Is Weiner just a beard for Huma?

Hillary has Huma, Barack has Love,, and Huma’s love is Weiner, or at least that’s what the NY tabloids say:

Rep. Anthony Weiner, a likely 2009 mayoral candidate… finally ‘fessed that he is romancing Clinton’s glamorous “body woman,” Huma Abedin. Asked by The Associated Press about all the time he’s spending on the road campaigning for Clinton, the 43-year-old bachelor said, “It’s largely because I’m dating Huma…” [Link]

This story has actually been kicking around since January, when the rumors of a Hillary-Huma couple were stronger. Back then the Abedin-Weiner story was floated and then denied:

Speculation that Washington’s two most eligible singles–Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fashionable traveling aide Huma Abedin and New York’s dashing bachelor Congressman Anthony Weiner–are dating has become “common knowledge” among the campaign press corp… [Link]

Hillary Clinton’s top traveling aide, Huma Abedin, is not dating bachelor Rep. Anthony Weiner. A source close to Abedin shares that the political glamour gal is “just friends” with Weiner, but is dating someone else. [Link]

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p>Honestly, I have trouble believing the story because I can’t imagine a body-person having time or energy to do anything more than minister to the candidate’s needs. They’ve got to be there, an arm’s length away, from when the candidate wakes to when they sleep. Huma’s probably better chaperoned than a desi on their first arranged marriage cha-meeting. And besides, Huma’s got her hands so full that I can’t see how she’s able to hold Weiner’s. Her schedule’s so full that there would be no time to be abeddin’ Abedin.

That said, it doesn’t really matter to me whether she likes Weiner or not. We’re desis, we like our politics without sex, thank you very much. You go girl – whatever direction you want.

143 thoughts on “Is Weiner just a beard for Huma?

  1. but there’s something to what he says.

    Of course there is. It’s quite simple when you think about it. For a woman that sees time after time white people at the head of every institution, company, etc.. they’re obviously going to be drawn towards that power, and the association of white=powerful, better in an all around humanistic sense will exist, not to mention years of DIsney brainwashing and social programming. Huma wouldn’t be caught dead with a person of color.

    Does this amount to ‘self-hatred’? Yes and no, it’s not that she hates herself, or even hates all muslims or pakistanis or whatever group she belongs to, she just sees it as fundamentally lesser value.

  2. i think for once HMF is on to something.

    I think for once you were honest with yourself, go back and read the other exchanges and see the situation you refer to, happens much more than once.

  3. Huma wouldn’t be caught dead with a person of color.

    It’s here that I differ with you. I am cynical about the reasons most people couple up even where both parties are of the same race. But I do believe that some 20% are bound by the real thing. So I agree with you about racial dynamics at the macro level, but I believe it is a leap to state that with certainty about Huma unless you know her particular history

  4. just to go with the flow, maybe we’re at the point in history where POC will date their own ethnicity just to make a “political statement.” Yeah, I’m very suspicious of this Barack character. left wing Jindal, I tell ya.

  5. Manju said: what about ann coulter’s indian fetish?

    Thats not exactly a counter example. For those unfamiliar with basic logic, a counter example is one that disproves an assertion. Hence, a woman POC in mainstream media and politics that does not date a white man. What you speak of is It’s an inverse, sadly I’m not familiar with Coulter’s dating history, I don’t think dinesh qualifies as a ‘fetish’, but she’s rarely pictured with any POC anyway, either way, what she says is so outlandish she could date farrakhan and not lose her base.

    So I agree with you about racial dynamics at the macro level, but I believe it is a leap to state that with certainty about Huma unless you know her particular history

    It’s not huma specifically Im limiting to. Its a facet of inductive reasoning, ie. observe many instances -> induct a general rule, -> generate other instances based on the general rule. I’m saying I don’t need to know her personally, rather just have a general idea given the circles she must travel in, the successful people she sees will have a certain look to them, a certain skin tone to them. hence, those qualities will be what she’s ultimately attracted to.

  6. 50 · HMF said provide me a counter example what about ann coulter’s indian fetish?

    Was D’Souza an outlier, or have there been other victimsmacacas? One brown man does not a fetish make. Could have been too many appletinis at the Dartmouth Review reunion. Also, Ann fits in with my pundit/columnist interracial observation. They can do just about anything. I am sure Molinari would have lost all her vote block had she married a Patel strip mall developer after her first marriage ended.

  7. 58 · louiecypher said

    Was D’Souza an outlier, or have there been other victimsmacacas? One brown man does not a fetish make.

    no, she’s likes brown guys…heard her say it.

  8. 58 · louiecypher said Was D’Souza an outlier, or have there been other victimsmacacas? One brown man does not a fetish make. no, she’s likes brown guys…heard her say it.

    Manju you old dog, are telling us something? No wonder she’s cranky, you never called her back and now she wants to see us all in Gitmo.

  9. 57 · HMF said

    Thats not exactly a counter example

    well, congreswomen doris matsui husband was of the same ethnicity

  10. leave it up to you to find another outlier. of course her district is 15% asian, and she took over for her husband, meaning she married before getting into politics.

  11. 52 · HMF said

    go back and read the other exchanges and see the situation you refer to

    dude, i think you may be the van gogh of sepia. your radicalness may be appreciated postho……(whoops, morbid clintonesque joke; need spin doctors).

  12. 62 · HMF said

    of course her district is 15% asian, and she took over for her husband, meaning she married before getting into politics

    why is that relevant? you can’t be affected by disney or associate white w/ powerful until you enter politcs?

  13. dude, i think you may be the van gogh of sepia. your radicalness

    radicalness? since when did thinking people should be treated equally qualify as a radical thought?

    why is that relevant? you can’t be affected by disney or associate white w/ powerful until you enter politcs?

    No. it’s just those become more important when you do (and it’s usually entering the high profile media covered politics, congressional districts don’t qualify, but working for a high profile presidential campaign, I’d say, does)

  14. HMF, Well how about Carol Moseley Braun? Actually, I can’t verify her ex-husband’s race, but no particular reason to think it’s white! (Unless your theory is eerily true!) You are on to something, perhaps–hahaha, I have to say I did have a difficult time coming up with a counter-example (and, not even a clear one at that)–you should write a NYT op-ed on this–props to the point–weird!!

  15. Of course induction has it’s problems. but you don’t go crossing a highway do you? why because most people who do that get smacked with a car, and you induct a rule that it’s unsafe to do so.

  16. 69 · HMF said

    Condi doesn’t count, she’s licked the presidents ass so much, she could date jeremiah wright it wouldnt matter

    what’s the relevance? if you lick bush’s ass you can’t associate white with powerful or see POC as possessing “fundamentally lesser value?” so licking bush’s ass is the cure for racism?

  17. 66 · rob said

    YYou are on to something, perhaps–hahaha, I have to say I did have a difficult time coming up with a counter-example

    a. how many minority women are in politics? b. how many minority women (not in politics) outmarry?

    maybe these numbers have something to do with the difficulty of finding counterexamples? (of course, if you believe that the only way (minority) women are likely to succeed is by sleeping their way to the top, then the theory makes sense.)

  18. well, i’m open to hmf’s theory, but we need more datapoints. also, we must consider alternate explanations, like its just a simple matter of chance…like if you worked in silicon valley your odds of marrying an indain dude would rise, not necessarily b/c you associated indian with power.

    or perhaps powerful woemn are less tolerant of misogynistic men, and MOC tend, like HMF and I, to be more misogynistic since Feminism is more advanced in the West. Hillary Clinton, nonewithstanding.

    interestingly, i know one female indian ibanker who only dates white guys b/c she says indian guys think she’s too dark and never ask her out. and i think i’ve managed to shove every theme from 400+ comment threads on SM into one post.

  19. well, i’m open to hmf’s theory, but we need more datapoints.

    well, it is so common to see women who marry late after an investment in a career, isn’t it? so, all you need to do is find a woman in politics who is: a. a minority b. married well after she had a political career

    i am sure you can just rattle those names off. and then count off the ones who outmarried, and show that the difference is statistically significant when compared to the outmarriage rate in the general population.

    how hard can that be?

  20. of course it should be noted that huma does not really have a political career..she’s a butler.

  21. 66 · rob said

    You are on to something, perhaps–hahaha, I have to say I did have a difficult time coming up with a counter-example (and, not even a clear one at that)–you should write a NYT op-ed on this–props to the point–weird!!

    socioeconomics can be answer. rob, i think you will see the appeal of this hypothesis (because it features the sport of olympian social climbing).

    a succesful under-represented minority woman is likely to be on a different trajectory than most of her male cohorts (and female cohorts as well). she is likely to be born into a wealthier family that converges to ‘standards in mainstream suburbia (Condoleeza Rice is an example)’. or she is likely to pursue educational opportunities which take her away from her peers/roots (see the summary analyses of Michelle Obama’s senior thesis). such a woman’s sensibilities and dating pool is going to shrink and she is more likely to pair with men with similar educational or professional backgrounds, where there will be a dearth of ur-minorities. such a woman may be ambitious and not unreceptive to dating people of color*. but circumstances conspire otherwise. simultaneously, the advantages of marrying white also outweigh the disadvantages of losing cultural homogeneity in one’s immediate family (as outlined by HMF).

    • i went to a liberal arts university. for the first two years, the only interesting desi guys were hipsters. which is not my scene. so although i am not averse to dating brown, i dated white because they just happened to like the same stuff that i did. and by stuff, i mean…. and then, the incoming classes were younger guys, as old as my brother. so that was out too. but after school, after i got on sepiadestiny, let’s just say that sam and his wife weren’t the only ones making the beast with the two brownbacks in town.
  22. Maybe Huma is like many other succesful south asian women in the west who date outside the community. They know if they marry a non south asian guy, they won’t have to deal with a south asian mother-in-law.

    But I’m thinking that it must eat HMF up, that there some south asian women who would rather date any white guy before they date him. I can’t really blame those women.

  23. interestingly, i know one female indian ibanker who only dates white guys b/c she says indian guys think she’s too dark and never ask her out.

    I have heard that story more then a few times.

  24. I have heard that story more then a few times.

    i also heard that story about a second shooter on the grassy knoll many times. what’s your point?

  25. meaning she married before getting into politics

    so, women who outmarry are a. ambitious b. stupid enough to think they can make it on their own, c. after getting asked to fetch the coffee one too many times decide to marry whitey as that fixes the problem.

    if they were smart, wouldn’t they save time by marrying white before starting a career so they can get a leg up?

    in other news, 7 out of 10 tongans in america think indians smell of curry powder. disprove.

  26. Among my Indian female friends that have married interracially, it’s usually due to a combination of the following:

    1. They are born and raised in the west and can’t deal with the mentality of Indian men from the homeland so they don’t want to marry someone from there.

    2. They don’t meet the “tall/fair/slim” requirement so Indian men aren’t interested in them.

    3. They are highly educated and/or career-oriented and most Indian men can’t handle it when an Indian woman has more education and/or a higher paying job than they do.

    I’m not making any of this up. One friend, an MBA grad working in the financial sector, was constantly told by Indian men things like “you’re too educated” and “you’ll boss me around”; she married a white man who is just as much an educated professional as she is. Another friend was constantly put down by her own relatives for being “too dark”; she married a white lawyer and now those same relatives suck up to her at family functions.

  27. i think you will see the appeal of this hypothesis (because it features the sport of olympian social climbing).

    Olympus is easy–Everest and K2 harder–I just don’t want to hear any of this back-biting about Jindal, for example, once I get there. I’ll make whatever (smallish) concessions I need to to make it to the summit–my blue contacts seem to be a big hit!! ;-)

  28. Another friend was constantly put down by her own relatives for being “too dark”; she married a white lawyer and now those same relatives suck up to her at family functions.

    I wouldn’t deny for a second that this happens, but, why are you foregrounding it? Some of us ABD’s are forging a new, adaptive approach which ruthlessly discards that which holds us back, yet harnesses the positive aspects of Desi culture to propel us to the economic-cultural heights of 21st century America. I am ABD, hear me roar!

  29. 80 · statistics said

    in other news, 7 out of 10 tongans in america think indians smell of curry powder. disprove.

    wanna fund my study? i think the tongan-americans think we smell like attar of roses. or attar of dung. cuz that which smells like a rose etc.

  30. 82 · rob said

    my blue contacts seem to be a big hit!! ;-)

    for your sake, rob, i hope the only things that’s blue about you are your contacts.

    i mean, i’d hate it if the stress of this alienating social climbing marathon was making you blue. whatcha think i was gonna say?

  31. i mean, i’d hate it if the stress of this alienating social climbing marathon was making you blue. whatcha think i was gonna say?

    i hope that’s the only thing, too – because i’m not sure that this little discussion would help out with the other type of blue. i man, SM is good, but they’re not that good ;)

  32. what’s the relevance? if you lick bush’s ass you can’t associate white with powerful or see POC as possessing “fundamentally lesser value?” so licking bush’s ass is the cure for racism?

    No, you keep making the same illogical argument. Im saying these cases don’t disprove the assertion that women POC involved in high visibility positions are significantly MORE affected by white=powerful=attractive. That doesnt mean the absence of the condition denies the same behavior, or even belief for that matter

    For example, if you need a certain adidas shoe to run a marathon, and most people use that shoe, if you find one or two that don’t use the shoe, and I say, “well they’ve found another shoe, or another way to win the marathon without the shoe, but its a special case” you can’t say, so what, if you use that method, the first adidas shoe is useless?

  33. Maybe Huma is like many other succesful south asian women in the west who date outside the community. They know if they marry a non south asian guy, they won’t have to deal with a south asian mother-in-law.

    But I’m thinking that it must eat HMF up, that there some south asian women who would rather date any white guy before they date him. I can’t really blame those women.

    You forgot to make a reference to which hand I use, or how the palm is important, or whatever the f*ck. White mother in laws can be just as bad, and lop on top of that the layer of racism, it’s no picnic for sure.

  34. 73 · Manju said

    or perhaps powerful woemn are less tolerant of misogynistic men, and MOC tend, like HMF and I, to be more misogynistic since Feminism is more advanced in the West.

    Manju, has PG been indoctrinating you?

    Abhi, I’m sorry for the role I’ve played in offending your intellectual sensibilities. But did you think that posting about an eligible brown woman’s romantic life wouldn’t raise the oft-flogged issue of out-marriage within the desi community? Or that subsequent thread quality degradation would be stalled because Ms. Abedin mesmerizes us so?

    now who’s being naive, macackay? :)

  35. guys from established larger communities (eg black, latin, and white)got a surplus of swagger and confidence. abd guys are the insecure outsiders who have to compensate with money and appearance just to break even. a lot of desi guys are “alpha” within the desi scene, but hardly so outside of it. if a girl is in the scene herself she’ll be more than happy to date one of these guys. if a girl has interests that draw her into a majority non-asian social milieu then the desi guy options may seem less interesting to her. she’ll be used to seeing desi guys as chump sidekicks or effete male versions of herself… sorry for all the generalizations, but i’m summarizing a lot of the perceptions that seem to exist, not necessarily the complete reality on the ground

  36. Im saying these cases don’t disprove the assertion that women POC involved in high visibility positions are significantly MORE affected by white=powerful=attractive.

    ah, so we finally come to this: “assertion” that cannot be disproved even in the presence of counterexamples, and despite hinging on a negligible number of datapoints.

    i guess it is useless to point out the cases of stacey tubbs jones and kamala harris, the sf da who is quite well known for dating willie brown, because… umm, women poc know they can get ahead only by sleeping with whitey (but ONLY late in the game).

  37. Abhi, I’m sorry for the role I’ve played in offending your intellectual sensibilities. But did you think that posting about an eligible brown woman’s romantic life wouldn’t raise the oft-flogged issue of out-marriage within the desi community? Or that subsequent thread quality degradation would be stalled because Ms. Abedin mesmerizes us so?

    Why do people assume that this story was posted by Abhi? He has a very distinctive writing style that is quite different from mine.

    Isn’t there a simpler answer? If she’s dating Rep Weiner, maybe it’s b/c he’s on the campaign trail with her. And she’s not an ambitious politician, she’s a very talented PA. So I can’t see the motives attributed.

  38. So I can’t see the motives attributed.

    that is because you have just accepted the white power structure and watch too much disney.

    and do not see the obvious point that an anecdote about hillary’s secretary’s dating life is enough to make conclusions about “high profile women poc in presidential politics” (because, you know, there’s so many of them), and that these conclusions, sorry, assertions, are not negated by examples of people like condi – whom some might actually consider a high profile woman poc in presidential politics – because they are such sellouts that they’ve bought the right to draw within their color boundaries. why is this not blindingly obvious to you?

  39. ah, so we finally come to this: “assertion” that cannot be disproved even in the presence of counterexamples, and despite hinging on a negligible number of datapoints

    Go back to the adidas shoe example. Condi towes the line harder than a monster tow truck rally, she doesnt need the adidas shoe.

    negigible number of datapoints? Try nearly every woman out there. certainly those I’ve met and spent time with.

  40. Of course, the woman arent explicit about it, they won’t say things like, “I only date white” (for fear of looking like uncle toms) what they will say is , “every Indian guy has been a negative experience” or “he doesn’t like the fact I’m career driven, or ambitious” or some other codified euphamism like that. But when it’s traced to its root, it’s trapped in institutional racism, and effective disney-fied social programming.

  41. what, you hang with women poc in high profile media politics?

    I’ve met a few with aspirations in that direction. One in particular, I could out her but that wouldn’t be too kind.