Tuesday's Anthony Weiner news came too late for The Daily Show to catch that night, but on Wednesday they were on it, proving a politician who can't help himself from sexting was the story they were made to cover. Substitute host John Oliver indulged his Britishism, calling the latest scandal "a bit of a cock up" after Weiner relaunched his career in the wake of his original 2011 Twitter scandal. "Why did he even need to do that? Who did he think had possibly not seen his photo from last time? Did he think that a woman might have been in a coma the first go round?"
Oliver went through the timeline (our own Philip Bump has one here, too), with models of the pictures in question, starting with his initial confession in June 2011 and his promise to stop. "And that is where you drew the penis in the sand," Oliver said. "'Never, ever happen again.'" Weiner then did a People interview that went to print a week after his new sexting relationship began. In the interview he said he felt like a different person. "Unless," Oliver said, "when you said 'I feel like a different person,' you meant 'from my wife.'"
Oliver touched on Weiner's pseudonym ("Anthony Weiner's alter ego is a Bolivian action hero slash porn star") and made his fair share of penis jokes, but last night's show was full of the Daily Show's mix of scorn and indignation. "Anthony Weiner does suffer from a debilitating addiction," Oliver said. "He's addicted to running for office. If he could just give that up he could live a full and productive life as an internet sex freak."
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