Roger L. Simon

Spitzer's Corruption a Nightmare for Hillary

The NYT may have been trying to get McCain of late, but the real sex scandal has hit the Democratic side. It was poor Eliot Spitzer’s wife who was forced to be the latest spouse to be humiliated before the cameras by the actions of her spouse. The whole thing is straight out of Moliere — a crusading public official caught as the object of his crusade. According to the Times: Mr. Spitzer gained national attention when he served as attorney general with his relentless pursuit of Wall Street wrongdoing. As attorney general, he also had prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state’s organized crime task force.

In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

This has got to be bad news for Hilary because this kind of public sexual hypocrisy reminds people of one person only more than others: William Jefferson Clinton. Now, to be clear, Clinton’s sad dalliance with Monica was not illegal (Spitzer allegedly violated the Mann Act), but it became illegal when Bill lied. The country was then shut down for essentially trivial private occurrence. Why people would to see a rerun of this kind of behavior in the White House eludes me. The Spitzer Scandal – one more step for Obama.