THE WOMEN OF Weinergate were fearless.

Call me old school, but I think it takes a lot of nerve to get involved, even in an online situation, with a dirty-talking, married stranger. All I can say is, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's rap must have been awfully strong to make his online flirt buddies forget that any X-rated messages they emailed or sextexted him are permanent.

That's as in forever and ever.

Who'd want to be connected to that? And with somebody else's husband? I can't repeat in a newspaper many of the X-rated exchanges Weiner had on Facebook with Lisa Weiss, a 40-year-old Las Vegas blackjack dealer.

According to RadarOnline, which published the purported messages between Weiner and Weiss, he wrote things like: "baby you'd be crawling for the door to prevent me from f----ing you silly."

Her response? "Nice, just what I'm looking for. I want to bang the future mayor of N.Y.C!"

"making me hard," he replied.

Yes, it was that bad.

And while I'm on the subject, isn't rule No. 1 in the Playette's handbook that if you send racy photos, you're not supposed to show your face?

In the sexy images I saw, the woman wasn't even trying to hide her identity. Anyone could have happened onto Weiner's computer and seen those emails.

Or what if Weiner was into showing them to his buddies? Did none of the women he traded naughty emails with have a future or a reputation they were worried about protecting?

Now, I'm not trying to shame these women. They're not the married public official caught lying. Weiner was.

They're a fascinating bunch, though.

I suspect these ladies who Weiner admitted to being involved with may have been living out some sort of secret fantasy of being involved with a powerful guy. It's possible that they were lonely and flattered by his attention. It's not every day a gal has a congressman emailing her.

The porn star, Ginger Lee, whom Weiner reportedly coached about how to deal with the media, may have been hoping to get paid.

Still, I can't imagine their not being nervous about getting involved, considering he's married and his wife might come after them or out of fear that he would turn into a psycho stalker.

When you play fast and loose with strangers, particularly men you pick up online, you never know when you might get a wack job.

One of Weiner's online buddies, Megan Broussard, a 26-year-old single mother from Texas, has a young child, and apparently an alarm did go off at least once in her brain during what she claims was a monthlong affair with the congressman.

Broussard told ABC News that Weiner heard her daughter in the background during one exchange and said, " 'Oh is that ---' and then he said her name, and I said, 'Yeah, it's her birthday,' and that kind of freaked me out because you had to pilfer through my Facebook to find out her name."

But it doesn't seem to have stopped her.

TMZ reported yesterday that Weiss has penned a letter of apology to Weiner's 35-year-old wife Huma Abedin. And late word yesterday is that Abedin, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, is pregnant.

That ought to tweak the consciousness of all those involved in Weinergate.

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