Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief. He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download.
(CNN) - In his anguished, rambling and excruciatingly candid therapy session with The New York Times Magazine this week, Anthony Weiner was nominally engaged in damage control to clear the way for a political comeback.
But it was so much more - it was a catharsis, for the former congressman and his wife Huma Abedin, that was both hard to read and impossible to put down.
On some fundamental level, he had a need to tell the story - the entire story - of what an "idiot" he had been to send pictures of his private parts to random women, which cost him his job and came close to costing him his marriage.
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