Weiner in the Pressure Cooker

From The Hill:

Senate Democrats were also distancing themselves from the embattled New Yorker on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) paused for several seconds when journalists asked if Weiner should resign.

“I know Congressman Weiner — I wish there was some way I can defend him,” Reid said, plainly not defending the embattled congressman.

When a reporter persisted in asking whether Weiner should resign, Reid said: “I’m not here to defend Weiner. That’s all I’m going to say.”

When another reporter asked what Reid would say if Weiner called him for advice, Reid said he would tell him to “call somebody else.”

A liberal agitator popular with the Democrats’ left flank, Weiner’s outspoken tendencies and longing for the spotlight have sometimes rubbed even Democratic colleagues the wrong way.

A former House Democratic leadership aide said that Weiner’s high-profile defense of party priorities had done little to generate goodwill with members of either the caucus or the leadership.

“There was no Anthony Weiner base,” the aide said. “He did his own thing on his own time.”

The aide also noted that Weiner’s payments in member dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fell far short of the $200,000 requirement, a delinquency that could haunt him now.

The recent scandal, though, has left him more isolated than even he is accustomed to.

“I just don’t see anyone coming out to defend him,” a senior Democratic aide said Tuesday.

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