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Eliot Spitzer: The Face That Launched A Thousand Quips

by | 11th, March 2008

eliot-spitzer-face.jpgELIOT Spitzer is the New York governor in the mire.

His is a story told in headlines: “Prostitute Admits Link to Eliot Spitzer; Resigns From Escort Service in Disgrace”; and “New York Governor Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring.”

THE CARPET BAGGER: Eliot’s Mess — Spitzer scandal details emerge

EDITOR & PUBLISHER: The Emperor’s No Clothes: More Papers Jump on Spitzer Scandal

ROGER KIMBALL: “My own feeling is that there are so many reasons to dislike Eliot Spitzer that I would hate the issue of hypocrisy to obscure his many other, more heinous faults. In fact, I am not entirely sure Mr. Spitzer rises to the level of the genuine hypocrite.”

THE EXAMINER: “There is no honorable alternative to Spitzer’s resignation”

The New York Times: “New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer could not have been more wrong in his brief public appearance after the world learned that he was suspected of patronizing a prostitution ring. He did not just betray his family in a private matter. He betrayed the public, and it is hard to see how he will recover from this mess and go on to lead the reformist agenda on which he was elected to office. . . . His short, arrogant statement simply was not enough, not from the Sheriff of Wall Street, not from the self-appointed Mr. Clean who went to Albany promising a new and better day.”

BLOOMBERG: “It’s very unlikely he can survive,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute of Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York. “Everything is made more problematic because it’s an issue of integrity, which had been his strong suit.”

AFP: “I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family, that violates my or any sense of right and wrong,” Spitzer told reporters, flanked by his wife of more than 20 years. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public, whom I promised better,” he said. “I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.”

WSJ: “Mr. Spitzer’s dramatic fall yesterday began in the early afternoon with a posting on the Web site of the New York Times about the alleged link to prostitutes. The details in the criminal complaint about “Client-9,” who is reported to be Mr. Spitzer, will now be played for titters by the press corps. But one may ask: Where were the media before this? With a few exceptions, the media were happy to prosper from his leaks and even applaud, rather than temper, the manifestly abusive instincts of a public official.

Lots of words. Deeds unexplained. But a picture that says it all…



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