At the event, Weiner was given time at the podium to address the crowd, and he definitely didn't waste it. While he could have stood up there and talked about how important the media is to our democracy, or mention that while he may not always have the most cordial relationship with some reporters, he did understand how valuable they are to our free society, etc. etc., blah, blah, blah...Weiner instead spent his time poking fun at anybody and everybody. And he was pretty good at it.
Really, if you haven't had a chance to watch the video footage, you should really take out your phone right now and scan the QR code on this page and play it for everybody within hearing distance. However, in case you are at work, in the library, or currently serving jury duty and letting people know you are reading the paper instead of listening intently to testimony could find in contempt of court, here's a few of Pol Position's favorite highlights:
• Weiner starts by beating everybody to the punch, namely by making fun of his own last name. Part of the bit involves making up ridiculous campaign slogans for himself. The best one: "Vote for Weiner, He'll Be Frank."
• Weiner also gives a shout out to Louisiana congressman Cedric Richmond, who replaced William Jefferson in the House of Representatives after federal agents found $90,000 in his freezer. Jefferson used his office to solicit bribes, and in 2009 was sentenced to 11 years in jail. Weiner riffed that Richmond was elected because he pledged to work hard and "keep all of his money at room temperature."
• But one of Weiner's best jokes wasn't really a joke at all, in the literal sense. The congressman said it was unfortunate that Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a proud supporter of the Tea Party Movement, couldn't attend the dinner because she was in Iowa campaigning for a possible presidential run in 2012. The punchline? "That's really all I have for that joke."
But that is really just the tip of the iceberg, and you should certainly watch the whole routine in its entirety. If you really can't stand Anthony Weiner, and we understand there are a few of you out there who can't, this probably isn't going to change your opinion of him. But even you would have to admit that he is one of the more entertaining people currently holding elected office in our nation's capital. Really, can't we get this guy to host the Oscars next year?