Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Last night I actually saw people on Twitter defending Barbara Morgan, the spokeswoman for the Anthony Weiner campaign. The argument was: So you've never said anything like this about anyone? And my answer is: Well, yes, I have -- but my job isn't to handle public communications for a person running for a high-level office. This is just a sign that Weiner is not only personally embarrassing, he's assembled a campaign that is to campaigning what the '62 Mets were to baseball. Which is actually fun to watch, so I really hope he doesn't drop out of the race (and I fully expect he won't):
... The [Weiner] campaign staff awoke [yesterday] to see their former intern, Olivia Nuzzi, on the front cover of the Daily News. Inside the paper was an article bylined by Nuzzi in which she told a rather unflattering tale of her experience working on Anthony Weiner's mayoral bid.

Now, Team Weiner is firing back. TPM called Weiner's communications director Barbara Morgan to discuss an unrelated story Tuesday and she went off on a curse-filled rant about Nuzzi....

"Fucking slutbag. Nice fucking glamour shot on the cover of the Daily News. Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again," said Morgan....

"It's all bullshit," she said. "I mean, it's such bullshit. She could fucking -- fucking twat." ...

Morgan also expressed disbelief that Nuzzi criticized her credentials.

"And then like she had the fucking balls to like trash me in the paper. And be like, 'His communications director was last the press secretary of the Department of Education in New Jersey," Morgan said. "You know what? Fuck you, you little cunt. I'm not joking, I am going to sue her." ...
Morgan says she thought the conversation with the Talking Points Memo reporter was off the record. Josh Marshall of TPM insists that it wasn't. But sorry -- if your job is to talk to the press in a professional manner, and your previous jobs required the same skill, shouldn't you have the sense not to talk like this to a reporter?


Enough finger-wagging from me -- it's fun to watch, and I think we're going to have a lot more of this kind of fun from the Weiner campaign, which is starting to look like the Spinal Tap tour.

Now, please don't spoil it, mainstream media pundits.

I know what some of you are going to do: you're going to start talking about the nutjobs who run for office as Republicans -- the Christine O'Donnells and Carl Paladinos and Sharron Angles and Joe Millers and Todd Akins -- and you're going start telling us that Both Sides Do It!, because Anthony Weiner. See? you'll say. This is a problem both parties have! The GOP is no crazier than the Democratic Party!

The difference, of course, is that Anthony Weiner's actual policy ideas -- read 'em in this PDF -- are an utterly mainstream mix of liberalism and centrism. Some samples:
2. Pay Master Teachers More for Taking Tough Assignments.
18. Install Cell Service on Every Subway Platform.
24. Streamline the Business Improvement District Process (BID).
59. Lower the Tax Burden for Outer Borough Job Creation.
Wow, radical, hunh?

And yet when a few crazy teabaggers win Republican primaries in 2014 with rants about IRS abolition and sharia-law bans and letting states nullify federal laws, I bet the press will say, "Democrats, too, have had their share of embarrassing candidates. Anthony Weiner..."

Sorry -- no comparison. Weiner's campaign is a clown car. Personally, he needs help. But a sane politician with his platform would be a perfectly credible candidate.


Victor said...

At this point, there's not enough political V*agra to give some "Oomph!" to Wiener's flaccid campaign.

And now, Wiener will join Kucinich, Spitzer, and McGreevey, in the MSM's tiny little Wax Museum of Democrats who are a little bit nutty, and little bit slutty - whereas the one for the right is about the size of... well, at least the Capital Building.

Victor said...

in tragic news from Indiana, the great blogger, Doghouse Riley, has died.

I hope someone demands to know the whereabouts of W's pint-sized poodle, Mitch Danials, at the time of Doghouse's passing.

Steve M. said...

Yeah, that sucks. World O' Crap has a link to the obituary, which says he was 59. Way too damn young.

Victor said...

I really enjoyed reading him.

I didn't comment on there too often, but I read him over the weekends.

RIP, Doghouse.
We'll miss ya!
And ya done good!!!

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Victor said...

What's it feel like to be a stalker?

You're like an internet Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction."
If Steve has an internet pet bunny, he'll probably find it slaughtered, soon.

You go where you're told you're not wanted.
Do you get some thrill up you leg when you do that?

I don't go to site where I'm not welcome.

You're like some rabid pit bull with his teeth sunk into Steve's IP femur.

You're a sick pup, man.
A real sick pup.

aimai said...

I don't think Weiner will drop out--he's too invested in having a public life. But his campaign isn't going anywhere and he is clearly going to drag Huma Abedin's career down with him when he finally slinks off the stage. She's going to be offered the same choice Nigella Lawson was by her publishers--stand up for yourself or lose your brand/image and become unmarketable.

Its one thing to try to have a separate two career life when your spouse is an embarrassment privately. Its another to try to do it in a high profile job like Assistant to someone who is running for President. If HRC is running, Abedin is going to have to make a choice about whether she wants to stand by her man more than she wants to be publicly associated with HRC. Because Weiner and his incompetent campaign of loud mouthed hysterics and misogynists are simply not capable of acting professionally at all, let alone for the length of a presidential campaign.

Mooser said...

The "Dennis" from "Sadly, No!?" That Dennis?
His motivations are very mysterious, but his actions follow a familiar and tiresome pattern.

aimai said...

Mooser said...
The "Dennis" from "Sadly, No!?" That Dennis?
His motivations are very mysterious, but his actions follow a familiar and tiresome pattern.

So, like God himself, then?