March 10, 2008

Spitzer Swallows

This going to be a huge blow his political career.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.

Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides inside his Fifth Avenue apartment early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He scheduled an announcement for 2:15 after inquiries from the Times.

Mr. Spitzer, a first term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform an end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children.

All snark aside, my thoughts and prayers go out to his daughters—I think they are teenagers—and his wife. The girls going to be humiliated at a particularly sensitive age, and my heart goes out to them for all the snide comments and snickers from their peers in their future. They did nothing wrong, and will have to pay the price of their father's apparent indiscretions, as will their mother.

One would hope Spitzer himself will try to find a way to lessen this impact on their lives, even if that means resigning from office to avoid the prolonged media circus that is sure to envelope the family as this story evolves.

Update: Fox News reports that Spitzer is is expected to resign, and faces indictment.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 10, 2008 01:57 PM

'Bout freak'n time. All those Republican scandals, and the Dems were beginning to feel left out. That said, I can't cry too many tears over this guy as he's been a strong backer of the Clintonistas.

One more reason to vote Obama?

Posted by: Zifnab at March 10, 2008 04:29 PM

One more reason to throw the Dem crooks out of the senate and house and elect McCain. We need someone to clean up the sleaze in government. We do not need that corrupt bastid Barak "Rezko" Obama or Hillary "Whitewater" Clintoon. Sick.

Posted by: Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr at March 10, 2008 04:45 PM

Resign?? Face indictment? But he can't - Party Loyalty comes first! Allegations like this aren't even sufficient to dislodge a San Frandisco supervisor.

Posted by: DirtCrashr at March 10, 2008 05:18 PM

Just wait. She'll turn out to be an illegal immigrant and he'll claim he was doing research.

Posted by: daleyrocks at March 10, 2008 06:22 PM

CY, that is an image I didn't need (your title).

Posted by: David at March 10, 2008 06:37 PM

Good on you CY for not getting carried away with the schadenfreude. At the end of the day, it's still a US governor being bad, and it reflects badly on my country. We should punish it within the law, and be done with it. I haven't yet seen Democrats rally around him, holding up his behavior as their beacon of virtue. Maybe I should swing by the ABC comments to see what they say.

Posted by: brando at March 10, 2008 06:45 PM

He should resign and des ign a life consistent with a libertarian pursuit of his personal erotic freedom.

Posted by: chris lee at March 10, 2008 07:06 PM

Feel sorry for the chidren ok but don't waste sympathy on the poor little pathetic little wife; she chooses to stay with him because she wants the power prestige and office just as much as he does. Personally, I would kick him you know where and head for divorce court.

Posted by: max at March 10, 2008 07:08 PM

Huge Blow? In the sense of "hurt"? I think not--he is a Democrat.

His wife will "run" for President, quoting all the valuable experience she has.

Posted by: Larry Sheldon at March 10, 2008 07:53 PM

I just got back from the ABC's comments on the story. I stand corrected. Liberals are solidly behind this behavior. I have no sympathy for 'em.

Posted by: brando at March 10, 2008 08:16 PM

uhh-yes.. ALL liberals are behind this hypocrite, rrrriiight. Politics is about "seemliness" not "truth"...

Posted by: chris lee at March 10, 2008 08:22 PM

But it's just sex, and it's a personal matter right?

Posted by: Conservative CBU at March 10, 2008 08:29 PM

Times change; people don't. Since the days of the ancient Greeks, whenever the powerful engage in hubris (excessive pride), they invariably do themselves in. Sad indeed, but history is replete with examples of those who refuse to learn from history.

Posted by: Mike at March 10, 2008 09:05 PM

No it's NOT just a personal matter. Last time I looked prostitution and patronage of p rostitutes was a crime. People are doing time for that. So should he.

Posted by: chris lee at March 11, 2008 05:47 AM

I'll be durned. For once I agree with Chris. Politicians are not above the law, Spitzer needs to be prosecuted just like anyone else arrested for this.

Posted by: C-C-G at March 11, 2008 07:48 AM

Transporting the woman across state lines is a federal crime. Mailing the cash across state lines is a crime. Spitzer knows this.

Posted by: Pablo at March 11, 2008 08:06 AM

Chris is just trying to say that the exception proves the rule. He desprately wants to show that not ALL liberals condone this. He may or may not actually believe it.

Posted by: brando at March 11, 2008 08:29 AM

Brando..well said, that MUST be exactly what I meant.

Posted by: chris lee at March 11, 2008 09:22 AM

Last time I looked prostitution and patronage of p rostitutes was a crime. People are doing time for that.

Pimps are doing time for that, the Johns get a fine and probation. The only time I've ever heard of a john going to jail, it was because they didn't pay the fine.

Posted by: rosignol at March 11, 2008 11:21 AM

was 4k an hour or 1k for each of 4hrs? I hear conflicting reports.

Posted by: chris lee at March 11, 2008 12:17 PM

He might be, Brando, but I'd rather be generous in giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Of course, if he is playing games, he's probably gonna be exposed sooner or later.

Posted by: C-C-G at March 11, 2008 07:44 PM

It just goes to show you that the framers were right in believing that government is a necessary evil in a free society. It's all about seemliness, Democrat and Republican. They MUST play to the mediocre and banal middle until their "act" is betrayed by the returned of their repressed humanity. How many times will we be treated to "hymietowns", bathroom footsie, splooged blue dresses, ex-boyfriend's runover (Laura Bush), cash in a freezer, drowned party-girls (Kennedy), bloated military budgets, and so on until we abandon the illusion and hypocrisy of thinking the emperor is WEARING clothes?

Posted by: chris lee at March 11, 2008 10:45 PM

If you think Chris is right then check out the ABC comments or other liberal websites. The liberal trend on the Spitzer topic is that it is:

1. a warrentless wiretap and that Bush should be put to death. (they actually believe this)

2. Bush did it by invading Iraq. (they actually believe this)

3. Rebublicans baited him, so really they did it. (they actually believe this)

4. It's society fault. (they actually believe this)

5. It's not a big deal, so let's just brush it under the carpet, and attack anyone that thinks it's a crime. (they actually believe this)

It should be 0% that think this way, but it's the solid trend. If you noticed that Chris emphasized the word "ALL" to deny this. Anyone who's taken a basic logic course knows that he's using the Argument of the Beard.

It's goofy.

That's like saying that the KKK isn't a racist organization because not every single one is racist. Or when a cigerette company shows someone in their 90's that has smoked for life, and they say it's proof that cigerettes aren't deadly.

The exception doesn't prove the rule.

The bottom line is that Spitzer made his choices, and it wasn't caused by Bush, Cheney, UFOs, or 911 hoaxes. That's what I think, but that's just me. I don't see why such a noble and reasonable statement should be argued against.

Posted by: brando at March 13, 2008 09:27 AM

Well it's just a self-serving statement on your part of they are "wrong we are right". This has nothing to do with liberal/ conservative. Anyone can see that this guy was a hypocrit and got his come uppance. We have seen this kind of thing with Democratic and Republican politicians.

Posted by: chris lee at March 13, 2008 02:51 PM

Noooo. It's "They are wrong, I am right."

You're right about it not being about lib/con though. It's about good/evil.

It's not self-serving. There's nothing wrong with being noble.

Posted by: brando at March 13, 2008 05:38 PM