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#1 Edited by Commando (1878 posts) -

Edit: Here's his chat transcripts. He basically cybers with a girl until the pictures surface, when he stops responding to her messages.

http://www.radaronline.com/sites/radaronline.com/files/Wiener-Facebook-Transcript-Watermarked.pdf

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Yup, Weiner has announced his resignation after the Twitter photo scandal.

What's your opinion on his resignation? Did the press force him out? Or were his actions bad enough themselves?

Here's a link by the way. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20071659-503544.html

#2 Posted by KarlPilkington (2683 posts) -

Penis.

#3 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Weiner.... ?
strokes ?
 
who's jacking whom off

#4 Posted by TurboMan (7393 posts) -

I will be forever a fan of this guy after this rant for healthcare to 9/11 heroes:

#5 Posted by dudeglove (7684 posts) -

As soon as I had heard the dude's name - well, the headlines pretty much write themselves. Journalists fucking rejoice whenever these things happen. Puns be damned.

#6 Posted by Zabant (1232 posts) -

ill ask what everyones thinking. Anyone got a link to the picture?

#7 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

Fucking lame, really. You can have Republican sex scandal after Republican sex scandal, but the moment a Democrat tweets a picture of his junk to some chick he's never met and he's basically forced to resign.

#8 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

Damn. I kinda liked that guy. Although he wouldn't be a politician if he wasn't involved in some sort of sex scandal at some point in his life. Everywhere you look there's another political sex scandal. And journalists act shocked every time it happens, as if each new scandal is the first.

#9 Edited by Commando (1878 posts) -

@benjaebe said:

Fucking lame, really. You can have Republican sex scandal after Republican sex scandal, but the moment a Democrat tweets a picture of his junk to some chick he's never met and he's basically forced to resign.

I'm not doubting you, but Clinton stayed in office after his scandal and he's a democrat.

#10 Posted by FlamingHobo (4479 posts) -

I would've kept the job, personally. Just because someone leaks a picture of my wang doesn't make me any less of a politician.

#11 Posted by Thoseposers (780 posts) -

@TurboMan: that weiner video was invigorating!

#12 Posted by Toms115 (2316 posts) -
@Commando said:

@benjaebe said:

Fucking lame, really. You can have Republican sex scandal after Republican sex scandal, but the moment a Democrat tweets a picture of his junk to some chick he's never met and he's basically forced to resign.

I'm not doubting you, but Clinton stayed in office after his scandal and he's a democrat.

also: jfk. but he ended up getting shot so that's not really a great example.
#13 Posted by Toms115 (2316 posts) -
@thoseposers said:

@TurboMan: that weiner video was invigorating!

i certainly feel like my opinion of weiner was hardened upon watching the video.
#14 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7048 posts) -

@TurboMan said:

I will be forever a fan of this guy after this rant for healthcare to 9/11 heroes:

This. He was one of a few Democrats who was willing to confront Republicans.

#15 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

@Commando said:

@benjaebe said:

Fucking lame, really. You can have Republican sex scandal after Republican sex scandal, but the moment a Democrat tweets a picture of his junk to some chick he's never met and he's basically forced to resign.

I'm not doubting you, but Clinton stayed in office after his scandal and he's a democrat.

Just compare him to other Republican senators. The extremely anti-gay Larry Craig was convicted of soliciting gay sex from an undercover police officer in an airport bathroom and yet he served out the rest of his term. Or David Vitter, who was involved in a prostitution scandal and is still a politician today. To hear other politicians say that tweeting your junk is somehow an indication of your inability to hold public office and then completely ignore things like that is so hypocritical it hurts.

#16 Posted by mnzy (2911 posts) -

He should've started a war based on lies and not tweet dick pictures. He would've kept his job.

#17 Posted by Thoseposers (780 posts) -

@Toms115 said:

@thoseposers said:

@TurboMan: that weiner video was invigorating!

i certainly feel like my opinion of weiner was hardened upon watching the video.

It'll definitely hurt the democrats to lose their weiner

#18 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1836 posts) -

So the dude has base human urges and that's somehow bad enough that he needs to be pressured into quitting his job as a representative of the people?

Whatever.

#19 Posted by Toms115 (2316 posts) -
@thoseposers said:

@Toms115 said:

@thoseposers said:

@TurboMan: that weiner video was invigorating!

i certainly feel like my opinion of weiner was hardened upon watching the video.

It'll definitely hurt the democrats to lose their weiner

agreed, tho it'll be interesting to see how they keep up without weiner.
#20 Posted by Jeffsekai (7026 posts) -

@TurboMan said:

I will be forever a fan of this guy after this rant for healthcare to 9/11 heroes:

Oh man it is that guy. Sucks he had to back down. This video is so awesome.

#21 Edited by Famov (768 posts) -
@benjaebe: You're trying to find a double standard where there isn't one. Plenty of Democrats have been caught and have stayed in office. Weiner's case ended up different for a variety of reasons, and one of those is probably his name. 
 
Republican or Democrat, I don't think it's too unreasonable to expect our elected officials to represent integrity and decency. And here I will present the theory that some of our officials (again, Republican or Democrat) actually are decent. But Weiner, cheating on his pregnant wife, clearly is not. Good riddance.
#22 Posted by Commando (1878 posts) -

Also, one of the chicks was 17 years old.

#23 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -
@Artemesia said:

So the dude has base human urges and that's somehow bad enough that he needs to be pressured into quitting his job as a representative of the people?

Whatever.

Are you ser.. 
 
Fuck it, nevermind
#24 Posted by TheSeductiveMoose (3617 posts) -
@TurboMan said:

I will be forever a fan of this guy after this rant for healthcare to 9/11 heroes:

I don't give a shit about his personal life, and after watching this video I'd certainly want him in Congress if I was American.
#25 Posted by Korolev (1700 posts) -

If he did his job well, I don't think he should be forced to resign. I remember reading a statistic which indicated that 25%+ of Americans have had affairs, and all he did was send a woman a picture of his genitals. If it was unwanted, then it could be considered sexual harassment, but all stories that I've read indicated that they were both sending each other sexual images of themselves.

In a perfect world no one would really care. I'm dead certain that quite a few US presidents have had affairs. I'm 100% that a huge amount of your congressional representatives and senate members have or are having affairs (they just cover it up more). Hell, a huge amount of Americans have done similar things, yet they get to keep their job.

You can say that "well, he's supposed to represent the people" - well, gathering by what I see on TV, he is doing a fine job representing what a sizeable amount of US citizens do. It's a bit humorous - the media is bagging on this guy for having an affair, yet then proceed to make TV shows and films in which having affairs is almost celebrated! The only "bad" thing Weiner did was get caught.

Then again, sure, fire him. I'm not under any delusions - yes it's silly for Republicans to demand the head of this guy, but I'm not going to pretend that the Left would behave any better if it was a Republican. Both the Left and the Right have made politics poisonously personal and now they have to live with the consequences of their actions.

To those who seriously call for Weiner to be fired: Why? Did he break any laws? Did he hurt anyone? Oh, you say, "he acted inappropriately". Well, so did Clinton. So has Newt Gingrich. So has Rush Limbaugh. So has John Edwards. Big Wigs on all sides of politics have behaved like this, because they are human. Why are you so shocked that a government official would behave this way? They're flesh and blood too. And why is it that people are so willing to demonize someone on the other side of the political fence for offences that, really, arent' offences, yet are so willing to forgive and dismiss similar personal "offences" committed by members of their own side?

"Clinton's a bad man! He had sex with someone who wasn't his wife! What about the sanctity of marriage! Liberals have no morals!" Republicans chortle, while conveniently forgetting Gingrich's numerous affairs and Limbaugh's drug abuse. Democrats say "Oh, people like Gingrich can't keep it in his pants", but remain curiously silent when Edwards was revealed to be cheating on his cancer ridden wife.

Face it - both sides use personal issues unfairly to demonize the other. They're almost like children - "ewww" they cry, "YOU'RE side is icky because they did X" but when their side does X it becomes a game of "Nuh-uh, your side's grosser than mine!" "No, YOUR SIDE!", "No, YOUR SIDE!" "no, YOUR SIDE!".

But that's politics - where character assassinations, pointless, idiotic, trivial issues and lies are routinely awarded by the public who vote for whoever says the most pleasing soundbites, not on what policies they pass.

#26 Edited by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

@Famov: I fail to see how there isn't a double standard. I'm not trying to make this a partisan issue, especially when Democrats were calling for his resignation too. But when we have Republicans on one side openly campaigning on "moral family values" who call for the resignation of a man who sent pictures to a woman (which can be seen as cheating or not depending on your PoV), yet they don't do the same for members of their own party who committed FAR worse acts in terms of infidelity or even legality? That sounds like a double standard to me. Whether or not Weiner likes to tweet pics of his junk has nothing to do with his ability to perform his job, a job that he has done remarkably well at considering the majority of his constituents don't want him to resign.

Edit: @Korolev did a really good job at summing it up as well.

#27 Posted by Beaudacious (926 posts) -

I really don't care what a politician does with his sexual life. If he's a good politician, he could be a porn-star for all i care in his spare time.

#28 Posted by BonOrbitz (2156 posts) -

@Korolev said:

If he did his job well, I don't think he should be forced to resign. I remember reading a statistic which indicated that 25%+ of Americans have had affairs, and all he did was send a woman a picture of his genitals. If it was unwanted, then it could be considered sexual harassment, but all stories that I've read indicated that they were both sending each other sexual images of themselves.

In a perfect world no one would really care. I'm dead certain that quite a few US presidents have had affairs. I'm 100% that a huge amount of your congressional representatives and senate members have or are having affairs (they just cover it up more). Hell, a huge amount of Americans have done similar things, yet they get to keep their job.

You can say that "well, he's supposed to represent the people" - well, gathering by what I see on TV, he is doing a fine job representing what a sizeable amount of US citizens do. It's a bit humorous - the media is bagging on this guy for having an affair, yet then proceed to make TV shows and films in which having affairs is almost celebrated! The only "bad" thing Weiner did was get caught.

Then again, sure, fire him. I'm not under any delusions - yes it's silly for Republicans to demand the head of this guy, but I'm not going to pretend that the Left would behave any better if it was a Republican. Both the Left and the Right have made politics poisonously personal and now they have to live with the consequences of their actions.

To those who seriously call for Weiner to be fired: Why? Did he break any laws? Did he hurt anyone? Oh, you say, "he acted inappropriately". Well, so did Clinton. So has Newt Gingrich. So has Rush Limbaugh. So has John Edwards. Big Wigs on all sides of politics have behaved like this, because they are human. Why are you so shocked that a government official would behave this way? They're flesh and blood too. And why is it that people are so willing to demonize someone on the other side of the political fence for offences that, really, arent' offences, yet are so willing to forgive and dismiss similar personal "offences" committed by members of their own side?

"Clinton's a bad man! He had sex with someone who wasn't his wife! What about the sanctity of marriage! Liberals have no morals!" Republicans chortle, while conveniently forgetting Gingrich's numerous affairs and Limbaugh's drug abuse. Democrats say "Oh, people like Gingrich can't keep it in his pants", but remain curiously silent when Edwards was revealed to be cheating on his cancer ridden wife.

Face it - both sides use personal issues unfairly to demonize the other. They're almost like children - "ewww" they cry, "YOU'RE side is icky because they did X" but when their side does X it becomes a game of "Nuh-uh, your side's grosser than mine!" "No, YOUR SIDE!", "No, YOUR SIDE!" "no, YOUR SIDE!".

But that's politics - where character assassinations, pointless, idiotic, trivial issues and lies are routinely awarded by the public who vote for whoever says the most pleasing soundbites, not on what policies they pass.

Well said, Korolev. I have nothing else to add to this reply, but I wanted to let you know you're absolutely right. I mean correct, not right, if you take my meaning.

#29 Posted by S0ndor (2715 posts) -

They could have just as easily deleted the pics without turning it into a pointless media circus. They didn't even know the guy.

#30 Posted by pweidman (2297 posts) -

He sent out several illicit photos of himself using his government blackberry...think I remember that right. At a minimum, dude is very stupid. Maybe even some sort of sick deviant.

Oh and as much as it's fun to watch him yell at the GOP, I'm sure it accomplished the opposite result he was after...not very politition-esque of him. :/

#31 Posted by deusdigit (572 posts) -
@Toms115 said:
@Commando said:

@benjaebe said:

Fucking lame, really. You can have Republican sex scandal after Republican sex scandal, but the moment a Democrat tweets a picture of his junk to some chick he's never met and he's basically forced to resign.

I'm not doubting you, but Clinton stayed in office after his scandal and he's a democrat.

also: jfk. but he ended up getting shot so that's not really a great example.
I don't think this is a political party issue. all i am going to say is that politicians shouldn't use the internet for any type of raunchy behavior or cellphone communication. It will always come back to Haunt THEM.
#32 Posted by BombcastGoldthwait (250 posts) -

He sure has something of a mess on his hands.
#33 Posted by powerpc127 (99 posts) -

My favorite headline that came out of this whole ordeal:
 
"Teen asked about Weiner."
 
I wounder what they said. On second thought, no I don't.

#34 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

@Korolev said:

If he did his job well, I don't think he should be forced to resign.

This is all that needs to be said.

#35 Posted by Famov (768 posts) -
@benjaebe said:

@Famov: I fail to see how there isn't a double standard. I'm not trying to make this a partisan issue, especially when Democrats were calling for his resignation too. But when we have Republicans on one side openly campaigning on "moral family values" who call for the resignation of a man who sent pictures to a woman (which can be seen as cheating or not depending on your PoV), yet they don't do the same for members of their own party who committed FAR worse acts in terms of infidelity or even legality? That sounds like a double standard to me. Whether or not Weiner likes to tweet pics of his junk has nothing to do with his ability to perform his job, a job that he has done remarkably well at considering the majority of his constituents don't want him to resign.

Edit: @Korolev did a really good job at summing it up as well.

Well, yes, the Republican organization as a whole is being hypocritical, simply by virtue of taking every political opportunity that it can. The political establishment(s) are shameless in their power bargaining and positioning.
 
But it absolutely is cheating. There is no ambiguity there. And it does reflect on the his ability to perform his job. If he does not respect the commitment he has with his wife, how on earth are we to believe that he respects his commitment to his people and the United States? Whore mongers are necessarily horrible people.
#36 Edited by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

That guy resigning is a huge loss for the politcal landscape in the US. I knew of him because of his great rants in Congress. What a shame ... and what an idiot he is for ruining his career with silly shit like that. Power and popularity seems to have that certain weird effect on some people.
 
He should've just went to a prostitute or something to deal with his horniness. Or how about using a different twitter account for potentially embarrassing shit? Nope, too easy... not risky enough...

#37 Edited by Veektarius (4581 posts) -

The guy woulda been fine if he didn't lie and just admitted it from the start.  People can forgive a sinner, but they won't forgive being treated like idiots who don't know a weiner when they see one. 
 
Also, for those attempting to compare this with other situations where the politician survived the scandal: Weiner is a representative in a Democratic district in a Republican house.  Legislative outcomes will not be affected in the short term and the balance of power will not be affected in the long term.  Another over-educated democrat will take over his district, everyone knows, so they're willing to throw him under the bus to burnish their own image on values.   
 
I'm not trying to make him out as a victim, though.  As I said, he made a bad move.

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#38 Posted by President_Barackbar (3432 posts) -

Yes I'm not afraid of a few dick jokes thank you.

#39 Posted by Video_Game_King (35978 posts) -

I'm confused as to why he continued sending pictures when the press was on his ass about it. Did he just want to cock slap the Fates?

#40 Posted by Commando (1878 posts) -

I wonder what Boehner says about this.

#41 Edited by Surkov (991 posts) -

I'm actually sadden by this. As a Democrat, I'm ashamed at how spineless and submissive most democrats are. Weiner was different and we need more people like him.

#42 Posted by DonPixel (2585 posts) -

@Surkov: Yeah even Nancy Pelosi was asking for him to resign...

lame.

#43 Posted by MikeinSC (895 posts) -
@Surkov said:
I'm actually sadden by this. As Democrat, I'm ashamed at how spineless and submissive most democrats are. Weiner was different and we need more people like him.
Don't the Dems already have enough people with impulse control problems and embarrassing acts in their past? Heck, Barney Frank is a poster child for that nonsense.
#44 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Why do people even bother getting married if all they're going to do is cheat and send naked photos of themselves to other people? 
 
It doesn't matter how different/special he was, there are standards that he must uphold as a member of Congress.

#45 Posted by Surkov (991 posts) -
@MikeinSC said:
@Surkov said:
I'm actually sadden by this. As a Democrat, I'm ashamed at how spineless and submissive most democrats are. Weiner was different and we need more people like him.
Don't the Dems already have enough people with impulse control problems and embarrassing acts in their past? Heck, Barney Frank is a poster child for that nonsense.
Both sides have their pariahs, but at least Weiner was good at his job.   
#46 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3735 posts) -

@MikeinSC said:

@Surkov said:
I'm actually sadden by this. As Democrat, I'm ashamed at how spineless and submissive most democrats are. Weiner was different and we need more people like him.
Don't all politicians everywhere throughout history already have enough people with impulse control problems and embarrassing acts in their past? Heck, Barney Frank is a poster child for that nonsense.

Fixed.

#47 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

@Wrighteous86 said:

@MikeinSC said:

@Surkov said:
I'm actually sadden by this. As Democrat, I'm ashamed at how spineless and submissive most democrats are. Weiner was different and we need more people like him.
Don't all politicians everywhere throughout history already have enough people with impulse control problems and embarrassing acts in their past? Heck, Barney Frank is a poster child for that nonsense.

Fixed.

Thank you. That was bugging me.

#48 Posted by Surkov (991 posts) -
@Wrighteous86@PrivateIronTFU: exactly
#49 Posted by MikeinSC (895 posts) -
@Surkov said:
@MikeinSC said:
@Surkov said:
I'm actually sadden by this. As a Democrat, I'm ashamed at how spineless and submissive most democrats are. Weiner was different and we need more people like him.
Don't the Dems already have enough people with impulse control problems and embarrassing acts in their past? Heck, Barney Frank is a poster child for that nonsense.
Both sides have their pariahs, but at least Weiner was good at his job.   
Judging by a spiraling deficit and national debt so massive each American is on the hook for over $500,000 each, illegal wars in Syria amd Yemen, deteriorating alliances, Iran openly discussing developing nukes now --- I don't think his efficacy is really a strong suit.
#50 Posted by MikeinSC (895 posts) -
@Axxol said:
Why do people even bother getting married if all they're going to do is cheat and send naked photos of themselves to other people?  It doesn't matter how different/special he was, there are standards that he must uphold as a member of Congress.
Agree fully. One can argue "He didn't campaign on family values" --- but he sure as heck took wedding vows saying he wouldn't do it. His violation of them is hypocrisy, at best.