Its a semi-known and entirely weird fact that, after college, New York congressman Anthony Weiner and Daily Show host Jon Stewart shared an apartment in Soho. Well, technically, Stewart and Weiner's girlfriend shared an apartment, and Weiner was the guy who was there all the time, walking around in his boxers and drinking the last of the milk. "I was living there more or less because I was bumming off of my girlfriend," Weiner tells City Scoops today. "Technically speaking, I was living in my mom’s house." But they still talk, and Weiner dutifully TiVos The Daily Show every day. But he's not sure if he likes it. "I think it has a bit of a corrosive effect on my business," he says.
AW: I don’t like the idea that there’s such a cynical view of politics and government.
CS: But you understand why that cynicism exists, right?
AW: Do I understand why that cynicism exists? Yes. I think it exists because of Jon’s show.
CS: Do you really?
AW: We could have the circular argument if you want. I think it accelerates itself. I think there becomes a feedback loop that’s corrosive. Congressmen do dumb things, yes, then are highlighted for doing dumb things, and highlighted some more, and people watch it and say that congressmen do dumb things, and so then when another congressman does a dumb thing, it’s like, “Well, my audience wants to watch a congressman do a dumb thing,” and then the audience laughs at the congressman doing a dumb thing, and then Jon says, “Hey, I got a great scam here, lemme go find another congressman doing a dumb thing,” and where do I get in? Where do I get in not doing a dumb thing? Not being a bozo?
Wow. A "scam?" That's harsh. And kind of impressive. No one ever disses Jon Stewart. Not even Republicans dis Jon Stewart. The man is terrifying! We have to hand it to him: The Weiner's got balls.
OUR POSSIBLE FUTURE MAYOR…MAYBE [CityScoops]