This is a pretty solid summary of the Weiner press conference last night. I am still unclear on (1) why anyone cares, and (2) why Weiner didn’t just come out from the beginning and say, “Yeah, I sent some sexy photos to women on the internet, which was hugely stupid and has now bitten me in the ass.”
Yes, Weiner cheated, even if he never met the women he had “relash- communications” with. And cheating is bad. But Weiner isn’t a Defense of Marriage conservative who seeks to police everyone else’s sex lives. There isn’t the same kind of hypocrisy here as we see from anti-choice anti-gay politicians who get caught with their pants down.
And the whole thing is just kind of… sad:
During an extraordinary 27-minute appearance, Mr. Weiner went on to describe a side of his life that he had kept secret from his closest confidants and family members, befriending young female admirers over the Internet and engaging in intimate sexual banter with them, sometimes sending them racy self portraits taken with his BlackBerry.
But also? It’s weird behavior. It’s not clear to me that the women on the receiving end of the Weiner pics actually asked for them, or that there was ongoing banter before Weiner sent his sexy photos (having seen a handful of the photos, I use the term “sexy” loosely here). If these were ongoing relationships, I understand it a little more. But if they were largely unsolicited dick pics? That’s another basket of weasels.
I won’t even speculate how this would have been received if it were a female politician sending photos of herself in her underwear, even to someone with whom she was romantically involved.