Roger L. Simon

Private Lives of Leaders -- Does Anthony Weiner Matter?

The latest in the seemingly non-stop Anthony Weiner Sexting Scandal is that the former congressman/mayoral candidate has crossed the line from the merely reprehensible to the outright abhorrent by exposing himself online to a “troubled 15-year old girl.

Does this digital foray into what is known in prisons as “short eyes” matter? After all, Weiner’s political career has long since been destroyed and his marriage to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest confidant and adviser, is over (although this particular series of interactions with this underage girl apparently occurred while he was still with Abedin). And if you were to examine the compulsive nature of Weiner’s repeated uncontrollable “acting out” from even a slight distance,  you could see it as a desperate cry for help and put him on a suicide watch. You could almost pity the guy.

Almost, but not quite, because Weiner was a political leader married to the constant companion of a woman running for president who herself continually excused the behavior of her husband, the president, and even lied flagrantly about him to save his reputation on multiple occasions. (Hillary Clinton, as we all remember, made that risible but essentially proto-fascistic claim that her husband’s adulteries were a fabrication of the “great right-wing conspiracy.”)

It is, of course, chic to dismiss all this. What does it have to do with the refugee crisis or the tax code, the actual proposals that affect the nation?

Well, a lot really, because it points directly to the values and honesty of the people making those proposals. Do they mean it? Will they do it? And just why are they making those particular proposals (Cui bono)?

Whom you decide to marry and whom you stay with, indeed whom you hang with, says a lot about you, n’est-ce pas? In fact, it may say more about you than just about anything else.

Let’s put it more bluntly. What does it say about a woman who has the lack of judgement to marry someone as seriously disturbed as Weiner? And what does it say about the judgement of a woman who keeps that woman as her primary associate for years?


Anthony Weiner is clearly an aberrant, but not entirely accidental, offshoot of a thoroughly corrupt world, largely centered on the Clinton family and their cohorts and minions.  The distance between his clandestine sexting on the Internet and some obscure paid operative (now given immunity) secretly wiping/bleaching tens of thousand of emails off Hillary Clinton’s home-brew sever is not very much. It is in the same moral universe. The same group of people are doing it.

I write this as one with little interest in the overweening imposition of public morality on the personal world. I know we’re all just flawed human beings. But there are limits. Anthony, Huma, and Hillary have crossed theirs. Long ago.

Hillary Clinton, like Anthony Weiner, is a repellent human being, a self-involved pathological liar who has placed the security of her country at risk for her own aggrandizement. Go ahead and elect her, “liberals,” if it makes you happy. Just be sure to wash you hands on the way out.

PS: I have deliberately omitted from this discussion what Weiner may have gleaned from Abedin while they were married. Others can speculate about that.

Roger L. Simon is a prize-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media.  His most recent book is—I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already