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Weinergate: The Search for Meaning!

Weinergate: The Hunt for Meaning! Early in the Weiner scandal, Josh Marshall emailed his Talking Points Memo staff, telling them to report the news but to remember

 that this is fundamentally a moronic story. There’s no deeper issues. No broader anything it gets to. This is a congressman with serious impulse control who’s sending muscle shot and maybe penis shot pictures to women on the internet.

It’s just part and parcel of the ridiculousness of politics and public life in America. We can cover every part of it and not ever lose site of that basic fact. [E.A.]

“No deeper issues”? That’s sort of a challenge isn’t it? I mean, Weinergate is now at the thumbsucking stage. It’s time for slideshows of Weinergate’s Greatest Hits, Howie Kurtz’s traditional piece on how it was obvious all along– and for week-in-review takeouts on the Larger Point. Is the press up to that last task? My own take:

Weiner is a victim of web-driven macho partisan cocooning. That is, it was the fight-back partisanship of the Daily Kos community that gave him a group of linked-up followers he could make himself a hero of. This included dozens or more women (real or virtual) who idolized him whom he could contact in the space of a coffee break. Weiner was arrogant enough to think he could get away with recklessly exploiting his fame and status in this Web niche in part because he figured his pack would always defend him in a pinch. He was too essential to the fight. The ingenious instant wisdom of the Kos crowd would be too powerful in a clinch. He was almost right about that, though in the end it proved a delusion–a delusion encouraged and enabled by the cocooning phenomenon itself, by the always-on flock of “Weiner, yes” netizens giving him positive feedback for whatever he thought or did.

Pre-Web, this wouldn’t have happened. Weiner could have made lewd comments to a few followers, but wouldn’t have had instant, intimate access to so many (initially) starry-eyed women at once. He couldn’t have counted on his crowd to mobilize in rapid-response style, and he wouldn’t have been able to wallow in their like-minded approbation. He’d have of necessity heard a more balanced range of opinions. And he wouldn’t have thought he could get away with it. He’d have repressed.

That’s the best I can do! If you have a deeper deeper meaning., let me or Josh Marshall know.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D6DKYHPLH2OX3EJ77HHJT4RI7M Leslie Rodriquez

    I think “macho” was meant as shorthand for the in-your-face sort of stuff Weiner became known for nationally. He was the political talk show version of the guy at a ball game who’s always screaming and hollering at the other team’s players to the amusement of his fellow fans (the ones on his side, anyway)…@rogerabramson:disqus I just got a $ 829.99 i-Pàd2 for only $ 103.37 and my mom got a $ 1498.99 HDTV for only $ 251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retàil prìcès at placès like Wàlmàrt or Bèstbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $ 600 that I only paid $ 78.24 for. I use…,
    TagCent-.-c0m

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D6DKYHPLH2OX3EJ77HHJT4RI7M Leslie Rodriquez

    I think “macho” was meant as shorthand for the in-your-face sort of stuff Weiner became known for nationally. He was the political talk show version of the guy at a ball game who’s always screaming and hollering at the other team’s players to the amusement of his fellow fans (the ones on his side, anyway)…@rogerabramson:disqus I just got a $ 829.99 i-Pàd2 for only $ 103.37 and my mom got a $ 1498.99 HDTV for only $ 251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retàil prìcès at placès like Wàlmàrt or Bèstbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $ 600 that I only paid $ 78.24 for. I use…,
    TagCent-.-c0m

  • nigelbrain

    He is gone now– it’s time to let go.

  • australopithecus

    Is this the Feiler Weiner Faster Thesis?

  • gmonsen

    Perhaps this is a bit simplistic, but, perhaps people actually think that sexting (or the old trench coat version) is not the kind of character attribute an elected official should have? Maybe a lot of people find that kind of behavior unacceptable? I know that we live in a time when almost any kind of sexual behavior is accepted by many people, but maybe there are some limits we set on at least our elected officials.

    Weiner is married and his wife is pregnant with their first child. She seems to be a successful and well-liked person by the Clinton’s and many others in the state department. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think she entered into what she thought was a monogamous relationship with someone she thought loved her and found her sexually attractive and with whom she was going to have children. I would imagine that he and she said marriage vows that said they were going to be faithful and supportive of one another. I think she, like myself and many others, perhaps most, actually still expect their spouse to live up to those vows.

    Weiner sexting a bunch of women and girls during his wife’s pregnancy is rather obviously extremely hurtful to his wife and certainly doesn’t indicate that he is or will be a good husband or father from an emotional perspective and it obviously blows the whole idea of trust between he and his wife out the window. It indicates a pretty serious character flaw in my opinion.

    The lying about it indicates Weiner’s character flaws more clearly and obviously. No one wants someone in office who lies. The fact that he lied so adroitly, so facilely indicates the depth of his problem and the problem people have with him. He simply cannot be trusted. People may say that he had to lie here, or so he thought, to protect his career and marriage, though I suspect it was only the former in his mind. People need to trust one another and place an even higher standard on elected officials and they should.

    Don’t know about everyone else, but I value trust and respect people who are trustworthy very highly. From the people I do business with, I find that trust and integrity and honesty is pretty scarce these days. Its disappointing. When I find anyone I can trust, their standing goes way up with me. They become highly valued. Those I don’t trust, I avoid as much as possible. I go out of my way not to do business with them.

    So, there several deep problems with Weiner. First, he has deep emotional and psychological issues that cause him to be comfortable trying to attract other women sexually by displaying his privates on the internet. That behavior hurts his wife, marriage, and makes him look like an 18 year old hormonally-challenged immature, teenage boy. His willingness to lie so adroitly makes him ultimately untrustworthy to his family, friends, and constituents, whether they admit it or care. His untrustworthiness is unacceptable.

    • wellbasically

      Weiner’s full-length photos of himself in the gym were the end for me. He just looked so arrogant it was revolting, and it wasn’t like he was caught, he took those photos himself. True, he’s perverted, but worse he’s a real jerk.

      Pat Buchanan also had the right read on this: Weiner’s sexting was acceptable to his district and the Dem netroots, but it was going to cost Democratic seats in marginal states.

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