How can you not watch Stephen Colbert’s take on Weiner-gate?

I’d promised myself I wouldn’t report on Anthony Weiner’s latest, but with Colbert covering it, how can you not watch and see what he has to say?




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  • sylvia kronstadt

    Too much relish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yuck: Why do we smack our lips over the Weiner affair?

    No one would deny that Anthony Weiner has been behaving badly. I
    contend that the rest of us have behaved worse, by turning it into a
    national obsession of gut-splitting schadenfreude and vulgarity.

    He’s getting his rocks off. So are we. We are relishing this mess,
    instead of dealing with it seriously. His behavior and ours are on the
    same spectrum, which reflects his and our boundless need for diversion
    and release. He is providing the fodder that feeds our culture’s
    infantile lust for voyeurism, for stimulation, and for something
    to talk about that doesn’t involve the collapse of our country. We and
    Weiner are all in this together. The energy and excitement that have
    been generated are palpable and circular.

    It’s not funny. The endless hilarity and innuendos about this sad
    episode really say more about us than they do this pathetic man. If we
    didn’t on some level identify with what he’s doing, the intensity of our
    response wouldn’t be so great. We doth protest too much. We doth laugh
    too long and loudly.

    We do miss Monica, don’t we? It was
    an exciting time. We never knew what thrilling (and unforgettable)
    tidbits the nightly news would bring, and of course the whole soap opera
    was a goldmine for the comedians, although they really couldn’t make it
    any crazier than it already was. Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar,
    and a stain is just a stain. Enough said.

    Of course, we’ve had one scandal
    after another since then — some of them reasonably juicy — but the
    Weiner catastrophe has brought us together as a nation in a uniquely
    protracted and colorful way, mainly due to the man’s touchingly deranged
    determination to stay in the mayoral race. Thank you, “Carlos Danger,”
    for continuing your quest to win the primary “erection.”

    It’s been a rollicking good time, having this daily Weiner frisson
    to bring a little sparkle to our days. How long has it been since we’ve
    had this much fun as a nation? And please don’t say the Fourth of July!
    That’s always a letdown, even if you are patriotic and don’t mind
    horribly toxic fireworks pollution.

    We’ve been having a good time
    because we are getting one great big laugh after another — a nice
    bonding experience — but also because the Weiner affair has genuinely
    piqued our intellectual and moral interest.

    Why did he do it? Why did he keep doing it?

    This reminds me of my coverage of pedophilia a couple of years ago (, in which I wondered why everyone keeps being so surprised, over and over again, when esteemed members of the community are revealed as serial child molesters.

    What’s surprising is how surprised
    people are by promiscuous behaviors among adults that we have been
    seeing for — probably — forever (minus the technology, of course).

    The behavior shouldn’t be surprising
    anymore, but we still marvel at how accomplished, powerful, charismatic
    men “risk it all” to engage in trivial, adolescent, thrill-seeking

    As a woman who has been close
    friends with many grown men over the past 50 years, I must admit that I
    feel sorry for them. It’s not easy to be a decent guy — even the rather
    limp and very pious Jimmy Carter had “lust in (his) heart,” which
    wasn’t confined to his marriage. That’s not to say that I condone
    prostitution, extramarital affairs, pornography or “sexting,” or even
    flirting, when one party is married. And I certainly don’t condone the
    acting out of pedophilic impulses.

    What’s a man to do?

    But over the years, I have acquired a
    sense of the sometimes overwhelming power of the male sex drive, and
    how complex it is, and how it has to do with much, much more than sex.
    It becomes very difficult to judge men who break down under the weight
    of it. One of my dear friends, a brilliant artist from Vienna, once told
    me that he looked forward to the day when his sex drive would abate.
    “It is just too much,” he
    told me. “It gets in the way of everything else!”

    Some people were outraged recently
    when an Iowa dentist fired his assistant because his attraction to her
    distracted him from his work (and upset his wife — that’s

    The Iowa Supreme Court upheld his
    right to terminate her for this reason. Of course, it was unfair to the
    assistant, and I agree with the court that the dentist’s severance was
    “ungenerous,” but I deeply empathize with a man who works in close
    quarters with a woman who ignites his passions. Men’s passions hurt, I
    am told. They can really hurt! They can become blinding — even to men
    who are otherwise normal, decent, faithful guys who have mature egos and
    good impulse control. I have seen this happen more than once. And I
    respect his and his wife’s decision to remove this peril from their
    lives. (I apologize for characterizing a lovely young woman as a peril,
    but in the environment of that particular office, she was.)

    Men who seek power often don’t fit the “normal, decent, faithful” profile
    to begin with. They need battle, excitement, adulation, conquest. They
    need a “fix,” a “high,” and their brain chemistry reflects the opiate
    rewards of their behavior. Danger, secrecy, illicit sex: they fit the
    bill pretty well. They provide both a buildup of intense anticipation
    and a euphoric climax of relief.

    I personally know how transformative
    it can be simply to have a hot attraction-thing going on at work or
    school. It brings you alive. It gives you (stupid) happiness. You walk
    more briskly, and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself skipping. I
    haven’t had this experience for decades, but I remember it well. My
    palms would sweat as I held the phone. I couldn’t stop smiling. I felt
    pink and carbonated.

    So as revolted as I am by the Weiner
    affair, I think I kind of get it. People say he’s sick. I think, as I
    said earlier, that he’s on the same spectrum as the rest of us, just as
    pedophiles are. Those of us who have more manageable egos and hormonal
    drives, and those of us who have fewer opportunities to misbehave, and
    those of us who have the infrastructure of morality and dignity to keep
    on the straight and narrow should consider ourselves lucky, I believe.
    Not superior.

    Especially since millions of us are seeking oblivion, escape, ecstasy,
    pretty much from the moment we get up in the morning, albeit not by photographing our genitals. Half the people
    America right now (or more) are probably stuffing themselves into a
    grease-and-sugar induced, torporific bliss, unless they’re lucky enough
    to have
    some blow or some Lortab or a bottle of bourbon.

    Or we’re chain smoking, and chewing
    one piece of gum
    after another, desperate for some kind of comfort. Or we’re cutting
    our thighs with razor blades, like Princess Diana, to distract
    ourselves from reality. Or we’re manic workaholics or exercise freaks.
    It’s epidemic. Everybody’s doing something to “get off” or zone out or
    purge or surge. Just to cope! We’re all medicating ourselves, one way or
    another, to tolerate this mortal realm called “daily life.”

    Anyway, as far as Weiner is
    concerned, his strategy is certainly more unsavory, and it should
    disqualify him from the mayor’s office,
    in my opinion, but he is pathetic, not despicable – and not funny.

  • No there’s not hypocrisy all around. Private sexual matters between consenting adults is one thing, Weiner’s public creep peep shows him to be pervert, unstable and unfit for high office.

  • Ferdiad

    What is the lie or opinion? Weiner is 48. He is married. He has a kid. He sent pictures of his private parts to a 22 year old girl. Maybe she doesn’t have a father. If that is the case, I’m sorry for making it up. Want to tell me what else I have wrong braniac?

  • You’re welcome to your opinion, but between the two of us, I’m not the one who has to mis-represent the facts to fit my preferred narrative.

    So, be outraged as much as you like, but you’re outraged over a lie you’re simply repeating until you find someone who buys into it.

  • Ferdiad

    Yes I realize the age of consent. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t kids. Unless of course most people would be fine with a 48 year old married man with kids sending pictures of his dong to their 22 year old college daughter. Yep, seems completely normal to me. You guys are embarrassing yourselves with this crap.

  • “22 year-old kids”

    You do realize that the age of consent is 18 in most places, right?

    These are not “kids”. They’re adults. You’re welcome to your opinion, but misrepresenting the issue doesn’t lend you much legitimacy.

    And, again, I think we should save our outrage for when he actually lays a hand on someone… which he hasn’t.

  • Ferdiad

    Are you for real? Yeah maybe it is “merely sexting” if they were both 22 year old kids in college. But they are not. Weiner is a married man with a baby and the recipients of his texts are 22 year old kids. The guy will clearly never learn his lesson. do you really want someone as mayor who will no doubt do it again and then allow people to have something over him? Recipe for disaster.

  • Apparently, he didn’t do much work and just stepped in at the last moment for the glory. His colleagues roundly dislike him and are rather glad he got his dick in a ringer.

  • All that’s true, Weiner has become the glory hole master of the Internet.

  • This. However, if John would post the Mediaite links, we could see it. Hint hint.

  • Who cares? Millions of people sext every day, and it’s legal.

    Meanwhile the same folks leveling the loudest criticism carry water for an international criminal organization that willfully protects sexual predators (Catholics) and reelected a man who flew to Argentina on the public dime to [email protected]#$ his mistress.

    Meanwhile… Weiner hasn’t touched anyone, just sexted with other adults.

    There’s hypocrisy all around on this one.

  • mark_in_toronto

    How can you not watch Stephen Colbert’s take on Weiner-gate?
    Answer: By living in Canada.
    Comedy Network blocks it’s videos here . . . not something to get all bent about but pretty irritating sometimes. Their ‘Canadian’ version of the website is a joke. A day behind and only selected content.

  • cole3244

    obviously, but his personality certainly wasn’t the norm or i would think respected by the average south carolinian, he could never reach his potential in a con state like sc.

  • MyrddinWilt

    If you are wondering where Huma Abadin’s performance came from:


    Like Weiner, there was a series. In the later ones Sir Norman Fry is only accompanied by his wife and then appears alone.

  • I don’t think that’s an exception…are the nice ones in charge anywhere?

  • condew

    I liked Weiner when he was an only figuratively speaking cocky Congressman who said what needed to be said better than any other Democrat. I can’t help but wonder if it’s being an outspoken Democrat that makes his pictures more important than Vitter’s diapers.

  • There are plenty of very nice folks in South Carolina, as there are in every state.

    It’s just that down there, unfortunately the nice ones aren’t in charge.

  • cole3244

    how did a guy like stephen come out of sc, the colberts must be some great parents.

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