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May 23rd, 2013
06:45 PM ET

Analysis: Weiner's apology tour? He's got nothing to lose

There used to be a time when former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner did not want to give interviews, especially when a picture of his underwear was thrown in his face.

But now he is back, running for mayor of New York, and ready to open up to reporters. He gave an interview to radio station WNYC, and he is acutely aware that his scandal is not going away soon.

"I made very big mistakes. I compounded it immeasurably by being dishonest about it," he told WNYC. "I have apologized many, many times to my wife, and frankly I know that part of this process is going to be doing a lot of apologizing."

But can he apologize his way back into politics? Carly Fiorina, chairman of Good360 and former adviser to Republican Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, Hilary Rosen, democratic strategist and CNN political contributor - whose firm SKDKnickerbocker's New York office serves as New York mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's media consultant - and Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, joined The Lead to dissect Weiner's apology tour.

The group also picked apart the latest development on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.

"It's pretty inconceivable to me that the president wouldn't know. I'm just putting myself in his shoes. I deal with my senior staff every day. And if the White House had known about this, which now it appears they've known about it for about a year, it's hard to imagine it wouldn't have come up in some conversation," Speaker John Boehner told FOX News Wednesday.

The group debated whether Boehner may have overreached with those comments.

Check out the full politics panel in the video above.

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