Why the Weiner Media Blitz?
During my limited experience on Capitol Hill, one thing was blaringly clear from the jump: the Hill is high school, but with no cool people (there are no Jake Ryans ... hell, there aren't any Lloyd Doblers).
What happened to Rep. Weiner was not only embarrassing, but surely frightening as well. We Democrats are still celebrating the win in NY-26, which would have not occurred had Chris Lee decided to leave the camera phone in his briefcase. Mr. Weiner and his circle of advisers could see his congressional agenda being damaged, as well as his plans to occupy Gracie Mansion in New York in the future.
The affable approach that Rep. Weiner took with the press yesterday was a much better strategy than the mad-as-hell angle earlier in the week. I am sure that time, distance and his friend Jon Stewart's amusing take helped him to relax a bit on it.
The congressman is one of our best on the Democratic side when it comes to fighting for issues close to our platforms and heart: it is the work he does. Now he just needs to go back to work.