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Spitzer busted

2008-03-10 19:08:32.668567+00 by Dan Lyke 17 comments

There are two idiocies here: One, that prostitution is illegal and an incident like this shouldn't destroy a career, but two, that... well... Elliot Spitzer caught soliciting prostitution, which is slightly different than the headline... Okay, make that three idiocies here: The headline reads "Spitzer is Linked to Prostitution Ring", although maybe they're only using that to echo the man's hypocrisy:

In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

"This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure," Mr. Spitzer said at the time. "It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring."

The good news is that hopefully one more lying hypocrite will be tossed out of politics. Alas there's no shortage of replacements.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-10 20:00:38.932264+00 by: ebradway

Here's one such replacement!

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-10 20:06:22.214501+00 by: markd

From a friend on IRC: "It's good to have Democratic sex scandal again. The Republican ones are creepy."

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-10 21:00:15.444286+00 by: jeff

I almost had to crack-up laughing when I read about this earlier today.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 11:35:53.293043+00 by: meuon

What I want to know.. is how he gets his wife to stand next to him and look supportive. It's not like he said "My wife appreciates it when I get my kink on elsewhere..", even if that might be the truth.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 12:25:11.336572+00 by: jeff [edit history]

The sad thing is that he didn't acknowledge or even look at his wife while he attempted to apologize to the public. That's going to hurt him, as well as the fact that he was apparently a repeat customer. Only the Feb 13th incident (the day before Valentines Day) has been reported to the public thus far. His wife didn't look exactly exhuberant standing next to him. The asshole needs to show some guts and simply resign (he's instead retained a large Manhattan law firm). I don't think he has it in him, unless he's essentially forced out.

Now, what do his wife and three kids do?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 12:38:14.910288+00 by: other_todd [edit history]

Dan, I agree with you about the silliness surrounding prostitution laws.

However ...

If you got elected to office on the basis of crusading for moral integrity, don't get caught breaking the law - especially not something as hoary* as the MANN ACT, for pity's sake. That's a rookie mistake. Nobody ever gets caught on that one anymore.

In short: I don't give a damn about the prostitution part. But I don't forgive blatant stupid. Nor am I inclined to be tolerant of someone who does these things while married (unless he and his wife had some sort of Special Agreement, and it doesn't look like they did).

I think he should resign immediately, assume his political career is over, and concentrate on saving his marriage. Assuming he cares about saving it.

\* Um, pun mostly unintentional.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 15:04:30.046938+00 by: Diane Reese

I just keep thinking that must have been one heck of a trick to have been worth throwing everything else away.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 16:38:30.181494+00 by: JT

I always feel kinda strange looking at the wounded stoic wives standing next to their unfaithful husbands caught in the public eye. Silda Spitzer looks no different than Hillary Clinton or the more recent Dina Matos when her husband was caught in an affair with a young man. I wouldn't imagine I'd be able to stand there next to my spouse after they were caught cheating on me and stare blankly into the cameras.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 17:02:33.914567+00 by: Larry Burton

I thought she looked like she was reading his notes over his shoulder.

#Comment Re: Head made: 2008-03-11 17:49:28.80625+00 by: panspermia

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 17:56:57.011269+00 by: jeff [edit history]

What galled me was that Spitzer never once even acknowledged his wife's presence on camera. The guy must have an ego that's off the charts. But he will soon have to resign that ego.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 17:59:28.060556+00 by: ziffle

Mayberry has a similar problem Billy Long

after 18 months as the sheriff he was thinking he was Tony Soprano or something and the FBI picked up on it... and now he will more than likely spend the rest of his life in jail.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 20:51:50.697636+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

Todd, total agreement, Spitzer particularly had it coming.

Jeff & JT: The first politician in such a situation to earn my respect will be the one whose wife has her own press conference. Don't care whether or not the politician has a press conference, I don't care what her stance is or what she says about it, "mistakes were made and I'm standing by him", or "I'm divorcing the bastard and taking him for all he's worth" or "yeah, whatever" or even "he hasn't been getting any from me for five years, and after this it'll be a cold day in hell, but he's my meal ticket so I need to keep his career going", but this using women as political props for photo ops thing chafes.

Ziffle, hate to say it, but "that's Chinatown Chattanooga, Jake".

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-11 21:10:20.925968+00 by: ziffle

If we are going to continue to let Christians hold public office, we are going to have these problems.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-12 14:36:17.247843+00 by: ebradway

other_todd: Newsweek has an interview with Heidi Fleiss on the mess

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-13 13:22:00.965098+00 by: Dan Lyke

And we can sing along with Spitzer

#Comment Re: made: 2008-03-18 14:18:11.186242+00 by: Dan Lyke

mkelley pointed to Caterina.net quoting the NW Florida Daily News:

So the governor of New York is just another big-spending liberal. Imagine, $4,300 for one night with a lady. Any self-respecting fiscal conservative would find a willing partner in an airport men's room and save a few bucks.