Scandal Didn't Break Weiner; It Made Him

Michael Wolff doesn't think anyone else has the savvy to replace Bloomberg

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 23, 2013 1:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – Believe it or not, a guy who showed off his bulging manhood on Twitter is destined to become mayor of New York City. Or at least, that's the bet Michael Wolff is making. The rest of the field vying to replace the "irreplaceable" Michael Bloomberg is made up of "comical figures of such insignificance" that their election is "almost unimaginable," he writes at the Guardian. Bloomberg's contrast from them "is almost from one species to another."

That leaves Weiner, who's a lock not in spite of Underwear-gate, but because of it. The scandal "made him a household name and national figure." He didn't do anything illegal, so this was purely about character, meaning that, if spun deftly, "he might be seen in the public's eye to have grown from low character to a much-improved, even ennobled, one." New York is the capital of the national media; real candidates here need "that ineffable thing called 'story,'" and the wherewithal to sell it. Weiner has both. Click for Wolff's full column.

In a Thursday, June 16, 2011 photo, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner announces his resignation from Congress, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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The mayor of New York is our actor and salesman. He or she has to fill the stage and make the sale. - Michael Wolff

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