RUSH: Sad to see it, folks, terribly sad to see it. Anthony Weiner, we're not gonna have him to kick around anymore. They licked him, folks. He's quitting. Two o'clock this afternoon Weiner's saying no mas, no mas. A big New York Times story here, and you have to read halfway through this to find out why he really resigned. "Mr. Weiner, a Democrat, came to the conclusion that he could no longer serve after having long discussions with his wife, Huma Abedin, when she returned home on Tuesday after traveling abroad with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton." So there you have it, my friends. It's really too bad. We wanted Weiner to hang in there, at least I did. I was hoping that he would not resign.
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Now, this New York Times story, headlined: "Weiner Tells Friends He Will Step Down," suggests that Weiner made up his mind to quit after long discussions with his wife Huma Weiner. Now, Huma Weiner was gone for a long time. She was over in the Middle East with Hillary Rodham Clinton and apparently what happened was that Huma Weiner got back and said, "Look, you're humiliating us, bud, you gotta step down. The only way to stop the media is to step down. No other way around it." By the way, I thought Weiner had already left for rehab. I don't want to make a big deal about this, apparently left for rehab, but they're letting him out of rehab to resign this afternoon.
The romantic in me, folks, and, you know, I'm an incurable romantic, and the romantic in me makes me want to think that it was the porn star's call for his resignation that made all the difference. She asked him to pull out when the porn star went and got -- what did this porn star babe need a lawyer for? She went and got Gloria Allred. By the way, if you don't know which one is the porn star and which one is Gloria Allred, Gloria Allred is the one with darker hair if you see a joint photo of the two of them.
I guess in the final analysis it is encouraging to see that even the porn industry has higher standards than the Democrat Party. When the porn babe went out there, that's what I think was the final straw. No, I guess it was Huma Weiner. In the final analysis it had to be Huma Weiner. They say the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world, or in Huma's case the hand that cradles the rock in this case. But you have to ask yourself, where did Weiner go wrong? Do you think he got up today cursing the fact he was born heterosexual? You don't think so? Where did he go wrong, folks? Was it the sending out the photos of his crotch on the Internet? Was it having correspondence with an underage girl? Was it dressing up in women's lingerie? Nope, none of that. No, no, no. (interruption) You didn't know about that? Oh, yeah, long ago, these are old pictures. He dressed up in women's lingerie and those pictures are have surfaced.
I don't think it was any of that, folks. I think what finally brought Weiner down was that he told the truth. Now, that's what's uncommon for the Democrats. He has sent a chill up and down the spine of every Democrat. The big lesson, do not tell the truth, do not cop to it. Do not bite on the truth, whatever you do. Now, he only told the truth after getting caught red-handed, but still, in the eyes of any Democrat politician, Weiner made the unpardonable sin of coming clean which any true Democrat would never do. And Weiner is now going to pay the price for it.
Think of it this way. Weiner is a textbook example of why so many Democrats would rather do anything, say anything, than tell the truth. For whatever reason Weiner was, finally compelled to tell the truth and to own up to his actions. He came clean and look what's happened to him. You can be sure, folks, that the rest of the members of the Democrat Party are gonna learn from this experience. Never, ever tell the truth, especially if you get caught. Just ask Charlie Rangel. And Charlie Rangel to this moment is out there saying, (imitating Rangel) "I don't understand what the big deal is. There weren't any little boys involved here. He wasn't diddling anything out there underage. I don't see the problem." So Rangel knows that telling the truth led to big problems. Of course, I, El Rushbo, pretty much predicted this. Monday on this program I said this about Weiner and whether he would resign from Congress.
RUSH ARCHIVE: Apparently what's happening out there, Weiner is waiting to hear from Huma, his wife, who's being advised by Hillary on whether he, Weiner, ought to resign. For the record, the last notable advice Mrs. Clinton dispensed was to tell Mr. Obama to go to war in Libya, which seems to be on a par with her advice in general. So we'll see what Weiner does based on what Hillary tells Huma, who will then tell Weiner, which is what Weiner will then do. Case closed.
RUSH: Did I not call it? You didn't need to wait for the New York Times. All you had to do was be listening to me on Monday and I foretold what was going to happen in this sordid tale, this sad saga. This might well be the first virtual-sex sex scandal that got a Democrat to resign. Normally they can get involved in real sex scandals and survive 'em. But here Weiner gets caught up in a virtual sex scandal, tells the truth about it after awhile, he lied at first but was compelled to tell the truth at the end and now he's histoire. (interruption) What? Can I imagine what? Well, that was my point earlier in the week, Mr. Snerdley. I don't understand this. Sexting? What is that? At least if you're gonna do this, do phone sex with a live voice on the other end of the line. Hugh Hefner never sent you a picture. He'd have you over to the mansion and show you the real deal. It's a tragedy, a virtual sex scandal forces Weiner to hit the trail.
Now, there's a piece at the Huffing and Puffington Post today. Weiner was too attractive, apparently. "Why Women Shouldn't Pick Attractive Husbands." This is a reverse of the old song out there, if you want to be happy for the rest of your life, make an ugly woman your wife. You've heard that song, Rachel, right? Goes way back to the early sixties or late fifties I think. This is by Vicki Larson, Huffing and Puffington Post.
"Watching the Anthony Weiner scandal unfold, it was hard not to wonder how a smart, accomplished, beautiful woman like Huma Abedin got herself involved with a guy like Weiner. After all, the New York Congressman was dishonest to Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a messy, public way -- confessing to sexting and sending lewd photos to a young coed after lying about it for 10 days -- after less than a year of marriage. It's probably not what a newlywed would expect, especially one who's pregnant with their first child. But, sexting sexcapades aside, the 46-year-old Weiner, whether you find him handsome or not, is a fit, intelligent, passionate, promising politician with a six-figure income who had a reputation of a ladies' man and was even named a Cosmo eligible bachelor --" See, this is the problem. Cosmo equals militant feminism. Their definition of a real guy, their definition of real men. Weiner was too attractive.
Come on, folks, he looks like an old shoe with a pickle in it. What are they asking us to believe here? "Promising politician with a six-figure income who had a reputation of a ladies' man and was even named a Cosmo eligible bachelor -- the kind of man that many, many women are drawn to. And that's where Abedin and other smart, beautiful, accomplished women often make their mistake. The more financially independent women become, the more they prefer good-looking men. But they don't just want their partners to be hotties; they want them to be masculine, physically fit, loving, educated, a few years older and making the big bucks. Oh, and they also have to really want to be a hubby and daddy.
"That's a tall order. And, evidently, it's working against us. Attractive men don't make the best husbands, according to researchers. Guys who are rated as the most masculine -- a billboard for a man's good genes -- tend to have more testosterone, and men with higher testosterone levels are 43 percent more likely to get divorced than men with normal levels, 31 percent more likely to split because of marital problems and 38 percent more likely to cheat. In other words, they may be better cads than dads." Again this is Vicki Larson, the Huffing and Puffington Post with a warning to women, don't find the most masculine guy. You're just gonna get disappointed. You're gonna get thrown overboard. Too much testosterone.
You see what the feminists are doing here. Too much masculinity. It's also harder to dominate those guys, I would think. Wouldn't you agree with that, Snerdley? Yeah, I knew you would. I knew you'd be front and center in agreement on that. "We'd be smarter if we sought out guys who are uglier than we are because researchers have found that couples in which the woman is hotter than the guy are happier than if the situation is reversed. And since quite a few women have been telling Weiner how 'hot' he is, it's clear that neither Abedin nor Weiner got that memo." Of course, leave it up to people to determine this on the surface characteristics of people.
"Of course, hottie women can also 'optimize their looks to find other partners if she's unhappy,' says Rob Burriss, a professor at England's University of Chester. Hello, Weiner? And Abedin, 35 -- one of Time magazine's '40 under 40' young stars in politics -- was considered a catch when Weiner started pursuing her a few years ago. But who can blame her? She, like so many women -- and men -- pick a mate based on pretty predictable factors, dating back to caveman days when all we were trying to do was survive and keep our species going, according to physical anthropologist --" Now the theater of the absurd has settled in here. Too much testosterone causes divorce. Let's put that to the test. She might be saying that Huma is less attractive than Weiner, that Weiner is the better looking one, I don't know. If too much testosterone causes divorce, how is it, then, that Hillary Clinton is still married?
RUSH: Back to the Weiner fiasco. This morning on CNN's Newsroom the anchor Kyra Phillips spoke with the anchor of The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer, about reports that Weiner will resign about an hour and a half from now. Kyra Phillips says, "How does this change the dynamic if indeed he does resign today?"
BLITZER: He knew he was lying. He knew there had been no hackers. He knew he personally had sent out those lewd photographs. He knew he was doing those direct messages. The only thing he said that was honest in that interview is when I asked him, "Who are you trying to protect right now?" and I'm paraphrasing a little bit, uh, but he hesitated, he got emotional and he said, uh, "I'm trying to protect my wife, Huma." I think it's probably true. I think he was lying -- repeatedly lying, blatantly lying -- about all of that stuff 'cause he was trying to protect his wife, his marriage. Uh, that was probably the only honest thing he said during the course of those 20 minutes or so.
RUSH: Okay, so he lied to protect his wife, and Wolf Blitzer understands that. Wolf's cool with it. Then question was Suzanne Malveaux said, "Well, Wolf, how does he earn the trust again of people if he wants to be in any kind of position of authority?"
BLITZER: I guess he figures he owes it to his constituents. They elected him. He's now made that decision to step down, end his two-year term early and maybe he, eh, has that responsibility to sort of man-up and go before the cameras.
RUSH: You know, one thing constantly amazes me about all this: You have a situation like this, and the attention that it's getting now is, "Oh, Weiner's finished. His career is over. That's it." It's not the case at all! For crying out loud, you know, Bill Clinton survived big time and did far worse than this. And in our crazed pop culture, Weiner's gonna go to rehab (wherever that is), he's gonna come out of rehab (whenever that is), and he's going to be a figure of tremendous curiosity. The media is going to cover him, and he's gonna have a rebirth.
Our pop culture is such that he's going to be the focus of a lot of attention, and I guarantee you that the media is gonna be totally invested on entirely thoroughly rehabbing his career. He's too good a liberal! This the guy that wrote Obamacare. He wrote the lion's share of the bill, the legislation. This guy's still a rising star. Now, one of the reasons they wanted to get rid of him now is so that they could save him for later on. The longer he hung in there, so to speak, the tougher it was gonna be to recover from all this. So take the medicine, quit, go to rehab, come back, get fixed, and get all that adulation as a new hero -- somebody's overcome great obstacles.
You can write the script now.
RUSH: This is Denise in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. I'm glad you called. It's great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Well, thank you, Rush.
RUSH: You're welcome.
CALLER: I wanted to comment on the Weiner situation.
CALLER: "Women and Children Hit Hardest."
RUSH: By Weiner?
CALLER: By Weiner. And there's two different ideas on that, in my opinion. His wife and unborn child, and also sexting to an underage child and young women.
RUSH: Do we know that he was sexting somebody underage? Has that been confirmed?
CALLER: I think... Uh, early on there was something about a 17-year-old, but that might not have been confirmed.
RUSH: Well, no. Frankly, I haven't been able to keep up with all of it. So you think women and kids are hardest hit because of what Weiner's doing?
CALLER: Yes, I think so. Mmm-hmm.
RUSH: Well, Denise, thanks for the call. I appreciate it.
CALLER: Thank you very much.
RUSH: You bet.
RUSH: Weiner is at the microphone.
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CONGRESSMAN WEINER: Good afternoon.
RUSH: There he is, folks: Tony Weiner!
CONGRESSMAN WEINER: About twenty years ago, I stood in this very same room here at the Council Center --
CONGRESSMAN WEINER: -- and asked my neighbors for their help: To take a chance on me in electing me to the City Council. Then some seven years later, I asked those same people to join with people in Queens in sending me to Congress. There is no higher honor in a democracy than being sent by your neighbors to represent them in the United States House of Representatives.
RUSH: Yes, there is.
CONGRESSMAN WEINER: It is particularly humbling to represent this district because the communities and families of the Ninth Congressional District are hardworking, they're patriotic, they're opinionated, they are authentic. I have never forgotten my neighbors because they represent the same middle class story as mine. I went to public schools my whole life. My mother was a school teacher for 32 years. My father went to law school on the GI Bill.
RUSH: (groans) Oh, gosh.
CONGRESSMAN WEINER: The middle class story of New York is my story, and I'm very proud of that. I'm here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused. I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents, but I make it particular'y to my wife, Huma. I had hoped to be able to continue the work that the citizens of my district elected me to do --
CONGRESSMAN WEINER: -- to fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it.
CONGRESSMAN WEINER: Unfortunately, the distraction that I have created has made that impossible.
RUSH: No! That's not it at all.
CONGRESSMAN WEINER: So today I'm announcing my resignation from Congress --
HECKLER: Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Bye-bye, pervert!
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: -- so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative --
HECKLER: Better than you!
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: -- and most importantly --
HECKLER: Were you fully erect?
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: -- so that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused.
HECKLER: The people demand to know: Were you fully erect?
CROWD: Shut up!
MAN #1: T'row him out!
MAN #2: T'row him out, he's not wi't us!
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: To repeat: Most importantly... Most importantly so that I can continue to heal from the damage that I have caused. I want to thank my colleagues in the House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike. They come from different places around the country, but fundamentally we all agree. They're all patriots, and I will miss them all.
HECKLER: Were you fully erect? Are you more than seven inches?
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: Thank you.
HECKLER: Anthony Weiner, are you more than seven inches?
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: I also want to express my gratitude to members of my staff. They're young people who are not paid very much.
CROWD: (scuffling with heckler)
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: They're people that work very hard and very long hours. Ultimately those people define the notion of service. I want to thank, of course, the many people who have helped me -- the people who have volunteered, the people who have given me advice, the many of my constituents who have offered me good ideas -- and, of course, I want to express my gratitude to my family. To me mother and father who instilled in me the values that carried me this far.
RUSH: Oh, jeez!
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: To my brother Jason.
RUSH: He's blaming his, folks, now!
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: And, of course, to my wife, Hma, who -- who has stood with me during this entire difficult period and to whom I owe so very much.
RUSH: He just blamed his folks for his values?
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: I got into politics to help give voice to the many who simply did not have one. Now I'll be looking for other ways to contribute my talents to make sure that we live up to that most New York and American of ideals --
RUSH: Oh, man.
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: -- the idea that leaving a family, a community, and ultimately a country is the one thing that all units us; the one thing we're all focused on.
RUSH: Tone deaf.
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: With God's help and with hard work, we will all be successful.
RUSH: Totally tone deaf.
FORMER CONGRESSMAN WEINER: Thank you, and good afternoon.
HECKLER: Will you maintain your hot physique as you...?
RUSH: There you have it. We were there, folks. You know, my instincts never fail me. Something told me... H.R. had been bugging me the whole show, "Look, they want to know at WABC if we're gonna JIP this?" I said, "I don't know. I don't know that." Ultimately, at the last moment, I decided to do it. You have to... (laughing) It is Brooklyn but was it Code Pink that got in there? Who was it that got in there? (laughing) "Bye-bye, pervert!" (interruption) Yeah, I heard that, Snerdley. I heard that. He's "looking for other ways to contribute [his] talents"? Isn't that what got him into trouble in the first place? Did you hear the last question? The last question that somebody shouted: "Will you maintain your hot physique?" (laughing) That whole thing was a tragedy, folks. That was tone deaf.
That was a total tone deaf apology, to talk about the values your parents raised you with, to talk about your Republican and Democrat colleagues; how everybody's a hero and a patriot and working together and finding ways to do all the work for the downtrodden, the people that have no voice and so forth? I don't know. In light of why he's resigning and the fact that he is resigning, to talk about that? I guess he was struggling. I guess he wanted to make himself sound like he's still important and plays a major role in improving people's lives right to the very end. But, my, how things have changed! I have not seen a Democrat heckled like this at his home, in New York. But the nature of the heckling! We've broken new ground here, you'd have to say.
"Are you more than seven inches?"
They were shouting down Weiner, and the juxtaposition of those insults versus his attempt to make this a lofty event with great dignity? You couldn't have a greater contrast of reality and an attempt to make this into something that it wasn't. So anyway, Anthony Weiner has resigned. I think he was just about ready to burst out crying there. He bowed his head and... (interruption) Well, the seven-inches thing, there's only one way that question would hurt. There's really only (laughing) one way. You know what I mean by that, right, Rachel? Yeah. (laughing) Hee-hee-hee-hee-hee. My God, this has all taken us back to junior high. We're all in the bathroom in junior high here.
RUSH: We have safely escaped the boys' room here at junior high school. I've never seen anything like this. What goes around comes around. In the arena of partisan politics, Anthony Weiner was a vicious, mean-spirited man who lost his temper routinely on the floor of the House of Representatives. He was an intolerant individual. This has got to be, for somebody with his ego, a profoundly humiliating experience, especially with what happened at five, ten minutes.
I actually think what he intended to do with this, as I've thought about it now, I actually think, Snerdley, what we heard there was an attempt at a campaign speech for a comeback. I think that was a campaign speech for his next stab at elective office whenever it is that he takes it. And if I'm right, the hubris involved in even trying to do that during this occasion, that's what came back and bit him.
Now, if this had been a Republican, those questions would have been asked by the media. I don't know who got in there. I don't know who it was asking the questions and if they were affiliated with anybody. And I don't know if any effort was being made to shut that guy up. The camera view that we had didn't show the guy. But, yeah, I'm sure he's already planning the Anthony Weiner comeback kid 2 routine.