Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Spitzer? I Hardly Know Her!

You know, the only reason I care about in the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal is that it once again makes me giggle to hear that paying a sex worker to cross state lines is a violation of the Mann Act. I just think that's hilarious.

Otherwise, I dunno. I don't really care about sex scandals. Sure, I'm always willing to say, "Live by the sword, die by the sword" when some gay-bashing conservative Senator gets caught licking crank off some nineteen-year-old twink's cock. And I'll be willing to say the same just as soon as some straight-bashing liberal Senator gets caught settling down with an opposite-sex spouse to form a family. But Spitzer's whole schtick has always been fighting corporate corruption. So until we find out that Goldman Sachs paid the sex worker in question to goldman his sack, I don't think I care.

Nope. I don't.

Does anybody else? I mean, I'd hate to harsh a good moment of outrage

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At 9:22 PM , Blogger Jon E. said...

Just Googled the hilarious joke that is my headline. I am shocked--shocked--to discover that I wasn't the first to use it. Ah, potty-humor, you are a bitter muse.

(Bitter? ...)

At 12:06 AM , Blogger Michael Mink said...

I was halfway interested in you blog till you failed to mention that spitzer prosecuted prostitution cases and that made him hypocritical. Thank you but I'd rather read something slightly more objective.

At 10:37 AM , Blogger Jon E. said...

You want to read an objective blog? Really? Good luck with that.

And, yes, Spitzer did prosecute prostitution cases, and yes that does make him at least a little hypocritical. But I think there's a difference between a) predicating your career on something (anti-porn, gay-bashing, pro-Communism, adoration of golden retrievers, whatever) and then getting caught doing the EXACT OPPOSITE and b) making your career out of presenting yourself as a champion against corrupt big business and then getting caught boning a four-thousand-dollar call girl.

The former is outrageously hypocritical, the latter is more lame than hypocritical. Should the AG and the governor live by the law? Sure, and that's why I'm not gnashing my teeth in frustration that he's resigned. But I'm not morally outraged by what he did. (I do think he screwed over his wife, and I wouldn't blame HER for being morally outraged.) But I think prostitution should be legal, so it would be hypocritical of me to get all pissy about what he did.

On the other hand, maybe people who know Spitzer's career better than I do have something to say on this. Maybe he did spend a lot of his time as prosecutor bringing down prostitution rings (more than other prosecutors in similar positions, I mean). Then, fine, he's a big fat hypocrite. That's just not my impression of his political/prosecutorial career.


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