Skip to comments.Weiner's Twitter Tweak
Posted on 06/05/2011 5:48:00 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
After the tumult of the First World War, noted Winston Churchill, only the intractability of the Irish Question had emerged unscathed.
Great Empires have been overturned. The whole map of Europe has been changed, he told the House of Commons. But as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short, we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again.
And so it goes after another tumultuous week in American politics. Nearly a third of homeowners are underwater thats to say, they owe more on their mortgages than the property is worth. Private-sector job growth has all but vanished. The House of Representatives voted not to raise the debt ceiling.
But as the debt ceiling subsides or, at any rate, stays put we see the dreary steeple of Anthony Weiner emerging from his Twitpic crotch shot.
For the benefit of the few remaining American coeds Representative Weiner isnt following on Twitter, the congressmans initial position when his groin tweet went viral was that his Twitter had been hacked. Could happen to anyone. From last Thursdays edition of theDaily Telegraph:
British intelligence has hacked into an al-Qaeda online magazine and replaced bomb making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.
True. If MI6 can break into a Yemeni website run by Anwar al-Awlaki and infect it with home-baking favorites from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, I dont doubt that the same spooks could easily hack into Anthony Weiners computer and tweet his cupcake to that poor college girl in Seattle.
But Congressman Weiner then retreated from the sinister hacking line, and protested that all this fuss about a mere prank involving a randy photo (his words) was an unfortunate distraction from real issues like raising the debt ceiling. Like Bill Clinton in the Nineties, Rep Weiner needs to get back to work for the American people.
Its the political class doing all this relentless work for the American people thats turned this country into the brokest nation in the history of the planet, killed the American Dream, and left the American people headed for a future poised somewhere between the Weimar Republic and Mad Max. So, if its a choice between politicians getting back to work for the American people or tweeting their privates round the planet, I say, tweet on, MacDuff. Tough on our young college ladies. But, as Queen Victoria advised her daughter on her wedding night, lie back and think of England. Download and think of America.
Congressman Weiners next move was to tell NBC News that he cant say with certitude whether the tweeted crotch is his. I dont know what photographs are out there in the world of me, he told CNN. He seems to be saying that this could be one of his, but, until an appraiser from Sothebys can establish the provenance, it might just be a doppelganger. Saddam Hussein had a lot of lookalikes on the payroll to confuse his enemies, and it wouldnt be a surprise to discover our congressional princelings were trending in the same direction.
So were drifting from outrageous cyber crime to prank to Hey, who doesnt have snaps of his genitalia out there in the world? To revive another Clintonian line: Everybody does it. Everyone lies about Twitter-flirting, wrote the blogger Little Miss Attila, and everyone knows that everyone lies about Twitter-flirting. Flirting? Why, yes: Im assured by correspondents more au courant in social media that theres nothing unusual about tweeting your nether regions to people youve never met in distant time zones. Get with the beat, daddy-o, its a widely accepted courtship ritual of the 21st century: The flower of American maidenhood wants to see a prospective swain straining his BVDs at what I believe the lads at the TSA call Code Orange alert before theyll agree to meet him for a chocolate malt at the soda fountain.
To each her own. In my day it was A White Sport Coat and A Pink Carnation, as Marty Robbins sang (Billboard Country & Western Number One, 1957). But apparently these days that leaves the ladies cold, and the pink carnation can prompt titters, unless its artistically positioned across ones crown jewels, and youd probably need to get in a professional photographer and some double-sided Scotch tape.
According to Christopher Hitchens, politics is show business for ugly people. If Anthony Weiner is anything to go by, it seems more like high school for ugly people. As the story evolves, the logic seems to favor the blogger Ann Althouses explanation that Weiners cavalcade of daily tweets are too droll to be written by him. He favors cute hashtags: For the Republican presidential field, #TargetRichEnvironment; for Newt Gingrich, upon entering the race, TallestPygmy.
So terribly clever and edgy, writes Professor Althouse. Why does a Congressman have time for that? Her conclusion is that Weiner has a ghost-tweeter, and the ghost-tweeter uploaded the crotch shot, but that, because the terribly clever and edgy tweets are essential to Weiners sense of his own indispensability, he cannot admit that hes lip-synching. It would be like Charlie Sheen confessing that it was a body-double under the bevy of hookers and suitcase of coke.
Between Occams Razor (its Weiners junk, and he tweeted it) and Occams Lip-Syncher (the ghost-tweeter did it) lies a third possibility that the tweets arent by Weiner but the Twitpic crotch shot to the cute co-ed is. The republics citizen-legislators do hardly anything for themselves these days, starting with reading the thousand-page legislation they cheerily pass, but if they cant even perform their own sex scandals there really is no point to them. For the last quarter of 2010, Weiner listed 19 staffers, a few with highly specific job descriptions (Deputy Director of Immigration Affairs) but most with the kind of blandly nebulous titles (Staff Assistant) that could cover almost anything, including in-house ghost-tweeting. For the sake of argument, let us take it as read that American men are e-mailing their genitals across the fruited plain all day long, and that in the nature of these things one or two attachments go awry and wind up in the inbox of the elderly spinster who runs the quilting bee and you have to make a rather sheepish apology. Congressmen are among the few in this land who, in such a situation, can breezily say, as Weiner did to CNNs Dana Bash, You have statements that my office has put out. Herein lies the full horror of American politics in the death throes of the republic: A congressman has nothing better to do of an evening than tweet his crotch to coeds, but he requires an office with staffers to put out statements on the subject.
When Weiners have staffers, its very difficult to have limited government: You cannot have a small state run by big Weiners. If you require an office to issue statements about your tweets, its hardly surprising youre indifferent to statist bloat elsewhere.
In the end, the congressman was not so distracted that he wasnt able to vote to raise the debt limit. Confronted by his Twitpic, one is tempted to channel Mae West: Is that a debt-ceiling increase in your Fruit of the Looms or are you just pleased to see me? Alas for America, its both.
Vintage Steyn. Wicked funny (but damn depressing too).
"Is that a debt-ceiling increase in your Fruit of the Looms or are you just pleased to see me? Alas for America, its both."
When Weiners have staffers, its very difficult to have limited government. Great line!
I just re-read it. This entire article is FULL of great lines! Steyn is brilliantly hilarious.
"You cannot have a small state run by big Weiners. If you require an office to issue statements about your tweets, its hardly surprising youre indifferent to statist bloat elsewhere."
Just when you figured the pundits and late-night comics had completely spent all available punnery surrounding Weiner’s weiner, Steyn, as usual, delivers a shot of Viagra to the flaccid field of political commentary.
So he is not eligible for the Presidency, but I hereby nominate Mark Steyn for White House press secretary under whichever of the not-Obamas are elected in 2012.
Nearly a third of homeowners are underwater thats to say, they owe more on their mortgages than the property is worth.
This is one phrase that has irritated me to no end from the moment the 'housing bubble' burst and the MSM started crying over poor Jose the Gardner and Maria his wife the Nanny, having to move out of their McMansions because they only made $32K a year combined.
Reason I'm irritated --- Because the moment you sign that Mortgage Agreement (aka: LOAN), EVERYBODY 'owes' more than the house is "worth". It's called 'COMPOUND INTEREST' you dolts.
It's just like buying a New Car. Only the numbers are larger and the loan is longer. Every jackass sucking air knows the moment you sign your name to that Auto Loan and Drive OFF the lot. You're immediately on the short end of the stick and -- You Owe More Than The Car Is Worth!
I don't even want to think about the TOTAL we paid our Mortgage Company over the 29 years of the loan. It's prolly four times what we 'bought' our house for and I'd have a friggen Cardiac!
So what the hell is so hard about figuring all this out??
an aside: I KNOW many were planning on a quick turn around during the 'Bubble' with an open end mortgage and selling for a 'slight' profit after a couple years and paying off the loan. BUT if you bought and planned on KEEPING your house, you're gonna 'owe more than the house is worth'. And in either case there is that tiny thing called Real Estate Taxes. The more your house goes 'up' the more you pay. So much for that 'quick profit'.
I continue to doubt the whole thing. It has been ongoing forever and there has been no copy of the real photo on Free Republic
Therefore, the tweeted picture does not exist
What a glorious thought. Also, your own phraseology is Steyn-esque ...
... delivers a shot of Viagra to the flaccid field of political commentary.
Weiner’s weeny weenie wethered by worried wonks
quips and one liners in
I should have kept my comment to Weiner-Gate
I had a slight 'brain fart'.
My apologies to all
This “weenie-gate” saga is acquiring more versions than the White Crib’s tall-tales on the slaying of bin-Laden.
Thanks. We are what we read.
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