12:01 PM, Mar 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
His promising career in politics having come to an inglorious – and no doubt temporary – end, Anthony Weiner has turned to punditry. In his first column for Business Insider, his subject is the controversy over the Tesla automobile and the campaign by its maker to sell directly to the consumer rather than through dealers as required by myriad state laws. This passage is a fair example of his prose style:
Coverage of this fight in the tech press seems to have toed the Tesla line that these regulations are a roadblock to innovation designed to protect entrenched interests and reward the car dealers’ lobby for the cash they’ve thrown around over the years. I think that’s missing the point and I’ve been surprised that anyone is all that shocked by the opposition Tesla’s seen to their plan.
Okay. So he could use a shot of literary steroids. But what about his willingness to engage? To stake a controversial claim?
How about this?
Reasonable people may think regulations that get in the way of tech companies are all just bad laws. In Tesla’s case, some might consider bans on direct auto sales to be part of a protectionist regime set up by a powerful lobby — neighborhood car dealers — and unchallenged by a lazy industry that didn't want to antagonize its sales force. Still, dismissing all existing regulations out of hand without recognizing them as the product of reasoning and careful consideration isn’t the answer.
Maybe he should have stuck to Twitter.
3:04 PM, Dec 27, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Former congressman and want-to-be mayor of New York, Anthony Weiner, continues to apologize for … well, you know. As Paige Lavender reports on the Huffington Post, Weiner posted his regrets on Facebook (of course he did) writing that
4:45 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with contributing editor P.J. O'Rourke on Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Obamacare, Ted Cruz, the Weekly Standard Cruise, and the etiquette of drinks before lunch.
'Portland's Weiner' resigns.3:49 PM, Sep 6, 2013 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Could we be witnessing a revival of moral standards in our politics?
10:49 AM, Aug 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz declined to comment on Anthony Weiner's bid to become the next mayor of New York City:
The DNC chair said the voters would be deciding the outcome of that race, and added, "We can't be weighing in on every single race in the country."
Weiner served with Wasserman Schultz in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sep 2, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 48 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"Anthony Weiner may be lagging in the race for New York City mayor, but he is winning in another area—hot dog marketing. The delicious combination of Anthony Weiner’s name and his sexually suggestive Twitter antics were apparently too good to pass up for one Florida marketing man, who has joined forces with an Illinois hot dog company to create a hot dog brand called . . . ” (“ ‘Carlos Danger’ Brand of Weiners Enters the Food Market,” ABC News, August 16).
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:36 PM, Jul 31, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the de-fund vs. delay Obamacare debate, the so-called 'phony' scandals that aren't going away, and the Chris Christie/Rand Paul schoolyard brawl.
9:38 AM, Jul 30, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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1:37 PM, Jul 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he hasn't heard President Barack Obama express an opinion of Anthony Weiner's run for mayor of New York City:
11:12 AM, Jul 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
David Axelrod, a former top political adviser to Barack Obama, says it's "time for" Anthony Weiner "to go away":
"I haven't really commented on this because Huma is a friend of mine, his wife, and I deeply respect her," said Axelrod, of Anthony Weiner's wife, a top political adviser to Hillary Clinton.
A famous/notorious novel yields its progeny. Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By JOSEPH EPSTEIN
A succès de scandale if ever there was one, Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth’s fourth book of fiction, will soon be 45 years old. At the center of the novel’s scandalousness, which recounts the 33-year-old Alexander Portnoy’s reporting to his psychoanalyst the emergence of his repressed desires growing up in a middle-class Jewish home, was its emphasis on masturbation, or “the secret vice,” as the Victorian medical encyclopedias used to call it.
12:36 PM, Jul 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor and New York City comptroller candidate, says he has not visited a prostitute since 2008, when it was revealed the Democrat was a client for a high-price prostitution ring. The Wall Street Journal reports: