The one thing you had to give Anthony “Sit On” Weiner credit for, was when he did finally own up, he owned up. Read this exchange from his press conference last Monday:
Q: Will you seek professional help?
REP. WEINER: I have not — you know, I’m going to try to handle this, and I haven’t ruled out perhaps seeing someone. But I’m not blaming anyone. This is not something that can be treated away; this is my own personal mistake. This is not something — this is a weakness, a deep weakness, that I have demonstrated, and for that I apologize.
“This is not something that can be treated away.” I respected the hell out of him for that, and for the tearful look of panic any time his wife or marriage came up. He knew he’d done wrong and was owing up to it — if a week late.
Now comes this:
Rep. Anthony Weiner will not resign and will instead seek treatment even as the top leaders of the Democratic Party abandoned him en masse Saturday after it was revealed that he had communicated online with a 17-year-old Delaware girl.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the party’s top campaign chiefs — Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) — all called on Weiner to resign in statements released within minutes of each other.
But Weiner has ignored those calls and announced Saturday afternoon that he’s planning a leave of absence from the House so he can seek “professional treatment.”
Apropos of nothing, I suppose, but I did DJ at a couple different oldies stations way back when. So in that spirit, I’d like to dedicate this golden oldie to the shivering little man-child sitting at home alone in his undies as he prepares to make a long trip to a destination unknown. You know who you are, and this one’s just for you.