When you pair El Weiner's performance in the ABC video below with the lewd comments he made to Emily Miller here, you get a portrait of what John Hinderaker calls a very bad man:
Ann Althouse on that:
This interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl is now hilarious. Don't just read it. Play the clip to experience the intensity of the pressure Weiner brazenly applies to Karl. He tries to shame Karl: you did "zero research," you don't "understand how social networks work," you're impugning the ordinary people who follow me, you're making "a pretty charged supposition," "Do you really think that’s fair question? I mean do you?," I am "a person who’s married"...Yes. Watch his face. His feigned but dripping contempt for Karl and his questions is a tour de force of deceit and cunning. He doesn't just lie, but attacks and impugns anyone in his way. As Althouse writes, "this is what lying looks like."
Jack Shafer gets it mostly right:
Deeply regret, deeply regret, regret, regret, regrettable, regrettable thing, Weiner chanted. He dug deeper, saying he wasn't making "any excuses for his behavior" and that he accepted "full responsibility" for what he had done. Ever since Mickey Kaus ripped Attorney General Janet Reno for saying she accepted "full responsibility" for the torching of the Branch Davidian compound, I've been suspicious of politicians in a jam who embrace the I-take-full-responsibility formula. It means nothing—except, perhaps, get off my back—unless the politician 1) makes things right, 2) resigns, or 3) moves to another planet. [. . .]And by the way, what exactly did Weiner mean about the girls not being young "per se"? He doesn't seem particularly worried about the possibility that some of his sexting BFFs might have been underage, and were certainly, as one reporter exclaimed, "young enough to be your children!" El Weiner:
For me, when the mass of lies equals the mass of apologies, the whole package congeals into some new sociopathic form for which there is yet no name. (Weinerite, perhaps?) That he was caught lying about his personal life, and not about public policy, doesn't really matter to me. By demonstrating that he's as good a liar as he is an apologizer, Weiner tells us everything we need to know about him.
“I don’t know the exact ages of the women,” he said. “But they’re all adults, at least to the best of my knowledge, they were all adults and they were engaging in these conversations consensually. Someone could theoretically have been fibbing about [their age] and that’s a risk.”Oy. Words fail. This guy has got to go.
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