The New Face of the Democrat Party is apparently throwing in the towel. The New York Times reports that Congressman Anthony Weiner “has told friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from his Democrat colleagues to leave the House in the wake of revelations of his lewd online exchanges with women.” Times are tough at the Times these days. They can’t even afford commas.
That “pressure from Democrat colleagues” took a long time to grow. The Party was generally fine with Weiner during weeks of brazen lies and growing embarrassment. You could hear their joints creaking when they crossed their fingers after Weiner turned up at Andrew Breitbart’s press conference, confessed everything he thought he could no longer deny, and declared himself a changed man. Their hopes that the whole scandal would fade away were soon dashed.
The Times claims that Weiner “came to the conclusion that he could no longer serve after having long discussions with his wife, Huma Abedin, when she returned home on Tuesday after traveling abroad with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Oh, I’ll just bet those were some long discussions.
While the Times naturally credits the formidable moral authority of President Barack Obama with scaring Weiner out of Congress, and notes the gathering storm of House ethics investigations, the last straw may well have been Weiner’s porn-star pen pal Ginger Lee equipping herself with a lawyer, Gloria Allred, who is to news cameras what Pac-Man is to glowing blue dots. It took Obama four weeks to finally conclude that he, personally, would resign if he had sent photos of his crotch to random women he met on the Internet. Give Gloria Allred four weeks to work on Weiner, and they’d have needed dental records to identify his remains.
Nothing is conclusive until Weiner actually gives the official word, but for now, it looks like our long national nightmare is over. Anthony Weiner is losing the only job he’s qualified for – control over our lives – and he was nowhere near an ATM when it happened.
Update: Weiner is due to give a press conference at 2 PM Eastern time to announce his resignation.