When Anthony Weiner sped off in a car Tuesday night after giving reporters the finger, it seemed unlikely he'd be giving interviews the next day.
But he was, having answered the phone to the Times as he hopped in a cab in Midtown, waxing introspective on his spectacular defeat that left him with only 5 percent of the vote. Asked by the reporter whether his "troubled past" was the reason for his defeat, the once cocksure Weiner demurred, acknowledging that his scandal clouded the issues.
“There’s no doubt that I made that harder to happen,” Weiner said. “Maybe I’m kidding myself that it was ever going to happen.”
Did he regret running? “I don’t,” he said. “I regret the decisions that I made while running, to some degree.” He added that his post-defeat plans are limited to catching up on Breaking Bad and watching a Mets game. He was less clear about his feelings on himself. Does he feel better off than he did before entering the race? “I don’t know,” he said. “Perhaps not. Perhaps not.”
Meanwhile, his wife, Huma Abedin, who was conspicuously absent from Tuesday's election party at Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant, was spied leaving the couple's Gramercy Park apartment on the morning after the primary. Notably, Weiner did not mention Abedin in his concession speech, which cannot possibly be a good sign.