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Spitzer or Swallow?

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If you haven't heard by now, it was recently announced that married NY Governor Elliot Spitzer was involved in a prostitution ring, and as a result of the announcement, Governor Spitzer had no choice but to resign from office. Gov. Spitzer, a horrible hypocrit who actually was involved in prosecutions against prostitution rings, may face severe federal penalties under the appropriately-named Mann Act, which makes it a federal offense to transport a person across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. By participating in this far-reaching, multi-state prostitution ring, Gov. Spitzer revealed that his years of public service taking on corruption in the insurance and financial industries was not an act of reform, but rather a diabolical plan from an evil man as part of his desires of worldwide domination. First, shut down illegal practices on Wall Street that hurts the stock markets and everyday people, then gain the Govenorship, then see a hooker and then WORLD DOMINATION! Thankfully, by uncovering the lurid sexual activities of Gov. Spitzer, crisis has been averted.

And....scene.

Here's the real deal, people. Elliot Spitzer is a man. He is a man with ambition, as all politicians are. He does what has to be done to get to where he wants to be. But at least he had the right ideas. Unlike many other politicians out there, Spitzer was a reformer who was willing to take on enemies other politicians shied from. Because of this, he won the hearts of New Yorkers, winning in a landslide barely a year ago. Now, 15 months into his first term as governor, his rise to a position where he could continue to serve the community has been thwarted. Why? Because he "participated in a prostitution ring". Some may read that and think that Gov. Spitzer had organized/funded/found girls for/kidnapped babies to be raised in a high-class hooker farm for the "prostitution ring." In reality, he got his dick sucked.

I am willing to guess that well over 50% (I would honestly surmise 75% or higher) of male politicians have extramarital affairs. As politicians, they are naturally ambitious, even when it comes to poontang. They tend to travel, as was Spitzer's case. He was going to Washington, DC, leaving his wife and family in NY, knew about a service that offered discreet girls for copulation and must have thought he was 100% in the clear.

This is not to say that it is "okay" for a married man to "cheat" on his wife with a hooker. It might be okay. We just don't know. For those moralists, I ask, How do you know that Mrs. Spitzer didn't know about or was even okay with the Governor getting a little paid-for snatch. She looks upset on TV? Maybe its because she doesn't want her personal life publicized. Maybe she doesn't want to have to explain at her country club that, "Oh yes, my husband was banging a whore, but its a reputable whore service and it saves me from having to blow him." It might not be the way you roll, but it takes all kinds out there.

Some may even say (myself included) that seeing a hooker is actually a lot better than having a mistress. First of all, it is purely about sex and not a relationship, so from a marital standpoint, some people may find it preferable or even, in some instances, acceptable. Second, from a man-in-power standpoint, I rather have my Governor getting some bareback cooch for $4,300, busting his load and calling it a day some 1.35 minutes later, rather than have him cavorting around town trying to pick up some strange. "Get your rocks off and get back to work Mr. Govenor. You having a meeting with the head of the NYS Board of Education in 1 hour." "No problem, friendly staffer. If the succubus doesn't arrive in 30 minutes or less, the rim job is free!"

If there is one argument where I can sorta see a point, its the issue of hypocrisy and the need to appear like a law-abiding citizen when placed in a role of power. Yet, even this one falls short. I've seen the argument made that Spitzer prosecuted prostitution rings, and therefore, he's a hypocrit if he does both (prosecutes and prostitutes). I say thee nay! Gov. Spitzer was doing his job when he was prosecuting the prosties. He did not have the right to change the laws; that's for the legislature. He was merely to prosecute. Was he to say, "Nay, ladies and gentlemen. Though the police have brought this prostitution ring to my attention, I shall deny such prosecution in the name of paid-for-box for all!!" No. He was going to prosecute. It was his job. Every day, I do something that I might not do if not for my job. It doesn't mean I personally relate to everything I must do. It just means that I know what I have to do in my position.

The bottom line is that this is a bullshit scandal. There is no reason why this should require Gov. Spitzer's resignation. It is not as though he slept with a young, naive intern...although even that is ok to me. It is not as though he a crusader against prostitution, like Craig was a crusader against homosexuality. The only reason why Gov. Spitzer must resign is that the media has made this into a circus. Nothing would be easy for Spitzer after this, with the national media attention, coupled with the stigma that the media will attach to anything(/anyone) Spitzer does.

It's all a bunch of smoke and mirrors. And as a result, a much-needed reformer has been brought to his knees.

Until next time, make mine poker!

posted by Jordan @ 2:21 PM,

15 Comments:

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Pokerwolf said...

Reasons why it's a scandal:

1. Sptizer used tax dollars to pay for his hooker.

2. He, like a complete dumbass, brought the hooker from NY to DC. If he hadn't brought her along and paid for a room for her, we would have never heard of this situation.

If he wanted to rock his jock, he should have called his contacts in NY and gotten a recommendation for someone in DC. Simple as that.

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Wolf:

1. He used his own funds to pay for the prostitutes. He used taxpayer funds to pay for travel and lodging...travel and lodging related to his job in politics. It just so happened that while he was in a room paid for by taxpayers so he could attend whatever he was attending in Washington, DC, he also used the room to get laid. Again, its just another way to twist this situation to make it look worse than it is.

2. So it is perfectly acceptable to have an extramarital affair with a prostitute in-state (let's say, if he met her 4 hours North of NYC in Albany), but morally reprehensible and a sign that a person is not fit for office if they decide to ask a NY hooker to meet him 4 hours South of NYC in Washington DC? Another insincere argument.

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

I am shocked at your view on this one, Jordan, especially as a fellow New Yorker. This guy is supposed to be the leader of our state, and I view part of that role as being the lead enforcer and follower of the laws. Now here he is blatantly violating those very same laws (everyone knows skeeching whores is illegal) that he is sworn to uphold and protect. Now I know the Governorship is not all about upholding the laws per se, but to suggest that the political leader of the most populous state east of the Mississippi should be allowed to flaunt and blatantly disregard any laws that he sees fit to disregard is recockulous. Of course he should have to steop down for this.

He's a governor man. Blatantly picking and choosing which laws to follow and which laws to ignore when it comes to his own personal gain. Despicable man, please don't defend him. New York can easily do better.

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Once again, I don't buy it. The arguments against Spitzer are all irrational and overstep the bounds of reality.

From Hoy: "Now I know the Governorship is not all about upholding the laws per se, but to suggest that the political leader of the most populous state east of the Mississippi should be allowed to flaunt and blatantly disregard any laws that he sees fit to disregard is recockulous."

I am not saying that Spitzer, "shoulder be allowed to flaunt and blatantly disregard any laws that he sees fit". That's another argument altogether. If he was stealing from the government or other people, I think he should leave office. I just don't think a hummer, even when paid for, is a capital offense requiring that he be removed from office. Prostitution if a victimless crime. Don't try to tell me that the prostitute is a victim. If they are forced into it because of drugs, etc., its not the prostitution that victimizes them, its the drugs, etc. If it wasnt' prostitution, these women would not be doctors or lawyers. They'd be strippers or other types of criminals.

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

I won't try to tell you that prostitution is a victimful crime (though I think it probably is, at least indirectly). But your own personal view of the merits of the illegality of prostitution is totally irrelevant. It is a law, and it is illegal to do, and the guy is doing it anyways. You can't be the governor if that's what you do.

I would feel 100% the same way btw if Spitzer was found buying or smoking weed. And I think you know my own personal feelings about weed consumption and some of the laws against it. But if the governor is breaking known laws like this, he has to go. Who the victim of the crime is, to me is simply not relevant, not in the least. The fact that he is breaking known laws is the only thing I care about. You can't be the governor and flagrantly break laws, even those laws that he, you or I might think of as the dumb laws.

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger Uncle Chuck said...

Weed!! Yeah baby yeah!!!

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Booby Stealz said...

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At 6:23 PM, Blogger Booby Stealz said...

Several points to your post:

1. It looks as though he was paying out of pocket for his sexual exploits (http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/2008/03/12/SpitzersMoney.html).

2. Question, what makes spitzer infidelity any different from Bill clinton? Why wasn't Bill Clinton forced to resign from his presidency for doing the same thing? Didn't Bill get accused of banging a few broads, drug use ("i didn't inhale"), watergate, etc.?

3. Without trying to sound too much like a conspiracist, my opinion is that people of influence (i.e. money/power) who were f'd over by Spitzer's work as Attorney General, were looking for his head, and found this to be the perfect opportunity to embarrass him. and unfortunately, Elliot didn't have enough friends to bail him out, like Bill.

4. I rather have a political leader who is high in competence and intelligence, and is a sexaholic. then a faithful idiot...

5. I blame Mrs. Spitzer for not spicing it up enough in the bedroom.

6. NJ would like to trade Spitzer for Mcgreevey please...

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Mitchell said...

Who cares about his sex life...I think he should have been removed for being anti-online poker. Also, how many of the people condemning him, have seen a done something illegal. Heck, I bet you've cheated on your taxes, drove your car past the speed limit, etc.

I've been told that I should run for office since my platform would be "Fiscal Respponsibility, Social Liberation and Adult Party-time."

Question: May I put a link to your blog on my blog?

It's www.therazzchallenge.blogspot.com.

Thanks,
Mitchell

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Lucypher said...

Why are we wasting our limited government resources investigating consensual sex between adults anyway? Have we solved all other issues facing the American public?

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger GrayCalx said...

I say this for all government officials, across all parties, where as I feel your rant was about protecting your "team", but let me say this... NO government official should put himself/herself in a position where they could be blackmailed. Thats my fear and the only reason I have problems with this behavior from ALL officials. As a representative of the people, you can not commit acts that you are so ashamed of, that you can then be placed in the pocket of anyone with proof of your illegal actions. That official is now bought and answers to the will of a blackmailer not their constituents. I don't care about cheating on his wife; I don't care that he's paying hookers/sleeping with interns. I do care that they put themselves in a position where they can be easily compromised and corrupted.

 
At 12:02 PM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

I'd like to know why he was investigated in the first place.

I originally read the question on a politco site and haven't seen how the Feds were "alerted" to this trail in the first place.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger StB said...

That is the beauty of it Drizz. He got caught in the same manner he caught others. By digging around and prosecuting not on the original investigation but on other items discovered during the investigation. Spitzer is a total asshat. He was a bully who used the media to make people villians. It is great he is getting the same treatment now. He should pray his family's life is not ruined just like he ruined many a family that worked for the companies he badgered.

I hope this assclown gets sent to jail and becomes someone bitch.

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger Hammer Player a.k.a Hoyazo said...

Yeah as I understand it, the banks themselves reported several of his transactions to wire money to this prostitution ring to bang chick as "suspicious transfers". Then the feds investigated, found that the accounts were linked to NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, and then they set up the wiretaps to catch him. But it was his own shenigans that he went through while he *should* have been working for the citizens of New York that got him on the feds' radar and eventually got caught.

I have to agree with StB, the irony of this one is pretty delicious. And that Spitzer is an abject hat of ass.

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger CC said...

different take, would be interested in your thoughts

 

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