People are stunned that Anthony Weiner has not dropped out of the NY mayor’s race over revelations that he continued sexting after losing his congressional seat two years ago over similar behavior. The royal family of the Democratic Party, the Clintons, are said to be urging Weiner to drop out–and Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin was a longtime aide to Hillary.
Here’s what I believe Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin are thinking:
The Clintons are our role models, not our bosses.
Bill Clinton’s behavior with Monica Lewinsky was actually more shocking and egregious than Weiner’s latest sexting conduct. It took place in the Oval office with a White House intern. Weiner was engaged with someone on line and she didn’t work for him. Bill Clinton toughed his sex scandals out. He decided to hunker down, and he kept the presidency, albeit with some scars.
Hillary Clinton toughed it out and stood by her man, and look how she came out of it. She might be running for president next! Abedin is said to be calculating and ambitious. She and her husband are thinking: How are Anthony’s numbers? How long before he puts this behind him? What can I get out of this? How long before the press’s appetite for sensational details about private behavior are exhausted and we get back to the mayor’s race?
The Weiner-Abedins’ mistake here is that Bill Clinton was president and Anthony Weiner is running for mayor. If we’d known about Clinton’s behavior before he ran for president — the “bimbo eruptions” the Clinton campaign worked actively to suppress and that I believe Vincent Foster died over, once the Troopers decided to come forward in ’93 — we never would have elected him. Once he was in office, no Democrat wanted to get rid of him, it would have been too disruptive. So they overlooked behavior that was quite insulting to women.
Which brings me to the root of Weiner’s stubbornness. He feels that he gave up his congressional seat without a fight in 2011. Yes he lied and covered up, and was exposed and embarrassed, but he didn’t have to give up after the first round of punches. He deferred to the party bosses then. When he could have toughed that out and apologized and worn sackcloth and gotten over it and been the congressional Bill Clinton. He’s refighting that war now; and he will lose it.