When Anthony Weiner became entangled in a sex scandal back in June, the news media seemed endlessly ablaze with new developments and details about the former Democratic congressman's online affairs. Fast forward more than a month later and Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., has his own sex scandal. Except he isn't receiving nearly as much media attention as Weiner did. What gives?
Part of that is obvious: Weiner's name is Weiner. The other part is that to date there are no pictures (and also few details) to accompany the Wu story, making it particularly unattractive to the cable news circuit. But there's also this element, pointed out Monday in a tweet by Slate magazine's political reporter Dave Weigel:
Though Wu said Monday that he won't seek reelection in 2012, if there's one person that hopes the debt negotiations continue to drag on, it's probably him.