March 19 2008

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New York Governor Eliot Spitzer addresses the media with his wife Silda Wall at his office in New York, on March 12, 2008 to announce that he will resign from office. A week ago, she was just a call girl and aspiring singer. But throw the governor of New York onto her client list and Ashley Alexandra Dupre has become an overnight star and budding millionaire.
(AFP/File/Timothy A. Clary)
(AFP/File/Timothy A. Clary)

I don't want to say, "poor" Governor Spitzer, but I will have to say that I feel sorry for the guy in an odd sort of way. At first, I thought, "How can a guy be this stupid in addition to being so hypocritical."

I've always liked his crusading spirit. In the world in which we live, it is not easy to be a crusader at any level. Think about it. Who else do you know went after those making the obscene money on Wall Street through insider trading. Afterall, he got Martha (Stewart).

At least we know this, we common folk didn't have a chance at the info that the Wall Street bigwigs did, and Spitzer nailed some of them.

I always kind of cheered him; but now to discover that he has been hanging out with the ladies of the night, even if in cozy quarters, is slightly unnerving. He got two rooms no less(one for himself, one for call girl at Mayflower hotel), sneaking out while his caretakers were sleeping, perhaps having their own trysts. And, he didn't do it once, but was a regular customer.

The amount of money spent on the call girl was ridiculous and Spitzer is being investigated for perhaps using campaign funds. Sad. And, the spectacle of his poor wife standing beside him when she should have showed him the door was amazing.

The media circus is unreal; and, yet, I, like many, have been glued to the sorry episode while asking questions. What is it about men in our culture that would make them risk it all for a sordid tryst or engaging in "what is the 'is' " of the Bill Clinton era? I don't know.

My buddy, Michael, says it is power, then greed, and finally stupidity. For a smart type like Spitzer, to think that as a high profile politician he could get away with something like this, is beyond me.

I'm sure there's lots of psychobabble that could be put on it: sex addict, expects to get caught, immoral character; or some sort of other convenient addiction like alcohol.

And, then again, I get to thinking about issues like how did Big Brother catch him?A wire tap? An example to me of how all of us are vulnerable. Obviously, most of us won't be chasing expensive call girls and we're don't have the profile, but theoretically, it could happen. I don't like it.

And, then my favorite TV show that just finished, The Wire, was built around the whole concept of wire taps-some of the very things that Spitzer put into play while he was Attorney General to combat human trafficking actually jumped up and bit him in the posterior.

Let's face it, in reality, Spitzer probably doesn't know a lot of people who wish him good will; he sent a lot of people to jail. Another buddy thinks it was merely payback time. Nobody mentions this.

The Governor hung himself for sure. Spitzer nailed all these Wall Street tycoons and made enemies while he was Attorney General. We saw in The Wire, which was more truth than fiction, that at the highest levels, politicos cut deals to enhance their own careers or go up the political ladder. Don't think those things don't happen? They do and not just on TV. Watch The Wire, you'll see.

Spitzer didn't get the chance for a deal. No Police Commissioner came to him early on and said, "We have you on a wire tap. This could be scandalous, watch it."

Or, they could have said, "We're going to downplay this one for you?" But again Spitzer had more enemies in higher places than friends.

Finally, let's invoke the Jesus principle but not like the Prez recently when wanting to make his case for the Iraq war to a bunch of like-minded so called Christian broadcasters(Bush invoked the idea that all men should be free and tied it to the Christian view), but like in the Gospel of John, the Pharisees, (Jesus enemies of the moment)-in an attempt to discredit Jesus-brought a woman charged with adultery before him. Then they reminded Jesus that adultery was punishable by stoning under the law of Moses and challenged him to judge the woman so that they might then accuse him of disobeying the law.

Jesus thought for a moment and then replied, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.” The people crowded around him were so touched by their own consciences that they departed.

When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he asked her who were her accusers. She replied, “No man, Lord.” Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: Go and sin no more." Now that is a sermon.

Let's let Spitzer fade away (we know it's not going to happen because of the media and now that his paramour has been identified, she'll get her 15-30 minutes of fame and write a book which will be made into a movie)-He's been punished, disgraced, embarrassed, finished. For those of us who have an ounce of charity, let us apply the "Jesus principle." Amen.

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