Anthony Weiner is the top-billed star in two stories today. The New York mayoral candidate wants voters focusing on this little piece of fluff that saw him living out his "dream job" forecasting the weather on TV. Isn't that cute? He's so relatable!
If Weiner wanted to keep that image fresh in the minds of voters, he probably should have kept on walking when confronted by an irate bystander (a.k.a. my new personal hero) while making a campaign stop in Borough Park, a heavily Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Walk on Weiner did not, however, when he was called a "deviant" and "disgusting" by one of the Jewish patrons of a burrough bakery. Instead, Weiner reversed course and let the argument play out. You know, just to make sure that he alienated the remaining scraps of his constituency before the polls open.
The unidentified man recommended Weiner "stay out of the public eye" (good call), calling the politician "a bad example for the people" (truth) and saying his past crimes were "amoral" (no comment).
The man also brought up another head-scratcher. "Think about your wife," the man said, pointing to something Weiner clearly did not do when he sent pictures of his man parts to a 22-year-old. "How could you take the person who is closest to you and who trusts you and betray her?"
Weiner's responses were typical of politicians in tough situations. He claimed he'd worked out his problems with God and that it wasn't the bystander's place to judge him. In the end, however, Weiner does a little judging himself by claiming he has done more to help the community than this man would ever do in his entire life. Way to win voters, guy!
Weiner's inability to show humility, repentance, or to simply walk away is no surprise. The man has spent the last few years reminding us all that his capacity for denial is Olympic-level. He's always given off the vibe of someone who believes himself incapable of wrongdoing, and today was no different. When one Twitter user referred to the conflict as "a melt down", Weiner was quick to respond: "if by melt down you mean stood up to a heckler. Yep. Did that. That's what Mayors have to do sometimes."
Thankfully, it's looking more and more like Weiner won't ever be able to put that skill to practical use as the latest polls in the mayoral race have him sitting at a dismal 7%. It's delightful to see Weiner attacked by someone who's only saying what America has been thinking for months now, but it also had virtually no impact on Weiner's chance of winning, because he really doesn't have one.