Weiner Fesses Up to Online and Phone Relationships, Won't Resign

It's hard to count the number of times a choked up Anthony Weiner said, "it was a dumb thing to do" in his press conference today. Weiner admitted having relationships online and over the phone with a number of women but said that he never met any of them in person and never had sex outside his marriage. But the embarrassed and embattled Congressman said that he was not resigning, that nothing he did was against the law, and that he and his wife were not splitting up.

"This is not something that can be treated away. It is a deep weakness of mine, and it is a mistake," he said.

Mostly the media circus press conference was a circle of questions resulting in Weiner coming back to the same statements over and over again: what he did was wrong, he's sorry, his wife deserves better ... and the other things so many other politicians have said when in the same position.

Have we seen the end of Weinergate? Let's hope so. As Jed Lewison wrote for Daily Kos:

Without condoning Weiner's personal behavior, the amount of media attention this story has received is even more outsized than the photo that started this circus. I'd love to one day here a politician get questioned this aggressively about a matter of actual substantive importance.

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at June 6, 2011, 10:56am

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