Why Huma Abedin Should Run for Mayor

Huma Abedin (R), aide to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others listen while US President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on August 10, 2012 in Washington during Iftar, the fast-breaking meal of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Huma doin’? Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, have opened up to the New York Times Magazine about the Great Crotch-Shot Scandal of 2011 and how they overcame it. The story is part of an image-rehabilitation effort for Weiner as he contemplates a mayoral run later this year. But, instead of convincing us that a mellowed, remorseful Weiner should run for mayor, it made a compelling case for Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s worldly right-hand woman.

She’s a workaholic who will shun personal obligations for the good of the city:

Abedin told me a story about how her nieces and nephews made a video for her for Mother’s Day last year, portraying her as always half-engaged or absent because of work. Abedin was in tears. “Anthony was like, ‘What’s wrong?’ And I said, ‘All they think I do is work!’ The entire movie was: ‘Aunt Huma, Aunt Huma, Jordan’s walking!’ ‘Oh, I’m on a conference call. I have to go on this trip.’ … I didn’t even process how much what I did dictated my personal life.”

Nothing, including learning that her congressman husband sent photos of his crotch to women on the Internet — this will probably not happen again, but still — can deter her from carrying out her duty:

Two days later, Abedin boarded Clinton’s plane for a weeklong trip to Africa, with a stop in the United Arab Emirates. “My compass was my job,” she says.

She is thoughtful, patient, merciful, and basically a saint:

It took a lot of work, both mentally and in the way we engage with each other, for me to get to a place where I said: ‘O.K., I’m in. I’m staying in this marriage.’ Here was a man I respected, I loved, was the father of this child inside of me, and he was asking me for a second chance. And I’m not going to say that was an easy or fast decision that I made. It’s been almost two years now. I did spend a lot of time saying and thinking: ‘I. Don’t. Understand.’ And it took a long time to be able to sit on a couch next to Anthony and say, ‘O.K., I understand and I forgive.’”

Most important, though, she will never send photos of her crotch to people over Twitter because she has never been on Twitter:

I’ve never been on Twitter,” Abedin says.

As an added bonus, New York would have a close personal friend in the White House once Hillary Clinton becomes president. As for Weiner, he’d make a fine Crossfire host.