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June 6, 2011

Weiner Revealed

via BigGovernment.com
via BigGovernment.com

Talk about the shoulder as a perch for our competing good and bad inner selves!

What’s interesting to me is how Weiner lines himself up between a photo taken with his wife and a photo taken with Bill Clinton, with whom he shares the same kind of need for sexual attention. The distance between him and the photo with his wife, compared to the fact his shoulder and the Clinton photo are bisecting is also interesting, as well as the way the family and professional pics all line up opposite Weiner’s pic with “the Big Dog.”  Of course, all this alignment might be completely random, but Weiner is taking a portrait so “where he stands” in relation to these other emotionally charged photos is curious, keeping things straight between the good boy and bad, and between public and private.

I’m also interested in that expression. I don’t think Weiner has been getting any thrill from this. Acting out on compulsions don’t bring any pleasure, only relief.

UPDATE: This photo actually gives us a better sense of how Weiner’s conscience is operating, and speaks to the kind of neediness that underlies his level of sexual obsession and risk taking. The caption at the Daily Mail reads:

Anthony Weiner allegedly sent this image on May 5, after the unnamed woman asked him to prove he was talking to her in real time.

Given the difference in angle between how he’s sitting and how he orients the paper, Weiner creates some ambiguity as to whether he’s a man (a respected man) or, pointing to the frame, he’s really a dog — just some cute dog. Once again, there’s no happiness or sense of thrill in that face. Instead, there’s a sad, seeking, emptiness there.

(10: 25 pm – edited for clarity)

  • Karen H

    There’s an odd disconnect between the lowered head and grim mouth and the purpose of the photo. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been out of the loop. Do I infer from this that AW really has been doing what his on-line stalker claimed? Assuming so … I’ve turned on the television and been clued in. Slow learner.

    Good observation, Karen. I’d add I’m also struck by the shadow across his eyes. Sorta like those broadcast interviews where the identity of the witness is disguised.

    Think about his joking at the Correspondents’ Dinner about the sexual double entendres elicited by his last name.

  • http://www.peterhollander.com Peter Hollander

    I just think he’s incredibly naive, or desperate to get caught… or a combination of the two.  

    Any politician in this day and age knows that the image is all that’s important.  What’s said is meaningless– I’m paraphrasing the late Michael Deaver here, who acknowledged many a time that an American flag and Ronald Reagan standing resolute beside it, would trump anything negative coming out of Reagan’s mouth. 

    The point here being: any thinking, breathing, rational politician knows at some innate level what ELSE is in the frame around him.  That’s there stock and trade.  To believe that when he goes on his predatory stalking adventures that he somehow forgets that?  Don’t buy it.  As Bag says, a whole host of other internal realities come into play. None of them good.

  • http://www.peterhollander.com Peter Hollander

    One additional thought on the first picture.  

    It’s really like a frame from the first Spiderman, where Peter Parker is sitting in his room, strangely confused over his rapidly advancing physique after the spider bite.  Like: “Whoa.  What’s happening to me?”  With that classic movie lighting, where everything above his chest and month is in shadow.  But why?  What’s it mean?  Has the face and intellect been superseded by the body politic?  Couldn’t resist.

    Just great entertainment all around.  Who needs T.V.?

  • http://www.peterhollander.com Peter Hollander

    One additional thought on the first picture.  

    It’s really like a frame from the first Spiderman, where Peter Parker is sitting in his room, strangely confused over his rapidly advancing physique after the spider bite.  Like: “Whoa.  What’s happening to me?”  With that classic movie lighting, where everything above his chest and month is in shadow.  But why?  What’s it mean?  Has the face and intellect been superseded by the body politic?  Couldn’t resist.

    Just great entertainment all around.  Who needs T.V.?

  • Anonymous

    This is an example of the inverted pyramid of technological sophistication.  Weiner’s expressionless face shows me he has no idea that these images are stored.  He probably thinks they disappear into the ether.

    There’s no way he’s aware of the risk he’s taking.  The higher up you go, the more you have people doing things for you.  So here’s the Congressman sitting alone in his office with the door closed indulging himself in what he thinks is a bit of harmless mischief. 

    Don’t read anything into this.  His lack of affect means only that he’s unconcerned.  I’d call him a jerk but there are lots and lots of technical ignoramuses, and they’re not all jerks.  Remember, they wouldn’t let Bush near the computer; they were afraid of what he might do.

    Put this down as a sort of road accident, not as an act of self-destruction.  He never saw it coming till it hit him.  Needless to say, all sorts of high officials have scheduled briefings from their IT guys.

    • ration al

      The issue no one wants to think about, but is hinted at, properly, here is that the internet is an embarrassment looking for a place to happen. We are nowhere protected even from keystroke mistakes, forwarding on messages we did not originate and all sorts of things, not to say this is what happened here. But we are all victims of the lack of rules that Facebook and Twitter bring on. The information highway is owned, run and controlled by one or two people. It’s the ultimate in privatization -which ironically means the publicization, mostly inadvertent, of our private lives and imperfections. Only right wing conservatives are perfect in this regard, because they are self-consciously, 24 hours a day opportunists who are always looking for/to the advantage that any action or inaction will produce – and the media thinks that all politicians are like that. Here we have a decent person who is not like that and, pardon the pun, he gets fried. Hope he does not resign and comes back, with his shirt on, please, to fry his detractors.

  • tinwoman

    Nothing to do with the pictures—–Breitbart is still slime.

    • Anonymous

       And what infuriates me so much about Weiner’s juvenile texting is that Breitbart was finally right about somebody. Jeez.

  • Matt

    i’d love to see a handwriting analysis of the “me” – capital M and lower case e are both the same size. that must mean something.

    also, who knew there were so many hard bodies in the house of representatives? see also – christopher lee, aaron schock.

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