Does it matter? Yes. The Democratic Party lost all momentum with its Medi-scare campaign due to a self-inflicted wound that festers at least as long as Weiner remains in office, and cannot heal until he disappears. By refusing at first to tell the truth, and then by refusing to resign, he dragged his party, his friends, and his wife through a frustrating, bizarre scandal that shouldn't have lasted even one week.
Had he resigned the day of his fateful Breitbart hijacked news conference, the news cameras would have gone away by the end of the week. Instead, weeks later, the cameras were parked outside his home to film his wife's return home yesterday, and hovering over porn star Ginger Lee's silly 'news conference.'
Here's why it refused to go away:
Most Americans do not send pictures of their junk to random women. (Possible exception: Brett Favre.) Weiner's bizarre antics demonstrated that he was a weak man who was desperate for attention and self-fulfillment. Americans had no choice but to raise their eyebrows over the situation.
3) He lied and joked about it before coming clean.
What could possibly make a minor scandal grow out of proportion as much as this did? Weiner's transgression was not nearly as serious as David Vitter's adultery, for example, but the latter fessed up and asked forgiveness from the public, indicating that he had already asked forgiveness from his wife much earlier.
4) Weiner became the face (or some anatomical feature) of the Democratic party.
When photos were released last weekend of a brave Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., recovering from a gunshot to the head, they were largely ignored as more photos of Anthony Weiner posing in front of the Congressional mirror came out at the same time. Three weeks later, Weiner was still the number one Democrat in the news. Pelosi had to be furious.
If the Democratic party wanted Americans to focus on something or someone else -- like, say, Paul Ryan -- party leaders needed to dump Weiner. That's why his departure really does matter.