Anthony Weiner explains his Twitter impulse

Anthony Weiner explains his Twitter impulse

Apr 15, 2013

Now that the weekend has come and gone, I finally took the time to check out New York Times Magazine’s Sunday profile on Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin. When it originally ran online last Wednesday, the initial scoop to come from the 8,000-word story was how the former Brooklyn congressman has his first two eyes on the NYC mayoral race. No doubt that’s an item, but, for me, I love the quote where Weiner explores the impulse that made him share his private parts with Twitter followers. Loneliness and “being in empty spaces” is what more than likely drove him to cyber, he says, not getting a nut behind his wife’s back.

From NYT Magazine:

“It’s clear it wasn’t because I didn’t love Huma. It wasn’t because there’s anything about my relationship with Huma that was missing that I was looking for elsewhere. Even that would be pat, kind of understandable on some level … You know, like spin the wheel! Find someone to say something to you! And if it wasn’t 2011 and it didn’t exist, it’s not like I would have gone out cruising bars or something like that. It was just something that technology made possible and it became possible for me to do stupid things. I mean, the thing I did, and the damage that I did, not only hadn’t it been done before, but it wasn’t possible to do it before.”

This might be the most honest portion of the profile, which gives us a glimpse at, not just what makes one man risk his career in public service, but what maybe makes any man do that self-destructive thing. I’d think that part would win over New Yorkers, male and female alike, although the chit-chat on Sunday morning’s talk shows didn’t fare well for another shot at the limelight. His mentor, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, gave no comment when asked on ABC’s “This Week” about Weiner’s possible return to politics. Weiner’s former colleagues in the House of Representatives are also keeping quiet.


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