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Paterson, Spitzer, Sharpton An Eternal Golden Braid
Commentary ^ | 03.05.2010 | John Podhoretz

Posted on 03/05/2010 6:34:41 PM PST by neverdem

New York Governor David Paterson attempted to suppress an investigation into an aide’s alleged beating of said aide’s girlfriend, and lied to an ethics panel about the free tickets he scored to the World Series. In this, he follows Eliot Spitzer, whom he succeeded after Spitzer attempted to convince a banker to contravene federal banking laws (that is actually why he had to resign, not because he hired a prostitute, but since prosecutors decided for unclear reasons not to indict him, that part is forgotten). Paterson, in his sure-to-fail attempt to hold on to power for a few more months, just secured the critical moral and ethical support of none other than Al Sharpton, who is to ethics as oil is to water.

But let’s get back to Spitzer, who has been working to stage a comeback of sorts, writing in Slate and appearing on TV and in general acting like an eminence grise of some kind. The New York Times reports that a New York lawyer of my acquaintance, Lloyd Constantine, has written a book about his experience as one of Spitzer’s lieutenants and confidants called A Journal of the Plague Year. Word about the book and its unvarnished portrait of Spitzer’s decline and fall was greeted violently by Spitzer, who issued the following statement to the Times:

What Mr. Constantine has written is little more than a self-serving and largely inaccurate interpretation of events mixed with unfounded speculation. That such a close adviser and confidant of my family and member of my administration would choose to write such a book is a fundamental breach of trust.

Let’s not mince words here. Eliot Spitzer has a personality disorder. Lloyd Constantine is a very, very rich man, an anti-trust lawyer who secured a massive judgment in a case a few years ago against Visa and Mastercard that netted him, personally, in excess of $100 million. He didn’t need to write a book for money, and for that matter, he didn’t need to shlep up to Albany to help his old friend Spitzer out when Eliot became governor. The “fundamental breach of trust” here was Spitzer’s, not Constantine’s. Spitzer is the one who made a mockery out of his governorship, who brought shame on everyone who ever worked for him or gave him money or voted for him.

His breathtakingly self-righteous response to the fact that someone has had the nerve to write a book about the horrific experience of serving as Spitzer’s underling reveals that his troubles have taught Spitzer nothing and improved him not a whit. Constantine’s flaw was not in writing about Spitzer after the fact, but in failing to see before the fact Spitzer’s disgusting conduct in the years before he ran for governor — using his powers as the state’s attorney general in inappropriate ways and, when criticized for doing so, threatening his critics with ruination and destruction for having the temerity to cross him — offered every indication of the genuinely bad character that would be revealed during his disastrous and blessedly brief tenure. And that he is still revealing now. And that his choice of David Paterson as running mate revealed as well. And that Paterson’s scurrying behind the legs of Al Sharpton reveals about him.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: davidpaterson; eliotspitzer; ny2010; paterson; podhoretz; sharpton; spitzer

1 posted on 03/05/2010 6:34:42 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
It seems like the current version of the Stalinist purge is the use of the NY Times to create a scandal that they would ignore otherwise. The other media outlets fall in line, a drumbeat ensues, and after a while, the subject finally gives up and resigns. Thus, poor Paterson.

Meanwhile, when the real scandals crop up, the Democrats circle the wagons, and no matter how bad it was, the corrupt Dem survives. Rangel, Clinton, Murtha, Diane Feinstein, Barney Frank--no sin is too great, no felony too large to take them from their seat of power, if the people in charge decide to defend them.

The only sin that one of the Chosen Ones can commit that will cause them to be purges is the sin of being way behind in the polls in a place where the Dems would otherwise win. For that sin, Toricelli and Dodd were purged. Their incredible corruption did not bother the party bosses, but their impending defeats did.

So, we have entered an age in America where the Dem party uses Stalinist purges to pick those it favors, not elections. When the takeover is complete, the Stalinism will extend to other facets of our lives.

2 posted on 03/05/2010 6:58:58 PM PST by Defiant (To bring down a great nation, work to take away everything that has made it great.)
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To: neverdem

I must read.... Thanks.


3 posted on 03/05/2010 7:52:27 PM PST by The Mayor (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty!)
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To: neverdem

I wonder what Spitzer would do to Constantine if he still had power? Or if he gets power again?


4 posted on 03/06/2010 6:00:40 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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