Party Brass Battle Over Weiner

If it’s Sunday, it’s a Weiner roast.

Both major party bosses blasted Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) this morning, calling on the disgraced Tweeter to resign.

But in a heated debate on NBC’s Meet the Press, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, scolded Democrats for sitting on their hands for as the crotch-shot scandal unfolded.

The Queens congressman, “turned this town and country into a three-ring circus,” Priebus said. “For the first ten days in the circus, the only job Nancy Pelosi was interested in saving was Anthony Weiner’s.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, shot back that Democrats were giving Weiner “some breathing room,” to enable him to “do the right thing, make a decision, reach the conclusion that he needed to step back and step down on his own.”

Wasserman Schultz, who initially said that the Twitter mess was a “private matter” for Weiner, noted that her position evolved as it became clear that the New Yorker had “not been truthful.” She emphasized that he “needs to resign.”

The DNC head then criticized Priebus for his Weiner remarks, calling his position a “double standard.”

“What Reince is saying doesn’t pass the straight-face test,” she said, since the Wisconsin Republican chairs a party that largely supported Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) when he “actually broke the law.” Priebus, she added, “did not call for Senator [John] Ensign to resign” when he was “embroiled in unethical, unacceptable, and probably illegal conduct.”

“Listen, Senator Vitter, that’s a five-year-old story,” Priebus replied. “Chris Lee? How long did he last? 35 seconds? Senator Ensign resigned within six weeks of me becoming chairman.”

The Weiner scandal, he argued, is about “leadership” and Democrats defended “a guy that deserves no defense.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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