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View Diary: Obama's Thinking on Anthony Weiner Reveals a Disturbing Double Standard (134 comments)

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  •  I disagree with you (10+ / 0-)

    The president is right.  If the salacious story of Weiner continues to dominate the news cycle, then Weiner is a distraction and can do little to advocate, as a public servant,  on behalf of people.  

    This demonization of the president for articulating an opinion (if it were me... ) in the context of  common sense (now a distraction instead of an asset to the party) is assinine.  

    The Democratic Party and progressive causes will not fall apart without Weiner... but if Weiner stays in and the drip drip drip of Weinergate stories continue on a daily basis (one of his latest tweet ladies is giving a PRESS CONFERENCE today), then Weiner is a liability to the party and to progressive causes.

    Thanks to Weiner and his extraordinarily bad judgement, momentum on the Medicare/Ryan budget issue was LOST.  

    I want Weiner to go the hell away for a while and get his life in order.  He can re-run for election in 2012.  But if he -- and all you Weiner apologists who seem to think he's the only thing standing between fascism and progressive utopia -- are delusional if you think he's anything but a liability in the present moment,

    •  oh like the media is suddenly going (13+ / 0-)

      to refocus on important things, like progressive issues.


      please see ellinorannie's excellent diary disputing the very idea

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 10:14:03 AM PDT

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      •  I have read the diary (5+ / 0-)

        I don't find it persuasive.  It is excellent in your mind and the minds of those who recommended it.  

        I also suggest that you indulge in focused reading since I certainly did not suggest that the media would concentrate on progressive ideas without the Weiner story dominating the news.   I specifically said that I agreed with the president who said Weiner was no longer well positioned to serve as a public servant due to the distraction factor.  I also specifically stated that because the media  had  this story to follow, the momentum that was gathering -- AND IT WAS -- against Medicare gutting/ Ryan plan, was stalled.  

        But you guys keep on shilling for Weiner, and be sure to bring the former president and former VP into a discussion of Weiner, his bad judgement, and his junk.   I mean, it is not like we have challenges such as economic strife, union busting, Middle East in a mess, etc. to deal with.  Oh no... please resume the usual.  For my part, I am sick to death of Weinergate.  

        •  You guys (4+ / 0-)
          But you guys keep on shilling for Weiner,

          Otherwise we have our own principles and beliefs that we stand up for.

          To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

          by gooderservice on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 10:52:54 AM PDT

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        •  The President has no business (1+ / 0-)
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          inserting himself into The Politics of Distraction.

          After all, he's always been too good to succumb to it.

          NOT! Just another line used on the campaign trail, apparently:

          When we get past the politics of division and distraction and we start actually focusing on what we have in common, there's nothing we can't accomplish…

          REPEAL the Telecomm Act & REVIEW this decision. NO journalist should be fired because their boss can't have the truth told.

          by lunachickie on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 11:00:06 AM PDT

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      •  And Laurence Lewis' many great (1+ / 0-)
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        comments regarding what the president could have said but chose not to.

        To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

        by gooderservice on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 10:51:44 AM PDT

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    •  If it is true that a 17 yr old girl received (3+ / 0-)
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      one of those photos, for me that changes everything and he needs to resign. If that is proven false, then I do not cafre one way or the other. That is up to the voters in his district then.

      •  Police in DE closed the case last weekend (5+ / 0-)

        CNN reported that nothing inappropriate was exchanged between Weiner and the teenager.

        Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

        by LaurenMonica on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 11:10:51 AM PDT

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      •  Here you go: (3+ / 0-)
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        Police in Delaware have closed an investigation into contact between Rep. Anthony Weiner and a teenager, and have not found anything to pursue, C. R. McLeod, spokesman for the New Castle County government, told CNN Sunday.

        The family of the 17-year-old says the contact was online via Twitter, and the tweets "were not salacious or in any manner inappropriate." No photographs were ever sent to her, an attorney representing the family said in a statement Sunday.

        The irony of having to prove an allegation false means we spend a lot of time denying that we beat our wives...and precisely WHY it is incumbent upon those making an allegation prove it true with evidence.  Just alleging that someone beats his wife is enough to make people hate him...regardless of whether it is true or not.  That's how smears work.  They expand upon an already widely held belief about an individual and require no substantiation to have an effect.  As a matter of fact, so powerful are some unsubstantiated allegations that even when dispelled, the preponderance of guilt is so strong, statements like the one block-quoted above -- which completely exonerate Rep. Weiner of what he was alleged to have done -- are insufficient to end the accusations.

        If this puts the matter to rest for you, wonderful.  However, there are some here who find that simple declarative statement insufficient to prove that there wasn't something going on between Rep. Weiner and that 17yo girl.  They just know it.  They understand how Weiner operates based on the fact that they've seen every episode of Dateline's To Catch a Predator series.  They are experts.

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