Before I begin this short review, I want to point out something that was recently posted in the New York Times. It’s a piece called “The End of Black Harlem” and it concerns the gentrification of what was once the black capital of the world. Late in the post, we learn that during the 2013 New York City mayoral race, black Harlem placed a great deal of hope in Bill de Blasio. They voted for him in large numbers. He won, entered office, and soon disappointed his black voters.
“The [one] we saw as ‘our mayor’ [he is married to a black woman and has mixed kids] may [have talked] about housing affordability, but his vision [turned out to be far] from the rent control and public housing that President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia once supported, and that made New York affordable for generations. Instead, he has pushed for private development and identified unprotected, landmark-quality buildings as targets.”
That said, let’s turn to the documentary Weiner. As everyone knows, sexts brought Anthony Weiner’s brilliant political career to an end not once but twice. The first time, in 2011, was not fatal; the second time, in 2013, was. The first time cost him his seat in Congress (where he made fiery speeches and attacked the GOP like a bulldog)—the second, his chance of becoming the mayor of New York City. The documentary is about his second and final fall. It happens like this: Weiner, a solid lefty, announces he is going to run for mayor. After thinking about it for a moment, the city decides to forgive him, and he surges in the polls. But during the middle of this campaign, which is going very well, it is revealed that his sexting hasn’t stopped. He just can’t help himself. He can’t resist sending dirty pics from his phone or computer. The city decides enough is enough and votes for Bill de Blasio.
The rest is history.
But the real star of this very entertaining documentary is Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin. Her face, her body, her movements are a ship that crosses the crises of her marriage with admirable steadiness. Her husband has only a poor idea of her greatness. Hillary Clinton, however, knows the real value of this woman, which is why she is keeping Abedin close to her as she runs for president. In the documentary, we watch Abedin dump her husband’s political career for Hillary’s.