As we noted Thursday, a majority of Anthony Weiner's constituents want him to stay in office. The NY1/Marist College poll of 500 New Yorkers showed 56% of the registered voters in New York's 9th Congressional District do not think their member of Congress should resign in the wake of the virtual scandal that's ensnared both Weiner and the media in an infinite loop of hysterical soundbites and bad headlines. On his MSNBC show, Lawrence O'Donnell points to one quote from the New York Daily News editorial: "Weiner's unspeakable behavior has made it impossible for him to represent the people properly." The editorial also declares that "never in the 222 years since the House of Representatives achieved a quorum in 1789 has a seat holder inflicted such an indignity on the institution of American government that most closely represents the people."
O'Donnell quite reasonably asks New Yorker senior editor Hendrik Hertzberg if that figure is quite fair given the number of politicians indicted or jailed while in office. Hertzberg duly reminds us, "Plus all those members of Congress before 1860 who quit and went to the Confederacy." The segment also mentions the poll, and one comes away with the distinct feeling that O'Donnell thinks the media need to back off, now that the people have spoken.