“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Thursday, June 09, 2011
The devastating photo -- allegedly obtained from a woman Weiner corresponded with online -- surfaced yesterday during Breitbart's morning appearance on Sirius XM's "Opie & Anthony" show.
Breitbart, who had published other suggestive Weiner photos, had already warned that he was hanging on to one more snapshot "of an X-rated nature."
He called it an insurance policy, but said Tuesday, "I don't think I want to put his family through that type of thing."
That all fell apart during the radio show, when co-host Gregg "Opie" Hughes convinced Breitbart to pass around the shot on his iPhone, and secretly took a picture of it.
"We prodded him to see the 'pic' that was rumored to be out there. He finally passed his phone around to show a pic of repweiner's -- well -- 'weiner," ' Hughes tweeted later on his Twitter account.
Breitbart told Fox News he was "mortified" at the turn of events.
"This is a complete breach of our arrangement that the photo would not be made public," Breitbart said. "It was a complete violation of trust."
He said the show's co-host, Anthony Cumia, would issue a statement saying he is "horrified" by the development. Instead, Cumia tweeted, "I'm horrified by the PENIS."
Also horrified were Democrats from coast to coast.
Opie Outs Weiner's Weiner
Weiner has said nothing publicly since his latest vow not to resign, which he made Tuesday outside his Forest Hills home.
His contrite silence is a far cry from his carefree chats with porn star Ginger Lee in the days after the scandal broke.
"BTW, I'm sponsoring a line of twitpic undies," he wrote Lee as he coached her on how to make the scandal go away. "I need a name."
"I want twitpic ready undies," she wrote back, according to TMZ.com. "Hook a bitch up. I never get cool s- - -t. Just sayin.' "
Last night, reports of still another on-line flirtation surfaced. It was revealed that Weiner had communicated via Facebook with Traci Nobles, a 35-year-old physical-education teacher from Athens, Ga. The Las Vegas Sun reported that she called him "sexy" and he called her "sugar" during an August exchange. But with all his problems, Weiner has managed to hang on to some supporters.
A source close to Weiner said, "He's actually getting calls in his district offices saying stay and fight."
Posted by Doug at 6/09/2011 12:41:00 PM