With Anthony Weiner’s resignation from the House speculation runs rampant on what forced him out. Was it the sexting, the lying about it or some combination of the two? And there’s the questionable judgement about the 40 minute presser, not to mention his resignation presser. Regardless, his fan base has been crying foul since others have committed far more egregious offenses, yet kept their seats. Well, maybe not all of them, witness Eric Massa and Chris Lee.
There’s a third option. Alex Wagner said yesterday that Congress is like prison. You’re likely to get a shiv in the back unless you have a gang, and Weiner didn’t have a gang. When Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and Steve Isreal told him it’s time to go, he had to know he didn’t have a gang. Truth is he never did. Despite his long career in the House and his fan base who loved to see him scream and shout on the floor of the House, he was not all that popular with his Democratic colleagues.
While Andrew Breitbart is high-fiving himself, Boehner and Cantor, while they said he should leave, are probably depressed. Now it’s back to defending Republican debt-ceiling madness. Not a pretty thought.