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Why Weiner's Going Under the Bus
Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2011 | Pat Buchanan

Posted on 06/14/2011 6:23:45 AM PDT by Kaslin

Is there any redeeming social value to the tawdry tale of Anthony Weiner?

Only this: The nationwide revulsion at the conduct of the congressman has compelled the leadership and members of the House Democratic caucus to demand he resign immediately and cease not only distracting them from their work but stinking up their party.

Traditional morality has just been affirmed by Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats.

For consider what it was Weiner did.

He sent lewd and pornographic photos of himself to half a dozen women, including a college student, a stripper and a 17-year-old who had befriended him on Facebook. He initiated "sex-ting" with women who had simply expressed admiration for his politics and leadership.

On seeing a few of the photos in the tabloid press and reading of the others and Weiner's language, the adjectives that come to mind are gross, infantile, weird, sick, suicidal.

How could a congressman sit in his office at night text-messaging these kinds of pictures, engaging in that kind of talk, when he was surely aware he was being monitored by enemies who would relish ending his career in the kind of disgrace he faces today?

But how does Weiner's disgrace and inevitable departure from politics affirm the old morality?

Again, consider. Weiner has not been accused of a crime. His exchanges with the 17-year-old are of a flirtatious and suggestive nature than a proposition. And while Pelosi has asked the ethics committee to look into his conduct, its investigation has yet to begin.

Of what exactly, then, is Weiner guilty? He went before the press and lied, defiantly denying he had sent the text messages to the student. Four days later, he admitted to sending the messages.

But did not President Clinton lie, under oath, about a far graver offense, his Oval Office trysts with Monica Lewinsky? Yet, to a man, Senate Democrats refused to remove him. Why, then, must Weiner be removed?

Two decades ago, Rep. Gerry Studds admitted to seducing a 16-year-old male page and taking him on a European junket. Yet when censured by the House, Studds turned his back to the speaker's chair -- and was re-elected repeatedly from his Massachusetts district.

What Weiner did was degraded, but it did not rise to the level of what Studds survived.

Why, then, must Weiner go?

In traditional morality, what Weiner did, engage in immoral and squalid behavior, should result in permanent shame and instant removal from any position of honor.

Adherents of the old morality cannot understand why he is still in Congress. Was not Rep. Chris Lee, also of New York, a Republican, gone in four hours when it was discovered he sent a bare-chested picture of himself to Craigslist?

However, in the new morality of secular humanism, the gay rights movement and the libertarian left, what men or women do in their private lives is their own business. Sexual relations between consenting adults are neither moral nor immoral and should never be criminalized.

Under the new morality, pornography has been decriminalized and pornographic websites are among the most visited on the Internet. As for "sex-ting," this practice is today apparently common among teenagers.

Hence the questions: By the standards of the new morality, what did Weiner do immoral? What did he do wrong, other than get caught by Andrew Breitbart?

From all we know, Weiner was engaged in private consensual dirty talk with women who apparently did not object, or they could have outed him or shut him off.

Why, then, are his friends not standing by him? Why is the party he has served faithfully as an attack dog against the GOP and a guard dog of liberalism deserting him? Why does his party want him gone? Why are they throwing him under the bus?

Answer: Weiner is expendable. One can give up a congressman whose House seat is safely Democratic. A pawn can be sacrificed if necessary. But letting a president of one's own party be thrown out of office is another matter. A party cannot lose its king without suffering the damage the GOP did in the 1970s.

Second, House Democrats recognize that, should they declare themselves guided by the tenets of the new morality, insist that Weiner's private life is between him and his wife, and that what he did, while embarrassing, was neither criminal nor immoral but only stupid, they would be putting at risk Democrats from districts where the traditional morality still prevails.

The national reaction to Anthony Weiner, the clamor that he get out of the House now, to which the Democratic Party is yielding, testifies to the enduring moral health of the nation.

The culture war is not yet wholly lost.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: newyork; patbuchanan; weinergate; weinermania

1 posted on 06/14/2011 6:23:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Clinton was ‘too big to fail.’ GOP senators? Vitter-Ensign?


2 posted on 06/14/2011 6:29:26 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Kaslin

Well, he’s a great rallying point for Tea Party types (like me). He’s the poster boy for the Democrat Party. This is what they “are” ... believe in “anything goes” except God and Guns. If this is what you believe, then you make a good Democrat. Since he’s become the poster boy .. I hope he stays. He ineffective in his job surrounded by a majority of Republicans, so all he can do is influence people the wrong way. He’s a gift that keeps on giving, I hope he stays.


3 posted on 06/14/2011 6:35:53 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: Kaslin

Democrats only care if they see it hurting their party and since Weiner seems to be a liability, they’ll toss him.
As for the culture war, it was lost over 10 years ago. Look at the duplicitous nature of politicians and Hollywood stars:
They’re more than eager to tell us how to live, and we lap it all up like sheep to the slaughter.


4 posted on 06/14/2011 6:39:09 AM PDT by No_More_Harkin
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To: Kaslin

Only one reason Weiner is going under the bus. He’s a Clinton man, and 0bama is neutering the opposition in his own party. For those familiar with communist tradition, it’s called a “purge.” Weiner is just lucky he wasn’t beaten into confessing his crime, forced to implicate others, and then shot after a perfunctory “trial.”


5 posted on 06/14/2011 6:39:26 AM PDT by henkster (Every member of Congress must put the fate of the nation over their next re-election campaign)
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To: Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ...
I dont want to spend much time on this funny story BUT I heard something price-less yesterday on FNC, Mrs Weiner is flying back from Africa with her boss Hillary Clinton. You see the irony in that ?? Hillary is an expert at cleaning up Bill's messes. She can give the little Mrs Weiner tips on standing by her man, maybe Weiner will be POTUS some-day like Bill so save those Weiner photo's.

“I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN” LOL

6 posted on 06/14/2011 6:40:13 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: Kaslin
Right, but it does tell you where Liberalism will lead us once it is THE dominant party.`
7 posted on 06/14/2011 6:43:10 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: Kaslin

Weiner ain’t going anywhere without a deal that guarantees a cushy lifestyle for the rest of his life. He’ll check himself into sex addict rehab, which will take years, and then try to claim protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Unless he gets a $200K a year gig running some think tank somewhere. Then its Sayonara!


8 posted on 06/14/2011 6:43:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

Buchanan is misusing the term.

Wiener did this to himself and deserves to be ditched.
I only fault the Dems for taking this long to begin demanding his resignation.


9 posted on 06/14/2011 7:03:55 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Kaslin

Wow Pat! Not a word about how this is all Israel’s fault.


10 posted on 06/14/2011 7:36:24 AM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Kaslin

Weiner is going under the bus so he can show Grandma Obama his....well, you know,


11 posted on 06/14/2011 7:41:26 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Kaslin
By the standards of the new morality, what did Weiner do immoral?

He called a CNN reporter a Jackass.

Buchanan couldn't be more wrong. The Democrats have not suddenly rediscovered morality. What happened to Weiner is that the arrogant liberal media decided they didn't like it when an arrogant liberal politician decided to disrespect them.

12 posted on 06/14/2011 7:50:28 AM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: Minn

*rme* Why should he blame Israel?


13 posted on 06/14/2011 7:55:51 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
How could a congressman sit in his office at night text-messaging these kinds of pictures, engaging in that kind of talk, when he was surely aware he was being monitored by enemies who would relish ending his career in the kind of disgrace he faces today?

Because getting any from Huma was not part of the deal?

14 posted on 06/14/2011 8:13:12 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Project GunWalker: "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, j")
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To: Meet the New Boss

>He called a CNN reporter a Jackass.

Buchanan couldn’t be more wrong. The Democrats have not suddenly rediscovered morality. What happened to Weiner is that the arrogant liberal media decided they didn’t like it when an arrogant liberal politician decided to disrespect them.<

It’s widely known Weiner has few if any friends even among Democrats. They can’t stand him any more than Republicans can, but have tolerated him up to this point because he hadn’t done anything else but trash all things conservative.

When you are a nasty and arrogant jerk, you are tolerated only while you’re useful. Become a thorn in peoples’ sides, and it’s adios!


15 posted on 06/14/2011 8:22:21 AM PDT by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: Kaslin

The fact that his name leads to an endless stream of puns doesn’t do Weiner any favors in all this either.


16 posted on 06/14/2011 8:38:37 AM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Kaslin

My question is this. How could one remain together after something like this? Do you casually go to dinner with friends like nothing has happened? Do you intro your husband to new people and all of a sudden the looks on their faces change? how do you ever handle being a couple after this? The photos he sent and what he as doing they are just disgusting and the fact he sent them and LIED so blatantly about them like Brett Baire and the rest of us are stupid. Where there is smoke there is fire. Who DIDN’T belive this was just the tip of the iceberg???? I just don’t know how they remain together.


17 posted on 06/14/2011 8:52:19 AM PDT by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh... has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thank you Rush!!!)
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To: Darnright

When you are a nasty and arrogant jerk, you are tolerated only while you’re useful. Become a thorn in peoples’ sides, and it’s adios!

This man is history in politics. He has sealed his own fate. Actually now after all of this...the CNN Reporter should turn the question and ask Weiner: “Whose the Jackass now???”


18 posted on 06/14/2011 8:53:51 AM PDT by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh... has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thank you Rush!!!)
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To: cubreporter

You’re viewing this from your own rational, moral perspective.

Liberals don’t think like that.

Remember that BJ Clinton is currently the “most popular” Dem politician.


19 posted on 06/14/2011 8:54:02 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Kaslin

Weiner & Studds oughta hook up......


20 posted on 06/14/2011 9:01:26 AM PDT by NRA1995 ("In the [Mexican] border, we are asking, who are you?" President Calderon of Mexico)
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To: Darnright
Agree. Also Buchanan and others even here at FR may have missed the obvious which is that a 40ish Congressman in a safe district with major committee responsibility is or should be a powerful dude even if he is not Brad Pitt. So why the sexting?

Maybe it's because he is a walking Erectile Disfunction commercial? Think about it. 45 years old before he is married to a perhaps non-straight female. Unlimited numbers of bright and attractive single women in the Congressional staffs of both parties and he resorts to a smart phone? Almost daily media coverage by info babes who might want the easy life of a Congressman's wife. Etc.

Perhaps poor Weiner is a 'softy' and when in the company of the real deal, he folds. Viagara apparently does not work for the guy, so he is a voyeur, a 21st century virtual peeping Tom who has all the trappings thereof conveniently enhanced by the accessibility of the web. Far from a Hebrew National all beef frank, Tony may firmly be a vegan.

21 posted on 06/14/2011 9:03:31 AM PDT by masadaman
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To: Kaslin
Why should he blame Israel?

It would make as much sense as everything else he blames Israel for.

22 posted on 06/14/2011 12:53:31 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: sickoflibs

Weiner could end up with a plush job within hilabeast’s staff if she ends up getting the world bank job.


23 posted on 06/14/2011 1:30:09 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: nascarnation

I know...I know and I know how clintin and weiner are but the Mrs? I don’t think she is like him at all. I don’t know how she could ever remain with him. It is a scar that will always be with them. Good Lord...what a mess.


24 posted on 06/14/2011 4:01:45 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh... has done more for this country than we will ever know. Thank you Rush!!!)
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