Blogging from somewhere on the border between Plaintive and Pathetic, New York Magazine and Talking Points Memo are begging Anthony Weiner for any water at all to carry on his behalf so they can rally the troops agasint the vicious right wing smears of his reputation. From NYM:
We won't pretend to know the truth behind Weinergate — whether Weiner was the victim of a hacker or prankster or conservative conspiracy, or whether he was personally responsible for sending a college girl a photo of a man's bulge over Twitter. But what's clear is that Weiner is only inviting more suspicion on himself by the way he's handling the attention.
...But dodging easily answerable questions is definitely not the way to make it all go away. For example, something like, "No, that was not my penis. I know this because I didn't take a photo of my penis," would have been a perfectly fine response. The mainstream press, at least, would be satisfied.
TPM got a bit of an epistemology lecture on this very point:
"Look here's the decision I made and you can disagree with it," he told TPM when asked for a clear answer on whether it was him in the photo, "that after two and a half days of statements that answer these questions that I'm not going to keep drilling into further details and further details, even one ... even the easy questions, even the obvious questions, even the ones I've answered before."
Weiner went on: "Because I don't believe in the idea you believe in that this will end. I have four separate emails from a New York Post reporter saying if you just answer this one question it will be over. You know people may not believe me, they believe Breitbart, whatever it is. I'm going to do the work I got to do and somewhere I've got to say I'm done talking about it. I'm going to decide what I'm going to talk about for the next several days and it's not going to be this."
See, a simple "No, that is not a photo of my equipment" would inevitably raise more questions than it answers. Uh huh. FWIW, this "reasoning" was employed to keep Obama's birth certificate under wraps for two years, but eventually it was released and the issue was returned to the back burner. I don't think we will be talking about WeinerGate for two years, if there is a merciful God.
A BRIEF "TO BE FAIR" INTERLUDE: It could be the case that Weiner is a victim of a vicious hack attack even if the photo is really of him. Imagine that a hacker got control of Weiner's accounts, found the infamous photo of what is allegedly Weiner's wiener, and Tweeted it out. Who's the victim now?
For reasons known only to him, Weiner is not willing to head down this road. As best we know there is no police report or investigation.