According to the New York Times,
Representative Anthony D. Weiner has told House leaders and friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from his Democratic colleagues to leave the House, said a top Democratic official and two people told of Mr. Weiner’s plans.
James Taranto, however, looks at a different aspect,
Will Mrs. Weiner Fire Mr. Weiner?
House Democrats are anxious to be rid of Anthony Weiner the Tumid Tweeter, National Journal reported yesterday:
They conceded that their best strategy for getting to that point is hoping that Weiner’s wife will persuade him to go.
“We’re hearing he might resign in a couple of days,” said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y. “He’s waiting for his wife to come home. That’s what we’re hearing from his friends.” . . .
A senior Democratic aide said there was much anticipation expressed by members–if not desperation–that Weiner might be talked into resigning by his wife, Huma Abedin, later this week.
Right, just like Mrs. Weiner’s boss, Hillary Clinton, persuaded her husband to quit politics amid a sex scandal.
Why in the world would the Dems expect Mrs. Weiner to press her husband to resign, thereby cutting the household income in half? Even if the marriage fell apart, the prospect of collecting alimony and child support would leave her with a continuing interest in his gainful employment.
Is Mrs. Clinton threatening Mrs. Weiner’s employment or advancement in order to pressure Mr. Weiner to resign? That’s the only way in which this plan would make sense.
Actually, no, that is not the only way: Another way is for Weiner to be offered a job with an organization or individual(s) who support the Democrats enough to guarantee him enough salary and benefits to make his resignation worthwhile. You can bet there’s a deal in the works, if not already consolidated.