The Ultimate Weiner: Anthony Does Rehab

Now he's playing the treatment card.

Facing the most intense calls yet for his resignation, Rep. Anthony Weiner said Saturday that he would seek professional help in the wake of a still-raging scandal over his online sexual liaisons with at least six women.

After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats declared that the New York Democrat should quit, Weiner's office instead said that he would take a leave of absence to seek treatment.

Pelosi, who had earlier refused to call on Weiner to quit, decided today - along with other party leaders - to pull the plug on support for Weiner. Maybe it had something to do with reports that he'd been corresponding with a 17 year old girl.

Outside of government high-ranking officials within the party were also putting pressure on Weiner to depart.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, also called on Weiner to step down, saying his continued service was "untenable."

"It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign. The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable. This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House - and for the good of all, he should step aside and address those things that should be most important - his and his family's well-being."

Rehab places one firmly on the alter of victimhood, where the Dems do their worshipping. It also has the advantage of putting one into physical isolation. Tough to pressure a guy you can't reach.