I know and like Anthony Weiner and you can insist -- as one ABC friend has this morning on the phone -- that I'm not recognizing the 'implications' of the Weiner story as a result. I disagree. If he has physically cheated, I still don't see how it trumps the deaths of 5 US soldiers. The reality is that it's a local issue for the voters in his district. The only national headline in the story is the call by Pelosi and others for an ethics investigation.
I happen to agree. So imagine my shock when pushy outsiders began insisting Anthony Weiner needed to step down. This is a matter for his constituents. They can call for him to step down. But people outside of N.Y.C. and especially those outside and in Congress should keep their mouths closed.
It is up to the residents of his district and only them. They are the ones he represented and there the only ones who can say. If they want him to continue representing him, they'll make that clear.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: