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What Is Bill Clinton Thinking as He Watches Weiner?


The Wednesday Morning Jolt features a look at Michele Bachmann adviser Ed Rollins’s slam of Sarah Palin and Obama’s argument on the economy, but first . . . what is Bill Clinton thinking as he watches the Weiner scandal unfold?

The Fallout of a Radioactive Weiner Spreads

I suspect that some recent night, in plush surroundings, Bill Clinton poured himself a drink of some sort of brown liquor and lamented to some trusted male friend, beginning with a sigh. “Shame about the Weiner kid. We’ve all been there, right? Although I have to admit, I find the whole thing kind of creepy . . . Stop laughing. I mean it. I mean, back in my day, if you were gonna have a little piece on the side, you had to actually reach out and touch the girl. These young guys today, with their texting and their sexting, I don’t know . . .” His shook his head and his gaze turned to the window. “I think if you’re gonna cheat, you really ought to have the person right there in front of you. Otherwise, there’s no, you know, honor in it. What’s with these kids today, so darn busy that they have to squeeze in their affairs on the web and with their blackberries and all their doodads? I made time for girls when I was talking to members of Congress about putting U.S. troops in Bosnia! Multi-task, man! If the woman on the side means enough to you, you’re willing to make that commitment. Otherwise, this cyber-flirting — it’s all so cold and impersonal, a disconnected way of expressing a really personal connection. Weenie says he was carrying on with six or seven women — hey, how special do you think each one of them feels? ‘I’ll Tweet ya, I’ll sext ya.’ Hey, Facebook is no substitute for face time. Or whatever body part time you prefer.”

He takes a final sip. “It just feels like these politicians today, they’ve just forgotten their values.”

This is entirely fictitious, but you could see him thinking this, right? Bill Clinton, traditionalist adulterer?

Democrats are slamming doors on Weiner as if he had kissed President Bush after the State of the Union speech or something. CNN just posts Harry Reid’s comments verbatim:

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid gave embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner no love on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

“I know Congressman Weiner and I wish there was some way I can defend him, but I can’t. OK?” Reid said.

And then there was this exchange with reporters:

Q: You didn’t say whether you thought Congressman Weiner should resign.
Reid: I’m not here to defend Weiner.

Q: What do you think he should do?
Reid: That’s all I’m going to say.

Q: Senator Reid, what advice would you give him if he asked you?
Reid: Call somebody else.

In the Corner, Matthew Shaffer lays out how none of those who were most loudly pointing the fingers at Andrew Breitbart’s sinister hands behind all this have recanted or apologized — not Eric Boehlert of Media Matters, not anyone at Kos, not Charles Johnson, nor Joy Behar. I particularly like the theory from one lefty blogger that Breitbart is blackmailing Weiner into claiming responsibility and covering up his Breit-work.

This is who they are. When reality does not conform to their theory, they do not toss away the theory. They just adjust it to make their heroes more saintly and their opponents more dastardly.


Tags: Anthony Weiner , Bill Clinton , Harry Reid


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