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Huma and Anthony: Washington Horror Couple
National Interest ^ | June 26, 2013 | Robert W. Merry

Posted on 07/26/2013 1:06:18 PM PDT by lbryce

Author James Michener famously said of Hawaii’s nineteenth century New England missionaries that they went to the islands to do good and ended up doing very, very well. Washington commentator Mark Shields has likened those missionaries to many people who come to Washington—all starry-eyed with idealism upon their arrival but later fixated on the ongoing Beltway stampede for a share of the largess bestowed upon the city’s insiders as they combine government service with often-grubby private pursuits.

Which calls to mind Huma Abedin, wife of the disgraced former congressman, Anthony Weiner, and a darling of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is much in the news these days as the defiant defender of her husband, who hungers for a return to public life as the next mayor of New York and who must somehow get past his penchant for sending lewd photos of himself to women with whom he strikes up Internet liaisons. Watching the wife step forward in such a cringe-inducing way, one gets the feeling that her aim is to get the spotlight onto herself so it won’t shine so brightly on her husband’s crotch.

But there’s another question about Huma Abedin—and her husband—that goes beyond the sad spectacle of Weiner’s starvation for public approval and his wife’s strange willingness to abet his misplaced ambition. Abedin should be a bit embarrassed herself over a remarkable sweetheart deal she got from her friends—in and out of government—after her maternity leave from her high-level State Department job with its impressive title: deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Clinton.

It worked like this: instead of being a full-time government employee, she now was a special government employee—“essentially a consultant,” as the New York Times described it. She was allowed to work from home—her New York home—rather than report to State headquarters in Washington. But she retained her high-blown title, along with a salary of $135,000 a year—for unspecified duties. All the while, she undertook outside consulting responsibilities with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, as well as with a strategic-consulting firm run by former Bill Clinton adviser Doug Band. She also had an outside job arrangement with Mrs. Clinton, helping in the secretary’s transition out of her cabinet position.

It isn’t clear to what extent these outside arrangements augmented her $135,000 government salary, but Anthony Weiner revealed in a disclosure statement, required by his mayoral candidacy, that the couple earned $490,000 in 2012, during the time of Abedin’s special arrangement at State and when her husband toiled as some kind of consultant himself.

Nice work if you can get it. But most people can’t get it. It takes special arrangements fashioned by high government officials and their pals and former associates who now toil in the private sector seeking specific governmental actions in behalf of well-heeled clients. Most American women who work in the real world and wish to stay home with their newborns must take a hit on pay. But if you work for the federal government and are a favorite of some powerful figure, you can have it all—the leave plus the pay plus fat outside consulting arrangements.

This emits a mild odor, but hardly anyone in Washington seems to think it represents anything about the place that is even slightly amiss. The Times did quote one leader of an ethics watchdog group, Melanie Sloane, as expressing some perplexity over the arrangement. “If she was being held out as a deputy chief of staff,” said Sloane, “it would be highly unusual for her to be a part-time employee or a consultant. Being a deputy chief of staff at the State Department is generally considered more than a full-time job.”

But that was it. Abedin never so much as deigned to answer reporters’ questions about the curiously blurred lines between her high-level government work in what was purported to be a sensitive job and “her role as a Clinton family insider,” as the Times delicately put it. Such sweetheart arrangements, which would have been considered highly scandalous a couple decades ago, now seem to be just part of Washington’s normal routine of business.

Indeed, Abedin certainly didn’t seem to suffer any embarrassment over the matter. The Washington Post reports that she recently irritated some of her colleagues and associates by hitting them up for contributions to Weiner’s mayoralty campaign. But they bit their lips and ponied up. As one anonymous bystander told the Post, “The chatter was, if you wanted to stay in Hillary’s good graces, you answer the call from Huma.”

Buried further down in that Post story was a revealing quote from an Abedin email to Clinton supporters, whom she identified as “our friends who care as much about this city as we do,” and whom she beseeched “to help as much as you can, however you can.”

So that’s it. It’s all about how much they love New York City. Without getting into psychoanalytical journalism here, it seems fair to say that the only kind of person who would seek public office after such a humiliation as that which Weiner suffered would be the kind whose whole identity is wrapped up in being in the public spotlight. There are politicians in Washington who feel like they’re shriveling up into little crumpled remnants of their former selves if they can’t have the public adulation that comes with political office. It would be good if voters could identify such people and send them promptly into shrivel mode.

But when people expose themselves to public embarrassment as Weiner did, they and their spouses should have the decency to remove themselves from the airwaves and the Twitter flow and head off to contemplate their lives for a respectable period of time. They may want to ponder an episode from Will Durant’s multivolume Story of Civilization. It’s about a young courtier at the Court of Elizabeth I, who once presented himself to the queen with elaborate obeisance and, in doing so, inadvertently broke wind. So consumed with embarrassment was the poor fellow that he promptly booked passage for the New World, where he nursed his embarrassment for three years before concluding he had expiated it sufficiently to return to England and show his face once again at court.

He presents a nice object example for the likes of Anthony Weiner and his wife. In their effort to keep open their prospects of someday becoming a hot Washington power couple, they have turned themselves into Washington’s latest horror couple.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: horrorcouple; humapresser; humascandal; islam; muslimbrotherhood; rop; scandal; sharia; statedeptscandal; weiner; weinerelection
Bill and Hillary are the original "Washington Horror Couple" and at least up until Benghazi, when Hillary was deemed potent presidential candidate, Bill and Hillary were still very much in command of the title.

Huma and Anthony are hardly in the same impugned league, but still, their seedy, disreputable persona, politically dysfunctional state of affairs, odd if not bizarre marital arrangement certainly qualifies them as "dishonorable mention" in the "Horror Couple" Sweepstakes.

1 posted on 07/26/2013 1:06:18 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Quote of the Month:

“Her aim is to get the spotlight onto herself so it won’t shine so brightly on her husband’s crotch”


2 posted on 07/26/2013 1:10:07 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: lbryce

Thanks to the mixed economy caused by libtards, we have corruption, crony capitalism, and pressure group and special interest group warfare.


3 posted on 07/26/2013 1:12:44 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: lbryce

“Which calls to mind Huma Abedin, wife of the disgraced former congressman, Anthony Weiner, and a darling of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton”

They forgot one, “daughter of the woman who founded the womens branch of the Moslem Brotherhood”.


4 posted on 07/26/2013 1:15:50 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: lbryce

If A. Weiner gets elected, won’t that signal open season for him to sexually harass any woman he pleases?


5 posted on 07/26/2013 1:19:12 PM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: bigbob

Yes. Page Six of the New York Post mentions what you’ve said as the reason why she nixed the offer to put Weiner’s life story up in big lights in “Crotch on Broadway”.


6 posted on 07/26/2013 1:20:48 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Do not kid yourself.

Huma is connected to the MB who probably arranged her marriage. They are the ones propping this creature up way past his sell by date and where the pressure is coming from.

Hillary is worse than anyone we
ve ever had to endure but it could get worse, especially with her at the helm, like in this case.

DO not underestimate the story here.

This guy’s under so much pressure having done a faustian deal that he’s acting out. She has no way out.

Imagine two miserable powerful people in charge.

It could get worse than bill and hillary. These tow already are worse


7 posted on 07/26/2013 1:20:53 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Falcon4.0
Deviated prevert...
8 posted on 07/26/2013 1:23:30 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: lbryce

Huma is the one to watch and is dangerous as a snake. Her jewish pervert purse holder schmuck husband is nothing but a stepping-stone on the path to her political ambitions.


9 posted on 07/26/2013 1:25:00 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: lbryce

“sweetheart deal” “darling of former secretary of state”

This guy’s funny.


10 posted on 07/26/2013 1:26:04 PM PDT by ladyjane (For the first time in in a long time I am proud of my country.)
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To: lbryce

Once Weiner is elected Mayor, the loose dick can be blackmailed.

When Weiner is Mayor, he has some connection to the
NYPD: Counter Terrorism Units (Wall Street Protection of Utmost Importance in Post 9-11 Era) posted about here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2808741/posts

All this is a way to infiltrate our national security, and especially NYC’s security.


11 posted on 07/26/2013 1:29:58 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation is destroying the USA.)
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To: stanne
Huma is connected to the MB who probably arranged her marriage.

In the interest of accuracy...

Huma is an operative of the MB, who agreed to her marriage -- after it was arranged by Bill & Hillary. Weiner performed a service as Huma's beard, while Huma continued to service Hillary.

12 posted on 07/26/2013 1:35:26 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARAD in the past.E)
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To: lbryce

Billy Jeff and Herself, Madame Benghazi, the Cold and Joyless, did set the bar pretty high for “Horror Couple”, but believe me, Huma and Anthony are certainly striving to meet that standard.

Conceived in mischief and allowed to mature in the darkest, dankest cave of human existence, these dynamos of deceit and merry dancing upon the graves of patriots have become the new paradigm.

The road to ruin is not by back alleys and darkened streets, but in broad, well-lighted boulevards with marching bands and star-spangled mounts on parade.


13 posted on 07/26/2013 1:37:56 PM PDT by alloysteel (Unattended children will be given a Red Bull and a free Kazoo. Reminds me of Congress...)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“You’re going to answer to the Coca-Cola company.” Col. Bat Guano

” ...her husband toiled as some kind of consultant himself.” (shudder)
Dear Penthouse ....


14 posted on 07/26/2013 1:41:09 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: okie01

No. We dont know therefore my speculation is as good as yours. Her family is bundling


15 posted on 07/26/2013 1:42:29 PM PDT by stanne
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To: lbryce

Follow the $$$$

He has no job no future. BUT he has 4.3 million cash leftover in his Congressional campaign. He won’t quit the race until he’s spent that. Watch for him paying himself and wife, making deals for kickbacks in expenses etc. it is just about the money.


16 posted on 07/26/2013 1:45:37 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: lbryce

17 posted on 07/26/2013 1:46:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono


What difference does it make? /Hillary
18 posted on 07/26/2013 1:49:53 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: lbryce
after her maternity leave from her high-level State Department job

Wow, there's a kid here that is gonna be shocked at some google searches he/she will do one day
19 posted on 07/26/2013 1:50:51 PM PDT by RushingWater
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To: lbryce

I can see Hillary advising Hummer. Let him run around but have him checked for STDs periodically. Go on national TV and say that you support him. The stupid people of NY will feel sorry for you and elect you as a senator from NY. Possibly a job in Hillary’s cabinet as SOS and later a presidential run.


20 posted on 07/26/2013 1:51:11 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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To: lbryce

I thought that was James Carville and Mary Matalin.....


21 posted on 07/26/2013 1:52:30 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: stanne
This guy’s under so much pressure having done a faustian deal that he’s acting out.

Interesting theory. Let's see if he decides to off himself with two shots to the back of his head.

22 posted on 07/26/2013 1:53:44 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: JoeProBono
Licking Weiner.


23 posted on 07/26/2013 1:57:36 PM PDT by South40
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To: F15Eagle

24 posted on 07/26/2013 1:59:44 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: lbryce
and at least up until Benghazi, when Hillary was deemed potent presidential candidate

Do you really think Benghazi is going to stop Hillary's presidential ambitions. Only Republicans have to worry about past performance when seeking higher office. This woman has pretty much failed at anything she has tried; or, she can only succeed at something thru illegal means. However, all of that will be covered up (along with Benghazi) when she runs for president, by a compliant media.

25 posted on 07/26/2013 2:00:21 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: SpaceBar
Huma is the one to watch and is dangerous as a snake.

This reminds me of the SyFy show Defiance, where the "Law Keeper" sees the wife of a new council member sitting outside the council room, waiting for her husband, and he looks at her and says, "I've had my eye on the wrong snake. You are the dangerous one." To which she replies, "Well, aren't you sweet."

26 posted on 07/26/2013 2:04:11 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: RushingWater
Wow, there's a kid here that is gonna be shocked at some google searches he/she will do one day

I dunno. With those two as parents, the kid may just look at the google articles as a sort of training manual.

27 posted on 07/26/2013 2:06:56 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: SpaceBar
BINGO!! She's the Muslim's Nose in the tent....and thru her and Hillary and Obama, MANY, MANY Muslim Brotherhood people have infiltrated our govt......INFILTRATED is NOT the word since THIS WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG!!

HOW HUMA MEET HILLARY??? Where did their "friendship" start??

HUMA IS DANGEROUS....WEINER IS A JOKE, but HUMA IS DANGEROUS!!

28 posted on 07/26/2013 2:25:44 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: okie01

EXACTLY!! That’s why Huma isn’t UPSET at WEINER”S DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR!! She’s HILLARY’S LOVER! ANd the weiner is a beard!! How ELSE is he supposed to get sex?? Look at him.....sad.


29 posted on 07/26/2013 2:27:14 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: lbryce

The Clinton’s sure do take care of their own. Up until Fort Marcy Park time that is.


30 posted on 07/26/2013 2:28:20 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: glorgau

All Shakespearean and Greek tales repeat in one way or another. Peoples behaviors follow a logical pattern in one way or another. Doesn’t take much creativity to see it

I dont know if im right, but there is some reasonable, albeitit, unhealthy attern two the way these two are acting. And it is not ‘stand by your man


31 posted on 07/26/2013 2:37:21 PM PDT by stanne
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To: SpaceBar

Agreed. Does the Brotherhood want to interrupt the successful terrorism surveillance I New York?


32 posted on 07/26/2013 2:49:43 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: ottbmare

hmmmm. Maybe a little info as to why Huma would stay with weenie.


33 posted on 07/26/2013 2:49:51 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Ann Archy

Huma has a koran and a 1300 year old chip on her shoulder. She’ll make the Hildebeast’s socialist views look benign by comparison.


34 posted on 07/26/2013 2:52:06 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Red Badger
Oooooh. That's a goodie. They slipped my mind.... .....but they're a goodie only because of the Ragin' Cajun, Carville. As far as Mary Matalin is concerned, I'll have to quote the Great Ronald W. Reagan on that.Ronald Reagan says he follows The 11th Commandment, which is never to speak ill of a fellow Republican.
35 posted on 07/26/2013 4:03:21 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: Falcon4.0

HUMA

Head Up My Ass


36 posted on 07/26/2013 4:44:18 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45 (Happily in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own guardians.)
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To: JoeProBono

In that Wiener for Mayer picture...
Tony shouldn’t stand with his hands like that,
it’s obscene.
Fitting but obscene.


37 posted on 07/26/2013 4:57:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: lbryce
It must feel really lousy to see a decade of deep undercover sleeper cell efforts go up in smoke, just like that. The mayor race was making lemonade out of lemons. Congress was the gold ring.

Weiner was first thrust onto the national stage in 2001 when he he declared on TV that Bill Clinton did not trash the White House, did not leave porn in the copy machines, and did not take the W keys off of all the computer keyboards.

Weiner demanded that incoming President George Bush provide proof that this happened, or shut up about it.

He was brazen back then, and he's apparently still brazen now.

It's too bad that the Brotherhood hitched their wagon to the wrong weiner.

-PJ

38 posted on 07/26/2013 5:07:37 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: stanne
No. We dont know therefore my speculation is as good as yours.

Granted. It's speculation. But I'd give 8-to-5 on my speculation vs yours.

39 posted on 07/26/2013 5:54:03 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARAD in the past.E)
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