CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY, July 26, 2013 – As more revelations about Anthony Weiner’s private life come to light, his wife Huma Abedin is squarely in the spotlight. Ms. Abedin is a Hillary Clinton protege who has learned significant damage control skills from her mentor.
Hillary once said she would not be a Tammy Wynette “stand by your man” kind of woman, only to become exactly that. And just as Hillary tolerated Bill’s sexual indiscretions, Huma is standng right beside her sexting husband.
When Weiner resigned from office in 2011 after being caught Tweeting pictures of his genitalia to various women, a humiliated Huma stayed with him. She was pregnant, having since given birth to their son.
When Weiner mounted his mayoral bid, he foresaw new allegations would come to light. While he never came completely clean, his family insisted his behavior was in the past. He had changed.
The problem with this supposed mea culpa was that it was untrue. After the Congressman resigned to spend more time with his family, he continued Tweeting and sexting.
Whether Weiner is a sex addict or a lothario is for a psychiatrist to determine. What matters is that Weiner’s bad behavior continued through August of 2012 while he was planning to run for higher office.
Huma knew about his behavior.
In the most recent sordid press conference only days ago, Huma did more than stand by her man. She came to the microphone and publicly defended him.
“It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. I made a decision that it was worth staying in this marriage.”
She is being praised as loyal, elegant, dignified, and classy. Like Hillary Clinton, she is none of these things.Neither Hillary or Huma are victims. They are enablers.
Tina Turner once asked “What’s love got to do with it?”
If Hillary and Huma acted out of love, they would have privately repaired their marriages and spared the public these soap operas. These women acted out of self-preservation. Their husbands lusted for other women. These women lusted for power.
After all, without holding a high-ranking political office, what good are their husbands? Bill Clinton made $35,000 as Governor of Arkansas. Anthony Weiner had zero income after resigning from congress. Ambitious women know they can do better, and push their husbands to be worth something.
Even when the man is already a multi-millionaire like former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, that is sometimes not good enough. His late wife Elizabeth was seen as a heroine for her brave and ultimately unsuccessful struggle to defeat cancer. None of that alters the true narrative of her as somebody who knew her husband had a child out of wedlock and tried to cover it up.
They could have kept their private lives private, but Elizabeth Edwards was hell-bent on being First Lady.
Not all women are this rare combination of hard-driving and pathetic. Liberals love to point to conservatives who make similar mistakes, such as former South Carolina Governor and now Congressman Mark Sanford.
Yet Jenny Sanford is no Hillary or Huma. She told her husband to mend his ways or get out of the house. He continued his ways, and she divorced him.
That is what a classy, dignified woman who respects herself does. She put her family above political power.
Anthony Weiner is running for New York City Mayor because getting a job in the private sector is not an option. He has no employable experience since his entire career has been in government. Huma knows that feeding a child is easier when her spouse is running an entire city rather than pounding the pavement.
Hillary has been described by her critics as Lady MacBeth, only with less ethics and compassion. Hillary taught Huma everything she knows, which may explain why Huma is facing allegations of financial corruption totally separate from her husband.
If Huma was concerned about her family, she would take them to a private world far away from public office and genuinely heal. By insisting they stay in the public eye, Weiner and Abedin are subjecting themselves to more humiliation and their fellow New Yorkers to their disgusting private lives.
People with integrity and honor would just go away and leave everybody else alone.
People obsessed with power will throw everything by the wayside for their own selfishness. Hillary paved the way by showing that actions do not have consequences. The Clintons rolled the dice, captured the White House, and now make millions on the speaking circuit.
Bill Clinton finally provided value for his wife. Huma is gambling that her husband is talented enough to make himself useful to her.
Huma is an enabler, and every bit as destructive for Manhattan as her husband. She learned from the best about how to be the worst. Blind ambition and getting to the top are all that matter, no matter who else gets destroyed on the path to power.
So what if innocent people have to suffer because of her selfishness. As her boss might ask, “What difference at this point does it make?”
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, and satirist. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.