Weinergate Update II

Underpants in the Undernews!

a) Weiner’s latest media foray contains a bit of possibly brilliant misdirection. The press is focusing on his strange statement that he doesn’t know if the photo in question is of him. This does two things for him. First, it distracts attention from the central development, which is that it is a security firm he has hired that is going to do the “investigation.”  I guess Sen. Stennis is unavailable. What are the chances that his own firm is going to conclude that he did it? His enemies should concentrate on bringing in the neutral third party he obviously wants to avoid.

Second, admitting that there might be a picture of his junk out there seems to buttress his credibility–it’s an admission he didn’t have to make, after all. If he was lying about everything else, he might as well have lied about that too.

b) Left wing bloggers have discovered that it’s not hard to get yFrog to send out twitters with photolinks that appear to come from someone else. At least some right wing bloggers and their occasional allies appear to have bought this theory, and now suspect Weiner didn’t send the offending tweet. But to pull of this trick the pranksters would apparently need to know Weiner’s yFrog address, which contains a string of randomly generated characters–not that different from knowing his password.

c) At this point the greatest evidence of Weiner’s guilt is Weiner’s own damage control effort. Why is he acting so squirrely? If it was a prank, why not claim your rightful airtime on MSNBC to get mad and call in a third party to find out the truth (which probably would not be hard)? Why stage Tuesday’s ‘move on’ meltdown where you refuse to answer questions? Why not…  answer them? Why the repeated pretense that it’s all about the name “Weiner”? Just because Weiner could conceivably have been framed doesn’t mean he was. If he really is innocent and has only managed to make everyone think he is guilty, then he’s engineered the worst PR performance in recent history. I still don’t believe he’s that stupid. But maybe he was advised by Chris Lehane!

d) All eyes turn to Breitbart. … P.S.: But what is the “strange behavior” on the part of anti-Weiner tweeter PatriotUSA76 to which Breitbart associate Lee Stranahan refers?

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  • Murgatroyd

    So … Weiner hires a security firm to investigate the affair and tell him whether or not he did it?

    Next up: We interview Mr. Simpson as he continues his relentless search for the real killers.

  • AaronSh

    Maybe he is acting “squirrely” because someone broadcast a picture of his genitals to the whole internet? Like, that could make some people who aren’t Paris Hilton feel uncomfortable and weird? Jesus Christ.

    • Murgatroyd

      Like, that could make some people who aren’t Paris Hilton feel uncomfortable and weird?

      But not so uncomfortable and weird that he would call the police or the FBI!

      After all, this is only a sitting Congressman with a security clearance who claims that someone hacked his account and impersonated him … both Federal offenses. And this at the same time that Chinese hackers attacked While House gMail accounts! And he doesn’t want to investigate.


      Stand proud, Brooklynites! You are being represented in Congress by the Best and the Brightest!

  • Jim Treacher

    I can think of several words to describe Weiner’s media strategy, but “brilliant” does not top the list.

  • stephenkaus

    Really, who cares!

    • BigRmv

      I do. I care a lot. Thanks for asking.

  • Ursus

    It’s possible that there is a mix of truth and scandal here. Perhaps somebody used Wiener’s history of sending erotic pictures to girls not his wife to make it seem that Wiener sent an erotic picture to a girl not his wife.

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  • Dredmalice


    Weiner = Obama
    Breitbart = Trump
    Twit pic = Orly Taiz’s faked Kenyan Birth Certificate

    ANd unfortunately for him-
    Kaus = Kaus

    • Mickey Kaus

      I was a birther?

      • Dredmalice

        No, you’re just Kaus. But it’s never good to be Kaus, regardless of the situation.