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June 9th, 2011
02:52 PM ET

Why won't Rep. Weiner do the honorable thing and resign?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some people just don't know when it's time to leave. For disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner it's past time. But he insists he's not going anywhere, that he has no intention of resigning. My guess is he's going to change his mind about that, and soon.

A couple of late developments: Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart says he's got another X-rated picture of Congressman Weiner. But he says he's not going to release it just yet. The morning papers in New York are full of explicit text messages. Disgusting stuff more appropriate for a drunken college frat boy that a member of the United States Congress. Yesterday we learned his wife is pregnant with their first child. On the scale of creeps from one to ten Congressman Anthony Weiner is an eleven.

Weiner arrogantly told a reporter from the New York Post today that while he is aware he betrayed many people, he's not giving up his job. Instead he said he is now trying to get back to work to, quote "make amends to my constituents, and of course to my family."

A Democratic source who spoke with Weiner told CNN that Weiner's digging in his heels because he says his wife wants him to stay in Congress. She would probably prefer he be anywhere at this point except at home.

But the sharks are in the water in Washington. Many of Weiner's colleagues want him gone, including a growing number of members of his own party. Senate majority leader Harry Reid says he won't take his calls. Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont and the second most senior member of the Senate, today called for Weiner to quit.

Leahy joins fellow democrats Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania and a list of House Democrats who say Weiner must go.

I wonder if Las Vegas has the over and under on Weiner making it through the weekend. My guess is he's gone by Monday, but we'll see.

Here’s my question to you: Why won't Rep. Weiner do the honorable thing and resign?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


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  1. Susan

    Jack,
    I don't hear you calling for David Vitter to resign.
    What Vitter did was just as bad & he still has his seat.
    Anthony Weiner should resigh only when David Vitter does.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  2. Kevin from Fort Wayne

    What a bunch of hypocrites. Why should he? You have a (then) sitting governor who abandoned his post to fly off to see his mistress and that was allowed. The POTUS was caught getting oral sex in the Oval Office, lied about it and was allowed to remain. This isn't even significant compared to most sex scandals coming out of Washington and you want him to step down for sending a bunch of childish dirty messages?

    People need to seriously get their priorities straight...

    June 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  3. Tina Tx

    Because he is the typical politcian. Look at the ones who have lied before Weiner? Engsign, Clinton, Gingrich etc? Did they step down at once? No they drag it out till the ship sinks.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  4. Richard/Colebrook,NH

    Jack, I guess that this is " one weiner" that doesn't report to a higher authority!

    June 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  5. Paul From Austin Texas

    Could it be he is just not an honorable person. His actions should of proved that.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  6. Bob D Iowa

    He's a politician, if all the serious indiscretions were published, as the sex scandals are, there wouldn’t be anybody left.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  7. JB Nashville TN

    Arrogance is the result of Anthony Weiner's decision making.
    Just as Nancy Pelosi called for Chris Lee to resign, she should
    force Weiner to resign, and, if he refuses, they BOTH should
    resign. Enough of their arrogance and partisanship!

    June 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  8. Rusty

    He wants to stay. She wants him to stay. Constituents want him to stay. Doubtful any laws were broken. He'll probably stay. Time for the media to move away from this tabloid story and on to more important topics.

    Rusty
    Raleigh, NC

    June 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  9. Paul P.

    Probably 'cus he know what the job market is like out there. He isn't going anywhere unless someone fires him.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  10. Satori

    Jack, I love your segments but I'm a little concerned about media promoting Weiner's resignation as "the honorable thing" – particularly as it's not only a Constitutionally-guaranteed usage of a Congressman's free speech rights, but there's also great evidence out there that this was a by-now typical Facebook-based information gather-and-slam. I'm not sure that should be the basis on which our country should keep or lose its representatives. That it could easily become the basis, creates a good reason to be skeptical about the motivation of the scandal.

    All the best,

    – Satori

    June 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  11. Dave - Phx, Az

    Simple. He is not honorable. He is lying scum and along with John Kyl should be removed from office for lying to the American people in public statements. Maybe Kyl can go work for PP, lord knows he has been worthless for Arizona.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  12. julie

    Simply because we have no honorable members in the congress or senate.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  13. David, from Plant City Florida

    Because he should not do it. He has committed no crime and therefore should not be punished. His sexual exploits are between him and his wife, and considering she is telling him to stay and fight I think he should.

    The fact that you say resigning is the "Honorable" thing to do quite frankly makes me respect you a great deal less.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  14. David of Alexandria VA

    Three words, Jack - ego, ego, and ego. Besides, Clinton kind of raised (er.. lowered) the bar for sexual political scandal and we let him live. Maybe Weiner thinks the same miracle will happen for him

    June 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  15. Sylvia from California

    Arrogance and poor judgement. Which by the way, is what got him into this mess.....

    June 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  16. Gary H. Boyd

    Because his ego's in the way Jack. After 7 terms in congress he obviously sees himself as sacrosanct. And, the fact that a recent poll of his New York district reveals 51% still see him as their savior and intend to reelect him, why should he. Besides, after 14 years in Washington, what else could he possibly be qualified to do for a living? He certainly couldn't sell used cars.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  17. Ed from Texas

    First, politicians are not honorable. If they were, they would get an honest job. Second if Sen. Vitter (R-LA) didn't resign, why should Congressman Weiner?

    June 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  18. Steve, NY

    The last Congressman from New York State, who was a Republican, resigned immediately. He had only a shirt off. Didn't lie or exposed any body parts other than his chest. This happened only approximately 5 months ago. Apparently the Democrats have a differenmt standard. They scream real loud if it's a Republican. If it's a Democrat it's not so bad. Anyway Bill Clinton will help Weiner out, to get out of this mess.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  19. curtis in philadelphia

    Its called ego and most politicans go forever unchecked.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  20. John from Alabama

    Jack: Honor has nothing to do with politics. Rep. Weiner probably believes his problems will go away eventually. The Ethics Committee might be able to force him to resign, but I doubt it. I believe he is trying to make a deal, so he can leave Congress with his retirement funding intact. Mr. Weiner has been in Congress for 7 terms, and maybe he believes he can win an 8th term. Go figure!!

    June 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  21. Larry from Kansas

    Jack,

    Weiner is made from a different type of clay. This clay, once it's molded will never change. It's charactristics are: Power, Fame,Money in that order. It does not matter who you hurt, what you distroy or what it costs. It's called political clay. Weiner will never resign no matter what he has done. He was voted in and now he has to be voted out.

    Larry from Kansas

    June 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  22. Dana Clark- Livingston Mt.

    Because he has no where else to go, or at least can see no other option for his life at tis time. His career as a politicion is over, and his marriage may also be over. He may not know what else to do. Frankly, I think that one of the problems in our government is that there are to many " career" politicians. The terms should be more limited and there should be no such thing as a life long career in politics because often that goes hand in hand with to much power, ego, and corruption. A term in government should be considered a short time public service stint.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  23. Pete in Georgia

    I'm assuming this is a serious question.

    Why, you ask ??

    Arrogance....................arrogance....................and more arrogance.

    He is an immature, dishonest............lying, deceiving, narcissist.

    A total disgrace to America.

    And to think, some actually refer to him as a public servant.

    More like a "pubic" servant if you ask me.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  24. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack one only needs to look at history for the answer to your question. Not too long Bill Clinton committed adultery on his wife with a page named Monica Lewinski. Clinton was president at the time and he also lied when he was confronted. He went on to finish out his term without resigning. Clintons wife Hillary is now the boss of Wieners wife and you can bet that she is getting the benefit of Hilary's years of learning on how to deal with adultery as a politicians wife. It does not mater how sleazy they are. Clinton did not have to resign and neither does Wiener.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  25. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    You should be asking the same thing of David Vitter

    June 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  26. Conor in Chicago

    Weiner should stay in office as long as David Vitter does. David Vitter is a self proclaimed defender of faith and family who was caught and admitted to having sex with prostitutes a year or so ago. He’s still in Washington. He’s still being paid with our tax dollars.

    If Vitter stays, so does Weiner. Sending nude pics on Twitter is pretty creepy but last I checked sleeping with prostitutes and cheating on your wife are both illegal. Republicans can't have it both ways even though they think they are entitled to.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  27. Loren

    Because he's an arrogant, self-centered pig. Whatever he says, the fact is that he violated the public trust and regardless of what the polls may say, the right thing is to resign. But then how often do politicians do the right thing? Well, almost everyone prior to him who was caught with his pants down did.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  28. Joe CE

    Weiner is not noted for honorable actions. Hopefully his consitutents will dump him if he runs again. Incidenyially, the blogger explaination for the release of the latest photo makes no more sense than Weiner's original explanation. Try reproucing a photo from a phone camera while it is being passed around. Is lying contageous?

    June 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  29. Jim

    Jack,

    Expecting a member of Congress to do something just because it's the "honorable thing" is like expecting a pig to sweep out its sty. Congress will have one less Weiner when it becomes the least painful option for him, and not before.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    June 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  30. Larry from Kansas

    Jack,

    Weiner is made from a different type of clay. This clay, once it's molded will never change. It's characteristics are: Power, Fame, Money in that order. It does not matter who you hurt, what you destroy or what it costs. It's called political clay. Weiner will never resign no matter what he has done. He was voted in and now he has to be voted out.

    Larry from Kansas

    June 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  31. Joe R - Houston

    Doh... Lessee... he lies about tracks he's left in the mud while wearing one-off designer shoes and is too ignorant to realize that a full scale investigation could land him in jail, so why would anyone think he had enough sense to know when he's got a fork stuck in him?

    June 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  32. David Gerstenfeld

    He will Jack, as soon as he stops looking at himself in the mirror.
    David, Las Vegas

    June 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  33. Janne from NC

    He is counting on the short attention span of the media and the American electorate to save his behind. If he can hang on just a little while we will have moved on to something else and he will still be a lying, cheating congressman.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  34. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    The man hasn't done anything that some other men haven't done. He just got caught. And If his wife going to stand behind him over it, than why he should quit.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  35. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Weiner won't resign because he has no honor.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  36. Stephen N. Blesofsky

    Congressman Weiner is in denial about his compulsive behavior and about what is honorable. What can we expect from any "drowning" person? Either the DEMS leadership or someone he trusts or the voters in his district will decide .He has made one huge mess for many people.

    Had I been advising him, competent "spin Dr." that I am, I would have said: get yourself into therapy, inform the public that what you did was not only reprehensible, but abnormal, that you are going to be engaged in therapy for quite sometime and that I will be most guided by the voters in my district whose trust I violated. Lastly, that I (Vitter) will not discuss any details of my therapy, which will certainly involved my wife whose trust I also violated. My "diagnosis" and suggested remedy makes sense on the merits.

    On another related matter, all be it to some degree a sidetrack, one would hope the media would ask key Republican leaders why no call for Senator Vitter's resignation was made or is being made, despite the fact that Senator Vitter's transgressions where not only a violation of trust, but an act of hypocrisy by this "family values" proponent and a CRIME.

    Sun City Center
    Florida, 33573

    June 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  37. carly

    Perhaps he feels that he won't get picked up by a news channel for his own show? So he needs to keep his day job.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  38. BILL, WI

    Because the egotistical little twit thinks he is entitled to his $175k annual salary.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  39. Barbara Leavitt

    Probably thinks this is on the line of Rep. John Ensign here in Nevada.
    He refused to resign also, until they were going to do a full blown investigation. Not sure Weiner has broke any laws per say but his
    morals, or lack of are distracting and he needs to resign. What a shame,
    he's the only Democrat I've seen stand up FOR the Democrats! The one
    guy with balls (pun intended) and he blows it. I am so disgusted
    with him. Let down is more like it.
    Henderson NV

    June 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  40. Josh from New Orleans

    We elect officials to represent us and I think he is doing a good job of that because there is a high percentage of married Americans who engage in infidelity.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  41. Mr. D

    Since when do the politician do the "honorable" thing? It is obvious that his ego is much larger than other "parts" of him. He was trying to show how much of a man he was on twitter. let him show his manhood by accepting responsibility and stepping down.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  42. Chuku Chuku

    Jack, because he lives in a place called la la land, and in that land you are delusional. i hope he wakes up tomorrow morning in our world and realize that he is doing his image more harm than good by refusing to resign. Jack, i think Anothony Weiner should post a comment on your blog, no pictures though.
    Chuku Chuku
    Calgary, Canada

    June 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  43. Jane (Minnesota)

    It's so sad that this story is taking up so much oxygen when the attention should be focused on the high unemployment and the conomy.

    I'd like to pose another question, Jack. Why should Rep. Weiner resign when there is a sitting Republican Senator (Vitter) in Congress who was caught up in the DC madam prostitution scandal and actually dragged his wife out in front of the media for cover who didn't do the honorable thing and resign. If we say the Senator was voted back into office, shouldn't this be up to the Congressman's constituants and not the rest of us??????

    Why is there a double standard for bad behavior in Republicans vs Democrats. Last time I checked prostitution is illegal in most places, where as sexting isn't unless a minor is involved.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  44. Jay

    Because the ‘honorable’ thing would be to serve his constituents in the office they elected him to. Why do Americans these days care so much about these silly issues that have nothing to do with a person’s job performance? JFK would have been out of office within a week if Americans back then had been so uptight.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  45. Russ

    Because he is a jerk that's why.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  46. Greg in Arkansas

    Rep. Weiner won't resign and do the honorable thing because most Congressmen that do something dishonorable don't know the difference.

    They expect people to address them as "the Honorable Mr. so-and-so, from the great state of 'some-where", even after they admit that they have betrayed the voters that elected them to set a higher example.

    There are already enough liars in Washington; we don't need this self-confessed jerk on the public payroll.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  47. Sandstone.

    "Honor is what he does not have. Why don't you just put him on trial? "

    June 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  48. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl because he is just like all the other weiners in congress.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  49. Bill from Clinton, Maryland

    The entire work force should resign.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  50. Dennis north carolina

    professional politicians never do the right thing if it will take him out of power.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  51. Gerry

    He is a New York Jewish Liberal and he figures that his indiscretions
    will go away as it worked for Bill Clinton. By the way, it has come to my attention that former President Bill Clinton officiated at his wedding a year or so ago. With a mentor like Bill Clinton what else would you expect? Nuff said.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  52. Tom in Desoto, TX

    He's a politician, he knows more than the peasants that elected him and their kind. Can't you see the purple robe?

    June 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  53. Bob in Kansas City

    An over inflated ego and a sense of the place won't run without him...he lied to the whole country a day after the story broke. If the House had a spine they'd start the process to remove him if he won't resign but, I'm not holding my breath that'll happen.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  54. Scott

    He is prideful. He lacks morals.

    Are we no longer electing leaders? A leader is someone you look up to who not only gets the job done, but gets the job done well. A leader rallies the people, and provides an example for the people to follow. I fear our tax dollars are increasingly being spent on mediocre government workers who are ineffective at their jobs and spend their time and our tax dollars satisfying perverted voyeurisms, lusts, and pleasures.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  55. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    He can't quit, who would hire him if he does? The guy is a genuine wiener.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  56. David in Tampa

    Arrogance. Self centered. Delusional. A better question would be, if we can get him to resign, why can't the rest of them follow suite? As things stand, nothing would be preferable to what we have now.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  57. Kevin

    why should he, Rangle didn't! Let New Yorkers decide by pushing for a special vote of confidence.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  58. Richard C.

    Hey, Weiner, just leave!!

    June 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  59. Bill in New Mexico

    He is narcissistic!
    To resign is to destroy this self-portrait of awesome beauty.

    His ego is God!
    To resign is blasphemy.

    He is incompetent!
    If he resigns he is facing minimum wage.

    He is an All-American Hero to his perceived electronic conquests!
    This has been a 24/7 self-indulging dream too long. He is much too addicted.

    He is painfully alone!
    Resigning would open a door to a much too depressive loneliness.

    Representive Weiner cannot and must not resign!
    He is perfect–the perfect politician.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  60. Joe in Dallas, Texas

    The simplest answer would be that as a man without honor Rep. Weiner is not capable of doing the honorable thing.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  61. Jenny from Nanuet, NY

    Until David Vitter resigns for real-life law-breaking and disgracing Congress, Weiner should have the same ability to be re-elected by his constituents (and the Republican hypocrites should shut up.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  62. Darrell Wayne - San Francisco

    Jack,

    If Rep. Weiner should resign, then Vitter should also resign. Why is it that GOP Leader Cantor says Weiner should but he said he would pray for Vitter's family and let the voters decide. Republicans are suh hyporites. Whyare you not asking that question?

    June 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  63. Donna from Wisconsin

    Maybe because being stupid is a requirement for Congress and he is no different than the rest of them! Why should he? Breaking the law he did not do. If thinking with his private parts were not part of the power of Politics, we wouldn't have Newt, Clinton, Edwards, the list goes on and on for BOTH parties. But bad morals or lying to reporters or his wife is not breaking the laws of Congress. He is doing his job and the rest of Congress is just blowing steam to make themselves look better than he. He who has not sinned, please stand up! Enough said.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  64. Tony Fotia

    EGO, self importance, conceitedness, pompousness, smugness, vanity and let me see......maybe EGO. But Jack, Republicans are held to a higher standard because after all, Republicans have family values and character. On the other hand, liberals are not held responsible because after all, liberals don't have these qualities. But they do have a problem with EGO, self importance, conceitedness, pompousness, smugness, vanity and let me see......maybe EGO.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  65. Terry in Virginia

    Representative Weiner has a role model when it comes to not resigning - he's Republican Senator Vitter, who did more than lie - he broke the law by hiring prostitutes. Why should Mr. Weiner do what Mr. Vitter refuses to do? As to reports of what his wife says or doesn't say, consider the source. Until she says something, take everything attributed to her with a grain of salt or maybe a box of salt in this case.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  66. Rudy Padgett

    He shouldn't resign.Only a coward resigns. weiner should get his act together, and then serve the people that elected him..He can't tarnish the image of Congress anymore than it already is...

    When election time comes around for him, then the voters will tell him whether to stay or go.

    Rudy
    Roanoke, VA

    June 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  67. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Maybe he's just a gluten for punishment.
    I'm surprised he is not gone yet after all the Weiner jokes he's put up with from the media.
    I do think this is the Weiners last hot dog stand.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  68. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    Power and position are powerful elixirs. The Congressman will resign, once he runs out of options.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    June 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  69. Mike in Minneapolis

    Because Americans have essentially lost all sense of shame.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  70. Jason from NYC

    Congressman Weiner will not resign for the same reason he lied to everyone in the first place. He, as most other Congressmen, feel a sense of entitlement.. As such, even when they break the law, as David Vitter did by hiring a prostitute, they feel the law does not apply to them. They feel they ARE the law. Congress has never been known for it's humility.

    Jason from New York City

    June 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  71. Anissa from Wilmington, North Carolina

    He won't resign because he simply wants to stay in power. His wife wants the same recognition and power for the sake of her own career. Nothing about this situation is honorable and I doubt that Weiner is resigning anytime soon unless he is forced to leave.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  72. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, he is a liberal just like Clinton and Rangel. What else do you expect?
    Minesh Baxi Troy MI

    June 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  73. Jeff Pierce in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, of course the shameless Congressman Weiner won't resign because it is unreasonable to assume that a liberal would do something... ANYTHING... that is honorable.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  74. Frank J Giambrone

    I dont Like Weiner,but I bet when this storry broke,all The POLS in DC were deleting all their sex sites,their all crooks and its suckers like me that pay the tab,we give money to countries that hate us and we suffer with high gas,stop giving my tax dollars away keep it in this country,is there anything we can charge these countries that gouge us,let them stand alone,let them protect themselves,lets charge them for the protection we give all these OPECS,maybe the gas price would come down,I bet Don Corleone would make them an offer/You Know What I Mean/its gotta stop,Weiner's not alone HE JUST GOT CAUGHT....Remember NIXON,He Just Got Caught to But They were all doin It,Things dont Change........Wake Up America,THERE ALL CROOKS.............

    June 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  75. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Ontario)

    I assume he simply wants the money and perks from his job as Congressman to continue as if nothing slimy has occurred.
    What I find disturbing is that Weiner's statements now have the stench of being committee drafted. Nothing is spontaneous or honest. He and his advisors are crafting statements designed just to make the story go away and create the least negative public reaction. I want to cleanse the TV screen with disinfectant every time I see his face and watch his lying lips move.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  76. Gary in CA

    I think its funny Jack. The politicians want him to resign because he lied? They want him to resign because he did something sexually inappropriate? Really?

    Apparently the political theater is obvious to everyone except our politicians. Maybe they should look in the mirror.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  77. riley oday

    Those people have no sense. The rules dont apply to them. This is the road most of them take when caught going wrong. few of them leave that life without being forced to go.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  78. Karl in Flint

    The same reason Vitter, Craig and Ensign didn’t do the honorable thing? These are politicians, i.e.: scum bags, that we get duped into voting for to represent us. Voters don’t really care about dirty pictures on the internet. It’s what the Congressperson does for their constituents. Vitter has been reelected since his scandal. What does that tell us? Cunningham, Jefferson and Foley left in or nearly in handcuffs. Big difference. I don’t see handcuffs in Weiner’s future, just a wife that can make his life hell on earth for as long as she wants. Remember Mrs. Vitter in the brown and white print dress at that news conference? She was not pleased and it showed.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  79. peterdavid2009

    I'm not at all sure that forcing him leaving office is an adequate punishment. Mr. and Mrs. Weiner need the support of the American people now more than ever before. If he was a terrible Senator removing him would make sense, but not now not for this reason. I don't like what he has done, and I don't like being lied to. The punishment must fit the CRIME, I feel bad for Mrs. Wiener as bad as I would feel for anyone in these trying times, it's called empathy. Making a man leave his place of business for less than the Wall Street Fiasco or lying to a nation about weapons of mass destruction (WMD's) would be a great mistake. Everyone needs to work and we should be allowed to learn from our mistakes. Just remember the Judge that said Bernie Madoff was not a treat to people or a flight risk. Wiener is strictly small time.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  80. Judy

    Im sorry, but the hypocrisy of the republicans on this issue is staggering. Where is David Vitter today?? Why is he still in congress?? I wonder how many other republicans denounced HIS behavior. If Weiner wants to resign, he will. It's up to the voters and that is all.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  81. Donovan in Nevada

    He is just doing what most politicians normally do. Nothing.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  82. Joe

    Because what he did isn't the worst thing in the world. It isn't even the worst thing a member of Congress has done in the last 3 years. Find something else to fixate on Jack, because we are quickly losing interest.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  83. sparkly jules

    Why should he?

    To the best of my knowledge, he hasn't broken any laws, and until or unless it's shown that he has, the only thing he needs to worry about is his lovely wife. Ensign, Vitter, Sanborn, Craig, all did worse and broke the law, and NONE of them resigned (Ensign waited until minutes before he was indicted to resign).

    I support Congressman Weiner. What he did with his phone, as long as he didn't break the law, is none of my business. As Rachel Maddow said on Letterman lat night, "it's just gossip."

    June 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  84. Keith

    Steve, NY – Perhaps you might offer why David Vitter, Republican Senator from Louisiana, is still in the Senate. Actual sex with actual prostitutes to whom he paid actual money.
    Hypocrisy, anyone? You Republicans are a joke.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  85. Cee, La

    Risque sexual behavior is not new......it is age old, and crosses all socio economic, religious,gender, racial lines......as long as he didnt campaign as the "family values" guy, as my Senator David Vitter did, its up to his constituents and his wife to forgive him.....Not me..... at least he didnt have his poor humiliated wife standing beside him, like a deer caught in the headlights......like my Senator did........and he was re-elected by a landslide.....but not with my help.....

    June 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  86. Marcelo - Los Angeles

    What Weiner did was wrong, but if you had done that you probably wouldn't be fired from work if it was on your own time. It was bad judgment and he will have to face his wife and family.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  87. andy in Gaithersburg

    why won't he resign? Because having a job is always better than not having a job...

    June 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  88. Rick McDaniel

    Maybe because he isn't all that honorable?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  89. Amy

    All of those politician... including weiner... WILL NOT resign because they feel their place is their right.... they want to continue to have the control and money. Even Obama won't resign... I would bet that if we tried to get him to resign or veto he will get in touch with United Nation and pull the race card or call for martial law.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  90. OldMo

    If you think a member of Congress has more morals than a drunken college frat boy you're deluding yourself. The vast majority of politicians (Dem or Rep) that high up are soulless scum.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  91. jon

    He did not break any laws. And, most likely, neither did John Edwards. These guys may be weird, but then there are millions of other weird people in the United States. Just listen to a few of them talk for a while.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  92. Gary

    In the old days, this type of behavior and disgrace would of course result in resignation, but Bill Clinton changed that - he proved you could hang in there and survive. And since then, we've seen Vitter, Craig, and many others hunker down and stay in their jobs. Perhaps the age of dignity has passed - and we simply come to the age of voter disgust. It is up to them to decide whether he stays or goes.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  93. emmie

    Jack, have you called for Senator Vitter to resign? He's still in office even though he visited prostitutes many time. That is against the law and certainly against the idea that congress members should be held to a high standard of ethical behavior. Why haven't you called for his resignation?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  94. Denny from Tacoma

    C'mon Jack! When did being a politician become, in fact, an honorable profession? It should be of course but you and I know that it often is not honorable for many. There is outright dishonesty, lying and cheating going on, frequently under the guise of plausible denial. Even when politicians like Weiner admit they are wrong to their constituents, they seldom believe it themselves. If all politicians did the honorable thing there would be, if any, few politicians.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  95. Gary in Illinois

    He should resign. Then CNN can hire him like Eliott Spitzer. he would make a lot more money.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  96. Juanita

    Jack, Why you and the news media do your job and report why so many republicans don't resign? Stop following yellow journalism and the likes of Fox News and Andrew Brieibart Briebart go lucky on this one. Why is there a double standard? Why hasn't Ensign, Sanford, Larry (tap, tap) Craig, Gingrich and the whole line of Speakers after he left, all asked to resign also? Why don't the GOP ask members of their party to resign but always demand dem too. David Vitter did a fund raising last night and no member of the GOP has given back any money from him.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  97. liz

    Maybe he's waiting for David Vitter to go first?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  98. SodaPop

    I'm a conservative Republican, and I don't see why he should quit.

    Unless he used government resources, he hasn't committed any crime. He may be a perv, but he's not a criminal.

    His constituents got what they voted for, and so he should finish his term.

    If you don't like who he is, just don't vote for him again.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  99. EmeraldCity

    Why not ask Clinton and Sanford the same thing? They certainly felt as though they could stay. And their dalliances involved physical interaction – not (just) text messages and photos.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  100. Jim, Cocoa FL

    The biggest difference between Weiner and those who want him to resign is that he got caught. They're all doing the same thing, both to their spouses and to the American people.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  101. Eve Lemon

    The same reason Vitter, Craig, and all the other pervies didn't resign. Honorable men make honorable decisions and none of the pervies can be accused of being honorable. Eve of Texas

    June 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  102. Dennis

    because you can be more than one thing at a time...he's also a defender of the people.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  103. Cranston Lamont

    If Weiner really wants to stay in Congress he needs to resign and fight his way back in via a special election. Since his offenses were (I think) purely personal, he can walk back into Congress with his head held high if he manages that.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  104. Warren

    Jack, get real man he should resign when Vitter resigns. Vitter actually had sex outside his marriage and is a complete phony as he supported marriage and was against same sax marriage. Why arnt you saying the " honorable " thing is Vitter to resign. Is this not a double standard ?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  105. Fred In LA

    He won't resign because Democrats never do the right thing, And I'm tired of the Vitter talking point. That happened back in 1999 and can't equate secretly visiting a prostitute with sending pictures of weiners to women. Just wait until we find out he sent it to an under aged girl. I'm sure we're not done yet.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  106. J.C. Raleigh

    Jack,
    To be frank, he's a hot dog who can't cut the mustard any longer but relishes the exposure he's getting. Narcissistic risk takers are like that.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  107. abby, texas

    Ego, ego, ego - narcissism -
    Why does it seem that our so-called "leaders" have the morals of alley cats - with deepest apologies to alley cats everywhere.... Weiner needs to resign immediately. He's a disgrace to America.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  108. Arizonan

    If he does not quit, it's because he knows that nothing will happen to him. No punishment that would amount to anything. After all, this bunch just slaps hands and says go and sin no more or at least keep it quiet.

    My guess is he's trying to make the best deal for himself right now. Once he gets the best offer he's going to get, he will bow out with the same old, same old....make amends to my family.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  109. Zoe from Canada

    I've long since given up trying to figure out what goes on in his head.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  110. Annie, Atlanta

    There have been senators and congressmen who have actually broken the law and didn't resign. Heck we have a Supreme Court Justice that won't recuse himself in light of a conflict of interest, as well as being a tax cheat. You think he'll give it up? Let Congressman Weiner's constituents decide. I'd like someone to ask Breitbart why he released the photo, personally. Was it really necessary after the damage was already done and after he went on about not releasing it to protect Weiner's family. Is he the future of journalism in this country?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  111. Levi Davis

    His name might be weiner, but he's got a lot of balls.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  112. Jeff Smulyan

    He won't resign because his ego is bigger than his Weiner.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  113. PATRICK HARRISON

    He'd join the unemployed and who wants that.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  114. Robert

    He won't resign because he is obviously stupid (as he showed by texting the pictures), What he isn't smart enough to understand is that as long as he remans a member of Congress he will be vilified constantly–as he should be. He probably is too retarted to understand that this will be in the lede of his obituary. Good going, jerk.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  115. Jeffery Smith

    The same reason that David Vitter didn't step down. They are serving their own constituency and expect to get re-elected. Sometimes it works.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  116. Chris

    Because he doesn't have to.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  117. Steve from California

    He's lost the respect of his peers, his family and the American people. The last thing he's got that reminds him of better days, is his job. If he lets go of that, he's officially hit rock bottom, and rock bottom isn't a place any of us want to be.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  118. Gayle from Colorado

    Oh please,...this is turning into a witch hunt. Enough already. How about he'll resign when David Vitter resigns?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  119. David from Oviedo, FL

    He's received a lot of inspiration from David Vitter.

    If Vitter can break the law and not have to resign, why should Weiner resign?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  120. Alyson Chadwick

    Not everyone agrees with you that that is the honorable. I hope he stays put.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  121. Eric Dahlgren

    That's easy Jack. Because he is NOT HONORABLE!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  122. JimGreenm Seguin, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack, ENOUGH WEINER ALREADY! Weiner has lots of company—only about 100 million users on the internet participate in this harmless auto-erotic flirting—Weiner’s mistake was in correctly assessing our 24 hour news cycle which exploits our sexually repressed in America, to sell soap –and he panicked—so who really is the scum bag here?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  123. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Maybe because about half of the constituents in his own district are telling him to stay. I agree he's way up there on the creep-o-meter but I still think the politicians who actually cheated on their wives and/or have extramarital children somewhere in the wings are far worse. Especially since most of them are Republicans who campaigned on family values. Yeah right! But sexual quirks that don't actually involve physical involvment? That's between him and his wife.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  124. sue r

    Congressman Weiner can't do the "honorable" thing because he would first need to understand what the word "honor" means and that seems to be beyond his learning curve.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  125. Linda in Arizona

    He probably thinks if Diaperman got away with the disgusting things he did, why not him? I kind of think that too.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  126. Ush

    You're asking this question of a man who dishonored himself when he sent nude pictures of himself over the internet to people he didn't know. He is not an honorable man.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  127. Bill Bodden

    Weiner won't do the honorable thing because he has no idea what the honorable thing is. Same as when he bounced up and down like a yo-yo applauding Netanyahu's lies before Congress. Like all the others in Congress.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  128. Clif in Florida

    Perhaps he is to sanctimonious to realize the shame his presence brings to the office.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  129. Bob, Arlington, VA.

    Jack – it's patently obvious. The same ego, arrogance and self-absorption that contributed to the behavior that got him to where he now finds himself is bleeding over into how he handles the decision to resign.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  130. Frank

    Because he and Mrs Weiner are being advised by the Clintons for Gods sake!!!!! Do we need to know any more than that!!??

    June 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  131. Heather

    What David Vitter did was not as bad as what Anthony Weiner did – it was WORSE. David Vitter had sexual contact outside his marriage. Weiner did not. Vitter has campaigned and lobbyed for morality and how it relates to the sanctity of marraige. Weiner has not. There is a political and moral hypocrisy going on here. Weiner is being attacked simply because he is a Democrat. When Republicans start calling for Vitter's resignation, only then should anyone take their complaints about Weiner seriously.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  132. maizenbluedoc

    The primary reason Weiner won't resign is because he is one of the most arrogant individuals I have seen. He really believes his constituents want him to stay. I'm sure there are people who have profited from his legislation want him to stay.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  133. WBolesNYC

    As one of Rep. Weiner's constituants I stand behind him and hope he doesn't resign. So what if he flirted and sent inappropriate pictures on the web? What does that have to do with the excellent job he has done so far? Its ridiculous that issues like this make news and even more ridiculous that everyone is outraged. Oh, and I'm a woman.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  134. Annie, Atlanta

    Steve in NY – you do realize Chris Lee was soliciting sex, right? And that there's a difference between soliciting sex and sexting, right? And what about David Vitter paying prostitutes? Or Ensign staying on for 2 years and only quitting just moments before he was kicked out? Please stop playing it from just one side. There's creeps on both.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  135. Joe

    Well, that's a no-brainer...honorable?????

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  136. Mike F.

    How can you expect him to do the honorable thing? That would require that he have some comprehension of the concept of Honor.
    His egomania will prevent him from hearing what others are advising him.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  137. Bob

    Because he's arrogant. He could care less about his constituents!!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  138. Chris

    Honor from a congress-person? ha!! We're in America Jack, there is no honor, only money😦

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  139. DonnieH.Bay St. Louis Ms.

    He should resign as soon as all the Gop members with sexual indiscretions resign and not a moment sooner. I love the double standard and hypocrisy by the Right and the media on this matter...

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  140. Kelly

    why should he have to quit his job when this issue is a private, marital problem & has nothing to do with his performance at work?
    besides, if he quits, you news guys wouldn't get to say "weiner" 20 times in a 3 minute report.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  141. Hank Fanelli

    Congressman who?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  142. BigToots

    What do honor & congress have to do with each other?

    Big T in Colorado

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  143. johnnie C from tamarac

    Jack the same reason the dont have too. Plus he's a warrior not like those other wimpy Dems that go soft as soon as the hard issues come forth.The reason people want him to resign because the people hear him when he debates against Republican. If they force him to resign then The Dems really Suck

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  144. kacz

    Get over yourselves, all of you. Congressman Weiner did nothing illegal and your all shouting for his head.

    We've got wars in 4 countries, corporations taking over our electoral process, an economy on the rocks and a political discourse that devolves into childish name calling. Yet, you want to piss and moan about private, legal matters between what appears to be consenting adults. No wonder the US is crumbling before our eyes.

    The media and the political class are acting more immaturely than the average 11 year old.

    Grow up.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  145. Sherry Rabushka

    Weiner doesn't want to resign because the alternative is selling suits at Macy's.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  146. jim smith

    jack a liar is not honorable. its up to the people that put him their

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  147. Robert - Leesburg VA

    Jack

    It's simple really, we have (politicians) morphed into a society where reality is not truth, Gengrich, Palin, and oh bathroom boy from the senate, we have as americans traded our values or we have had them traded for instant pleasure and comfort. As long as we are on this course the rest of the world will continue to look at us as "infidells". should he resign heck yes and be forced to do an apology tour (invite Palin she should help you get structured)

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  148. Julie

    "Weiner" and "honorable" in the same sentence? Really?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  149. dan

    He did not do anything wrong . You snooze makers are the problem, now let it go. Its between him and his family. We would not have politians if not for lying.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  150. Stephen Charchuk

    Honor, Jack? If politicians knew anything about honor there wouldn't be any republicans.......

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  151. Pendleton Colorado

    He won't leave because he realizes that NY will continue to elect him. He brings home the bacon, i.e. pork. The state that brings us Charlie Rangell will continue to overlook simple things like ethics, truthfulness, and integrity. "New York's finest".

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  152. Liam - Reston VA

    Let the voters decide.. They see him now for who he really is and who has become. Get these people out.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  153. Rob Briggs

    Because he's not an honorable man and being a Congressman is a really good gig what with $165K annual pay and perks galore not to mention all that cash lobbyists throw at you. Hard to walk away from, especially with a baby on the way, right?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  154. Bill from Missouri

    Jack,

    Does the name Sen. David Vitter ring a bell. Didn't he commit a crime even worse than the Weiner ? Did the Republicans tell him to resign ? He seems to still be in the Senate. I think they both should resign.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  155. Dave

    Weiner should resign the day Vitter resigns.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  156. Lily

    He won't resign because he wants to redeem himself, and he knows that if he resigns, his career as he knows it will most likely be over. That would not play very well with his wife (since she wants him to stay) and would be a sad legacy for his coming child. I feel bad for all concerned, and I know he'd take it all back if he could.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  157. linda glenn

    because he wants America to fire him so he can get his unemployment cheak!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  158. Allan Stults

    It's easy, Jack. If Weiner were an honorable man, he never would have done what he did.

    Allan Stults
    Veneta, Oregon

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  159. 2011eyes

    Pretty much tells us he's not there to do the job for America. Obviously, none of them are in office to do rational thinking. They are very good at pretending to care but that's their limit. How do we cover-up our mess is what they have been squirming about, while the country is falling apart. Probably honor is the last thing on their minds at this point.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  160. Kyle

    We've already proven that Anthony Weiner is not an honorable man. His actions alone speak to that. So expecting him to do the honorable thing and resign is not going to work. He is going to be one of those people who will have to be taken out of office kicking and screaming.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  161. Kevin

    Wow, that's a loaded question. Here's another: Why doesn't the press do the honorable thing and start reporting ACTUAL government corruption instead of obsessing about Anthony Weiner's imaginary sex life?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  162. Mark

    I think when he called President Clinton, President Clinton coached him Stick it out and let it "blow" over🙂. Wait for the republicans to over play their hand, which is exactly what will happen when the house ethics committee gets hold of him. From BTO one of my favorite groups. "You ain't seen nothing yet".

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  163. Deborah Draper

    People don't really want Weiner to resign, especially the media...WHY? Because people just like saying "WEINER"!

    Deb from Colorado

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  164. Maria Raymond

    Weiner is the prime example of a narcissist...he won't go away because he believes he's better than anyone else and can wait out any media attention or calls for resignation from his colleagues. It does not matter to him that his wife doesn't "deserve" his behavior, she matters not at all to him. Narcissists only love themselves. What a creep.
    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  165. Dave

    How can people just blithely write this off as a private matter between him and his wife when he stood on stage and excoriated anyone who dared accuse him. Then he lied over and over and over again. How much do you let someone spit in your face and treat you like an idiot before you say enough is enough? The resignation is about the lying and the temerity and the holier/better-than-thou attitude, not about his crotch.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  166. Michael, Salem NY

    Why won't Weiner do the honorable thing, because slime has no honor.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  167. Fred Friedman

    Why should he resign? Did Senator Vitter resign after seeing prostitutes? Where is the outcry over a married Senator being on a Madames client list? The indescretions of Weiner are certainly bad but i think cyber pales in comparison to physically cheating on ones wife. This was a childish and is poor behavior though

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  168. Mary

    If you were born a wiener, you would be one too! We just have to accept that we all don't love our wiener as much as mr wiener...thankfully.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  169. Ian

    Why should he?
    President Clinton did much worse, but Americans forgave him.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  170. John

    Here's my position. I think politician's private lives are private UNLESS they are trying to legislate the morality of others', at which point they are fair game for blatant hypocrisy. I don't think Weiner should resign. If he used computers or cell phones belonging to the govt, he should do what all others who do that do–pay a fine or get a slap on the wrist. He shouldn't be judged because his private thrills are different from that of the "moral majority". He didn't commit a crime and he didn't say one thing and do another. This is a serious matter, a horrible betrayal of trust, but it is a private matter between him and his wife. If you want to arrest him for lying about a private matter, good luck with that.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  171. Ken in NC

    Congress has an inservice for freshmen Representatives but the course does not include information on how to resign so it's safe to say he doesn't know how to resign.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  172. Scott in Oregon

    Maybe because his Dad said, "Son, you can do anything you want in life. Remember, you're a Weiner!"

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  173. BuzzDaly

    The answer is simple Jack.

    Weiner is merely honoring seniority and his more experienced Congress Members.

    He is waiting for David Vitter to go first. They could share a cab to the airport.

    Selective outrage is priceless America.

    Give me a break.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  174. Matt from Munster, IN

    Why wouldn't Charlie Rangel resign? How about David Vitter? This just proves that honor is something members of Congress know nothing about. They only seek to advance and preserve their own political careers. Maybe we could solve the problems we have if we get a few selfless individuals to run for office.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  175. Vince Cami

    Jack, simply put, he won't quit because he's the most bombastic, cocky and as we now know
    fundamentally weird congressman in Washington
    Vince Cami

    Duluth, Ga

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  176. Charlotte

    Weiner won't resign because Clinton didn't and Hillary is advising Weiners wife

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  177. TJ

    Mr. Caferty,
    I honestly believe that Mr. Weiner feels he did no wrong sending photos of himself' chest , crotch and probably some pictures that really could change the size of the congressional investigation. On a day where we charge our children with child pornography sending picutures like this; we must deside how to charge ourselfs as a country in this case. this is not the first case of sexting

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  178. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Weiner doesn't have the decency to do the right thing, but come the election, the people will do the right thing... GONE!

    The photos aren't the worst part... It's the lies he's told, and how do we know if he is telling the truth now?

    Weiner...GO AWAY!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  179. Kevin Hayes

    Jack, the only word that comes to mind is: "arrogance". Weiner"s attitude on his initial response to the scandal showed it clearly. Not to mention he lied about it. He has got to go!

    Kevin
    Warren, MI

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  180. Steve

    He wont resign because his wife is pregnant and his health insurance probably wont pay anything on it.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  181. Wayne from New Brunswick Canada

    What hypocrites we are; Anthony Weiner is a man who enjoys sex and sexual turn-ons. We are sexual and biological beings first and civilized beings second. His indiscretions are between him and his wife to sort out; he has done nothing against the law and those activities were between consenting adults. If sex is sinful then as Jesus said; 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone'. My understanding is that congressman Weiner is good at his job.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  182. Greg - New York, NY

    Weiner won't resign because he thinks he smarter than us "you'll" (southern accent). He's too stubborn to believe that "sex"ting and dirty messages constitue cheating on his pregnant wife since it's not physical. All I can say is that it's probably a matter of days before more Weiner photos ( no pun intended) or something even racier surfaces. And God help Weiner if any of these women turn out to be minors.

    Weiner won't go because he thinks he has all of us fooled just like he "fooled" his wife into believing he was an honorable man worthy of marriage, love & respect. Congress needs to dump Mr. Weiner, and so does his wife.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  183. Clyde

    Honorable? Should anyone guilty of indiscretions quit their jobs? Why do we try to hold politicians to standard that ignores human nature? If he's guilty of misusing public funds or resources to chase women then fine, get rid of him. If he's doing the job that he was elected to do then this reporting should end. I'm sick of hearing about this story. Get on to important issues. No wonder we can't do anything with the economy when the media/congress wastes times on scandals that should only affect Wieners immediate family.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  184. frank dileo

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    why wont he quit? Because hes a power hungry self serving person.....just like the rest of congress. Think i'm wrong? look at the state of our country there is your proof!!! The biggest problems in generations face our country yet all they are concerned with is keeping their jobs and making sure their cronies stay fed

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  185. Mike Thomas

    The man did nothing illegal. How he chooses to do with his private sex life should have nothing to do with his public office if he keeps it private, which he tried to do. He did not use government resources in performing these acts and they were legal. Just because he accidentally posted a compromising picture of himself in a public forum is no reason to take his office away from him. Surely if Joe Smith had accidentally had private pictures appear online he wouldn't want people trying to take his job away.
    Yes he lied at first but the man was embarrassed. He did not lie about it in court but to the media, which makes millions of dollars by giving misinformation to the public.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  186. lanceA

    It's not about sexting or pictures of his chest or underware. It's about do you want a Congressman to be honest with his constituents in ALL matters or not? Weiner has proven that he can not be honest in ALL matters.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  187. abby,

    I just think the member of congress are morally dead, they don't even have the moral standee to ask Anthony W. to quit, when we still have bunch of them who have violated ethnic standard of Congress, what W did was against himself and wife.. If David Vitter is still in the Senate, Speaker Banhor is still in the house, why is T Wiener different?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  188. Greg

    Jack, his wife is pregnant. Can you imagine trying to pay for that without health insurance?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  189. bard

    He won't resign because he knows half of congress is doing the same thing!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  190. Bruce

    Are the calls for his resignation due to the fact he lied to the press? If so, why is that news? Name a politician who hasn't. And if it's because he did stupid, immature things, that's between him and his wife.

    Puerto Morelos, Mexico

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  191. Karen

    The "weiners" are endless. They all go or they all stay. A few bad apples (and we know who you are) do spoil the barrel and and what we've got here is a barrel of monkeys.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  192. Sophia

    How dare the democrats behave this way. So what he did his sin. we expect better from our politicans yes but if that politicians are doing their jobs for the people why should they step down. EVERYONE IN CONGRESS HAVE THEIR SIN. THEY JUST HAVEN'T BEEN FOUND OUT.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  193. James O'Ferrell

    Jack,

    The main point is it's his and his wife's decision. It is not your decision. It is not my decision nor anyone else outside that household. What he did may be creepy to you but keep in mind you are part of an older generation that is widely known for major sexual repression. Most of the younger generations in America understand these things happen and it is their personal problem to deal with. Until it has been shown that he broke the law then leave him alone so he and his wife can work on their relationship and Weiner can get back to work. You should be spending all this airtime you use to find out why a Senator that broke the law and paid for sex with prostitutes was not pressured to resign. Its this kind of hypocritical reporting that make me doubt you are a reporter at all. Stop being a prude and start reporting about the law breakers and leave Weiner and his wife alone!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  194. claire

    i think weiner should stay until vitter is gone its only fair vitter got a second chance so should weiner. no proff he had sex with anybody. up to his wife and district

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  195. Ron Dayton, OH

    The news media won'nt let it go! The news media keeps it alive. It is totally up to the Congress and the people who elected him. I am just sad that he not only tarnishes his reputation, but also his wife's! She is a star on her own and I feel so bad that she has to go through the mental torture she is and while being pregnant. She does not deserve this.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  196. tom

    I would say when Senator Vitter resigns then Rep. Weiner can resign. If a sitting Senator can use his weiner with a prostitute and stay in office then a Congressman that took a picture of his weiner can stay in office. I think that is fair.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  197. kathy from peoria az

    No he shouldn't resign. As much as I don't think what he did was right, has it affected his job. I don't think so! It should be between he and his wife, not the rest of the world. It seems to me that there are so many other politicians that have done worse and are still on the job. Look at athletes and celebrities. Tiger Woods for one. Their men and they don't think with their head only what is between their legs.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  198. jim smith

    simple answer is no jack

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  199. Jay Allen

    The arrogance of all of you...
    Anthony Weiner should not resign. He was put into office by his constituents and should be taken if they so choose from office by his constituents The only mistake he made was in answering the accusation to begin with. What he does in his personal time is his own business.
    He lied as 99% of the men I know would lie (including President Clinton) because he is more afraid of what his wife thinks of him than the American Public. The worst has happened and is wife now has a confirmation that he is far from perfect – as we all are.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  200. Patrick

    To steal a phrase from James Joyce, "the Democratic Party is the sow that eats her farrow. " Did Vitter, family values guy, resign or was he asked resign by the Republicans? No. Did any of the other half dozen Republican office holders resign or were they asked publicly to resign? NO. So what's this about Weiner resigning? Get over it ,bluenoses. The guy's got a problem, but it isn't governing. Only Democrats are to resign?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  201. John - Maine

    Is this the new morality?? He should resign for the lying about the sexing in the first place. I would be livered if I were represented by the weasel.
    Hope your right Jack – gone by Monday!!
    John – Maine

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  202. Diane

    POWER + HUBRIS = STUPIDITY
    His second most recent act of stupidity was lying so flagrantly and with such shameful aggression, about his sexting dalliances.
    His most current act of stupidity is to carry on in denial about retaining his seat. REPRESENTATIVE WEINER-IDIOT: YOU ARE TOAST! Now go away.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  203. Roger

    Since when are politicians honorable and righteous?
    They are all mendacious and SELF-righteous.
    Ultimately, no one got hurt, and the media and the country can talk about Weiner, snicker like little school children and act like they're not talking about... weiners.
    -Roger
    Dallas, TX

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  204. Portia Hardesty

    Maybe he looks at people like Senators David Vitter and John Ensign and says, "These Republicans can't be serious about all this "family values" junk or they would have made Vitter quit. Ensign make end up in jail and that didn't stop them from supporting him. For us to take the Republicans seriously on this question they need to get serious about their own morals.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  205. Liam

    It would be one thing if we had a process for removing BAD public officials from office. But either we don't have a process for that or we don't know how to do it. Members of congress should be given the hook for so many things that would make some sense, but we tolerate their ineptitude, partisanship, cronyism, and dishonesty. We should drain the swamp for those offenses first. THEN, if there is any of them left, we should consider taking out the creeps. Because frankly, the creeps are a lot less damaging to our country.

    I'm not condoning his behavior, but it chaps me to see all the things that we should be really angry about go unreported and unpunished, and to pile on to this personal failing.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  206. mr. Kelly A. Forsythe

    Rep. Anthony Weiner 'won't do the Honorable thing and step down'
    because he can't, due to the fact that there are absolutely no Threads of Honor running through HIS birthday suit.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  207. jeff miller

    Anthony Weiner is my Congressman. I like him and don't care about his sex life. I don't appreciate anybody telling my congressman to resign. If I or his other constituents want him out we will do it by the ballot box.

    We don't want him to go.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  208. Rooster Cogburn

    He is a married, lying, perverted congressman. Need anyone say more?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  209. Nick Bulka

    Jack, if a politician's personal antics don't involve government resources or crimes, why should he resign? If we had forced resignations of politicians for sexual episodes before the age of cable news, we would be without the likes of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, RFK, and JFK, just to name a few.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  210. Independent Joe

    Jack,

    The man is a nuclear narcissist. He is so self-absorbed that he puts himself before family, his party, and our country. People like him think they are entitled to do what ever they want with little or no consequence; no matter who they hurt on their way to self-fulfillment. If he had integrity he would resign but, I am afraid the man is not familiar with the word.

    Joe M (Mn)

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  211. Richard Glassman

    Jack;
    Enough already! I'm fed up as are many other people with the "weiner" jokes and the overwhelming bias against him. Yes, he did an incredibly stupid thing and has suffered tremendous humiliation as a result. But, give me a break from all the sanctimonious piety. Is there anyone out there that has not done stupid things? We can, as a nation, ill afford to expel a talented and passionate politician. Let's move on!
    Richard Glassman

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  212. Jake

    He won't resign because he's a Democrat. Gerry Studds, Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy. Just to name a few.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  213. Jerry in Alaska

    I don't know if anyone has pointed this out this fact or not Jack But! I think Weiner thinks his name is OSCAR MYER & everyone is in love with him, THATS A BIG NOT.

    What a country AH Jack?
    we are in big time trouble every where we look with our Government, all of it.

    Also notice that there are two NUTJOB stories on the News about people with the name of Anthony, both with a bad ending coming UP.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  214. HURRICANEPAUL from Hawaii

    Why should he quit Jack? He hasn't broken any laws.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  215. mike zambri

    I guess he figures that Clinton set the bar, and he hasn't reached that level of discust.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  216. Chris Morton

    Weiner's wiener is not the problem, its that Weiner is dishonorable and that he lied and lied so publicly, treating the American public as if they were fools. He must go – and I'm a Democrat.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  217. Dawn LaMar

    Weiner is hanging on to his job because if he leaves voluntarily, he won't be able to get unemployment insurance.

    Dawn
    Evergreen, CO

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  218. Walter Wolff

    He won't resign because he isn't an honorable person. Nothing matters to Weiner except his own self glorification. He believes you can put lipstick on a pig and make it pretty. I wouldn't even let the creep near my dog, let alone my family and some people think he should remain in Washington. Duh! My daughter married a similar jerk, so my advice to his wife is run like hell.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  219. Aaron from California

    Jack,
    While lying to the public is a horrible offense for a politician, Anthony Wiener's offense is an adolescent one, and he handled it in a childish way. He lied about it, which is bad, but in the end, the only people getting hurt are probably his wife, and his reputation. There is so much more lying in politics with issues that actually impact the people of america that we should concentrate on that.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  220. Sean

    Jack
    Unless I have missed something, none of the women Congressman Weiner texted felt harassed, none were underage so nothing he has done that I know of was illegal. N This is an issue for him and his wife and none of our business why should he resign? He is one of the few members of congress willing to take a stand against our government’s continual capitulation to corporate America. The bigger questions is why the media is so willing to focus on his personal life instead of exposing the constant misinformation espoused by other members of congress especially those in the Republican Party

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  221. Eric Roberts

    Why should he resign? While what he did was pretty stupid for someone in his position, he didn't break any laws. You have folks like David Vitter who solicited prostitutes and Ensign who essentially bribed his mistresses husband with a job, yet i don;t see people clamoring for their resignations. I think this was just an opportunistic political attack. He accidentally posted something that was supposed to go to one of his online "lovers" (for lack of a better term since no actual sexual relations happened) and republicans have made a big deal out of nothing and the scardey cat dems are freaking out over it. Well...when they kick out Vitter, Craig, Ensign, and Gingrich out of politics, then they can start talking about Weiner resigning. Then they can do so and not just be a bunch of hypocrites.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  222. Martin

    Because he's seen to many others weather the storm. We don't hold them accountable and they know it. When we start voting people out for these kinds of things, they'll stop doing them.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  223. Matt

    If every sex crazed sleazeball politician resigned after being caught, there wouldn't be anybody left in politics. Come to think of it, that might not be such a bad thing! Seriously, though, I say let the voters decide.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  224. Ahmed

    Jack, it is simple why he won't resign. His idol, Bill Clinton, did not resign when he had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky while President. Just as Bill Clinton dug in his heals and stayed, Congressman Weiner is doing the same thing. Both have no honor; they love the power more than doing the right thing which is to resign.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  225. Lisa

    Why doesn't David Vitter resign?????? He actually broke the law and actually, physcially broke his marriage vows. Is what Weiner did worse????

    June 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  226. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Because, like most politicians, he has an impossibly large ego with an impossibly small sense of honor.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  227. Carolyn Neuman

    But Jack, that it is your idea that he should resign. My idea is that he needs to stay and do as much good as he can ...one thing he can do is to begin a counseling group to help men and women with the same problem that he and many others have. Behavior like he exhibited is a rampant across this country and the world. It is caused by a deep seated feeling that we are not adequate people, and sexting is like an adiction to anything else.

    Let's get serious, maybe it will help keep children from having to observe this sort of aberrant behavior in their parents.

    What about teens? They need some insight into proper and moral sexual behavior.
    Carolyn

    June 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  228. Irwin Malzman

    Lying to the nation on national TV is a good enough reason for me...

    June 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  229. Giorgio

    Do the honorable thing? give me a break Jack, he's been a exceptional congressman for over 12 years. He's already done the honorable thing to do, call a news conference to accept that he made a terrible mistake and asked for forgiveness – with the shame that that involved. So, don't we not longer believe in redemption?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  230. Al from Orlando

    Let him wallow in the gutter he has created till he is no longer elected
    to represent decent people.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  231. John Boyle Spokane WA

    Jack: The reason Anthony Weiner will not resign is because he is mentally ill. Anthony Weiner is a sick man and people like him do not think they have a problem. His constituents must demand that he step down. Anthony Weiner does not belong in government service. July 4 is the time for a weiner roast. Let's start the fire.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  232. Randy

    You're joking right? After a foreign leader marched the leaders of BOTH houses of our congress out in front of the cameras a few weeks ago to express their undying and unconditional support for his country while American citizens starve? Honorable and congress have nothing in common.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  233. Gregg Briese

    Jack,

    It is obvious Congressman Weiner beileves the oath he took does not apply to him. What is even more shocking is his fellow members, Republican and Democrat, have not shown their outrage and demanded that he resign. A man of his ilk does should not be in a position of representing the members of his district. He can never regain his dignity after the manner he has handled his pervision. Obviously his talent is not leading the people, but satisfying some deep seated saliciousness.

    Gregg

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  234. Armando Alvarado

    Did he break a law yet? I completely welcome any investigation if he has broken any law, until then who cares. There are more important things to worry about like the GOP plunging us in to depression by not raising the debt limit.

    Armando
    Ventrura, CA

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  235. otu Ugwu, Houston Texas

    Jack, there is absolutely no cogent reason why Weiner should resign. Many of us do lots of things that are much worse than sending out a picture of one's torso. The only difference is that such people have not been caught. I admire Weiner's honesty in confessing to his misbehavior, and we should leave him alone and talk about the serious issues of our time.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  236. Stephen Charchuk

    This nonsense is almost as bad as when the republicans wasted 8 years looking at Bill Clinton's Weiner.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  237. Michael Kelly

    He doesn't understand that it's more than just a "sex thing". He lied publicly, and he lied about more than just the indiscretions. He made a false public blanket accusation that his computer account was hacked. Hacking a computer account is a felony. A normal person can't make a false accusation of a felony and expect to stay out of jail, much less stay on as a Congressman.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  238. henry,florida

    Jack, why must he go when David Vitter is still there,and bahnor is now the speaker, why are we so bias in Judging ourselves...I don't hear you calling for David Vitter to resign.
    What Vitter did was just as bad & he still has his seat.
    Anthony Weiner should resigh only when David Vitter does.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  239. Judy

    Because he still thinks his creepy, disgusting behavior just reflects poor judgement instead of reflecting his poor values regarding his responsibilities to his family, friends, marriage vows and constituents.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  240. Velicia Verneuille Jewell

    Congressman Weiner has shown that he lacks the capacity to be honorable, as evidenced by the wrecklessness with which he has dishonored his marriage.

    A more apt question would be, why hasn't Congress honored the People by taking swift and appropriate action, rather than waiting for the morally-challenged Weiner to do the right thing?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  241. Pauline

    Well, now, if all the perverts in Congress quit, there won't be anybody left!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  242. Pete

    Because he's a wiener.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  243. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    He has NO shame whatsoever! I don't think he has the balls to resign and do the right thing

    My sympathy is with his wife who has to out up with all this crap!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  244. John

    Because to resign would not be the honorable thing, it would be the political thing. Although this fuss is embarrassing, his behavior is neither illegal or especially unusual, even for a politician (anyone remember Gary Hart or Ted K? Weiner didn't even sleep with any of these women). He owes an apology to his wife, the women he was texting, and no one else. Everyone talking about this, ad naseum, is doing so for ratings, including Jack Cafferty. Shame on the lot of you. Though politically I have no use for liberals, I try to be fair above all else – and in fairness I remember that we've let lots of politico's slide for much worse stuff than this.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  245. john Kwaczala

    The weiner will not leave and he will not be forced out because America has lost it;e moral compass. We are 21 century Rome and already on our death bed.and to stupid to know it..Trust me, the worst is yet to come. You think America is in a bad way? You haven't seen nothing yet?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  246. Susan Ferrari

    Honorable?! He's a congressman! He can't be honorable!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  247. Candy from California

    Look Jack. How many of our so called moral congressmen have not only used the internet to have affairs, but to have actual women paid for by tax payers or campaign contributions placed in hotels for their own personal sex slave!!! Why the big deal with Weiner? It would be interesting to tap all the internet lines from our Congress and actually find out how many are creating despicable messages and pictures.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  248. cedric winn

    hello Jack,
    he won't resign because he spent most of his political career as a contentious hothead and being out of work seems to frighten him. Well guess what, he will be in good company with the millions of Americans who are out of work as well. He should have spent his time in Congress stopping the outsourcing of jobs rather than concentrating on his libido...Mr Weiner, good riddance...

    June 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  249. Joel

    He won't step down because he has no integrity, and he's only sorry he got caught, not for what he did. This is evidenced by his current efforts to 'move on' and keep his seat. A repentant person would not try to hang on to everything they had (his seat), he would be most concerned with changing himself as a person, not sweeping it under the rug. If he doesn't leave, what will the next politician be able to get away with? People are already saying 'it's not as bad as Clinton'. If Americans cannot trust him to have the judgment and discipline to avoid this behavior, how can they trust him to make any honorable decision in the future? Also, as with any blatant liar, how do we know he's telling the whole truth now?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  250. Rete

    When someone does something wrong, it is natural for that one to try making amends...perhaps Weiner feels by standing up to the ridicule he is getting his punishment and what he is doing IS trying to make amends.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  251. Charles from NYC

    He's deaf to reality like the rest of the people in Washington. Weiner and his colleagues from both parties can't grasp that the country is bankrupt, can't grasp that they themselves are ethically bankrupt, and can't grasp that our government is fundamentally broken. Why, then, should we expect him to grasp that he should resign?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  252. ja

    he is typical polictican, very few resign without a fight and a overdose of arrogance, you take newt , he should not be running according to his bad behavior

    June 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  253. curtune440

    Mark Twain once said, "Suppose you are an idiot. Now, suppose you are a member of Congress. But, I repeat myself." Sums it up for me.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  254. Lily from Beverly Hills

    He won't resign because he wants to redeem himself, and he knows that if he resigns, his career as he knows it will most likely be over. That would not play very well with his wife (since she wants him to stay) and would be a sad legacy for his coming child. I feel bad for all concerned, and I know he'd take it all back if he could.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  255. QS in Seattle

    Jack,

    The real question should be "why should he resign" when, as others have already pointed out, Vitter still has his seat and he actually did something illegal...what's Rep. Weiner done, send some pictures and texts?

    Yes I'm disappointed that he initially lied about it, but if lying was grounds for calling for someone to resign in Congress, we wouldn't have a Congress!

    Personally, despite my disappointment in Rep. Weiner, I think this whole situation should be, and should have been, kept within the "private family matter" arena and it should not interfere with his duties in the House.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  256. Johnny

    They should mandate politicians to be UNABLE to resign if the circumstance they're in has nothing to do with their functioning within their job description. The only people that should be chastised here are those that are wasting time by dragging him along with this pathetically unimportant story when he could be doing his job.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  257. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    This is a matter for his constituents to decide on election day. Beyond that I don't care. Craig is still there, as is Vitter, and many others. But for those that discovered politics during the Clinto-Lewinski scandal, it's all they can do to think about a picture of Wiener. Give them a story they can sink their teeth into, if that's what they are into.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  258. Clarence in Texas

    Perhaps Representative Weiner is testing the Press. Just how long can you guys make such a big deal about this story?
    Yes, he made a mistake, it's worth a mention, but really it's a personal problem and maybe we should stop judging him and remember that we may have a few skeletons in our closets also. His real problem now is – when is the press going to quit gnawing at this so he can continue to do his job while he has it & fix his marriage if he can. It's up to his constituents and the ethics committee to decide whether he can keep his job, not fellow "prominent" Democrats who should be politely refusing to comment to the press.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  259. Debi McKibben

    He's digging his 'heels in" due to the fact that he is "grasping his last straw." He has nothing once he has resigned. He has left himself very few options in his life for a career. His wife is not going to stay with him so when this whole thing is over with he will be standing alone.... holding the picture of himself in his underwear! Sure hope he recognizes those underwear at the laundramat. Maybe the girl in California will wash them for him!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  260. Franchesca

    Unfortunately Jack honor is a quality that cannot be found among most politicians. The only thing I am upset about with Mr. Wiener is the fact that he tried to cover up the story rather than admit it. Just like Bill Clinton Weiner was probably only thinking of shielding his family from this embarrassing situation. Dems should get a backbone and not allow GOP to run the show. Did David Vitter resign? No GOP polititan called for his resignation or that of the other GOP politician who was caught cheating by Larry Flint before Vitter. Wiener defends what he believes in even if it goes against the party line. Everyone knows that's why the Dems want him out.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  261. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I would really like to see the "growing" list of those urging him to resign. As Mr. Blitzer indicated and I paraphrase in approximation,that most in Government are hardworking and presumably honest forthright people who spend time from their families and are held accountable for what they say.... so the list should be a long one, No?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  262. Syafril Syarief

    As long as He honest to his wife.He do not need to resign.He will learn from his mistake.Move on

    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  263. keith in ky.

    Because he is not a honorable man, he only cares about his career and power of being a congressman.This is whats wrong with our goverment now, we need people of character to lead this country by example, I've had enough of these trashy people-time for them to leave

    June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  264. Derek

    I fail to see what a few messages and a picture have to do with his ability to act in the legislature. So these things accidentally became public when they should not have been, It doesn't change his ability to make law or the way he would vote on them.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  265. Jay

    Because he is a loser....

    June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  266. Erik in Houston

    He shouldn't resign. Just because he's a public servant that does not mean he's a slave to the public. He did nothing illegal – maybe unwise and not the best personal choice, but thousands of people engage in the same behavior with no repercussions and rightly so.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  267. Rooster Cogburn

    Only matter of time, until he changes again, from I will never resign, to my fellow constituents...

    June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  268. Charlotte

    Jack,
    For the same reason he "played" on the internet. I think he has a character flaw: arrogance. Imagine that.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  269. John

    He has been absolved by Bill Clinton, so it is not necessary that he resign🙂

    June 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  270. Nadine

    David Vitter and Anthony Weiner have no conscience.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  271. Chris

    We had far...far worse than Wiener's indiscretions, no...not President Bill Clinton, I am talking about republicans who have been having affairs or were linked with prostitutions, but are welcomed. The Republicans are in no position of making demands....the Democrats need to shut up and get back to work, do not bring it up...that is the only reason its news.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  272. Ron Mosher

    Why should he? The majority doesn't want him too. Get off his Weiner already. There are a lot more important things to cover.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  273. david

    Jack:
    Rep. Weiner is far from the "boy scout" image we expect from our law makers but, if there's an outcry for his resignation it should only be tendered after Rep. Charlie Rangle delivers his own. Rep. Rangle's transgressions were mostly likely illegal, Rep. Weiner's mistake was only brilliantly stupid. When is the next election? Time to clean house America. Incumbency is the demise of our legislative system and term limits are needed – for all elected officials. An elected service position in our government is a sacred job not a juvenile adventure or an opportunity to garner wealth.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  274. Eileen

    Why would resigning be the "honorable thing"? He broke no laws. As with so many things in politics these days, It's OK If You're A Republican. Nobody called for Vitter to resign, and he *did* break the law.

    This "scandal" is nothing more than a distraction. What happened is between him and his wife, and it has no bearing on his ability to represent his constituents. Everyone needs to move on and focus on matters that *are* important – like the economy, jobs, health care. Not as fun, and no one gets to be as judgmental, but they are real issues that actually effect us.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  275. Nancy, Tennessee

    He is trying to save his marriage. Nothing adds to sexual misconduct like coming in and telling the wife that you lost your job especially with a baby on the way. He must be sweating bullets about now.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  276. Brendan - Phoenix, AZ

    Is it because Jon Stewart has run out of material?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  277. Mike East Liverpool, Ohio (hometown of Lou Holtz)

    Room for Rangel. Room for Weiner. Arrogance and ego rule in the Congress. 'nuff said.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  278. Charlie Kool

    Bill Clinton looked Americans in the face and lied. His behavior was far more egregious than that of Anthony Weiner who looked Americans in the face and told the truth. Congressman Weiner did do the honorable thing by taking responsibility for his behavior and telling the truth. Aren’t we tired of lying politicians? It’s refreshing to see a real man admit his wrongs and ask for forgiveness. Anthony Weiner has my utmost respect, and I urge him to stay put as a role model for honesty, something far too scarce in our country today. His misdeeds are infinitesimal compared to the corruption skeletons that many calling for his resignation likely are hiding in their closets.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  279. Axe Wielding Maniac

    Why are we spending any time and or money to vacate a seat that will soon vacate itself

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  280. Kevin S

    Why should he resign? I don't see the correlation between innapropriate photographs and his job. It isn't like he's going to start proposing before congress that they should be put on billboards accross the nation.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  281. Jerry/TX

    Jack, you love those GOP Talking Points don't you? Shame the hypocrites that have commented negatively and claim to be family oriented and disgusted by the PRIVACY of a virtual affair are they the same people that say NOTHING to members of the GOP Congress for screwing a prostitute. Bunch of GOP Hypocrites. Yes, he did wrong, but what law did he break compared to Vitter & a PROSTITUTE. Big Difference, get your differences straight, Jack!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  282. Gary Jaussaud

    Jack

    I think he feels if he can wait everyone out for two weeks, some new news item will spring up and everyone will forget about him. All everyone does in the 24 hour news business is jump from story to story beat it to death, and move on most times never to hear about the important story that just happend again.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  283. johnnie C from tamarac

    Hey jack lets see your emails and twiiter account or all the files on your computer,bet we find something questionable about you too and the rest of congress

    June 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  284. Andre NY

    The honorable thing for him to do is stay. The man loves his job and he is good at what he does. It takes much honor not to throw in the towel and even a greater honor to brush off the negative thoughts of others and again rebuild his reputation.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  285. johnnie C from tamarac

    Hey jack lets see your emails and twiiter account or all the files on your computer,bet we find something questionable about you too and the rest of congress.Yeah right you dont wanta be expose

    June 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  286. Dean

    Jack, judging from his juvenile behavior; his tantrums on the House floor, his adolescent twittering, his pathetic sexting, I doubt that he's mature enough to recognize that his behavior has consequences. How can we have confidence in someone like this? He has to go.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  287. Jeff Link, Memphis TN

    He won't quit b/c he knows the only job he could ever land now is maybe the driver of the Oscar Meyer mobile!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  288. Jerry in Alaska

    Sorry Jack but i was also wondering if Oscar's Weiner photos were Kosher or not & will the interest for NY Coney dogs might suffer from this Hot Doggin Congresspersons actions of being IN LOVE WITH HIMSELF?

    Ya can't make this crap up Jack.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  289. iwatchu

    honorable...lmao. right, why should he.

    nothing washington has done since about 2000 has been 'honorable'.

    hence....if you hadn't noticed.....we are in quite a pickle...and the very people the caused.....are STILL in the pretty much the same positions/power.

    ...what this guy sent 'pictures' to woman. and?.....

    June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  290. Gigi Oregon

    Don't get in a hurry Jack, he may run for President in twelve years. It's happened before...Remember Newt

    June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  291. Melissa

    I see no reason he should. There's been alot worse from politicians than this and no one has called for them to resign.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  292. ER Jones

    He won't resign because of his 'friends' at MSNBC like Rachel Maddow, she is in full excuse machine mode, opening with 20 mins of Vitter from two years ago, even though the real story is Weiner... I could only stare in amazement as she weaved a wonderful story making Weiner's activities into something we ALL do... nothing to see here, move along, and besides, Vitter did much worse so why should Weiner leave, right?

    Anthony Weiner is arrogant enough to believe he can embarrass himself, his party, his city, his district, and still be effective, this alone should tell you how he thinks... selfish is being kind.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  293. Bill - Chattanooga

    Since Rupert Murdock, owner of Fox News, admitted to hacking the Royal Family and other celebrities, and Tony Weiner was hacked even though he finally admitted that he did send the photots and tweets himself, do you think its fair that Fox News is using this hacked info to smear his name on national TV, illegally? When are the indictments going to come down for these journalists and Murdock himself? That's the real story, isn't it? Weiner broke no laws and his constituents want him to stay. His personal life is between him and his wife, she is staying. Weiner should stay in office. The Minnesota restroom stalker did.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  294. Rita

    The decision should be left to his constituents whether he stays or does. He represents them!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  295. tom

    rep. Weiner needs the job. there are no jobs available in the real world for such a great liar except as a political pundit and all those jobs are taken.why not keep a job that pays great for doing nothing its the only other qualification tony Weiner has. Tom Ohio

    June 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  296. Hank

    David Vitter a Republican committed crimes when he paid prostitutes. He never resign and was re elected. Is a Democrat held to a different standard???

    June 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  297. Charlotte

    IF the man had any true character, he would resign. He doesn't. His wife worked with Hillary, and Hillary is coaching her to hang in there with him, as Hillary did with Bill Clinton. Doesn't change their character...One bit. And with that type of character, is it no wonder this counrty is literally going to the dogs. The leadership of this country is what is wrong with this country. And people need to have some 'back-bone' and stand up for MORALITY again in this country!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  298. Francie

    He is an arrogant lier! There has to be some criminality involved here.
    Internet porn sent to women who didn't ask for it should be as illegal as someone who shows up at my door or at my grandchild's school and exposes himself!

    Anyone who is so blatantly immorral as Weiner, Vitter, Bill Clinton, etc. should all just go away!!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  299. Gustavo

    Egocentrism and narsicism (two characteristics that he obviously has in abundance) are great deterents to common sense and impart no insight.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  300. Jessica, Sparta, NJ

    Jack, I don't think that he should resign. He is not a person that campaigned on high morality and religious values like a lot in the Republican party do. When one of those holy rollers turn out to be the very people they rail against then I think they should resign because they are ginourmous hypocrites.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  301. Julie

    well, like most people he does not want to lose his job. But I think he should resign. There is no excuse for this type of behavior – especially for someone in his position – representing the people. It is incomprehensible his behavior in his off time (or perhaps even when he was working). He should be beyond ashamed of himself.

    I think when law makers take office they should be thoroughly investigated; given lie detector tests to test their morals and character, and to detect what kind of life they really lead in their spare time. It is frightening to think that a pervert may be representing you.😦

    June 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  302. George A. Klein

    Jack, let me get this straight..... Two years ago, David Vitters had SEX with numerous Washington, D.C prostitutes. An act that was and stil is ILLEGAL and yet no one in the media called for his resignation. Now, Anthony Weiner sends out sexual explicit e-mails and he must resign!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Suddenly, everyone in the GOP is from Bethlehem!!! Where were these calls for Vitters' resignation?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  303. Peter Bonafonte, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Weiner's conduct was reprehensible, repugnent and any other adjuctive you choose to use.

    It was not illegal.

    I would prefer to see him go but it's not up to me. It's is up to his constituents.

    Vintner's conduct was illegal.Prostitution is against the law in every state except for parts of Neveda. He was given a hand slap then re-elected.

    Rangle was found quilty of 11 (?) counts of misuse of office and money. Far more serious behavior. He didn't reign and will probably be re-elected

    Your spending far to much engery on this topic when we have many more pressing issues that should be being discussed.

    You sound moraly outraged or is it sour grapes cause you cant connect with babes?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  304. Dan Ari

    He is self-centered, like every politician. He thought of himself, not his family, just as he thinks of getting himself elected, not his party or his state or his country.

    Does that mean we should throw him out? No. All the politicians we elect are thinking of themselves rather than something higher, and we only have ourselves to blame.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  305. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I'd say he is more of an 7 or 8 on the creepy scale, Jack. He wasn't playing footsie with another guy in a Minnesota airport, paying for sex with the D.C. Madam or texting underage pages. Heck, he didn't even do the deed! He was just sexting with women of legal age. I wish America had been colonized by an Italian party boat instead of those dour Puritans!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  306. Smythe from Brooklyn

    I don't see any reason for him to resign. He's done nothing illegal, nor has he abused his office in any way. It's very unfortunate that Weiner's personal life has become so public, but I have nothing but admiration for his work in Congress, where he is a voice of conscience that often and loudly stands in opposition to the current majority. So we now and have seen way more of Weiner's personal life than we wanted to. Does it mean he can no longer legislate? How many citizens' phones and computers would withstand the overly moral scrutiny that Weiner is now facing?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  307. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Mr. Weiners career may be over regarding being elected but perhaps Mrs. Weiner now has the experience and skill set akin to Hiliary Clinton and become the next Secretary of State and then Mr. Weiner could be appointed as some sort of ambassador, say of Global Twitter image technology?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  308. thom richer

    Weiner is no different than any other egocentric, self-obsessed narcissist whose self-indulgent behavior has been challenged. Even though he has been discovered and admits to his wrongful behavior, he, in his mind, does not actually believe he has done anything wrong. Oh, he is sorry for what he did but only because he has been caught. Which is always the case in these situations. Had he not been caught, he would still be committing the same "sins" without regret or remorse and "sorry" would play no part in his life. Until he admits to himself what he has done is wrong, he will not resign. However, he will leave office because of his actions, one way or another and soon.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  309. Michael in Boston

    There is no honor in resigning. There is honor in continuing to fight for the American low and middle class. He lied...about 1 tweet flirting with girls online. What is dis-honorable is the un-fair reaction from the media and other sources. Where was the outrage with John Ensign, with Vitter....with Newt Gingrich!?!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  310. floridian

    My guess is that he needs the benefits (health care) for his pregnant wife, after all, again, my guess is that he cannot afford to buy it on the private market. Unless, and I do not know, he will get to keep such benefits for life. And if that is the case, we need to change that to once retired, defeated, resigned, or jailed, the benefits go away.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  311. Sally Hocker

    Because this weiner's morales, scruples, and ethics are made of mystery meat and he's hoping to make his job last several more years in the landfill of politics, Jack!!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  312. Supreme

    Weiner should resign five minutes after GOP Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana quits over his prostitution scandal. I just love the hypocrisy of the GOP.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  313. Big George in Big D

    The loons that take up for these creeps are just about as creepy themselves. Weiner is a first class jerk – he should go, no question there but why do people feel the need to bring up everyone else? Sure, Clinton should have gone but the democRATS loved him and, worse, still do! These people are an absolute disgrace to the American people they represent!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  314. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    if all it took to require resignation is to embarrass your constituents and yourself, we'd have no statesmen. His wife is preggers and standing by him and apparently he recognizes the truth of our economy and needs an income badly enough to be willing to ignore the snickering.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  315. patrick manion

    He hasn't resigned yet, because he doesn't get it; plain and simple. Like many people, he has issues and they have more than clouded his sense of reality. In essence, he's lost touch with the real world.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  316. Anthony Jackson

    He won't quit because he has too many balls in play. The sad thing is he is an advocate for the needy that should be heard. Now this voice just might be silenced. Who will have the guts to step up now?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  317. jude

    because he is not the priest, coach, teacher/professor, vitter, etc etc who continue to work in spite of their addictions. sex, alcohol, tobacco and of course, enormous amounts of food continue to be part of the human. at least 3 out of 10 humans...born this way.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  318. Mark B.

    Vetter didn't lie to the media when caught. He is a louse and will never be taken seriously again. Any point he makes in congress will have a question of didn'yt you lie to everyone before? Why should we believe you now. He will be redistricted out anyway by 2012.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  319. Frances Cappelletti

    He can consider resigning after the following resign, or are criminally charged:

    June 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  320. Robert

    Because he and his wife are arrogant little people who just love to be were they think the power is. If they were to move out of the spotlight they would just wither and die. These people just can't get enough of the trappings of the office.
    And let's remember that NYers are the same ones who caused the recent economic problems and then lived high on taxpayer funded bailouts.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  321. Jessica Kirby, Denver

    On some level, he probably thinks he's taking a stand against the schizoid shame culture we love so much in this country. Our puritanical pretenses are suffocating us and helping to end political careers daily, it seems. Good for him. You tell 'em, Weiner. "I'm going to act like a dumb frat boy AND keep my job. Everyone else is just going to have to deal with it."

    What a bloated sense of privilege; first of all to be screwing around on his marriage, and then insisting that he doesn't have to face the consequences. Now he's putting this embarrassment on his wife? Total failure. Get him out of there now, please.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  322. Harris F. Washington DC

    He won't resign because he loves all the attention he is getting. The same type of illness that drove him to "expose" himself to strangers feeds his ego in much the same way that the media circus feeds his ego now. I compare Weiner to a "flasher in the park" that is using his power to act as though he is above the law and can get get away with "showing his junk" to every Jane, Jill and Janet. He won't resign because he needs help and does not even know it yet.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  323. Bob

    Why won't he resign? One word....arrogance! As to those who say he shouldn't resign. He's privy to many of this countrys secrets and also influences law. His perversion for twittering women makes him susceptibal to leaking info and the potential for blackmail which could result in national secrets being lost or influencing his vote. And don't even try to say his actions were mean't to be harmless....he was out to "get some" plain and simple.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  324. Frances Cappelletti

    He should consider resigning after the following hypocrites either resign or are charged with a criminal act:
    David Vitter who actually did the physical act, many times, and lied about it. Paying prostitues is a criminal act.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  325. Larry

    I think Weiner should stay. I think that it is up to his constituents to call for his resignation, not hypocrites in Congress especially Republicans who have something to gain by getting rid of a powerful adversary.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  326. Jeff Rogers

    I am not sure i understand why everyone is upset about this....the same people that are upset with this thought it was ok that Bill Clinton had an affair. So it is ok for the president to do it and lie about it but it isn't ok for a senator?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  327. Donaldo in ATL

    Obviously this man has issues which have been made public, primarily by a news hungry media. No excuse here, he should resign due to poor judgement, and the media should just no longer cover this worthless piece of..... This country deserves more from both the media and its leaders during this trainwreck of an economy...so Jack..lets focus on what is really news

    June 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  328. JR Washington, DC

    Jack,

    Your title says it all. It would be the "honorable" thing to do. When have you known a modern day politician to be "honorable"?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  329. Blaqb0x

    Would you resign from your job for sexting ladies other than your wife? Not cheating or having sex but, sexting? I wouldn't. I doubt most people would. So why should he?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  330. Richard from Coral Springs

    It's really sad that Politicians and CEOs don't understand that moral standards apply to everyone, not just the "little people". We all need to hold to a higher standard, not just whether it is legal or illegal.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  331. Colorado Matt

    Some people would compare Weiner to past fornicators and perpetrators of infidelity. But I personally don't care what people did in the past. Anthony Weiner needs to go, as does anyone else that perpetrates this hideous affronts to our beautiful country. Anything else is just an excuse to engage in the futility of comparing Weiners.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  332. Mark

    I think he should stay. This is a matter between him and his wife. It is really sad that govt officials can commit adultery, have mistresses, get oral sex in the presidents office, and still keep thier jobs. Yet they make a big deal about this case where he was at home and engaging in private communication.

    If we would make polygamy legal again like shacking up with another is, or getting married to the same sex, then this wouldn't be a big deal. He could just get a second wife and move on.
    Let him live the way he wants.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  333. Adam

    This pig needs to resign. The democrats don't want to hear about this for the next couple of years. They're already in really bad shape. Honestly, I'm ready for change. Since Obama has been in office, all sorts of hookups have been given to the irresponsible rich and the irresponsible poor. It's only those of use in the middle that will get this economy out of the recession.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  334. Jim S - Milford, MI

    Do his shenanigans prevent him from doing his job - or does the fixation of the media and others prevent him from doing his job?

    I don't see any politician (or actor, or corporate exec, etc) as a moral leader. It doesn't even make him a hypocrite, since he does not make "family values" part of his political message. Finally, I don't think any of the ladies involved have complained or accused him of harrassment or other mis-deeds. It is time for us, as a nation, to grow up. I don't think employees or leaders in the private sector would usually get dismissed for this ... in fact it might even be grounds for a wrongful dismissal suit. Asking someone to resign is the tactic when there is no legal grounds to fire.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  335. Lee

    You're funny, Jack. The only reason you need to ask this question is that you don't do it. People who do this kind of thing actually don't believe they are doing anything wrong. Their response is "Everyone does it." It's totally foreign to them that this kind of communication might not be wanted and is only inappropriate to those with their noses in the air.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  336. Jason

    Why should he, he didn't break any laws or any rules for that matter, they only thing he did was lie about it, and who wouldn't have if the roles were reveresed?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  337. Rachell

    Why should he resign? Because the panty sniffing brigade has issued a condemnation? Maybe he should resign as a husband, but as far as I'm concerned, this has nothing to do with his politics. He wasn't campaigning on family values, he wasn't soliciting prostitutes, he didn't lie under oath....so why should he resign again? As far as I'm concerned, this is between Anthony and his wife.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  338. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    Jack
    I dismiss the moral argument, congress is law unto itself. There are no
    rules that they must follow. Get Real!, it is a monster without equal.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  339. Patricia Campbell

    Those who have never made any mistakes cast the first stone. If the media and other politicians would take bold stands against greedy oil giants playing with hard working law abiding citizens trying to survive the evil game they play with yo-yo oil pricing like they do with stories like these maybe, just maybe more things that are relevant to Americans real life issues may be resolved. If the media would stop fanning the flames of stories like these and examine the ethics of the oil companies that are playing games with peoples livelihoods.They raise prices so high that finally oyher products have to raise their prices then they bring them back down.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  340. Ed from MD

    If he resigns how is he going to get re-elected after all this?

    June 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm |