The group blog of The New Republic
July 24, 2013
NEW YORK—At a hastily called news conference, former Rep. Anthony Weiner conceded that he kept on sending smutty messages and pictures of his penis to women whose acquaintance he had not previously made even after he had been exposed, after he had apologized publicly for it, after he had promised to stop, and after he had resigned from Congress as a consequence.
President Obama has spent a lot of time talking about his rescue of the auto industry. And so perhaps it’s not surprising his detractors have seized on Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy as proof that the bailout was actually a failure—or, at least, not a success.
Today, in a much-hyped speech, President Barack Obama will take another stab at storytelling. After a spring of awkward conversations about IRS shenanigans and NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Obama wants to return our attention to the economy and the plight of the middle class. There will not be any new policy proposals in his address at Knox College, The New York Times assures us. This will be a pure exercise in branding.
Last night, networks tackled the Weiner redemption tour with the breathlessness of news crews still giddy from the fumes of the royal baby beat.
Can we at least talk it over first?
A selection of the writer-director's satirical writings.
July 23, 2013
At a press conference Tuesday following revelations of (more) lascivious Internet messages Anthony Weiner sent (some under the nom de porn Carlos Danger), Huma Abedin took to the podium in her husband’s defense. She spoke eloquently and movingly. She persuasively answered our biggest questions, both the one that isn’t really our business—why in the name of hell do you stay with this schmuck?—and one that is—why in the name of hell do you want to subject the rest of us to this schmuck?
Here’s a tip for conservative back-benchers looking to give their reputations a boost: get Liz Cheney to run against you.
As the world now knows, excerpts have emerged online today purporting to be further racy exchanges between New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and women he was sexting with on the Internet.
One of the funny things about electoral politics is that you can’t always have the coalition you want, or even the coalition you think you’ll get. When the Democratic Leadership Council was thinking about how to rebrand the party in the late '80s, most figured they’d win back white southerners, like Jimmy Carter and every prior successful Democrat. But the new Democratic coalition was built on disaffection with conservatives, which was most pronounced along the coasts.