The Weiner scandal has progressed from kindergarten (“boys have a PENIS and girls have a VAGINA”) into about 8th grade, with the Times writing about Weiner’s friendlessness in Congress. Disinterested parties like Peter King line up to tell us that Weiner’s “brash style” has alienated Wiener from the rest of the Democratic caucus, which is why he’s eating at the lunch table by himself, and no Democrats have stepped up to defend him.
I realize we’re all sick of the Wiener scandal, but I have to point out how quickly the church of the savvy insiders morphed into the revival meeting of the credulous hacks. A savvy insider would know that there isn’t a politician on earth who wouldn’t throw a colleague under the bus for sending around dick pics. Isn’t it time for some long-time DC insider to dust off Truman’s adage, “If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog”?
As for the “brash” and “uncooperative” bullshit, see McCain, John. The press loves useless hacks who don’t play well in groups and tell tales out of school because they make good copy. If Weiner’s deportment was such a major issue, why is it only surfacing now?
It’s easy to ding the media for reporting on politics like celebrity journalists, but they’re not even that good. At least the Superficial and TMZ don’t lie to their readers about how the Hollywood game is played in order to flog another day’s worth of clicks out of a dead horse of a story.