Rep. Anthony Weiner finally sat down for interviews with the cable news networks today, and he seemed to be just as evasive and nervous as he was during his catastrophic press conference yesterday.
But maybe Weiner isn’t interested in convincing the public that he’s telling the truth. Maybe he’s just interested in political survival. If that’s the case, doing the shows could have an upside for Weiner. Now he can insist that he’s done long interviews with each of the networks, answered all of their questions, and is moving on.
Honestly—where can reporters go from here? They’ve asked if he sent the lewd photo to the woman, and Weiner said no. They’ve asked why he didn’t call for an official investigation, and he replied that he didn’t want to waste the taxpayers’ money. They’ve asked whether it was a photo of him, and he said he “couldn’t say with certitude” but had hired a private firm to investigate.
Weiner isn’t suspected of doing anything illegal. The woman who received the photo doesn’t seem interested in discussing the issue. And without an official investigation—which only Weiner can call—there’s no way to find out for certain who sent the message.
That’s not to say that Weiner’s evasiveness isn’t repugnant. Clearly he’s completely indifferent to the concerns of the public. But unless more details emerge, the story may have just hit a wall.