JOHN HINDERAKER: Did Huma Commit Perjury? “Today’s bombshell news, of course, is that the FBI has found a substantial number of emails from Hillary Clinton to Huma Abedin on the computer (desktop, I assume) that Huma shared with her husband, Anthony Weiner. The FBI was examining the computer’s hard drive to investigate whether Weiner had conducted a crime by sexting with an underage girl. Imagine the astonishment of a tech guy at the FBI who found, not only Weiner’s illicit texts, but a trove of emails from Hillary Clinton.”
AN ACTRESS, A FORMER CONGRESSMAN, AND A RABBI WALK INTO A BAR… “In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal this week, Pamela Anderson and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach warn of pornography’s ‘corrosive effect on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband, and, by extension, as father’…The op-ed specifically cites the recently renewed controversy of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was found for a third time earlier this week to have allegedly sent lewd images of himself via text message. In the wake of the scandal, Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, announced that she would separate from him. Boteach and Anderson believe the Weiner episode is representative of the ‘addictive dangers of pornography.’”
So don’t eat meat and don’t look at porn? Pamela Anderson turned into Carrie Nation so slowly, I hardly even noticed.
BEST. PRESS. CONFERENCE. EVER. Watch: Anthony Weiner’s new sext scandal sparks Katie Pavlich to share Kick Ass Breitbart flashback vid.
PETER BEINART: Hillary Doesn’t Deserve A Free Pass From The Media.
The media loves conversion stories. So when David Brock, who once rummaged through Little Rock in pursuit of Bill Clinton’s dirty laundry, returned to the city yesterday to speak at the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, both The New York Times and Politico took notice. Brock, Politico reported, came to Little Rock to “explain his transformation” from Clinton-hater to Clinton-defender. But his speech inadvertently did something else. It showed that in his approach to politics, David Brock hasn’t changed much at all.
Brock’s core argument was that as we approach 2016, mainstream journalists must stay far away from the anti-Clinton attack journalism peddled by the partisan right. In explaining why, Brock cited his own work in the early 1990s for the Richard Mellon Scaife-funded “Arkansas Project,” in which he dug up “a kitchen-sink-full of preposterous allegations,” many of which entered mainstream publications, but “almost none” of which “turned out to be true.”
Really? Many of the Arkansas Project allegations—that the Clintons oversaw a cocaine-smuggling ring, that they ordered the murder of Vince Foster—were of course preposterous. But Brock also uncovered a woman named “Paula,” who later alleged that while working as an Arkansas state employee, she was escorted by Governor Clinton’s bodyguard to his hotel room. There, she claims, Clinton exposed himself and demanded sex. When Paula Jones leveled her allegations, mainstream reporters like The Washington Post’s Michael Isikoff and The American Lawyer’s Stuart Taylor did exactly what Brock now says the media should not: They looked into it. And they concluded that—although Jones was clearly being used by Clinton’s political enemies—her story had merit. (If you doubt that, read Taylor’s summary in Slate of his much-longer American Lawyer investigation into what likely transpired between Clinton and Jones on May 8, 1991. It’s horrifying).
Clinton ultimately settled Jones’ sexual-harassment case for the entire amount she requested. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright found him in civil contempt of court for “intentionally false” testimony, which led to the suspension of his Arkansas law license. Despite this, Media Matters, the journalism watchdog organization that Brock founded in 2004, after his ideological conversion, still occasionally savages Isikoff and Taylor for the reporting they did.
The lesson for journalists covering 2016, Brock told the Little Rock crowd, is that “Clinton-hating had nothing to do with what the Clintons did or did not do.” If only it were that simple. . . . Clinton’s behavior wasn’t irrelevant. He used the powers of his office—both as governor and president—to solicit sex and cover it up. He lied under oath and he urged others to lie. That’s far worse than sexting, which destroyed Anthony Weiner’s career.
Of course, Bill Clinton won’t be on the ballot in 2016. But not everything Clinton-haters said about Hillary was wrong either.
Read the whole thing. As Beinart notes, Hillary’s biggest problem isn’t her checkered past, but her us-against-them approach to politics.
And whenever I see David Brock’s name mentioned, I wonder if he was accompanied by an aide with an illegal gun.
THE BIGGEST WEINER OF ALL:
Amid the spectacle that has become Anthony Weiner’s campaign for mayor, New Yorkers have heard many arguments calling for him to withdraw. Surely the least persuasive of these is the one advanced on national TV by Dee Dee Myers: that Bill and Hillary find his continued candidacy distasteful.
Like so many others statements that involve the name Clinton, Myers later “clarified” her comments by saying she hadn’t actually spoken to the Clintons before saying they wanted Weiner out. Her remarks, however, fit with all the other anonymous complaints we hear that the Clintons are “livid” over the comparisons between Anthony and Bill — or Hillary and Huma.
And here we have Weiner’s real sin: It’s not that he’s treated women shabbily. It’s that the national focus on Carlos Danger is an uncomfortable reminder of Bill Clinton’s own antics in office — and the way those around him fought to help him remain in office.
On the material facts, it’s easy to understand why Weiner is resisting calls to step down. For every argument against Anthony applies even more forcefully to Bill.
Read the whole thing.
I’M NOT SURE “VICTIM” IS THE RIGHT WORD HERE: Anthony Weiner’s Seattle Victim Muses Over His Serial Stupidity. The real sin? “Inadvertently boosting the credibility of Breitbart (RIP).”
DID I MENTION THAT HE’S A DEMOCRAT, AND CLOSE TO THE CLINTONS? Conflicting accounts about Anthony Weiner’s 2011 text flirtation with high school girl.
Weiner’s collapsing mayoral campaign has suffered communications problems of its own. After a Weiner intern described the campaign as rife with staff departures, non-payment of workers and lying in an article for the New York Daily News Tuesday, Weiner’s communications director shot back in an interview with Talking Points Memo, calling the intern a “twat,” “bitch,” “cunt” and “slutbag.”
JOHN PODHORETZ ON THE WEINER-SEAT ELECTION: Oy, Such Tsuris for Obama and the Democrats.
It’s the most Jewish district in the country, and a great many of its Jews are religious Jews. In choosing Weprin to run for the seat, Democrats thought the fact that he sports a kippah would carry the day with his fellow Orthodox Jews.
It’s not happening that way, and even the notion that it would testifies to the ignorance of pols, including Jewish pols, who think religious Jews are like other ethnic voters.Weprin may be an Orthodox Jewish Democrat, but as such he is now actually in the minority among Orthodox Jews. And the commonality of their religious practice apparently does not provide sufficient cover for his being a representative of the Democratic party in the age of Obama.
The one thing we have been able to determine over the past 20 years is that the more “Jewish” you are—meaning the more you attend synagogue, the more you keep kosher, the more you send your kids to day school and Jewish camp, and the more you commit yourself to living a Jewish life with some fealty to the rules of the religion—the less politically liberal you are likely to be. Owing to Anthony Weiner’s foolhardiness, we are now getting a real-world test of this proposition in the one district in the country where it can actually be tested.
Read the whole thing.
WASHINGTON POST: Anthony Weiner’s plan to cool Twitter furor backfires.
QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS: Who is Ginger Lee, Rep. Anthony Weiner’s favorite porn star? “What is it about Ginger Lee that is so interesting that might compel a married congressman to be so interested in her activities? Well, let’s just get this one right out of the way: After some research on my part (ahem), I have found that, like any porn star worth her thick slabs of black eyeshadow, Ginger Lee does everything!” I can see how that would be especially appealing to a man married to Hillary Clinton’s protege.
Related: Worst press conference ever? “People who had previously doubted Weiner’s guilt are, I’m sure, now beginning to doubt his innocence. And after a politician famous for his media savvy has such a spectacular meltdown on camera, it’s hard to pretend it’s not newsworthy.” Plus, a question for Jeffrey Toobin.
UPDATE: More here.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Hey, remember Jeffrey Toobin?
JIM TREACHER: I demand an official investigation of the hacker who broke into Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account. “I don’t agree much with Rep. Weiner politically, but he’s a congressman and this is a serious crime he’s alleging. Not to mention that identity theft can happen to any of us at any time. Therefore, Rep. Weiner must call for an official investigation. He owes it to himself, to all other victims of cybercrime, and to his fellow members of Congress who might also be at risk. . . . And if Rep. Weiner doesn’t want an investigation, somebody should ask him why not.”
UPDATE: More here.