[FURTHER UPDATE] If you missed that, then you have missed the most epic Wait, What? in recent political history.
[UPDATE]: Here’s the live feed for the press conference… which has been apparently taken over by Andrew Breitbart. Wait, what? Did Weiner run?
This would be where the deep hurting starts: Big Journalism released another photo from now-officially-beleaguered! Rep. Anthony Weiner to a second, as-yet-unnamed* woman. Not only is said photo as explicit as the one that sunk Chris Lee’s career (essentially, naked male torso a go-go), there’s also this gem:
On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Rep. Weiner sent an email to the young woman from that same Yahoo! email address that included the now-infamous grey underwear photograph (attached to the email as “package.JPG”):
And apparently there’s at least one more picture, which Big Journalism will apparently not be publishing, as it is too graphic for a family internet. Rep. Weiner’s going to have a 4 PM press conference: it should be a sockdolager of a show, not to mention riveting television. Check it out.
Never mind on that Part 2 of the Weinergate endgame that I promisedquite yet: via Ace comes this report from Big Journalism on Rep. Anthony Weiner that “suggests that the Brooklyn- and Queens-based representative and the young woman in question were involved in an online, consensual relationship involving the mutual exchange of intimate photographs.” They’ll be dribbling out their evidence for this suggestion over the day, and any hope by the Left that this will not be covered by the media will probably be neatly scuppered by this promise: “we will not be releasing all of the material because some of it is of an extreme, graphic nature.”
The picture found here (via Instapundit) says it all, really: it’s of Anthony Weiner, sitting in his gas-guzzling truck (which he can’t even justify as being for his kids, as he doesn’t have any) and visibly wondering how everything could have gone so badly in the space of a week. Because all the other people who got caught sending pictures of your genitals to women half their age didn’t get in trouble for it, apparently. Especially the ones that later fell out of the Stupid Damage Control Mistakes Tree and hit every branch on the way down. Note for researchers: this was supposed to be one of the Democrats’ smart ones. Truth be told, he just benefited from a media that takes it easy on its ideological friendlies, up to a point. Cross it, and it’s chum-in-the-water time and the media get to be the sharks.
As Ace notes, this is irrelevant… except that it’s going to make the Left squirm and seethe like nobody’s business. Let me tell you what I think happened:
We have here a guy. He’s a paid political operative guy – either side; Weiner has a comprehensive list of enemies* – whose job it was to keep track and maybe push a little on Anthony Weiner. Last week, he hit the mother-lode; the Congressman accidentally tweeted out a picture of his genitals to a nubile co-ed, and then tries to cover it up. Our operative then proceeds to blow up the story, get it self-sustaining… and then, once Anthony Weiner is busy digging his own grave, our operative burns his Twitter account and email and walks away, whistling. And probably with a nice bonus, too.
I like this theory because it fits the facts and doesn’t require an idiot plot: somebody got lucky, sure, but chance favors the prepared mind, right? Best part is, this kind of cutout means that unless you figure out who ordered the political hit you’ll never be able to identify the guy who carried it out. Unless he starts talking on his own, of course: I figure that if he’s a Democrat he’ll blab some time in 2014. As in, after the Mayor’s election in NYC is over.
Moral of the story: don’t take a picture of your junk and then tweet it. If you do, don’t be surprised if somebody whose only job in life is to muck up yours will use it against you.
PS: If he’s one of ours he’s never going to blab. Because if he’s one of ours then we’re going to need him for more work later.
*’PatriotUSA76′ is actually one of those handles that you see more from people trying to fake being a conservative. I say this as a guy who is a site moderator for a large political blog. On the other hand, ‘Dan Wolfe‘ is the low sort of pun name that somebody from my side would use…
Disgusted and sickly envious: what the hell does a man have to do to get the kind of unhinged conspiracy theorizing that ‘stack scored, there? – Because whatever the requirements are, dammit, I’ve earned some. I mean, I dunno: work for nine years at the craft of blogging, help create one of the most influential go-to Right-political websites out there, and what do I have to show for it?
Yes, yes, an iPad 2 and a turnaround time of two hours on callbacks. Hush, I’m busy feeling put-upon and petulant.
We polled some women. Really, they would like to see . . .
“I would like a photo of a made bed,” says Kathryn Roberts, who works at a law firm in Washington. “I would take rose petals, but I want them on top of a made bed.” And not that fake kind of made, either, where the comforter is smooth but the sheets are a jumbled mess.
“Or laundry,” adds her friend Andrea Neurohr.
“Folded laundry,” elaborates Roberts. “Maybe in a wicker basket.”
I’ve seen this sentiment in tweets, emails, a call from my wife… which last one hurt, because if there’s any pictures of my junk out there it’s going to be news to me. Anyway, I think that we can safely assume that this Weinergate thing has hit the mainstream. Also, that there’s a lot of men out there laboring under the apparent delusion that women want to see their junk. God, we really are descended from plains apes, huh?
And it’s going to be the funniest article you’re going to read all day. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, she wrote it for the Guardian in order to relentlessly get the record wrong on a couple of key points involving the rising Weinergate scandal, starting with trying to pretend that anyone with a triple digit IQ is taking seriously the conspiracy theory that the whole thing was a fake. And it only gets better from there, for given values of ‘better’: apparently, reporting on somebody taking a picture of his genitals and sending it to a coed is sexual harassment against women. Not the picture taking, or the sending of the picture; reporting on it.
Put another way, I’m not asking what color the sky is in Marcotte’s world solely because I already know the answer. Plaid. Puke-green, and bronchitis-yellow, plaid. God help anybody who actually has to rely on the Guardian for his or her information on this issue…
Contra (somewhat) JammieWearingFool, I’m not really upset that Stewart went with his, um, ‘helpful’ defense re the size of Weiner’s… genitalia: Jon Stewart and Anthony Weiner are friends, they’ve been friends since college, and Jon Stewart pretty explicitly called people’s attention to this before talking about it (not quite hanging a lampshade, but close). Also, what’s making Stewart really mad is that the blogs are the ones doing the research that the media didn’t; speaking as somebody who crafted one of the arrows that got shot at Weiner, I’m gratified that somebody else noticed. Continue reading #rsrh Jon Stewart on #Weinergate.
OK, I admit it: when I heard this morning that Rep. Weiner had supposedly sent a coed a picture of his (encased) genitalia via Twitter, I assumed that somebody was just having his or her little joke by hacking into the man’s account and indicating that Weiner is, as I put it, one of the bigger d*cks in Congress. But that was before Ace of Spades demolished this argument utterly (H/T: Neil Stevens) (remember, folks [and bad Moe!]: identity theft is a crime), so now I am taking this seriously as a possible scandal, and I found something interesting going on. Somebody’s scrubbing the recipient’s Internet presence, even as we speak.