No Frills Apology from N.Y. Gov. Spitzer

penguincoffee.jpg Johnny Wingnut

While many of my peers in the blogosphere are celebrating Democrat Governor Eliot Spitzer’s connection to a prostitution ring and his subsequent public shame after this taped apology, I lament another sad day in politics. This latest scandal does more than play at the partisan table; it “helps” in the continuing erosion of public trust in political figures.

Moreover, I can’t help but think of the man’s family and what they must be going through due to his indiscretions.

The fact that he was caught knee deep in impropriety might be fitting for Spitzer, who among other things crafted his persona as one of enduring principles, like fidelity, integrity, and honesty. But he has left a legacy of shame which will continue to add to the growing edema surrounding politics.

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~ by johnnywingnut on March 16, 2008.

6 Responses to “No Frills Apology from N.Y. Gov. Spitzer”

  1. Indeed. But I find the self-righteousness and indignation on the part of public to be be false and disingenuous. The multi-billion dollar American porn industry speaks to the hypocrisy as does a divorce rate of nearly 50 percent. This was about a guy who pissed alot of people off and finally got his comeuppance.

  2. Spitzer was spinning out of control, no Spartacus? The good thing? He was so blindly ambitious that if he wasn’t nabbed, he would have been when he ran for president in eight years. And yes, that was on his short list. And anoter good thing: the soon to be new governor, David Paterson, is supposed to be a very progressive, decent guy. Well liked and well respected. I’s say that it’s a win-win for New Yorkers. At least this New Yorker thinks so.

  3. Johnny- This whole story barely even registered for me. Not because I don’t care about his family or the continued disintegration of morality, but because I’m bored with Hookers, and politicians cheating on their wives.

    This routine is worn out.

    At this point, people should automatically assume that anyone (Politician or otherwise) who insists on pontificating about “values, morality, etc” has a 99% probability of being some kind of fucking deviant.

  4. Spartacus, our nation is indeed one giant Peyton Place. And hell, fairlane, doesn’t one have to be a deviant for even wanting to get into politics regardless of how they like to get off? Imagine having to toe the line and pretend to be nice to people you LOATHE. “I disagree with my good friends on the other side of the aisle.” Fuck you, Republican Senator, you are vile excrement who likes little boys.

  5. JW, it’s sad for exactly the reasons you state. Good points.

    fairlane, that is exactly – almost word for word – what Mr. Riot said when the story broke. If you’re a self-righteous public figure who has built a career on moralizing and judging others, good chance you’ve got some dirty, dirty skeletons in your closet.

  6. I don’t think this is the norm guys. That may be my idealism again. I’d rather believe that it’s the sensationalizing of this kind of story which causes us to believe that anyone with a “good” rep. must be some kind of low life behind closed doors. I don’t think this is some kind of constant. I think the repeated exposure leads us to believe it is. After a while we don’t care anymore and we figure what’s the use? The predictable result is, we, as a country, disengage…precisely what the string pullers want from us. They want apathy. They want us to lie down so they can walk all over us. As I write this, I have to admit I’m part of the problem. Every time I write/rant about it. I don’t know if I’m jarring people from their comfortable state by pointing out the latest fraud or if I’m just further anesthetizing people. Have a good y’all. I’m out.

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