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R. Emmett Tyrrell
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
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Return of a Weiner?


WASHINGTON — I see that the stalwarts of Reform Politics throughout the city of New York have been given reason for hope and change. It is reported that former congressman Anthony D. Weiner (pronounced as you might expect) is testing the waters for a return to public life. He is mulling over a run for the mayor's mansion or perhaps a campaign for "public advocate." I am not really sure what a public advocate does, but Weiner has done things in public that are very daring, so I have no doubt he could handle the duties of a public advocate.

You will remember that he left the House of Representatives when he was caught handling his private parts in photographs that he sent to women he did not know and repeatedly lying about it to his colleagues and the press. Well, now he is pondering a return to public office. He has been out of, I guess we would call it, the public eye for a little over a year, and as he told WNYC recently, "I paid a very high price...." He has become a stay-at-home dad to his six-month-old son, and when he does go out in public, he wears jeans, T-shirts and a baseball hat turned backwards. So he is contemplating another office of public trust. Whatever office he chooses to run for, you can count on his running as a Reformer. He has always been very progressive and was, in fact, a dreadful scold to the reactionary Republicans on Capitol Hill until those dratted pictures turned up. CNN would not even give him a show on the network, not even a late-night show. CNN gave former governor Eliot Spitzer a show after his imbroglio with a sex ring, but not Weiner.

His wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to the infallible New York Post, is trying to get him to do a blockbuster interview on television to clear the air for a return to politics. That is what her boss's husband, Bill Clinton, did in 2004 on "60 Minutes," and now people absolutely adore Bill. Properly executed, a TV interview could be Weiner's first step to the presidency!

The problem is finding the right interviewer, we are told. According to the Post, a "source said the couple are trying to decide which reporter would be offered the sit-down — and they'd prefer one who typically lobs softball questions." May I suggest myself? I have always been vastly interested in politicians with Weiner's progressive instincts.

In fact, I was very much interested in Bill Clinton, and one could argue that had not The American Spectator taken an interest in his Arkansas bodyguards, America and the world might never have heard of Monica and all the other ladies that Bill groped and, so the story goes, raped. Remember Juanita Broaddrick?

At the Spectator, we have followed Weiner's progressive politics assiduously. Remember our September 16, 2011 story appearing about the time that the Republicans wrested the former congressman's seat from the Democratic Party for the first time since 1923. Our crack investigative team found him and his wife in posh Positano, Italy, dining along the Amalfi Coast with a cosmopolitan crowd at the very upscale restaurant, La Spoda. We even reported the anti-American pleasantries passed among the rastaquoueres. I can guarantee Weiner I would lob nothing but softball inquiries.

I am also interested in Weiner because I surmise that he played a significant role in ending a historic episode of Liberalism a year or so ago, the Chappaquiddick Dispensation. Starting with Senator Edward Kennedy's famous swim back in 1969, liberal rogues learned that they could survive a scandal that in earlier times would have ended the career of any politician, simply by lying brazenly to the gullible press and to impassive prosecutors or to anyone else who found their potential scandal an unfortunate mishap. I identify the Chappaquiddick Dispensation in my recent book "The Death of Liberalism" as the beginning of four decades of liberal degeneration. There were the Clintons, Eliot Spitzer, Jean-Fran‡ois Kerry and his cooked-up war stories, Jesse Jackson and his Hymietown outburst, and all the rest of the humbugs. Then with Weiner's fall and ex-senator John Edwards' unwanted notoriety, I wrote that the Chappaquiddick Dispensation had played itself out. The public had grown impatient with louses running for high office.

In the months ahead, we shall see how accurate I was.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor-in-chief of "The American Spectator" and an adjunct scholar at the Hudson Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Death of Liberalism." To find out more about R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Sir;... Because the man knew he was for sale, that the price he could get for parting with his morals was so much higher than the value of his honor; he began to think of himself as so much meat, a prostitute of sorts, a taudry lace... The problems is not his alone, but is one for all of them to consider... When the numbers of the house were fixed by the parties to make the house manageable, the place suddenly became a sellers market whose price has ever risen as its reputation has declined...
Lincoln threw a man out of his office for offering a bribe... Did I offer too little asked the man... No, said Lincoln... I threw you out because you were reaching my price... -Most people avoid temptation... There is not a day in my life that I do not say the Lord's prayer... Lead us not into temptation... Why a moral people allows those who should be their friends to go and suffer temptation beyond their ability to resist is a mystery... The parties thought to be the brokers of wealth and power... They have succeeded, and democracy has failed...
No one should ever be put in a position where his honor is worth less to him than the price he could be offered for it...Government is no longer the game of the best for the most; but the price is right... If we only flooded their market with representatives, no ones price would exceed the value of their honor to them... It is certain your could still buy people; but only if they wished to be sold... Representative Weiner was simply coming to terms with his true occupation... In short order he would have been modeling Victoria Secret for a gum drop...Once you have proven you can be bought, the only issue left is the price...
Thanks... Sweeney
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:53 PM
Yeah whatever Sweeney. Wiener is a loudmouth, disrespectful, elitist, sleazy piece of garbage who has shown he has no ability to be productive in the real world.
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Posted by: Thetruth
Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:30 PM
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