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Posted by on Mar 11, 2008 in At TMV | 9 comments

Spitzer: Little Green Men Want To Know

01aagreen.jpgWhile out riding my trail bike this morning I encountered a Little Green Man who was anxious to quiz an Earthling about the Eliot Spitzer scandal.

Q: Why is this such a big deal?

A: Because people love to see politicians get tripped up, especially other politicians.

Q: On my planet everyone pays for sex.

A: Hmm. Interesting.

Q: So your leaders punish people for paying for sex?

A: Sometimes, although in this instance Spitzer inadvertently led the government to a prostitution ring because of his alleged involvement in some suspicious financial transactions.

Q: Should Spitzer resign as New York state governor?

A: Yes, but not for the reason you might think.

Q: Huh?

A: He ought to resign because he’s an arch hypocrite since he prosecuted several people for operating prostitution rings when he was state attorney general.

Q: With all the problems you Earthlings seem to have, what business is it of anyone’s what Spitzer or anyone else does privately with other consenting adults?

A: You’re on to something there.

Q: So he paid $1,000 to be a superdelegate?

A: No, no, no. He paid $1,000 to have sex with a prostitute. A superdelegate is a Democratic Party bigwig who gets a free ride to the national convention and a free vote.

Q: So Hillary Clinton’s not his friend anymore?

A: No.

Q: But didn’t her husband have sex with . . . ?

A: Let’s skip that, okay?

Q: It’s kind of funny that The New York Times is playing the story so big after it was chided for a story implying that John McCain had sex with a lobbyist.

A: Well, even The Times knows that sex sells, although it should be noted that it’s unusual that the feds should go public with the sex angle since Spitzer has not been charged with doing anything wrong in connection with that.

Q: Republicans seem especially gleeful that Spitzer has been snared.

A: Correct.

Q: Why?

A: Because Republicans by birthright can be hypocritical when it comes to stuff like sex. Why else would Larry Craig still be in the U.S. Senate?

Q: Who’s Larry Craig?

A: You don’t want to know.

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  • DLS

    Spitzer is a dirtbag who has appealed to losers through base instincts, envy, and class warfare in the case of Wall Street, as well as other objects of hatred such as conservatives in general.

  • Dave_Schuler

    Hypocrisy isn’t the worst of sins and certainly no reason for Gov. Spitzer to resign. But abuse of power is and abuse of power past and present appears to be where this is going.

  • casualobserver

    Since the Feds have charged others preceding Spitzer with violation of the Mann Act, it will be a whole ‘nother kettle of fish if Spitzer walks from a felony charge and stays in office at the same time. I would suspect he (rather his lawyer) is negotiating right now with the likely deal being a resignation as part of his buying down the severity of the rap.

  • lurxst

    I still think its fishy that his financial transactions triggered this level of investigation. At first everyone was saying “Oh no, he was caught when they busted the prostitution ring,” but as it turns out he was the target of the investigation all along. Its almost as if someone was out to get him, someone with access to wiretaps who perhaps had an axe to grind.

    Since he was stupid enough to actually employ a prostitute the public might neglect to look closer at why he was actually being investigated in the first place, given his rank hypocrisy. With a highly politicized DoJ and investigations into other politically motivated hit jobs, I don’t think its unreasonable to ask. Plus, as noted, his name and only his was quickly leaked to the press, all the other participants still maintain their anonymity for the time being.

    I have read some discussion about how his withdrawals from his bank triggered some alerts. Really? In a town like DC or New York where you can burn through $5000 in cash pretty quickly (and legally), the IRS/FBI decided that the GOVERNOR needed more investigation? I am sure that there are thousands of withdrawals everyday that trigger the “too much money” alert at the bank level. I just took $5000 out of savings the other day. Whats the money for? My business, as in, not your business. Now I am just a working schlub so I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere some computer spits out a flag and I get the honor of a closer look at my finances by the feds. But I am not a Democratic Governor.

  • “But abuse of power is and abuse of power past and present appears to be where this is going.”
    What power did he abuse?

  • He ought to resign because he’s an arch hypocrite since he prosecuted several people for operating prostitution rings when he was state attorney general.

    Shaun hits the nail right on the head. Frankly, I could care less that Spitzer hired a prostitute. He’s a jerk for doing this to his wife, but it’s none of my business and certainly shouldn’t be a crime.

    But Spitzer has made a career out of prosecuting white collar crimes–many of which involved crimes in which there were no actual victims involved. Given his history of having prosecuted people involved in prostitution rings, it’s poetic justice that Spitzer himself would be caught by the Feds for being involved in a prostitution ring.

    I do hope people draw the right conclusions from these kinds of stories. It’s not that we as voters need to do a better job in selecting the “right” people to legislate and enforce our laws. It’s that politicians are no more moral (and are often much less so) than the rest of us and should never be given the power to legislate or enforce their moral views on the rest of us in the first place.

    As the late Harry Browne used to say said: It’s not about the abuse of power. It’s the power to abuse.

  • DLS

    Casual Observer:

    “I would suspect he (rather his lawyer) is negotiating right now”,0,7065224.story

    What’s the worst that can happen to him? Club Fed. “We know who the prisoners are around here. They’re the ones with the sun tans.”

  • DLS

    “it’s none of my business”

    It would be if you were a New Yorker and some of the up to possibly $80,000 or more that he spent over several years was money “requested” from you in taxes.

  • StockBoySF

    lurxst, transferring large sums of money is not a crime, but a large withdrawal does trigger scrutiny. However “structured transactions” are a crime. If Spitzer structured his money transfers so the transactions were less than $5,000 and he did so for the purpose of hiding the transfer of large sums, then that’s money laundering.

    You imply that the fed government was investigating his financial transactions, I heard that the federal was investigating the prostitution ring. But I see how you can believe that and it is easy to believe (and maybe even true). I don’t know enough about the circumstances to offer an opinion on that aspect. But it is a delicious conspiracy. But to go along with this game and speculation (and I’m not suggesting anything else here- I’m just having some fun)… if you want to add more spice to this federal/Republican conspiracy, then you can implicate the banks, too. The banks would have been on the lookout for customers doing structured transactions and money laundering… and we all know how Wall Street and the banks rejoiced when they heard about Spitzer’s problems…. so perhaps the conspiracy ring expands.

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