Anthony Weiner has some novel suggestions for grassroots democrats to become more involved in the political process, which he shared earlier this month with the Manhattan Young Democrats. Text from the NY Observer. Full video at YouTube can be found here.
“Every single moment that we are stroking our beards and gazing at our navel and thinking about the world we’d like to be and singing ‘Kumbaya’ is another day we’re not punching Bill O’Reilly in the nose.”
“I follow Twitter for the Tea Part[ies] and just show up to f**k with them,” he said. The crowd of 20-somethings crowed.
“No, I don’t actually do that. I just sit at my desk and they send me talcum powder every couple of weeks.”
He was only half-joking. On Thursday, March 25, an envelope of white powder (which ultimately proved harmless) arrived at Congressman Weiner’s district office in Kew Gardens. Given Mr. Weiner’s prominence in the health care debate, and the sometimes violent leanings of those opposed to health care reform, Mr. Weiner is an obvious target. He has, perhaps more than any fellow member of Congress, used health care as a springboard to launch himself into the center of the roiling national argument. And he’s done so not by abandoning his New York shtick, but rather by capitalizing on it.