Just as Italian Americans worry about blanket generalizations with "The Sopranos" or "The Godfather," Jews sigh reflexively when there is a Jew whose bad judgment and bad behavior are in the spotlight, Weidman Schneider said.
"Only this isn't fiction," she said. "There's a foolishness to Weiner's attempted cover-up, no pun intended, that's as embarrassing and cringe-inducing as the acts themselves."
Reaction to the scandal has come straight from the standard American Jewish playbook, Democratic political consultant Steve Rabinowitz said -- loudly celebrate Jewish success and "cringe or mourn Jewish failure."
"When the Son of Sam turns out to be David Berkowitz or the greatest Ponzi scheme ever is perpetrated by Bernie Madoff or a humiliated politician is named Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner," Rabinowitz said, "you can almost hear it as a community: Why did he it have to be our guy?"