The leadership of the Democratic Party is turning up the heat on Rep. Anthony Weiner, to resign while ignoring the potential real crimes committed by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
According to the LA Times, Pelosi said that Weiner needs to get out of Congress and get help,
“Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help,” Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said in a statement. “I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of Congress.”
According to Mediaite, Wasserman Schultz said,
“It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign. The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable. This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House – and for the good of all, he should step aside and address those things that should be most important – his and his family’s well-being.”
Don’t let these statements about concern for Weiner’s well-being or family fool you. This is all about 2012. Democrats see an opening to take back the House, and they know that every second the media spends talking about Rep. Weiner is time that could have been spend talking about the Republican House’s vote to privatize Medicare.
This has nothing to do with whether Weiner committed a crime, or his right to stay in office and let his constituents decide. Rep. Weiner’s Democratic colleagues are rightly outraged at him because he lied to them. They are livid, and they want him gone. It is that simple.
Ask yourself why Democrats are so obsessed with Anthony Weiner while at the same time they are ignoring the potential 20 years worth of actual serious crimes by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?
It turns out that Justice Thomas may have broken 20 years of disclosure rules by not reporting the substantial income that his wife made while engaging in conservative political advocacy. Anthony Weiner was looking into this when Weinergate broke.
Instead of dealing with serious issues, the Democratic leadership has allowed itself to be sucked into and placed on the defensive by a scandal. Democrats panicked when they heard about Weiner’s contact with a 17 year old girl, but the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that no inappropriate contact took place,
Daniel P. McElhatton, a Philadelphia lawyer who said he represents the girl’s family, issued a statement saying: “The ‘Tweets’ in question between the student in question and the Congressman were not salacious or in any manner inappropriate. No photographers were ever sent to her or from her.”
The political problem for the Democratic Party isn’t Anthony Weiner. It is their own leadership’s short sighted thinking. Weiner is not going to cost the Democrats their chance at taking back the House in 2012. There are not going to be voters who decide to reelect or reject the Democrat in their district based on Anthony Weiner, but by publicly calling for his resignation Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz have fed the story.
If Weiner doesn’t resign the story will be fracture and dissension in the Democratic ranks.
The decision is easy. If it is found that Weiner broke House ethics rules or committed a crime, he should go.
If he didn’t do anything illegal or against the rules then the voters in his district should decide, Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz are short circuiting the democratic process and are not helping the Democratic cause with public appeals for his resignation.
Weiner is going to take a leave of absence and seek professional help, so if Democrats really care about their colleague maybe they’ll give the grandstanding a rest.
The fact that Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz have each released more statements on Weiner than Clarence Thomas illustrates their misplaced priorities. Political cover is more important that corruption on the High Court.
If they really want to serve their country they should forget about Anthony Weiner, and investigate the disclosure reports of Justice Clarence Thomas.