Thursday, March 13, 2008
Third and Last of Today - Eliot Spitzer
I would be remiss if I didn't spend just a minute talking about the Eliot Spitzer scandal. First of all, I'm about as happy as Wall Street about it. He made his bones by being a bully and then dredging up people's personal lives when they wouldn't acquiesce to his demands and now in the richest of ironies, the exact same thing happened to him, derailing his political career (probably) permanently. All this because he not only couldn't keep Eliot Jr in his pants, but he felt like he had to pay money to let him wander around a bit. First of all, the hooker that he was involved with is the woman pictured here. Farbeit for me to critique his tastes, but she's not even a $4000 date in the looks department (which is also to say she's not a "toss away a family and promising political/legal career" date either).
This doesn't have a ton of impact nationally. Spitzer had the potential to be a national player and maybe a Clinton administration would have tapped him as Attorney General, but that's not going to be the case now. Instead, the relatively unknown Lieutenant Governor is going to be the new Governor, helping the Republicans marginally. It's more just a case of schadenfreude brought on by his being an incredible wanker to everybody he could in his climb to the top, combined with the irony that his high-handed morality crusade against Wall Street pay rates led to the banking laws that led to his account being flagged that led to his downfall.