Compare this, if you will, to the case of New York congressman Chris Lee. Remember him? It was only a couple of months ago he posted this picture on Craig's List:
And here is what Weiner sent out on Twitter:
So let's compare and contrast. Both men are married. Both were trolling for babes. Both showed remarkably bad judgment. And both photos make you throw up a little in your mouth. Weiner's photo is more pornographic.
When the Lee photo broke, there was instant pressure on him to step down from all quarters. Disgraced, he promptly did. It was the right thing to do, and it turned out to be costly for the Republicans as they lost the seat.
When the Weiner photo broke, the Congressman dodged, weaved, obfuscated, and lied. He continues to lie even now, thinking there is some magic escape if he can only find the right combination of words. Just today a story broke about another woman who apparently was exchanging x-rated photos with Weiner online. Does anybody think she's the last?
Weiner has committed a far greater sin here by lying, and continuing to lie. The cover-up is worse than the crime, or so the media always tells us. His picture is way more disgusting. Why is there no pressure on him to step down?
One side question for any women reading this: lots of guys seem to be sending around pictures of their pee-pees these days, specifically to women they are trying to bed. Has this ever, anywhere, anytime, actually worked? Don't you just say, "Eww, gross. What a pervert!" That would be my guess, but the sheer number of data points here would suggest it's working for someone.
Please weigh in.
3 PM Weinergate update: they're coming out of the woodwork now, and the pictures are getting tackier:
This is Tiger Woods now. They'll be a new girl every day. Wonder, now that his actual face is in some photos, if he actually fesses up. And if he does, how to explain the whole week of lying?
4:30 PM Weinergate update: After the evidence becomes incontrovertible, Weiner comes clean...but doesn't see a need to resign.