My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Just One Comment on Elliot Spitzer 

Okay, probably two.

First, the real crime which this man could not survive was hypocricy. When Bill Clinton was elected, everybody kind of suspected (ahem) he was a slimeball philanderer, but we, as a country, looked past that to elect him. And then again to keep him in office after impeachment.

Elliot Spitzer probably could have survived this crisis, if we all kinda knew he was a flawed person to begin with. But this guy projected squeeky-clean--it was practically his only campaign argument. And he'd made such a name for himself fighting organized crime and corruption that the hypocricy was so thick it had to be brushed away with a fan.

And, secondly, I'm actually REALLY surprised that he did choose to step down. Given what we know about this man's ego and aggressive style, I was almost certain he would be the man to challenge a prostitution bust under Lawrence.

(For those who don't remember the specifics of Justice Kennedy's ruling, let me remind you of this one snippet:

“This, as a general rule, should counsel against attempts by the State, or a court, to define the meaning of the relationship or to set its boundaries. . . It suffices for us to acknowledge that adults may choose to enter upon this relationship in the confines of their homes and their own private lives . . ."

Clearly, the court has no business setting a boundary on a relationship based solely on the commercial aspect of said relationship).

But, since he's going to end his political career on this one, I guess we'll have to continue waiting for that particular case.

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