Sarah Revere: “The Weiner is Coming!”


We began to suffer from Weiner Fatigue even before we read the revolting  Facebook exchanges between U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and a 40-year-old Las Vegas blackjack dealer (which started, astonishingly, after Weiner got married to the spectacular Huma Abedinn). The Heartbreak of WF: also known as impoltence — the inability to become aroused by an otherwise titillating political development.

Let’s be blunt: The guy’s a perv and he needs some help. According to our resident psychiatrist, the eminent Dr. P.J. Hackenflack, there had to have been some, uh, payload payoff accompanying Weiner’s sexting with strangers over the internets. “Why else would a nice Jewish boy with a lovely wife sneak around like a one-handed chicken strangler?” Dr. H explained.

Which is just one reason why House Democratic Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi properly called for an ethics investigation into whether the New York congressman violated any rules or laws, like using official resources to send his potty-mouthed messages and/or photos of his now-legendary House member through the intertubes.

Inquiring minds may not want to know.

Still, as the New York and Washington media keep stuffing themselves on the story while pondering Big Questions like “Can Anthony Weiner survive?” – we confess to finding ourselves more troubled by the outspoken, impassioned ignorance (as our friend Mike Rezendes at the Boston Globe calls it) of Sarah Palin.

While Weiner has a problem – and will either stay in Congress or not – Palin is a problem.

It’s not just that she’s unselfconsciously stupid. Or that she’s unabashedly self-promotional and arrogant. It’s that she is aggressively anti-intellectual and anti-reality. She creates a world where facts are what she says they are, whether there is any basis in rationality for her assertions.

It is truly vile, offensive and odious to watch and listen to this woman twist objective reality into her personal pastiche. Her idiotic revisionist story of Paul Revere, as a Second Amendment adviser to the British, is just the latest example of Palin’s vapid, nutcase world view. Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post comes close to expressing our complete and utter contempt for Palin’s manipulations.

Even when the in-the-tank-for-the right Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday gently suggested, “You realized that you messed up about Paul Revere, don’t you?” Palin responded as follows:

You know what, I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere. Here’s what Paul Revere did. He warned the Americans that ‘the British were coming, the British were coming’ and they were going to try to take our arms. . . . But remember, the British had already been there . . . part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that, ‘hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have.’ He did warn the British. And in a shout-out, gotcha-type of question that was asked of me, I answered candidly. And I know my American history.

Thank heavens for Stephen Colbert who defended Palin by validating her version of Revere’s ride the other night. Never has Michelle Bachmann looked so good.

And now this message from our conscience:

Many thanks to loyal Calbuzzer Cliff Barney for expressing his concern that we’ll stop writing about the budget just because the latest Dr. Hackenflack poll shows that huge majorities of imaginary respondents are tired of reading about it.

No worries, Cliff, no way you’ll find Calbuzz practicing poll-driven journalism – we’re in it until the last dog dies.

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So while we’ve done some swell analyses of the budget situation, if we do say ourselves (here, here and here, for example), the true, value-added service we provide to our readers on the budget — through regular features like Press Clips and Fishwrap — is to point to the best work of colleagues who are assigned to cover the substance of the story – for actual money! — and to sweat the details.

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Now back to the snark.

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  1. avatar pdperry says:

    At least you gentlemen are honest about which way you lay.
    “While Weiner has a problem – and will either stay in Congress or not – Palin is a problem.”
    Weiner is in elected office, with bona fide psychological issues.
    But he’s a lefty, so it’s no Big Deal… even though us taxpayers are enablers by supplying him with a salary, perks, and staff.
    Sideshow Sarah has the audacity to blast around the east coast in a garish tour bus saying her usual while being breathlessly followed by a pack of whiny MSM, and that’s something we need to be oh-so concerned about?
    It isn’t as if she’s influencing any sort of government policy like the WeinerMan.
    She’s a Fox commentator fer chrissake… a political entertainer. You expect something diffrn’t? She plays to her audience, which pays her salary voluntarily.
    Apparently you are her audience as well because the Word according to Sarah wouldn’t go half as far without help from folks like you.

    • avatar chrisfinnie says:

      Golly! Did you say the same about Larry Craig? Mark Sanford? Arnold Schwarznegger? All of whom served out their terms. John Ensign? Or still-sitting Senator Vitter? Congressman Craig and Senator Vitter actually broke laws–though only the congressman was charged. But, last I checked, paying a hooker is against the law–oddly, even in DC. And, of course, former Senator Ensign may still be charged.

      Sexting young women is gross. But it’s not illegal that I know of. It’s not even against House rules unless he used government equipment to do it. Or unless you take a much narrower view of the “conduct unbecoming” clause than the House normally does. In my opinion, a large number of our elected officials would be out on their ass if they enforced that one!

      So, do I like what Rep. Weiner did? No. And I’m about as lefty as they come. Do I think he’s being held to the same standard as other elected officials? No. Republicans don’t like him because he has a big mouth and calls them out on stuff. Lefties like him for the same reason. So the GOP would like him gone, which is why Congressman Issa got involved in the effort to follow Weiner’s activity on Twitter. A man who has been suspected of auto theft and arson is now policing the morals of his fellow House members. If you’ll pardon my saying so, that’s rich.

      This appears to be one of those Wag the Dog events that’s designed to distract us all from the effort to kill Medicare and our economy. And it’s working. That’s even sadder than the congressman’s behavior.

  2. avatar wittyguy says:

    Dear Dr. Hackenflack,

    Having taken one extraordinarily boring undergraduate class in psychology, I believe I’m fully qualified to comment on the source of the congressman’s aberrant behavior.

    Clearly, it’s rooted in his name. He must have been teased relentlessly on the playground. As an adult, being referred to and written about every day as “Mr. Weiner” caused him to become unnaturally fixated on his body part of the same name. His online activities appear to be his way of expressing his interest in this central part of his id.

    Adding to his identity crisis, what the hell kind of name is Anthony for a Jewish kid? It’s like Christopher, or Philip.

  3. avatar tegrat says:

    By now it should be apparent to all that Palin’s twisted reality is purposeful – she get’s to say stupid things and then rant about your “gotcha” journalism. If everybody just ignored her…
    Unfortunately, the crap that comes out of her has just enough shine on it to both appeal to the neanderthals (ok that’s probably not fair to neanderthals) that idolize her and the MSM that can’t bring itself to examine issues of substance.

    As for Weiner, lying should never be condoned nor shrugged off. Pelosi is correct to order an ethics investigation, but it is unlikely he did anything unethical from the standpoint of what’s par for the course in the House. If Newt can run for prez…

  4. avatar cbarney says:

    by god, this is the first time in a long career of writing for, to, in and about the press that i ever got a letter FROM the editor and i find myself speechless, or at least textless (almost) with gratitude. thanks for this to-the-point response! calbuzz is truly a class act.

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