Alec Baldwin (Sort of) Defends Anthony Weiner


“[Anthony] Weiner is the modern, high functioning man,” writes Alec Baldwin at the Huffington Post, in a blog entry where he expresses empathy for the disgraced congressman’s predicament. In the post, Baldwin laments the extent to which we live our lives online these days and hypothesizes that the demands of Weiner’s career led him to seek a quick, social-media sex fix instead of turning to his wife for the real thing. In a particularly thoughtful passage, he observes, “We tell ourselves that these devices help us communicate more effectively. What they actually do is allow us to bypass the person lying right next to us, across the room from us or at an airport heading home to us, in order to meet our immediate, even inconvenient, needs.”

It seems especially classy that Baldwin has chosen to analyze, rather than attack, the congressman if you believe the news that Baldwin is considering a run for New York City mayor — the office Weiner was expected to seek in 2013. Then again, maybe that has something to do with the fact that Baldwin isn’t currently eligible for the office because he’s not registered to vote in New York.