Morning Read: ‘Visual Double Entendres When Photographed’

Today's New York Post. (Photo: Newseum)

Today’s New York Post. (Photo: Newseum)

Headline of the Day: “If Huma and Hillary Were Emailing…”

Second Place: “Electing Anthony Weiner Isn’t As Funny As It Sounds.”

Oof. Today’s tabloid covers don’t contain any welcome news for former Congressman Anthony Weiner or his mayoral campaign–even amNewYork gave him a red clown nose. But the hardest hitting, unsurprisingly, was the New York Post, which went after him for not lasting long enough during phone sex and added three more women to his sexting total, now placing it at thirteen. (The math isn’t completely explained on the latter.)

The Daily News cover punished Mr. Weiner for holding a phallic object and making a momentary gesture that appears suggestive. Its editorial board then called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call on Mr. Weiner to leave the race, noting Mr. Weiner “is so hypersexualized that routine physical actions now become visual double entendres when photographed.”

While the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza dismissed the entire Weiner candidacy, writing that it’s “struggling for relevance in a race that is passing him by as he continues to battle his own self-inflicted wounds.” He adds, “Call it a circus. Call it a sideshow. But don’t call it a comeback. This week ensured that Weiner won’t be making one.”

The debate over Mr. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, for encouraging his mayoral bid rages on. Slate’s Dave Weigel labeled her “overrated,” the National Review criticized her for “enabling” her husband’s self-destructive campaign, and Jezebel mocked her coverage as “the Court of Public Opinion … marriage counseling services and psychological diagnoses.”

“Why Aren’t More Politicians Sidelined by Depression?” New York magazine asks: “Search the psychology databases and you’ll find practically nothing about depression in politicians. Search for narcissism, on the other hand, and you’ll find plenty … This kind of self-regard is endemic in the modern political age — one need look no further than Anthony Weiner for proof.”

In other news, the Weiner brouhaha pushed former Gov. Eliot Spitzer‘s expected divorce from Silda Wall Spitzer off center stage. “Silda is telling her female friends that she is done with him. She will file for divorce after the [Nov. 5] election,” said one source. Another claimed, “Silda is saying she is going to wait until this is all over.”

Morning Read: ‘Visual Double Entendres When Photographed’