My latest New Ledger column is on the attempted political comeback of Eliot Spitzer, in reply to a sympathetic Newsweek cover story on the former New York Governor. As one might expect, I am not a fan of any attempted Spitzerian resurgence:
But now, after such a short span of time, we are supposed to believe that Eliot Spitzer has changed. That he has done penance, donned his hair shirt, and purified himself so that we may approve of him without harming our consciences. Now, we are supposed to believe that Eliot Spitzer has smoothed out his rough edges, that Client No. 9, Tyrannical Eliot, Hypocritical Eliot, Incompetent Eliot, Vengeful Eliot and Just Plain Not Nice Eliot have all left the scene, leaving us Good Eliot to cherish, admire, and elevate back to political stardom.
Raise your hand if you believe that this supposed, Phoenix-like re-emergence of Eliot Spitzer is supposed to work that easily without failing the giggle test. The vicious and unethical code of conduct the former Governor so cold-bloodedly cultivated and implemented to catapult him to the top of the political heap was not a departure from Eliot Spitzer’s normal modus operandi. Rather, it was part and parcel of the way he always did business. I don’t have any problem with the proposition that you can teach an old dog new tricks. But old politicians? Ruthless, cut-throat, irresponsible, selfish, self-aggrandizing, narcissistic politicians like Eliot Spitzer suddenly learning new tricks within the mere space of a year? Give me a break.