 05/31/2011 11:01:32 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Tax-chick

i cannot speak to the young woman in question bc i don’t know her name or anything about her. i am telling you that it’s possible to be active on Twitter and to reveal zip zero nada about yourself or your daily life. I retweet DraftMarcoRubio tweets all the time, as well as Ken Cuccinelli’s etc.


43 posted on 05/31/2011 11:03:30 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SeekAndFind

Weinerweinerweinerweinerweiner...sorry...it’s just funny weinerweinerweinerweinerweiner


44 posted on 05/31/2011 11:18:12 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: xsmommy
These girls are the exception. Click this link only if you have a sense of humor.
45 posted on 05/31/2011 11:24:27 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Tax-chick

The women were likely tweeting. However, “following” an account on Twitter is just a mechanism to monitor whatever tweets are sent from the account. You can follow an account that doesn’t post any tweets.


46 posted on 05/31/2011 11:30:56 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I’m going to go with the obvious scenario: Rep. Weiner has been “following” a number of young women who were actively using Twitter, in the hope that he’d eventually work up enough nerve to send one of them a picture of his weiner, out of a pathetic hope that she might respond in a way he’d find titillating. So to speak.


47 posted on 05/31/2011 11:35:56 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties.)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

(snicker)


48 posted on 05/31/2011 11:40:18 AM PDT by tioga (2012 - the year Obama gets slapped down....coming soon.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wall Street Journal: The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.

OMG!! Was the Weiner hack a ChiCom attack???

Has Ubama placed our military (one of the best in the world, he tells us) on alert for a possible response to the Weiner crotch shot?

One can only imagine that as we speak, Ubama, Biden, Hillary and Panetta are giving the matter of finding Weiner's wiener the same kind of attention they gave to finding UBL.

49 posted on 05/31/2011 11:44:14 AM PDT by Meet the New Boss (election day 2012: sic transit gloria soebarkah)
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To: SeekAndFind
Over the weekend I said that I suspect this will not end well for Congressman Weiner.

He's a Democrat. Here's how Democrats treat sex scandals:

[Gerry] Studds was a central figure in the 1983 Congressional page sex scandal, when he and Representative Dan Crane were each separately censured by the House of Representatives for an inappropriate relationship with a congressional page — in Studds' case, a 1983 homosexual relationship with a 17-year-old male. ... Studds defended his sexual involvement as a "consensual relationship with a young adult." Dean Hara, whom Studds married in 2004, said after Studds' death in 2006 that Studds had never been ashamed of the relationship. "This young man knew what he was doing," Hara said.[5] In testimony to investigators, the page described the relationship as consensual and not intimidating.[6] ... Studds received two standing ovations from supporters in his home district at his first town meeting following his congressional censure.[4]

50 posted on 05/31/2011 12:35:57 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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