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March 13, 2008

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hrtshpdbox

"Some wonder openly whether Mr. Spitzer was singled out by the Bush administration."
Watch for this to become the presumption over the coming weeks, i.e. that Joe Bruno implored for Spitzer to be taken down, and that it occurred to Bush/McCain that it would make great political sense to do so. Now if they can just figure out how Karl Rove compelled Spitzer's behavior with top-secret libido x-rays...

MayBee

I assumed the details were included in the affidavit to prove that this was indeed about sex.
Otherwise, we'd hear that Eliot was http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3827/is_199810/ai_n8812834>'ministering' to the poor troubled girl.

kim

Analogously, Libby must have been targetted by the Bush Administration because Fitzgerald put in his presser what he wouldn't sustain in court.
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anduril

Is Strassel suggesting that the media were his whores, too? Gosh!

Pofarmer

Analogously, Libby must have been targetted by the Bush Administration because Fitzgerald put in his presser what he wouldn't sustain in court.

Do we get to include all the unfounded allegations in his close??

clarice

Nifogn, Earle and Spitzer all worked hand in glove with the media to do their dirty work.

Sue

Speaking of Libby, I read an AP (I think) article yesterday on Spitzer. In the middle of the article, after informing the reader that Spitzer has hired Ted Wells to represent him, they dropped a paragraph on Libby's trial. Never let a chance go by...

Jane

"Some wonder openly whether Mr. Spitzer was singled out by the Bush administration."

Oh that's old news now. Raw Story was reporting it was a set up on March 11, a few hours after it broke.

Now the real question is why Herr Bush and Herr Rove waited until the Prince Spitzer was elected Governor before setting him up?

clarice

Maximum hurt to Hillary,Jane. It all fits together when you think about it..especially if you wear your special thinking cap.

Jane

Ahhhh. of course.

dblaiseb

It wasn't about the Bush Administration going after Spietzer, it was about the US Attorney's office for the Southern District paying him back for bigfooting Federal investigations during his tenure as NYS Attorney General.

PeterUK

AKA Ashley Dupre 22 year old former singer.Looks like a career boost.

GMax

Who believes that Foley was anything other than a Democrat front group drive by shooting? Likely egged on by Dean and Pelosi so they could steal a seat and make there meme have maximum effect with the muddle. Seriously if the Feds knew about Sptizer and let it go, I would be for firing every damn political appointee in the Justice Department ( come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea even now ).

Anon

Is Strassel suggesting that the media were his whores, too?

Ya, but cheaper.

{I think they have a negative diamond rating-even Spitzer would want a Trojan}

Slr

Fitz didn't want to prosecute Plame, so he went with the five year law, prosecute Plame. The backfire was too big for Fitz when they talked to Plame's neighbors and asked about the five year law. So, a set up for both Fitz and Plame. The five year law is what she violated with the Ames thing where the law was important.

Dems. realive and sell off like the Florida 'do over' and New orleans himself is paying.

Fitz handled his bad buy nicely, but it really points to Plame getting away with what she blamed the leaders of the US government for.

It would be neat to do Fitz like Spritzer, but they already claimed he went insane so they were nice.

Foley was against term limits and the dems have always killed right there.

MarkO

“Some wonder openly?” About what? Whether O.J. can find the real killers? If Bill Clinton is still ministering to young women? The same folks who consider Bush inept now consider him capable of ensnaring Spitzer in a sting beginning years before Bush took office. I think Spitzer is simply a spoiled rich kid who liked to dress Kristin up and play dolls.

How revealing the facts underlying a complaint somehow compromises the presumption of innocence remains yet a mystery. The Presumption is not found in the Constitution. It is a matter of common law that describes the burden of proof in a criminal case. It is a method of considering and weighing the evidence. It is decidedly not compromised by disclosure of the evidence. Likely the author means that after everyone reads what the rich kid did, they won’t like him anymore. In other words, his sins should remain hidden.

Gag.

pagar

" and what remains of his reputation."
Something remains of his reputation? What would he have to do to destroy it all?

Other Tom

I just Googled Silda Wall and read her bio. A very lovely, bright and able woman. How that bastard could do that to her is nearly as big a mystery as why she stood next to him at his pressers. I can't see how she could possibly remain with him after this. (By the way, Google Images will show you just how beautiful this woman is.)

Meanwhile, in other news...A nice little tidbit about Bubba from an NBC/WSJ poll:

"The poll shows a significant shift in his approval rating from a year ago. In March 2007, some 48% of those surveyed had a positive view of the former president, and 35% had a negative view. Now his negatives outpace his positives, 45% to 42%."

LindaK

A tidbit on the #9 matter. Turns out that Ms. Dupre's court appointed attorney is no ordinary joe. Don Buchwald is a respected former SDNY white collar crime prosecutor. Since this guy isn't someone she could find using the yellow pages I have to conclude that the USA pointed her in his direction and that Ms. Dupre is cooperating fully with the USA.

MayBee

A very lovely, bright and able woman. How that bastard could do that to her is nearly as big a mystery

Because he's a bastard.
It wasn't about having sex, or even sex with a beautiful woman (which Silda is). It was about collecting sex, and treating her however he wanted while he did it, and not having to think about the needs/wants of the person he was poking.
I also suspect there was the thrill of the danger. He spent a lot of time planning it, and a lot of time setting up dangerous consequences for himself if he got caught.

Tom Maguire

Now if they can just figure out how Karl Rove compelled Spitzer's behavior with top-secret libido x-rays...

Libido, Libby... I sense a connection to a much greater plot than any of us (probably excepting Jane H) can imagine. Any link to Liberace? Or his heirs? (Or hairs?)

Tom Maguire

Something remains of his reputation? What would he have to do to destroy it all?

Start whining hypocritically about how he was targeted by overzealous prosecutors? Oh, wait...

anduril

Turns out that Ms. Dupre's court appointed attorney is no ordinary joe.

And hopefully not an ordinary john, either. (Couldn't let that one go by.)

How that bastard could do that to her is nearly as big a mystery...

Puh-leeze! She was along for the ride, and I'll bet she thought it was a pretty good one until Monday. She was with his agenda, politically and personally--as far as she knew it. His agenda was to step on those he victimized to reach the heights of his ambition--and she was climbing right behind him. Being "lovely, bright and able" doesn't keep a woman from being a perfect bitch, to match the bastard she married. What if she'd been ugly, stupid and totally inept--but sweet and kind? Would she get the same sympathy? "Bright and able" means she should've known better--just like him.

Charlie (Colorado)

It all fits together when you think about it..especially if you wear your special thinking cap.

The tinfoil one?

bgates

I sense a connection to a much greater plot than any of us (probably excepting Jane H) can imagine. Any link to Liberace?
OK. Good. Start there, 'Liberace'. Break it up, what do you see - 'liber' and 'race'.
[Isn't that an extra 'r'? Of course. Their first sign. 'R's everywhere. Republican. Rove. Reich. (Put 3 together, what do you have? 'RRR'. Take the tops off, what's left? 'KKK'. This tells us what? Yes. 'Republican' (R) is 'Klan' (K) under cover. You see it everywhere when you know to look - Ronald Reagan. Right. Reason. Responsibility. All the same. Anyway.]
So what do we have, 'liber' and 'race', they want you to pronounce the second part 'ra-chee', but that's an Italian trick, they killed Christ to keep him silent but they won't let a terminal 'e' be silent, why is that? No, pronounce it normal - 'liber' and 'race'. [Has a hint of 'liberate', what they call their imperialist wars, but that's a false flag, don't fall for it.]
What is this, 'liber race', it's the liberal race, it's black people. That's who they're scared of. What's missing? 'Al'. Take out 'Al', no more 'liberal race', 'Liberace'.

The Italians are going to assassinate Al Gore to prevent the liberation of black people.

Rick Ballard

Thanks, bgates, I'd never thought of it that way...

Jane

Some of you guys are too smart for your own good.

in_awe

Columnist Paul Campos today is claiming it was an FBI "sting" operation that targeted Spitzer. Either I'm not familiar with the definition of a sting or Campo is blowing smoke for a fellow traveler.

How is it that Dems are always victims regardless of their culpability?

Neo

So they say it's not him .. err. Michael Jordan is not "Client #10" from Chicago.

Who else do we know who hails from Chicago ?

Fitz ? Wouldn't that be delicious.

anduril

Ya, but cheaper.

To true.

Neo

Eliot Spitzer (R) holds a news conference in New York City with his wife Silda by his side

Who'd a thunk it ?

I guess the (R) stands for retired.

Jane

Eliot Spitzer (R)

That is simply unbelievable.

Tom Maguire

Eliot Spitzer (R)

He became an "R" when the sex scandal broke - first thing he did was change his registration.

I don't know why more Reps don't think of that.

Cecil Turner

Heh. Good stuff. And you're definitely on a roll, TM. Thanks.

clarice

One of the media watchdogs counted--wvery single MSM mention of Craig and Foley mentioned their party affiliation.only 20% of the Spitzer mentions named his party--and then of course AFP got it wrong. This has gone beyond humor to the point that the media must at last be shamed by this irrefutable proof of bias.

kim

Remember folks, it's not the formal registration that counts, it's the demonstration of hypocrisy. It is only Republicans who are hypocritical about sex. QED.
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Jane

Maybe so Kim, but Mr. Spitzer was pretty hypocritical about prostitution.

kim

See? He's really an R just registered D to get elected.
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hit and run

OK, so that's yahoo UK.

Anyone else get a screen shot?

It's still there.

Elliott

Doubtless they intend the (R) to indicate he's on the right in the picture.


Topsecretk9

Doubtless they intend the (R) to indicate he's on the right in the picture.

Or right side of the "prostitution" issue like KristofDo as He [Spitzer] Said - incredible.

sbw

At one time we ran a photo with a politician standing next to a cow, and resisted the great temptation to put (right) after the person's name. ;-)

anduril

Robert Tracinski has a pretty good article this morning at RCP. Some passages:

The real lesson here is the continuity between Spitzer's professional career and the scandal that ended it. The common theme of his public and personal life is identified, ironically enough, in the preposterously pompous name of the call girl ring Spitzer patronized: the "Emperor's Club VIP." That says it all, doesn't it? Spitzer wanted to puff himself up as an "emperor," a big-shot VIP who is the center of everyone's attention, with everyone else just there to bow to his whims.

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But Spitzer's professional life, rather than being better than his personal life, was worse. If in his personal life he paid money for attractive young women to create the illusion of his own supreme importance, in his professional life he achieved this illusion by abusing the power of the state, acting as a bully who threatened to "steamroller" over other people's lives and careers.

Spitzer's "crusading" career as New York's attorney general is a catalog of abuses of prosecutorial power. He tried cases in the media instead of the courts by releasing embarrassing documents at press conferences and leaking carefully selected facts to sympathetic reporters. This is slander under the color of law, an attempt to ruin a target's reputation without actually have to prove the allegations against him. Spitzer smeared his victims by digging into their personal lives and spreading rumors about their infidelity (another disgusting irony of this affair). He blackmailed businesses into paying massive fines by threatening to file corporate indictments that would cripple a firm's ability to operate, even if it were eventually acquitted. He threatened respectable businessmen with the prospect of being hauled off in handcuffs in front of their families.

He did everything he could, in short, to bully the rest of the world into a solicitous state of submission—the state of terrorized subjects groveling before a tyrannical emperor.

A man like this is usually considered to have an ego that is too big, but the opposite is actually true. This kind of bullying is proof that Spitzer was so insecure he needed to prop up his faltering ego by forcing others to cringe in fear before him. His hiring of prostitutes is the dead giveaway, because it adds a touch of the pathetic: he needed the attention and adulation of others so badly that he had to pay for it.
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Eliot Spitzer is a timeless example of the basic conundrum of government: the fact that anyone who really wants to wield power is, by that very fact, the last person who should be allowed to do so.

Jane

That's a great piece Anduril. The link to the whole thing is under my name.

sbw

anyone who really wants to wield power is, by that very fact, the last person who should be allowed to do so.

Say it again. Louder!

anduril

Son of a psychologist--I'm a sucker for those kinds of articles.

clarice

Excellent article,anduril

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