The End of Weinergate: Final Reactions from Around the Web

Here are some of the most interesting reactions to the sad little tale of Weinergate as it draws to its close. In particular these are takes on how the media and Anthony Weiner's fellow politicians and the man himself have handled the scandal:

Josh Marshall isn't thrilled with the relentless pushing for Weiner's resignation: "I've been following congressional scandals for 15 years. And my God in the grand scheme of things this is pretty silly compared to the levels of wrongdoing, thievery and vicious behavior we've all seen. And that disconnect -- most insistent and open demands for resignation ever compared to one of the silliest scandals ever -- just doesn't sit right with me. Especially when, last time we checked at least, his constituents did not want him to resign."

Ta-Nehisi Coates is concerned about Anthony Weiner's choice to make sexual or personal advances to constituents who had been encouraged to go to him with political concerns. He says, " I just don't see, and never have seen, what's so fuckin' feminist about supporting the "creepy boss," or better put, the "creepy employee." 

Melissa McEwan essentially agrees with Coates, but believes that Weiner is resigning under the wrong kind of pressure: "Among the several regrets I had upon reading that news, despite my agreement with the decision, is this: That his resignation will go down as a man badgered out of Congress by enemies and prudes, and not as the fair consequences for a person who abused his position and ignored consent to harass women who believed in him."

At the Nation, JoAnn Wypijewski wonders what future aliens looking at our society would make of this scandal, and lights on the media's immaturity: "The Weiner scandal seems nuttier than most because, besides Weiner’s astounding recklessness, almost from the first report of sexting between the Congressman and a female fan the national media revealed themselves to have the sexual maturity of a seventh grader. That is probably a slur against seventh graders, who in many schools now range in age from 11 to 15, and at the older end are no doubt not only more nimble at fingering their cellphones and masking their identities than the Congressman but also more reasonable about the nature of sexual play in the era of instant messaging than the average reporter."

Steve Benen notes the ever present David Vitter double standard: "Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), meanwhile, remains a senator in good standing, despite his lies and habit of hiring hookers. Rumors that he could be heard laughing his ass off after learning of Weiner’s resignation are unconfirmed."

Wonkette also has a snarkily hilarious take: "Even Barack Obama took a moment from authorizing the bombing of all other countries to say, 'Hey, Weiner? You are now officially messing with my business, which is shaking liberal millionaires down for campaign contributions. Get lost.' Good-bye, Anthony& Weiner, history’s first Twitter-Congress casualty."

And now, back to your regularly scheduled sexting-free American political landscape.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 16, 2011, 6:18am

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