11:04 am Jul. 18, 2012
Amid speculation that Anthony Weiner is considering a return to elected office, he and wife Huma Abedin sat down for an interview with People magazine in which she says, "I want people to know we’re a normal family."
This was pretty much always going to be Step 1, in terms of Weiner's public re-emergence: an interview with a soft-news outlet that isn't nearly as interested as the political press is in the scandal, the cover-up, and the timing of Weiner's speculative comeback.
The subject comes up here, of course:
"I’ve had enormous regrets about what I put Huma through, how I let my constituents down," Anthony confessed. "But it’s not like I sit all day replaying it in my mind. With a baby, it is it is pretty easy to put things into perspective."
But Abedin reportedly proposed that Weiner go out and talk about the scandal, more extensively than either of them did in this People interview, as a way to get the whole thing behind him, much as Bill Clinton did in comparable circumstances with a "60 Minutes" interview (and a mammoth biography).
It's not clear that Weiner is entirely on board with that idea. He clearly wants to get back into politics--the only business he's ever known--but he stammered terribly and seemed at a rare loss for words when asked an obvious question about returning to public office during an interview with Brian Lehrer.
Later, when contacted by the Wall Street Journal, Weiner sidestepped the question of a comeback by paraphrasing Bryce Harper: "It's a clown story, bro," he emailed.
He was joking, surely.
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