Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted he’s made “a lot of mistakes” during his press conference today. One of them was showing up late for the press conference.
Since Weiner kept the press waiting, they were intrigued by the appearance of Andrew Breitbart, the conservative Internet entrepreneur whose websites have been releasing new Weiner embarrassments all day. Breitbart decided it would be easier to answer all those questions if he just mounted the stage and took over the press conference.
He stopped just short of pulling out a paper bag marked “Anthony’s Lunch” and eating the contents, but Breitbart took the opportunity to call for shame on Weiner and his most vocal defenders, as well as chastising the press for making him do their jobs for them. He went as far as challenging the media to show some self-respect by refusing to book creatures like Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas for interviews again.
It was amazing, perhaps even historic. Has a sitting Congressman ever been so thoroughly upstaged by one of his chief critics – a conservative Internet entrepreneur, no less?
Weiner eventually did show up, and admitted he’s made “terrible mistakes.” He described the infamous Crotch Shot of Doom as a misfired “joke” and finally admitted, after a week of lies, that he did indeed send the image. He claimed its not actually a picture of his own crotch, but since he has earlier insisted he cannot identify pictures of his own groin, this claim must be taken with a grain of salt.
The embattled Congressman admitted to “inappropriate” online relationships with at least six women over the last three years. He took “full responsibility” for his actions, and sobbed as he apologized to his wife, friends, and supporters. “I haven’t told the truth,” he admitted, “and I’ve done things I deeply regret.” He did not resign, however.
He also didn’t take the opportunity to publicly terminate the “private security firm” he made a great show of hiring last week to investigate the “hacking” of his Internet accounts, something he supposedly paid for out of his own pocket, to spare the FBI the trouble of investigating the incident. Maybe he already fired those guys quietly, behind the scenes, out of respect for their professional dignity.
Asked if the women he sent inappropriate material to were all above the age of consent, Weiner replied, “To the best of my knowledge, they were all adults.” Oh. My. God.
After a bit of prodding from the reporters, Weiner eventually got around to apologizing to Breitbart, who has been under relentless attack from angry liberal bloggers who were gullible enough to believe Weiner’s initial round of lies and evasions.
The damage done to the liberal blogosphere is immense. Breitbart has been their boogeyman for years. They love to huddle together with emails and blog posts about what a “discredited liar” he is. That’s over now. They’ll still say it, of course, but only the most brain-dead among the faithful will believe it. There comes a point where information can no longer be hidden from anyone who isn’t making a serious effort to ignore it.
Everyone else will remember Breitbart upstaging Weiner at his press conference, and successfully extracting an apology from a broken blowhard who used to be a hero to nutroots partisans. No movement wants to be caught in the center of a shrinking circle of increasingly unhinged, fanatical followers. The cultural death spiral of the hard Left picked up speed today.
There’s more excitement to come, as Weiner-gate becomes Weiner-geddon. ABC news is getting ready to release an interview with Meagan Broussard, “a 26-year old single mother from Texas who provided dozens of photos, emails, Facebook messages, and cell phone call logs that she says chronicle a sexually-charged electronic relationship with Weiner that rapidly evolved for more than a month, starting on April 20, 2011.” Breitbart says he’s got more pictures. This isn’t over yet, and we’re far past the point where desperate politicians can say “I take full responsibility” as code for “I insist everyone stop talking about this immediately.”
Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is now calling for an investigation into Weiner’s actions. “I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation, for Anthony’s wife Huma, his family, his staff, and his constituents,” Pelosi said in a statement.