Dude, resign. The democratic party doesn't need to lose your seat just because your ego is too enormous to let them replace you with someone who doesn't sent dirty pictures to random 20-somethings.
He accepts "full responsibility". He just won't accept any adverse consequences.
A lying unprincipled scumbag just like all the rest.
But like... I've been using twitter for a couple years, and I've never uploaded a dick pic. As best as I can tell, none of my friends have, either. It's just... like, I don't want to sound condescending here, but... it's REALLY REALLY EASY to not upload dick pics to the internet.
[He said it was all consensual...] So did William Kennedy Smith.
And Representative Weiner has already demonstrated himself a liar.
Voters seem to move past infidelity and Twitter.based stupidity. But lying. Not as much. Makes me sad because he was pretty great on some important issues.
I've flirted with a lot of women, occassionally on the internet. Some of them have even flirted back. This has never once, however, instilled in me an irresistible urge to tweet any of them pictures of my junk.
This is why the phrase "No comment" was invented.
He deserves a medal for not resigning. Our country is crumbling just a bit more every day, and this ridiculousness is what people get obsessed over.
A medal for repeatedly lying to the American people and not resigning? What would this medal be made out of exactly? Raw sewage? What other glorious American pursuits deserve medals nowadays?
There's 0 chance he's going to resign over this, and he's not going to lose re-election. Nobody in his district is going to care by the time next november rolls around.
So you're saying that politicians should be rewarded for lying to the people?
The Mag's NFL Player X (whoever he is) estimated that 30 percent of married NFL players cheat on their wives. I was surprised to hear it was that low. In the NBA, I think it's closer to 60 percent. When you get a bunch of young, rich guys together, infidelity can be contagious. It's like high school -- the young guys watch the older players to see how things are done.
"A medal for repeatedly lying to the American people and not resigning? What would this medal be made out of exactly? Raw sewage? What other glorious American pursuits deserve medals nowadays?"
...if he were to stay in Congress, Weiner would have to keep quiet and not run for mayor. Which would make him an incredibly bored man, since he's never actually put much effort into his congressional work. This is why so many of his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill and in New York have long viewed him with disdain: He's an ultra-ambitious showman with a knack for generating publicity but little interest in the nuts-and-bolts work that comes with serving in Congress.
What about Brett Favre and Kanye West?
So let's say you have an employee, maybe a housekeeper, and one day when you're not home, he accidentally breaks a lamp. Not a huge deal, mistakes happen, and you wouldn't have cared a whole lot if he came to you, told you what happened, and apologized. Instead of that, however, your employee tosses the broken lamp and insists for days that he had nothing to do with the lamp and it must have been burgled.
When that same public figure repeatedly lies to my face about it and starts concocting BS to cover for his lies, we're well past the questionable judgement stage.
During one flirtatious Facebook chat last month, Broussard said, she issued the man on the other end a challenge.
“I asked him to take a picture and write ‘me’ on it so I would know,” Broussard said in an interview.
The calls by Pelosi and Israel for an ethics investigation dramatically raise the political stakes for Weiner. While he stated repeatedly during an emotional press conference on Monday that he had broken no laws nor violated House ethics rules during his interaction with the women, a probe by the House Ethics Committee could find differently.
And it also could provide Pelosi and other Democratic leaders with political cover to call on Weiner to step down. So far, none of his Democratic colleagues have called on him to give up the seat that he first won in 1998.
What's an "emotional affair"? Is that like Jimmy Carter saying he had committed adultery because he had lusted after other women in his heart?
I try not to commit a deliberate sin. I recognize that I'm going to do it anyhow, because I'm human and I'm tempted. And Christ set some almost impossible standards for us. Christ said. "I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already committed adultery."
I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. This is something that God recognizes I will do—and I have done it—and God forgives me for it. But that doesn't mean that I condemn someone who not only looks on a woman with lust but who leaves his wife and shacks up with somebody out of wedlock.
Christ says, Don't consider yourself better than someone else because one guy screws a whole bunch of women while the other guy is loyal to his wife. The guy who's loyal to his wife ought not to be condescending or proud because of the relative degree of sinfulness.
He's also being sued for sexual harassment. I would venture to guess Favre wishes the whole thing didn't happen.
I never said that I'm all well and good with lying about policy issues, but I think there's a pretty big difference between the kinds of statements you're discussing here and the kind of lie Weiner told.
Obama didn't willfully lie about deep water drilling; he supported it, there was a terrible accident, he became much more critical of it. The same pretty much goes for nuclear power.
But seriously, man, I thought you were better than this. I can accept you having a scandal. Everyone has a personal life and everyone makes a few bad decisions, but to be awkward and joke and lie about it before coming clean?
I'm actually surprised at the support this guy is getting. Listen, people. Any politician, knowing what happens when the US media gets even a whiff of sex, who sends lewd and semi-naked pictures to random women using HIS PERSONAL TWITTER ACCOUNT, is too goddamned STUPID to represent anyone.
If you were his wife, would you leave him? Realize that you don't know what their understandings are. She may very well accept this behavior. He doesn't physically contact the other women. He does things on line that sophisticated people might characterize as more like enjoying pornography than like having an in-person sexual affair.
NOTE: I'm not suggesting you're unsophisticated if you don't minimize this behavior and liken it to the use of pornography. I'm not even saying that you're unsophisticated if you expect husbands to refrain from using pornography... and from masturbating. But I do think that intelligent spouses draw their lines in different places.
His career in the house is over. Which of his colleagues will want to co-sponsor legislation with him, campaign with him, or have him campaign for them? No one. None of them will want to be subjected to election ads that show them with Anthony Weiner. Contributions? They're going to dry up.
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Delmoi, with respect, he didn't send them 'by accident'. He didn't trip over a loose bit of cable, plug in his camera (preloaded with cock shots) to break his fall, and land on his keyboard, thus hitting [ENTER]. He sent those pictures out deliberately.
What sort of thought process do you personally have to go through exactly for you to believe that a woman asking for a picture of someone means she wants to see your dick?
I think this does way more damage to the Democratic Party than to Weiner himself. As others have noted, voters in his district would probably vote for a talking picture of a penis if it had a "D" next to its name. (Okay, maybe others have not noted that, exactly.) And honestly I can't really see it being that big a liability if/when he goes for mayor. But having one of their most visible firebrands discredited like this will be tough for the Democrats.
The scary thing about 'sexting' (god I hate calling it that) is the way its users often don't seem to view what they're doing as sexual activity.
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