Pursed lips. Frosty glares. Polite demurrals. Icy silence. Women in politics are grappling with the distinctly unfunny choice of restraining themselves or letting rip what they really think about Rep. Anthony Weiner's X-rated online conduct and whether he belongs in Congress.Just imagine a Republican caught with erection pictures flashed across the globe surviving with leading feminists not even available for comment. You're right, I don't like those questions. Not, what the f--k is this guy still doing here? When are the Republicans going to put an end to this?!?!"She can't even summon the slightest outrage.
They'll be vexed by the question awhile longer because the 46-year-old Democrat from New York City told the New York Post on Thursday he won't resign.
The scandal presents a maddening choice for these female leaders, none shy, between speaking out or keeping quiet about behavior that, at best, is disrespectful of women.
"You're right, I don't like" questions about Weiner, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said with a smile.
Does she think Weiner should resign? "I'm not getting into that," she demurred.They could give a rat's ass about women other than themselves. If they had the slightest bit of respect for women, and themselves, for that matter, they'd have called for Weiner's resignation on May 28.
It was an apt illustration of the bind in which female lawmakers, particularly Democrats, find themselves as Weiner's tawdry saga unfolds. They represent a party trying to position itself as the best choice for women in the lead-up to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections, yet the most senior among them have not called outright for Weiner's resignation.
Oddly, the biggest blowhard of the left remaining now that the disgraced Weiner is rendered silent, Debbie Blabbermouth-Schultz, is silent. Let us give thanks.
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chief of the Democratic National Committee has said nothing, but concurs with Pelosi, a spokesman said.Then there's the always reliable "mom in tennis shoes" to remind us how far the rising star has fallen.
Sen. Patty Murray, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said tersely Wednesday that "of course" Weiner's troubles make it harder to elect Democrats to Congress.Sure, Patty.
Murray said Thursday she thought she was answering a different question. Asked about the pressure on Weiner to resign, the Washington Democrat pointed out that he's a member of the House.
"I don't even know him," Murray said.
Yet here's Anthony Weiner, tech-savvy liberal rogue, setting the trend whereby a few decades from now it'll be acceptable for politicians to burnish their credential via full crotch-shot. By that time Weiner will be wrapping up his second term as 48th President of the United States.
Don't laugh. His media rehab retinue has just begun.