Ed Morrissey of Hot Air said that regardless of Weiner's sexual indiscretions on the internet, the press conference he subjected his wife to ought to convince New Yorkers he isn't right for the job:
One would certainly hope that the latest chapter in Where On The Internet Is Anthony Weiner disqualifies him from public office, at least for a while. If that doesn't do it, then the humiliation that Weiner inflicted on his wife yesterday should do it.
Now that he's pushed his wife into the political spotlight in his defense, Weiner had better prepare her for what follows. For instance, while most of the commentary has been sympathetic to Huma, at least some are wondering just how she rationalized a return to electoral politics with this sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.
The question is whether New Yorkers really want to deal with this continuing public train wreck or find someone who is responsible enough to run his own life, let alone the nation's largest city. After yesterday's train wreck, the Weiners should be taking the NYT's advice and get out of public life, but it seems they won't get that message until voters deliver it to them.
Hanna Rosin of Slate wrote that while Weiner used yesterday's press conference to make a campaign pitch to New Yorkers, Abedin had remarkable composure for a woman forced to comment on private matters in such a public way:
A political wife with a cheating husband generally has two choices. She can stand on the stage alongside him and suffer forever the derision and condescension of feminists (“poor” Silda Spitzer). Or she can decline to take the stage and write a vengeful memoir (Jenny Sanford) and be a heroine forevermore. Neither of these options is ideal because they seem more like responses to public expectations than anything that a real live wife living through a grueling marital moment might actually choose to do.
In her joint press conference with Anthony Weiner on Tuesday, Huma Abedin pioneered a third option that seemed, especially in comparison to her curiously detached husband, sincere. She just explained herself and did it without shame, apology, or all that much regret. She is probably the first cheater's wife who managed the impossible feat of choosing to stay without taking on the stench of victim.
Andrew Sullivan of The Dish said that online interactions of a sexual nature are becoming the norm in society, and the public has no right to judge the marriage of another couple:
But ultimately it is up to the spouse to decide if there has been a transgression or not, and whether to forgive and move forward or not. The truly awful spectacle yesterday was seeing Huma Abedin being forced to undergo another public humiliation as the price for her husband's public career. But she clearly stated she was not abandoning her husband. And for me, as for us, that should close the matter.
I see no reason why that trust should not be tested where it should be: at the ballot box. Weiner should not, er, withdraw prematurely. He should do us all a favor, if his wife agrees, and plow on until we can all smoke a collective cigarette. In this new Internet Age someone has to be the person who makes sexting not an excludable characteristic for public office. If it becomes one, then the range of representatives we can choose from in the future and present will be very, very different in experience and background than the people they are supposed to represent.