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Inside the Beltway: Huma Abedin for NYC mayor
From the same political landscape that produced the persistent notion that Hillary Rodham Clinton should run for president here comes part two of such thinking. There are calls for Huma Abedin to run for mayor of New York City, even as her husband Anthony D. Weiner clings to the wreckage of his own campaign for that office following the most recent revelations regarding his sorry sexting habits.
Among those who have suggested Ms. Abedin — an adviser to Mrs. Clinton — perhaps print up bumper stickers and head for the nearest podium: The New York Times‘ political blogger Nate Silver, syndicated columnist Susan Estrich, Daily Beast editor Tina Brown and New York magazine columnist Dan Amira.
“As an added bonus, New York would have a close personal friend in the White House once Hillary Clinton becomes president,” said Mr. Amira, an early-bird prognosticator who made his recommendations way back in April.
There has also been talk that neither the former secretary of state nor former President Bill Clinton are fond of Mr. Weiner at this juncture. “They care about Huma and what’s best for Huma,” a source told the New York Daily News, while a local Democratic official also told the newspaper, “Weiner is not close to the Clintons at all. He’s like that jerky son-in-law who married in. They do not like him.”
In the meantime, regardless of the newfound political admiration of Ms. Abedin, things can’t be all that great at home. Her mother quietly arrived in New York over the weekend.
“Saleha Mahmood Abedin has showed up in Manhattan to comfort her reeling politico daughter,” notes an account in the Daily Mail, which described the mom as appearing “tense and concerned.”
IF THEY WERE REPUBLICANS
Let us consider for a few nanoseconds New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony D. Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Both are Democrats who have behaved like boors in recent days; both are nimble public figures with an arsenal of distractions. Mr. Weiner still claims he has his wife’s support and will stay in the race as his sexting scandal mutates. Mr. Filner will participate in psychological therapy for 14 days after being accused of sexual harassment by seven women.
And both have had sympathetic treatment in the news media.
“It is a fact, that if these two men, Filner in San Diego and Weiner here, were Republicans, this would be part of a lot of somber sociology in the media about the ‘Republican War on Women,’” gentlemanlyGeorge Will told ABC News. “I will skip that.”
SO THAT’S IT
“For Barack Obama, the whole purpose of his public life is to foist the leftist ideology of his father on a mesmerized American public. He uses the middle class to achieve this goal like a cheap date, dazzling her with big talk of economic growth, which he has no intention of ever delivering,” says Peter Ferrara, an economic analyst for the Heartland Institute and a contributor to Forbes.com.
“The truth is Obama disdains economic growth and the middle class, because both are the progenitors of financial and political independence. What he treasures is the neediness of government dependency, which is the progenitor of a political machine, trading government handouts for votes,” Mr. Ferrara observes.
There is an “economic boom” lurking when President Obama leaves office, he adds.
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