8:51 PM, Jul 11, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Anthony Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, is suggesting that Bernie Sanders run as an independent. Sanders, of course, is currently challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race.
"Our party needs a kick in the butt. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Paul Krugman, and Jon Stewart are currently the standard bearers for that sentiment. But Bernie Sanders? I just don’t know," Weiner, a former member of Congress, writes in Business Insider.
After a career of steadfastly insisting that the Democratic party was not his home, now he wants to not only be a member of the party but its standard bearer? What changed? Is Bernie’s newfound party affiliation just a practical decision to run in a party that can win rather than risk being a Nader-esque spoiler on a third party line in November? That’s a fair calculation, but doesn’t it wipe away Bernie’s three decades of standing as a principled Socialist?
Many times over the course of his career Bernie has repeated the line that his independence made him more able to speak truth. He argued forcefully that being a Socialist was his identity and not function of political expediency. Well, duh, nobody chooses to be a Socialist to smooth their political path. Yet, as 2016 approaches, here he is filing papers all over the country presumably declaring himself a member of the Democratic Party.
Weiner himself has lots of praise for Sanders. "Sanders has been drawing crowds of thousands at his rallies and is quickly becoming the main primary rival of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. I totally get Bernie Mania," writes the wannabe pundit.
Of course Weiner is explicitly saying that the avowed socialist Sanders needs to explain his new found affinity for the Democratic party. But the alternative of course is that Sanders run as an independent, which, after reading Weiner's column, one can only conclude makes the most sense to Huma Abedin's husband.
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.
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
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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.