Anthony Weiner’s Greatest Campaign Hits

New York City’s Democratic primary for mayor is over. Anthony Weiner did not win. Reflection is in order.

Anthony Weiner, running in the New York Mayors race, foreground, makes his way up New York's Avenue of the Americas as he takes part in the Dominican Day Parade Sunday Aug. 11, 2013. 
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Sept. 11, 2013, 4:16 a.m.

New York City has fi­nally fin­ished its cam­paign for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for may­or, and it’s a very ex­cit­ing time for New York­ers, who get to stop be­ing be­rated. It’s an es­pe­cially ex­cit­ing time for Bill de Bla­sio, who won the elec­tion with more than 39 per­cent of the vote and may have avoided a run­off against second-place Bill Thompson.

But things aren’t quite as nice for the former con­gress­man who wound up in fifth place with just un­der 5 per­cent of the vote as of Wed­nes­day morn­ing. No, for An­thony Wein­er, Elec­tion Day was all about the ob­vi­ous de­noue­ment of a dis­aster orgy of a polit­ic­al cam­paign.

Wein­er even ended his cam­paign in full-Wein­er style, with a drive-by middle fin­ger to the press and an awk­ward, un­wel­comed ap­pear­ance at his cam­paign party by Sydney Leath­ers, one of his on­line part­ners.

And now, there likely won’t be much reas­on to think about An­thony Wein­er or Car­los Danger again.

But be­fore we get there, it’s time to look back at some of the greatest hits of a cam­paign that prob­ably should’ve nev­er been. An­thony Wein­er, this is your life, 2013, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der.

1. Meet Car­los Danger

This was the ob­vi­ous kick-off. The Dirty, which is a thing and on­line, pub­lished an ar­sen­al of new pic­tures and texts that Wein­er sent to a wo­man in 2012. Those doc­u­ments in­cluded the bizarre, now in­fam­ous, ali­as “Car­los Danger.” They also in­cluded a pic­ture of the can­did­ate’s gen­it­als.

Be­fore this all happened, Wein­er was ac­tu­ally do­ing pretty well in polling. If noth­ing else, ex­pect to see plenty of semi-ra­cist Car­los Danger cos­tumes this Hal­loween.

2. Don’t Come at Me, Grandpa

At an early Au­gust AARP for­um, An­thony Wein­er man­aged to find a new way to of­fend voters by get­ting in a minor verbal scuffle with Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate George Mc­Don­ald, which was caught on cam­era.

The ac­tu­al words wer­en’t all that vul­gar, but it ended with Wein­er — who was, again, at an AARP for­um — call­ing Mc­Don­ald, who is about 20 years older than Wein­er, “grandpa.” AARP re­leased a state­ment after the for­um, call­ing Wein­er’s re­marks “un­for­tu­nate.”

3. King Kong

There’s not much to say about this one. It’s the Au­gust 5, 2013, cov­er of The New York­er, and you can see it in full here.

4. Hand­bag Har­lots

By the end of Ju­ly, the Wein­er may­or­al cam­paign was squarely in free-fall. The cam­paign’s com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or, Bar­bara Mor­gan, didn’t help.

In a phone call with Talk­ing Points Memo‘s Hunter Walk­er, Mor­gan went off on a former cam­paign in­tern, call­ing here a “F — g slut­bag,” among oth­er, less print­able terms. Mor­gan later apo­lo­gized.

5. Ja­maica!

Dur­ing Septem­ber’s West In­di­an Amer­ic­an Day Parade, Wein­er stood on a float and did a very, very bad Carib­bean ac­cent. “Any­body here from Ja­maica?” he asked. It did not go over too well, and he quickly knocked it off.

6. “You Are Not My God” 

OK, this one edges pretty strongly in Wein­er’s fa­vor. Last week, Wein­er got in a bit of a scream­ing match with a pat­ron at a Brook­lyn deli. As it turns out, the ar­gu­ment was pro­voked by the man say­ing, “You’re mar­ried to an Ar­ab.”

The video also makes something else totally clear: New York City del­is are just the best. Even if not all of their pat­rons are.

We’ve surely missed some mem­or­able cam­paign mo­ments, and we wel­come sug­ges­tions in com­ments. But that’ll do it for our 2013 An­thony Wein­er cov­er­age. We think. In the mean­time, there are ac­tu­ally a lot of im­port­ant is­sues at stake in the New York may­or­al elec­tion. And if you’d like to know more about the pos­sible win­ner of the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion, Bill de Bla­sio, The At­lantic‘s Molly Ball has you com­pletely covered.

But, Wein­er, thanks for be­ing a light-hearted break from the ter­rible things go­ing on in the world. And for ac­tu­ally, des­pite your myri­ad slipups, try­ing to run a cam­paign that you be­lieved in. And, hey: There’s al­ways 2016.

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