Weiner to ‘seek treatment’, apparently from under the bus (or, how Democrats extend negative news cycles)

Democratic fear prevails in the case of Anthony Weiner.

Democrats prove they know how to extend the life of a story into multiple news cycles, as the entire House and Senate caucus turns its guns on Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Weiner gets the full-on bus-tossing from Nancy Pelosi on down, as Democrats en masse call for him to seek “help” for something millions of Americans do every day: flirt with people online. Here’s the WaPo writeup:

Top leaders in the Democratic Party called on embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign Saturday even as the scandal-tarred congressman announced he would request a leave of absence from the House to seek an unspecified form of treatment.

Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller said Saturday afternoon that the congressman “departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person.” She added that he would request “a short leave of absence from the House,” after which he would make a decision on his political future. Heller did not return an e-mail regarding what sort of treatment Weiner would undergo.

Senior Democratic House aides said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) had a series of conversations with Weiner last week in which she urged him to resign. After Weiner called Pelosi to say he planned to take a leave of absence, the party leadership issued a coordinated public call for his resignation. “Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help,” Pelosi said. “I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress.”

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) said, “The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable.”

In the nearly unanimous calls for Weiner’s resignation, Assistant House Minority Leader James E. Clyburn (S.C.) offered a discordant note: “I stand by my comments from last week that the full Caucus should address this issue when we meet next,” he said in a statement.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has not joined in the resignation calls. In a statement Saturday, Schumer described himself as “heartbroken” and said, “It’s clear he needs professional help and I am glad he is seeking it.”

Meanwhile, there is no mention in the story that Democrats realize that by continuing to try and hound Weiner out of the House, they are the ones extending this story’s life cycle. Meanwhile, Democrats have NOT called en masse for Republican prostitution client David Vitter to resign from the Seante if Weiner has to.

Go figure.

What Democrats are really missing here is that their cowardice is both embarrassing and unwarranted. Dems are looking at the Weiner scandal through the lens of the New york 26 race, and quaking at the prospect that their chances of winning back the House will go up in flames because of Weiner’s naughty tweet (and the subsequent sale of his private pictures by some chick he was flirting with, and who was flirting with him, in Texas.)

But New York 26 wasn’t about Chris Lee or his icky Facebook pic. It was about Medicare. Likewise, voters are not going to go to the polls in 2012 and say “you know, I was going to vote for this Democrat in order to save Medicare for me and my children, but since Anthony Weiner tweeted a picture of his penis and didn’t resign, I’m gonna go ahead and vote for the Republican.”

Because that would be stupid. You know, kind of like extending the life cycle of a barely interesting story by repeatedly screeching for Anthony Weiner to resign.

UPDATE: Hear-hear, Charles Karel Bouley.

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8 Responses to Weiner to ‘seek treatment’, apparently from under the bus (or, how Democrats extend negative news cycles)

  1. Alli says:

    Sorry Ms. Reid but I am going to have to disagree with you there. The reason this story continues is because every few days there are new pictures of Anthony Weiner. The last news that gave the Weiner story legs is of the 17 year old he was tweeting. What then followed from this news, from Weiner’s own actions, are the calls for him to resign.

  2. Keith says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I fully agree that the Democrats are embarrassing themselves more than they know, and I’m seriously starting to wonder if they have the spine for 2012.

    This is shameful…

  3. bmull says:

    Wow JR, have you ever been so critical of the president before? Maybe some people just don’t want a lying sexual predator in their ranks. Is that plausible?

  4. Flo says:

    I didn’t see any criticism of the president, B, but then it’s Monday morning and I’m still working on my coffee.

    From what I hear, Mr. Weiner didn’t spend a lot of time making friends among his colleagues. That may not be a job requirement, but it helps when you want the loyalty Joy seems to think he deserves. As long as photos are leaking out, it’s his own fault he’s in the news. I’d like to see him stick it out and survive, but I can’t really blame the other Democrats for their CYA routine.

  5. I do believe that her needs to step down. With all the heat and now the accusation he tweeted a pic to a 17 year old. Yeah he needs to save face and step down.

  6. Lisa Louise Lewis says:

    Joy, I thought with news of more revelations about the idiot Weiner, you would have seen the light by now. Most people who “flirt” on line are not married U.S. Congressmen with a pregnant new wife and everything to lose and nothing to gain. Hello! He just witnessed a fellow New Yorker, Chris Lee, get burned by similar behavior. I would hope we would want the behavior of our congressmen to be a little bit better than that of “millions of Americans”.

    What if this was a female congressperson who bared her breasts or more on line? Would you feel the same? Alli is right. This story continues because every day something new is revealed. And because Weiner has proven himself a proficient liar, there is no way to know what will be revealed next. And just because the Republicans don’t mind a whoremonger in their midst, it doesn’t mean we should tolerate Weiner’s stupid behavior. That logic reminds me of something my mother used to say to me as a child when I would say “Susie’s mother is letting her go.” To which my mom would reply. “If Susie jumped off a bridge would you jump too?” My answer was always NO.

  7. bmull says:

    @FLO: Everybody knows that Obama is driving the bus. DWS and Patrick Gaspard speak for him on this.

  8. Flo says:

    Sorry, BMULL, I don’t buy that Obama would go anywhere near Weiner’s weiner mess. If he’s driving the bus, he’s not in a position to throw people under it….. don’t know if the bus has brakes.

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