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Carlos Danger Strikes!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:16 pm

Open thread on Anthony Weiner’s latest nonsense until I can digest it and write something up.

UPDATE: The key to this, I think, is a) the timing and b) the lies he told about the dramatic time when he suddenly decided to change.

UPDATE x2: Borowitz report:

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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner stirred controversy today by continuing to send dirty texts throughout a press conference devoted to apologizing for his behavior.

Mr. Weiner was halfway through his apology when reporters noticed him remove a phone from his pocket and aim its camera lens unmistakably in the direction of his pants.


More at the link.

I am watching the press conference now. If we are to believe these freaks, it appears Huma Abedin helped her husband deceive the public about this, both in People and in the New York Times.

It’s not between the two of them if a) he’s running for mayor and b) she helped him deceive everyone about it.


Disgusting. I don’t feel sorry for her one bit at this point.

UPDATE x3: Allahpundit says it well:

Chris Matthews made a (rare) good point on MSNBC: This was, in a way, Huma’s introduction to the public. I follow politics regularly and I don’t think I’ve ever heard her speak before. He was content to keep her in the background until he needed a human shield against the latest round of sexting revelations. And to top it all off, she didn’t seem particularly perturbed by the circumstances either. She flashed a big bright smile when they walked out together and seemed perfectly relaxed throughout, just like Carlos Danger himself did. The media naturally finds her brave and dignified; I think the two of them together put on one of the creepiest shows of careerism since whenever Charlie Crist’s last presser was. I’d vote against him for that reason — not because he’s “flawed” but because we need fewer people in office whose political ambitions have left them literally shameless. Creepy, all the way through.

Again: she helped her husband lie to the public about this, by portraying him as being genuinely remorseful once he was caught.

No matter how much he tries to downplay this in his little sing-song -this-is-no-big-deal voice, he has not only further besmirched his own reputation but given her a platform to destroy hers. Just utterly repugnant, both of them.

TOUCHDOWN!!! Obama to Claim Credit for This Totally Awesome Economic Recovery

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:32 am

No, really, they think there is one:

President Obama will grab credit for an improving economy in a series of speeches this week that the White House hopes will increase his political clout.

The messaging effort is intended to portray Obama as focused on jobs, which voters repeatedly say is the most pressing issue facing Washington, according to the White House.

Democratic allies argue it will allow Obama to go on offense after months in which he has been dragged down by political controversies that have dogged his second term and injured him in the polls.

How awesome do they think it is? TOUCHDOWN!!!

Strategists say it would have been more difficult for Obama to take credit a few months ago, where there was less evidence the economy was improving.

“Before there was a worry that you’d be dancing and celebrating on the 20-yard line, but now the ball is in the end zone, you do have a recovering economy that he can now definitively point to with a lot of empirical data,” said Democratic strategist Chris Lehane.

Let’s take a quick survey of where we are. The civilian labor force participation rate is at 63.5%, a tick better than the lowest it has been in forever. The slightly improved employment numbers are part-time jobs as businesses prepare for ObamaCare by cutting out full-time employees. As the WSJ explained:

The disappointments include a big jump of 247,000 in the number of “discouraged workers,” those who have stopped looking for a job. This could be a one-month anomaly given the other increases, but it bears watching.

Also disappointing is the big jump in the number of Americans who want to work full time but could only find part-time work. That number leapt to 8.23 million, a 322,000 one-month increase. Total part-time employment rose by 432,000, more than double the total number of net new jobs.

The broadest measure of unemployment—which includes discouraged workers and those who can’t find a full-time job for economic reasons—still totals more than 20 million Americans and the rate unexpectedly rose in June to 14.3% from 13.8%.



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