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The Betrayal of Anthony Weiner?

History shows that people who become inconvenient to the Clintons, even close friends like Webb Hubbell, do not have happy endings.

All of America, it seems, has been pointing an angry finger at Anthony Weiner. Will Bill and Hillary be there for him? Not likely.

All of America, it seems, has been pointing an angry finger at Anthony Weiner. Will Bill and Hillary be there for him? Not likely.

Originally published at The American Thinker.

Boo hoo! Anthony Weiner’s a victim, doncha know. He has taken to bemoaning a betrayal by “people I trusted when I communicated with them.”

Democrat pros are now taking the position that he is delusional. At least that is the gist of an article in Politico by Edward-Isaac Dovere and Maggie Haberman:

Anthony Weiner has lost his mind.

At least, that’s the conclusion most Democrats have come to.

There’s really no other way they can explain how he’s handled the revelations of his post-resignation sexts and his combative encounters with voters over the weekend looking for him to quit the mayor’s race. But Monday night’s needlessly dismissive brush off of the Clintons – the first family of Democratic politics who consider his wife a second daughter – surprised even people who thought they couldn’t be surprised anymore by his political self-destructiveness.

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Yep, the Clintons are handling him and Huma with tongs.

Huma, who may be more ambitious than delusional (the jury is still out), is taking a “break” (don’t call it a “leave of absence” or a “firing”) from her jobs as Hillary’s high level gofer. Maggie Haberman writes in another article in Politico:

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s transition office chief and the wife of embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is expected to take extended vacation time from her job with the former first lady in the coming days, sources told POLITICO.

The move is not a leave of absence, two sources familiar with the move insisted, and it’s not precisely clear when she will depart for her vacation time from her day job.

It was a loose plan she’d had for weeks, since Hillary Clinton has close to no schedule next month – the Clintons are expected to vacation in the monied East Hampton enclave on Long Island – and Abedin had been expected to take the final few weeks leading up to the mayoral primary to be with her husband.

Right. Nothing new here, it was planned all along. Sure.

And now Huma is possibly distancing herself from the sinking ship:

It is also not yet clear what type of role Abedin will play in her husband’s campaign going forward. She had begun to appear with him on the campaign trail prior to the revelations on TheDirty.com, but has not resumed since last week’s news conference.

She did not appear in a video Weiner filmed in the couple’s apartment Saturday in which the candidate looked into the camera and declared that New Yorkers don’t “quit.”

The night before the video was filmed, Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines, one of Abedin’s closest friends, urged her not to appear in it, and to take some time to think after a painful and difficult week, sources familiar with the conversation told POLITICO. Reines’ concern was for Abedin, the sources said, as a friend, who has worked alongside her for over a decade.

Huma would do well to take the advice coming from Hillary’s camp. History shows that people who become inconvenient to the Clintons, even close friends like Webb Hubbell, do not have happy endings.

Update:

Maggie Haberman is all over the Anthony Weiner story today, this making clear that the Clintons are about to hang Weiner out to dry. Huma is a victim:

In 2011, Huma Abedin had support from her friends and Clinton associates when she decided to stay with her husband Anthony Weiner.

The past week, that support has morphed into concern.

Their worry is as much about what she is going through personally… as it is about her decision to stand by and encourage politically a husband who some Democrats now believe is way past the point of redemption.

The Clintons are unwilling to publicly demand Weiner resign, but through proxies the clear message is that they want him to quit and go away. But they want to maintain Huma as a close Hillary aide:

Clinton insiders and allies insist they don’t believe Abedin has become a liability for the former secretary of state, who is widely known to be considering a 2016 presidential bid. And a number of prominent Democrats insist publicly that they don’t see a problem for Clinton. To wit, Abedin was in Washington on Monday, the day Hillary Clinton had lunch with President Barack Obama, and was seen dining with longtime friend and Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.

As Hillary’s “body woman” Huma must know plenty of information that could be disadvantageous to Hillary. Plus, she is smart, hardworking, disciplined, organized, and the personal chemistry obviously is there with Hillary.  Whatever the personal relationship between Hillary and Huma might be, they clearly get along and are comfortable with each other. And with her background in Saudi Arabia and academia, who knows what kind of money connections she brings to the Clinton organization?

I think that the Clintons want to let Anthony Weiner self-destruct in public.  He shows every sign of cooperating with this strategy. The worse it gets for him, the more sympathetic a figure Huma will be. Hillary has mastered the art of playing the victimized wife. Her protégé is at the feet of a master (or is it mistress?).

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10 Responses to “The Betrayal of Anthony Weiner?”

  1. Ch Hoffman says:

    Weiner is, in the words of a number of my high school rebbes, a menuval.

    No politician or any other sort of public figure would rationally associate themselves with that pile of garbage; neither should the Jewish community even think of rallying behind this piece of garbage. His standing as a Jew was compromised the day he married outside of the faith.

    And to think, that the JP will use any idiotic excuse to vent its continued hatred for the Clintons. You sound like the worst of right-wing talk radio; all that's missing are the Flomax commercials.

  2. Ch Hoffman says:

    Weiner is, in the words of a number of my high school rebbes, a menuval.

    No politician or any other sort of public figure would rationally associate themselves with that pile of garbage; neither should the Jewish community even think of rallying behind this piece of garbage. His standing as a Jew was compromised the day he married outside of the faith.

    And to think, that the JP will use any idiotic excuse to vent its continued hatred for the Clintons. You sound like the worst of right-wing talk radio; all that's missing are the Flomax commercials.

  3. Cody Flecker says:

    The problem here is that most Jews (at least 78% of them) voted for Obama not one but twice are solidly members of the Democratic Party's leftist contingent. Anything to upset the gravy train of the Democratic Left will be upsetting to America's Jewish electorate. Weiner by his actions is showing the Jewish electorate that he is acting just like Bill Clinton acted back in the 1990's when Clinton was President. Bill Clinton knew how to fool around with woman other than his wife, so why the fuss over Weiner? The fact that Hillary didn't care what her husband was doing, is her failure as a wife, not Weiner's. The Jewish electorate doesn't care, so why should anyone else. Who knows…maybe Anthony Weiner might turn out to be a good Mayor. He cannot be worse than what NYC currently has.

  4. Paul Palnik says:

    Liberalism is all about freedom to do with one's sex life what one wants from abortion, to gay marriage, to oral sex in the oval office, to prostitution, to sending photos of one's genitals to strangers. Why is anyone surprised?

  5. Marion Bloch says:

    Are you blaming the Clinton's for Weiner's inappropriate behavior? Who in their right mind would not distance themselves from his ego.

  6. Marion Bloch says:

    And Bloomberg is a Republican, remember.

  7. Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis)[1] is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality.[2][3] Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas such as free and fair elections, civil rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free trade, and private property.[4][5][6][7][8]

    Liberalism first became a distinct political movement during the Age of Enlightenment, when it became popular among philosophers and economists in the Western world. Liberalism rejected the notions, common at the time, of hereditary privilege, state religion, absolute monarchy, and the Divine Right of Kings. The 17th century philosopher John Locke is often credited with founding liberalism as a distinct philosophical tradition. Locke argued that each man has a natural right to life, liberty and property[9] and according to the social contract, governments must not violate these rights. Liberals opposed traditional conservatism and sought to replace absolutism in government with democracy and/or republicanism and the rule of law.

  8. Dave Lobell says:

    Mr. Palnik your confusing personal freedom with a politcal movement, but lets take your position at face value and go from there. Who has the right to act on their on Sexual proclivites while they are being paid by the taxpayers to their job which does not include photo shopping ones penis and then splashing it all the internet. That behavior is abhorent and it displays a contemptable attitude towards the people he ostensibly was hired to serve. The Jewish people of New York should send him a loud message and demand that he disappear from the public light forever in the name of G-d he should be ashamed of himself and the disgrace that he brought on us all.

  9. You said it for me. Thi man should disappear..

  10. Joseph Colen says:

    Weiner is living by moslem ethics and that is that he can have more than one wife.

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