Anthony Weiner may soon be looking for work - and we're happy to lend him a hand.I seriously doubt anyone who has their synapses firing is going to be taking Weiner seriously from any platform.
The embattled congressman has vowed to stay in office but mounting pressure on Capitol Hill may still force him to resign. If Weiner does quit, there do appear to be several jobs for which he is well-suited. Here's a look at some of the possibilities, with Baruch College Political Science Professor Doug Muzzio as our guide:
A frequent guest on MSNBC, Weiner has carved out a reputation as a strong, opinionated speaker who can hold his own. A job on television seems likely, Muzzio believes.
"He can become the left wing's Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck," said Muzzio. "Or, even better, we can have the two New York hound dogs together on CNN and we can have "The Spitzer/Weiner Hour."
Since Weiner is an old pal of Jon Stewart, a gig as a Daily Show correspondent is a possibility. Forget about reality TV, though - the "Real Congressmen of Forest Hills" probably wouldn't have too many viewers.
"He's not quite interesting enough, and there are better candidates with better bodies," said Muzzio.
Until the events of the last two weeks, Weiner was considered one of the most technologically savvy politicians, with a Twitter feed that was amusing and insightful.
Never without his BlackBerry - as the world now knows - Weiner could be an asset to Twitter, Facebook or other social networking sites.
"He'd probably be adept as a social media adviser," said Muzzio. "His motto could be something like 'Live by the tweet, die by the tweet.'"
One career likely to be ruled out entirely:
Since many of Weiner's shots are decidedly X-rated, could the congressman simply move into the adult entertainment industry?Meanwhile ... you've got to be kidding me.
"Porn? God, no. No one wants to see the skinny Jewish kid from Queens," said Muzzio. "Besides, his mother would be appalled. There's no way she lets that happen."
On the upside for Weiner, the local NOW president is apparently OK with Weiner staying in office.
"I wasn't happy to discover that my congressman is a 14-year-old boy," said Julie Kirshner, president of the NOW chapter.Would she be so accommodating to a Republican? Doubtful.
"But he happens to be one of the best politicians out there, so we're in a bad position. We're trying to give him the benefit of the doubt."
If you want to know what Kirshner looks like, go here. She really stands out in the photo.