Finally announcing what had come to be obvious, New York Representative Anthony Weiner admitted that yes, that was his member on the Twitter feed and that yes, he had sent it. Along with lots of other similar kinds of pics. He announced this at a teary-eyed media circus--a a Mark Sanford a couple of summers ago.
The media were justifiably all over the Sanford story--here was a conservative, married, God-fearing Governor sneaking down to South America without telling his staff. The hypocrisy was manifest. The media is all over this one too (though some conservatives think insufficiently, looking for a double standard), but hypocrisy isn't the issue. As I said in an earlier post--Democrats aren't the "family values" party and they don't wish to be. Scandals like this one are reprehensible in and of themselves--but in the case of a Democrat--there's not much here on the hypocrisy charge.
What strikes me about the difference in the Weiner and the Sanford cases was the motivation. Sanford's wrongs--while many--were clearly the actions of a man in love (he is still with the woman). He said it right there in the news conference. Weiner's actions? What motivated him? Doesn't seem like love to me.