I've stayed out of the entire discussion of WeinerGate. No, it hasn't been that I've not been disgusted by Congressman Weiner's behavior, or amused by his efforts to wriggle our of this one. Rather, it has been a case of believing that this one is a case of consenting adults engaging in legal consensual conduct, and does not seem to have any sort of real nexus to his office or candidacy. This isn't Bill Clinton diddling an intern, Elliot Spitzer hiring hookers, or John Edwards using his campaign apparatus to support his mistress and illegitimate child -- it has appeared to be "just" cyber-sex, which is purely personal misconduct.
Now in recent days there have been more revelations, in terms of the number of women involved, his effort to cover up his activities (almost always worse than than the initial offense), and issues of involving government or campaign staff. Those matters need to be investigated -- and Weiner needs to be ruthlessly driven out of office if they are confirmed.
But in all this, I've actually had compassion for one individual -- Weiner's wife, long-time Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. I just didn't feel like it was right to "pile on" regarding what appeared to be more of a private, marital concern rather than a public one. And now it emerges that my sense of compassion may have been correct for a second reason -- Ms. Abedin is apparently pregnant with the couple's child.
Now some are arguing that the release of the information is just a ploy. Others say they just don't care, and won't lay off Weiner. Those are legitimate positions to take. As for me, I'm going to continue with the stance I've taken since the beginning -- I'm going to avoid commenting on this matter -- but not because of the pregnancy. I simply think the matter speaks for itself about Anthony Weiner being a real low-life, and his fitness for office. Absent some amazing new development, I don't know what more there is to say.
Well, except for this message.