Skip to comments.Rehabilitating the Disreputable Eliot Spitzer
Posted on 07/01/2010 2:41:58 PM PDT by neverdem
When F. Scott Fitzgerald observed that there are no second acts in American life, he obviously couldn't have had before him the example of Eliot Spitzer and his adoring media. Once dubbed the Crusader of the Year and the Sherriff of Wall Street, Spitzer was to the mainstream media the embodiment of an exciting new kind of Democrat, a tough-as-nails moderate who might revive the party nationally under the banner of what Fred Siegel and Michael Goodwin have dubbed "Spitzerism."
Although Spitzer's escapades with high-priced call girls brought his career crashing down in 2008, the financial crisis that began to unfold just a few months later proved an unexpected platform for the man who once referred to himself as a "f***king steamroller" to resurrect his career with astonishing speed. Amid calls that we needed Spitzer to tame Wall Street, Slate gave him a column, he started appearing as a regular guest on radio and TV shows about the crisis, and now he is apparently being considered by CNN to co-host a prime-time nightly news and opinion show. Ever the humble one, Spitzer has privately admitted to friends that he's not quite ready to tackle public office again, though at this rate anything seems possible.
Yet the media portrait of Spitzer is largely a myth which ignores his many failings, including not only ethical lapses outside of the call girl episode, but also his largely ineffective tenure as attorney general and his stint as governor, which was mercifully cut short by the scandal even as Spitzer's own party was manhandling him in Albany.
Spitzer rose to prominence in the post-Enron era of investigations into wrongdoing in markets thanks to the power of a 1921 New York law known as the Martin Act which grants prosecutors in the Empire State far greater...
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearmarkets.com ...
..shows just how desperate CNN is.....
I will personally laugh my a$$ off if the people of NY elect “the Steamroller” to anything more than dog catcher. Actually, his ideal job would be inspecting brothel whores to make sure they are “clean”. If they elect him to high office (again), then they deserve EVERYTHING they get.
Just leave the cash on the dresser CNN.
FReepmail me if you want on or off my New York ping list.
Spitzer, Gore and Edwards should get their own show. Model it after the old “Man Show.” Use a horny poodle as a mascot. Call it Dems the Breaks.
Don’t forget Bill.
“Call it Dems the Breaks.”
How about “Corrupt old horndogs?”
Meanwhile, back at the FoxNews ranch, Dick Morris and Newt Gingrich rake in the praise and bux. Are they somehow better folks than Spitzer because they happen to (and, in the case of Morris, who switches allegiances depending on where the money comes from) walk on the right side of the road?
they don’t have shows
Wonder if Mrs. Spitzer is still taking Xanax on a regular basis?
now and forever after known as, Client #9...
Eliot Spitzer’s ethical lapses go far beyond prostitution. Spitzer also made a name for himself busting prostitutes. Gingrich and Morris did not.
I think it'll be as easy to turn her into a demure virgin as it would be to rehabilitate Customer #9.
Thanks for the ping!