The New Yorker tweeted the cover from its next issue, and it’s brilliant. Weiner will never recover:
15 Comments To "King Dong Terrorizes City!"
#1 Comment By cecelia On July 26, 2013 @ 4:23 pm
which just goes to show – do not lie to – and then make fools of – the MSM! They will not forgive.
I do hope it finishes off his candidacy – we have plenty of idiots in public office – but we do not need anymore –
#2 Comment By Athenian Stranger On July 26, 2013 @ 4:24 pm
It’s in cases like this where one really does wonder about the psychology of names.
#3 Comment By Andy On July 26, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
Weiner could think of going full-tilt cad, like Edwin W. Edwards, but he lacks the charm.
#4 Comment By EngineerScotty On July 26, 2013 @ 4:45 pm
Nor is he likely going to get to run for office against a Klansman…
#5 Comment By j. r. mc Faul On July 26, 2013 @ 4:57 pm
I just have to say, I wish the New Yorker would have a pickure of me on a King Dong Terrorizes City” cover.
That’s atually pretty glorious if you have no shame.
#6 Comment By FatHappySouthernBoy On July 26, 2013 @ 4:57 pm
Twas beauty slew the boner.
#7 Comment By Charles Cosimano On July 26, 2013 @ 5:02 pm
He’ll survive at as long as people keep laughing at his wife’s name.
#8 Comment By Lancelot Lamar On July 26, 2013 @ 5:05 pm
It’s even circumcised!
#9 Comment By EngineerScotty On July 26, 2013 @ 5:22 pm
Who knew that if you rip the spire of the Empire State Building, that it looks like a giant…saltshaker?
#10 Comment By torylawyer On July 26, 2013 @ 5:36 pm
“Weiner could think of going full-tilt cad, like Edwin W. Edwards, but he lacks the charm.”
Easy on ‘ole EWE. Us Louisianians are partial to our cads, now.
#11 Comment By Neildsmith On July 26, 2013 @ 6:02 pm
Now, Mr. Dreher… there is no need to judge the behavior of Mr. Weiner and his online admirers. They are just part of the world of celebrities, reality shows, and politics that exist to entertain us. Heck, they probably aren’t even real people!
#12 Comment By Annek On July 26, 2013 @ 7:51 pm
His poor child!
#13 Comment By You May Already Be A Weiner On July 26, 2013 @ 8:44 pm
“I wish I were Hizzoner Mayor Weiner …”
“An Oscar Mayer Wiener is all meat!” …
Those were different times, as Lou Reed sang.
#14 Comment By Glaivester On July 27, 2013 @ 1:57 am
I thought Weiner was going to resign from the race, but I guess he’s going to stick it out.
I hear he’s a great boss on the campaign trail, because he cares so much about his staff.
I heard he has finally decided to change his name so that people won’t make fun of it.
Here are the names he is choosing between:
Anthony P. Ness
A. Dick Foto
The lesson here: do not take photos of your junk if you have a name that people can make puns from. Don’t you agree, Rod?
#15 Comment By Bobby On July 27, 2013 @ 4:12 pm
The politics of public repentance is an intriguing beast.
My Calvinist upbringing taught me that repentance involved several elements: (1) admitting wrong, (2) doing so in a way that shows a heart-felt sorrow for the people (besides yourself) injured by the wrong, and (3) having a credible intention to do better.
Bill Clinton’s public repentance for the Lewinsky scandal satisfied all three elements. And, for the most part, history has shown that the public judged rightly. For the most part, Bubba’s public persona has been very different since that time.
Paula Deen’s public repentance failed miserable. She never admitted wrong, but blamed her conduct on having grown up in the South at a certain time. And it wasn’t clear that she understood the hurt that her conduct caused others. And, for that reason, we couldn’t believe that she would change.
Weiner’s public repentance also seems to fall flat. He admitted wrong, and he may understand how it hurt his wife. But I don’t think that any of us believe that he’ll change. We watched this charade just two years ago when he resigned from Congress. But, despite being married and having a child, continued to conduct himself like a 14-year-old boy.
Of course, failing twice at something isn’t a sign that we can’t change. Heck. My Calvinist upbringing suggested that we’ll surrender to our inner demons hundreds of times before we (by God’s grace) overcome them. But pop culture has never been to Calvinist; it’s more Arminian. It expects success to follow genuine repentance; otherwise the earlier repentance is (wrongly) judged to have been fake.
So, I don’t see Weiner coming back. Unlike Deen, I suspect that his repentance was genuine. But our Arminian culture has no place for people who need to repent twice.
That is, unless you’re a hunky, young Hollywood actor like Cory Monteith. And though Weiner may imagine that he still possesses the youthful handsomeness of Monteith, the culture isn’t conceding that. And perhaps that’s really Weiner’s crime: He puts himself in a category with Monteith, and the rest of us don’t. Bill Clinton at least understood that average-looking middle-aged guys get only one shot at repentance.