[photo, left, of Abedin, by Dan Videtich; photo of Weiner, by Patrick McMullan]
Well, the reaction that seemed most reasonable, in a civic way, was the one that wondered if Anthony Weiner was using taxpayer or campaign money to chase after Hillary Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin.
Let's note, first of all, that Abedin (Clinton's "body person," the one who helps her with this and that) is considered a hottie, and an available one at that.
So it seems only reasonable that a red-blooded bachelor -- especially one who's been running the streets and roads of the country plugging Clinton's candidacy, like Brooklyn's fortyish Weiner -- would fix his eyes and boggie in her direction.
But the day after a story about the pair ran in a New York daily, the Congressman was backing away from all reaction to the matter.
"I'd like to talk about it as little additionally as possible," Weiner told the Daily News Editorial Board, with "a sheepish grin," as the paper noted.
And now for the low-down or, if you prefer, the alleged down-low:
Some commenters have suggested that the whole to-do was contrived to make Weiner and Abedin seem like regular heterosexual folks, when in fact (and this comes from untraceable commenters writing online at the Daily News site) both of them are really gay.
Said "dro74": "I don't know who Weiner thinks he's still kidding by pretending he's into girls."
It's kind of downhill from there (no pun intended, I don't think, with the choice of down-hill). For instance, there are nasty suggestions about Hillary Clinton, as well as snippy remarks about Weiner being Jewish and Abedin, Muslim.
Somehow or other, in a strange way, it all seems not so terribly absurd for the wild and crazy Democratic race we find ourselves fixated on these days.