Reid told reporters on Tuesday that he wished there were some way he could defend the New York congressman, but he can't. It was the latest sign of the cool response Weiner is getting from fellow Democrats embarrassed by his online sex scandal.Meanwhile, John Boehner wisely lays low.
Asked what he would do if Weiner called him for advice, Reid said he'd tell him to call somebody else.
“This is right now a problem for Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Steve Israel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the focus needs to remain on Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Steve Israel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” a GOP leadership aide said of the House minority leader, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. “If [Weiner’s] party leaders don’t act, there could be some kind of institutional requirement. But for the time being, I think the contrast in the way the House Democratic leadership is handling it” in contrast to how GOP leaders dealt with similar cases “is pretty telling.”Well played, Speaker Boehner. Make Weiner the face of the party for as long as they'll have him.