I was trying to avoid the temptation to post about the Brooklyn Democrat as long as possible, mainly because I don’t think his little tweet exploits are really that big of a deal. New York’s 9th District which Weiner represents cuts through Briton Beach, a Russian Jewish neighborhood that, I’ll have you know, votes against Brezhnev. Weiner’s reelection in 2010 was far from certain:
Ideologically, the plurality of voters [in his district], 40%, said Weiner is a liberal. Important to note, the plurality of voters, 38%, identified themselves as conservative. Only 23% of voters said they are liberal.
I imagine Weiner’s constituents think that his indiscretions are between him and his wife. What about his wife? A woman who allows her boss’s (insert gratuitous gossip link) notoriously philandering husband officiate her wedding obviously doesn’t put high stakes in fidelity. Still, one would imagine this scandal wounds her pride.
Weiner looks creepy and pathetic, so perhaps the good people of New York’s 9th should feel a little like Huma. They cast a vote for a guy dumb enough to send his undies to 45,000 people. In any event, why is Weiner representing New York 9th? I somehow doubt anyone on Briton is aware that the guy regularly appears on MSNBC to “chat with Rachel”. I don’t believe many people there watch MSNBC and they probably don’t know who Rachel Maddow is.
I looked at Russian papers in New York, and they don’t seem to be covering the story in depth, at least not yet. Hopefully they will get around to it. Perhaps Briton Beach will elect a smart Representative in 2012, and one who reflects their politics.