(Page 2 of 2)
SPITZER SPENT HIS career shaming businesses into acting the way he wanted them to and punishing an activity publicly that he enjoyed privately. When he announced that he had been involved with the Emperor’s Club, he quickly learned that while shame is a powerful tool for an upwardly mobile politician, it can be equally powerful on the way down.
The former New York governor has revived an act most thought gone and buried — the Democratic sex scandal. His attempts to curb prostitution as governor only helped perpetuate it. Privately, he contributed his own money to the Emperor’s Club’s earnings, and now the notoriety he has given them will likely further their finances. Untold advocates for legalizing prostitution have surfaced.
Paterson, on the other hand, took a lesson from his colleagues — most notably Bill Clinton — and learned that it’s easier to survive a scandal when you’ve previously lowered public expectation yourself.
With his pompous pledge to “change the ethics of Albany,” Spitzer set the standards for his own conduct precariously high. The lesson for politicians today is clear — don’t knock it if you’ve tried it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?