I've been amused by all these stories referring to Rep. Anthony Weiner, who yesterday admitted he may have Tweeted himself right out of a job with lewd pictures and messages sent to women who are not his wife, as a “rising star” in Jewish and Democratic politics
There's little question Weiner is entertaining, as members of Congress go; his rants at hearings, immortalized on YouTube, provide great comic relief from the grim business of legislating in today's polarized political environment.
But if Weiner was ever regarded as a particularly successful and powerful lawmaker, I must have missed the memo. I sure didn't hear much talk about the New York congressman as a Democratic Party powerhouse.
“He was a highly reliable supporter of Jewish interests and concerns,” said Kean University political scientist Gilbert Kahn. “On a few issues he was up front. But he wasn't a major leadership or legislative force.”
Entertaining and sometimes controversial? Sure. But a Capitol Hill power player and major force in Jewish politics? I don't think so.
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