A long, hard look into Anthony Weiner’s downfall

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02:  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) attends a House markup on Capitol Hill June 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. Weiner declined to comment further this morning on the recent incident involving his Twitter account and a photograph that was sent from that account.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)   Original Filename: GYI0064978929.jpg

By the hundreds they came — sorry, arrived — all of them jockeying for position — sorry, maneuvering for position — to get one of the Sundance Film Festival’s hardest tickets. Let me start over.

Amid a festive, political rally kind of a mood in Park City, with chirpy staffers handing out “VOTE WEINER” buttons, the Showtime documentary “Weiner” made its world premiere to tidal waves of laughter.

The movie amounts to the funniest funeral oration you’ve ever seen, as it buries longtime pubic official Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former Brooklyn-Queens congressman who resigned his office amid one sexting scandal in 2011 and got 5 percent in the Democratic primary for the mayor’s race two years later after it became known that he had resumed his sexting, this time under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.”

Even though the film was made by a former Weiner loyalist — ex-chief of staff Josh Kriegman — together with co-director Elyse Steinberg, the movie plays like a “Spinal Tap” of politics, complete with a hilarious scene of Weiner, to a soundtrack of spy music, desperately sneaking through a McDonald’s and up a back stairway to avoid contact with Sydney Leathers, a sexting pal and aspiring porn star who was trying to meet him in person for the first time on the way to his concession speech on election night 2013.

“All this for a 23-year-old?” Leathers says to the cameras, unaware that Team Weiner has given the elaborately planned episode the code name “Operation Pineapple.”

The Post is a co-star of the film (just send the check to 1211 Sixth Ave., guys), which features a dozen or so of our funniest front-page stories — in the trade, we call the cover the “wood” — as well as Weiner’s end of a phone conversation with columnist Andrea Peyser.

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