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Turner Wins Weiner’s Seat, Lefties Try Desperate Spin

Ya gotta marvel at the sheer audacity of the spin:

Democratic party leaders insisted the loss wasn’t a harbinger of things to come. “It’s a very difficult district for Democrats,” said Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, noting its Democratic margins there tend to be the second lowest of all the districts in New York City.

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Porn Star: Weiner Asked Me To Lie

The hole A. Weiner is in keeps getting deeper

A porn star said on Wednesday that embattled Representative Anthony Weiner asked her to lie about their e-mail relationship in the hope that an Internet sex scandal surrounding him would die down.

Ginger Lee, who is also a stripper, said her exchanges with the Democratic lawmaker from New York began with political discussions of abortion rights and healthcare but Weiner kept trying to sexualize the conversation. She said she never reciprocated his lewd messages.

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“He asked me to lie about our communication,” Lee told a news conference in New York, flanked by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. “I knew I couldn’t lie for him but I didn’t want to be the one who kicked him under the bus.”

“I think that Anthony Weiner should resign because he lied. He lied to the public and the press for more than a week,” she said. “If he lied about this, I can’t have much faith in him about anything else.”

Allred said Lee had about 100 e-mails that she had exchanged with Weiner since March, when he initially contacted her on Twitter after she posted a supportive blog about him.

Allred said that while most of the e-mails were not sexual, Weiner had referred to his “package” in some exchanges, such as “I have wardrobe demands too, I need to highlight my package” and “You aren’t giving my package due credit.”

This is the reason not to put too much power in the hand of one man or woman… inevitably they get corrupted… though A. Weiner’s brand of corruption is more slimy than most.

Democrats Starting To Call For Weiner To Resign

Looks like the lefties are starting to break up the circle of wagons and trying to avoid being labeled “The Party of Weiner” in 2012:

Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who holds a candidate-recruitment post at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called for the New York Democrat to give up his seat on Wednesday after a picture of a man’s genitals — purportedly a Weiner self-portrait — began circulating on the Internet. Contacted by POLITICO, a Weiner spokesman neither confirmed nor denied that the picture was of Weiner.

“Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a member of Congress. In light of Anthony Weiner’s offensive behavior online, he should resign,” the Pennsylvania congresswoman, who serves as chairwoman of recruiting and candidate services for the DCCC, told POLITICO.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who served as DNC chairman during the Clinton administration, echoed her during an interview on “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

“He should resign and he should get treatment, real treatment,” the blunt-spoken Philadelphian said.

On Tuesday, another former DNC chairman, Virginia Senate candidate Tim Kaine, said that Weiner’s public lies are reason enough to pack it in. Several other Democratic officials, including Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly, who is running for the Senate and Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine) have made clear their preference that Weiner step aside. The Associated Press reported that Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), as well as Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) have also called on Weiner to resign.

The question is, will he resign or not? His employees seem to think that long-term employment in Weiner’s office is not likely (emphasis mine):

Members of his staff (who were accepting Weiner’s lies as the truth until he fessed up to them Monday afternoon, just before facing the cameras) have left his Rayburn suite largely unattended while they roam the halls looking for other jobs. Pelosi (ditto) has written an official letter doubling down on her call for a full-up Ethics Committee investigation — assuring the drip-drip of coverage will continue for months unless the one-time king of Queens politics quits Congress. Yesterday’s “Call someone else” will long be remembered as one of the most biting bits of advice Reid has ever given. Party officials in New York aren’t taking his calls, either, while working to recruit an alternative candidate in the 9th District — either for 2012 or for a special election if Weiner resigns. Former City Councilman Eric N. Gioia of Queens would be their top choice.

Is that the fat lady I hear warming up in the wings?

Lefties And Enabling Lefty Lies

Apparently some lefties just can’t admit that Weiner actually did send the… er… weiner pic (link to PJ Tatler coverage of the “Cannonfire” post–I won’t give the lefty the benefit of the hits).

Thus, Weiner made the most amazing confession conceivable: That he just sent a crotch shot out of the blue to someone he did not know. Worse, he used Twitter — which places all images on public display, even when sent as a direct message. (The example here proves the point; that painting was sent by “Chalice” as a DM, yet it is also public.) Moreover, he did this incredible thing knowing full well that there were political enemies tracking his every move on Twitter.

Sorry.

I don’t believe that scenario. I accept every part of his confession except for the statement about the night of the 27th.

I wouldn’t believe that part if Weiner personally called me up and insisted.

Lots of guys have made incredibly dumb mistakes when thinking with their “downstairs” brain. Lord knows I have. But I’ve never encountered a sufferer from “testosterone poisoning” who has ever done anything quite that foolish. Even a private citizen would not (unless protected by anonymity) send out a crotch shot to a woman he did not know.

A congressman…?

My imagination is as good as anyone else’s, but my brain refuses to accept the possibility.

Again, that’s “Cannonfire” writing that, the Tatler is just repeating it.

So, what’s happening here is that Joseph Cannon (the guy behind Cannonfire) is admitting–even celebrating–that Weiner is lying! A false confession is, after all, a lie. And yet Cannon refuses to criticize the man that he admits is a liar.

That’s lefty loyalty for you. Joseph Cannon’s credibility should end up in the same place that Anthony Weiner’s is headed.

Weiner Confesses, Refuses To Resign

Well, my questions have been answered… Weiner got access to his “hacked” Twitter account back from the “hacker” so quickly because it simply wasn’t hacked… Weiner himself sent those pics, which also explains why he didn’t ask Twitter to shut down the account.

In addition, the congressman said that “over the past few years I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, email, and occasionally on the phone with women I have met online.”

Weiner said he “exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years.” He said “most” of the communications took place before his marriage, but admitted some took place afterward.

‘To be clear, I have never met any of these women or have had any physical relationships at any time,” Weiner said.

Weiner said that he may seek professional help, but stated “this is my own personal mistake.  This is a deep weakness that I have demonstrated.”

Weiner also said he would not resign and that he did not believe that he did anything that broke the law. Weiner said it was a mistake but that he was trying to protect his wife.

With all due respect, Congressman Weiner (which after the display of the last week or so isn’t a whole heck of a lot), doing it SIX times isn’t a mistake, it’s a moral and ethical problem, and if you had a shred of honor you’d resign immediately.

The fact that you’re not resigning tells us almost as much about you as the pics do. And the fact that the Democrats aren’t–as of this writing–demanding that he resign says a lot about them, too.

Why Didn’t Weiner Do This?

Another one from the Tatler, under the heading of “How a violated tweeter actually behaves“:

[Communication director for the Ohio House Republican caucus Mike] Dittoe said House GOP legal counsel Michael Lenzo worked with Twitter to get the [hacked] account [of Republican Speaker of the Ohio House, William Batchelder] shut down and the posts erased.

Earlier this year, caucus staff worked with Twitter to have a fake Batchelder account shut down, Dittoe said.

Take notes, Rep. Weiner… you’re still using the allegedly hacked account–and I’m still wondering how you regained control of it so quickly–and haven’t taken any steps to have the account shut down permanently, which Twitter is apparently ready, willing, and able to do.

Compare and contrast… and tell me again, you few lefty trolls who are still defending Weiner, why he hasn’t taken this very common-sense step, much less started an official law-enforcement investigation? Perhaps because he knows that a Twitter or law-enforcement investigation would show that he actually did send the tweet in question?

WeinerGate: Hacking or Mistake? Update: How’d Weiner Get Back In To Twitter?

By now, many people should have seen the coverage of what’s being dubbed Weinergate… if you haven’t, here’s a good primer from the PJ Tatler.

Now, Weiner started off claiming that it was a hacking job, but there’s several problems with that explanation. First, it would have had to be two hack-jobs… one to hack the yfrog account and post the picture in question, and once to hack the Twitter account and send the tweet. Just one account being hacked is problematic enough, but two stretches the imagination to the point where “Weiner goofed and is now desperately trying to cover up” becomes more likely than a double-hack.

The fact that it may have been a mistake has some technical merit, as well, as pointed out by Lee Stranahan, from the Twitter support files about tweets from a cell phone:

Note: If your message is longer than 140 characters and Twitter receives it intact, we will send your message in two parts for you. But, beware: if your service provider breaks up long messages into two parts before sending the message to Twitter, we will only see the d+username attached to the first message! The second part will post to the public time line as a regular update because it doesn’t have the d+username preceding it.

Now, the pic in question looks like it could easily have been a cell phone photo, so if Weiner got a bit wordy in his message accompanying the pic–and he is a Congresscritter, after all–it could easily have caused the message to be split.

And, secondly, Weiner has refused to say whether or not the person in the pic was him, which leads to the question, if it wasn’t him, why wouldn’t he say so loudly and often?

Occam’s razor is definitely pointing to a mistake by Weiner that he’s now desperately trying to cover up because it points to some very inappropriate behavior.

UPDATE and BUMP: A very good point raised by commenter “Black Sabbath” over on the PJ Tatler (comment #4):

And we’re still supposed to believe the hacker just handed the Weiner the keys back to the accounts after messing with him for a little while.

How did Weiner regain access to his Twitter account so soon after the hacking? You’d think that the first thing a malicious hacker would do would be to change the password so that Weiner couldn’t do any damage control… like deleting the offending tweet. If Weiner used the “forgot password” routine to regain access, there should be a record of it on the Twitter computers… those things are frequently used to hack accounts so it’s highly likely any reputable company is going to keep a record of them. Has Twitter been asked if Weiner did that–or perhaps contacted the company directly–to regain access to his own account?

The more I think about this, the fishier the “hacker” story smells.

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