As a political blogger and a native New Yorker, I feel like I have to respond to the Eliot Spitzer situation. This is eerily reminiscent of the former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey's scandal a few years back, but not as juicy. I mean, what's more appealing to a gossip's ears, a married, high-profile politician involved in a prostitution ring, or a married, high-profile politician who has a secret gay lover? You all decide.
But more importantly, what are some of the implications of the Spitzer scandal. According to Politico.com, Spitzer could have become the first Jewish president of the United States had it not been for this scandal, or at least that is according to Spitzer supporters. If you ask most people, the chance of Spitzer becoming president is unlikely, regardless of the scandal. Why? Well, you see, to be considered president of the U.S., it would help to be liked by people, something that Eliot Spitzer is not very good at-namely, being liked. Hillary Clinton is not going to support him, even though she is a Senator representing New York, because Spitzer is in favor of giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, something which I personally think is a stupid idea that takes focus away from the larger issue of making illegals naturalized citizens. Obviously, Clinton also would not be dying to support Spitzer because she is a presidential candidate with an image to maintain. Besides Hillary, Spitzer has plenty other enemies with his abrasive political style.
The big question that is on everyone's mind is whether Spitzer will resign or not. It seems that he probably will be forced to resign not only due to the shame of the scandal, but possibly because of the hypocrisy of it as well. The hypocrisy, namely, of a public figure like Spitzer who often criticizes other people getting his just desserts.