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Fix Daily Poll: Anthony Weiner and the politics of rage

New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's diatribe on the House floor regarding a health care bill for those who worked close to ground zero on and after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has turned him into a national media sensation.

Weiner hit the morning talk show circuit hard -- with appearances this a.m. on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and Don Imus' radio show in which he stood by the tenor of his remarks.

"This is Republicans tactics and strategy and nothing to do with the 9/11 bill," Weiner said. "The 9/11 bill was the evidence that nothing is above politics for them."

While Weiner has drawn considerable attention for his remarks (and the way in which they were delivered), he has also come in for criticism about his contribution to further coarsening the political dialogue.

Wrote the Post's Dan Balz on Sunday:

"[Weiner's] behavior, not the merits of his argument, became the story. Aficionados of New York politics contend that Weiner's attention-getting display is part of a strategy to make himself mayor after Michael Bloomberg finishes his third term. Whatever his motives, Weiner turned into the poster child for congressional distemper."

For today's Fix Daily Poll, we want to hear what you think were Weiner's motivations to give that sort of fiery speech.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 2, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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