Monday, March 10, 2008

Trying to Be Thoughtful About Spitzer

I've just spent about 20 minutes trying to find something about Spitzer worth reading, and there's pretty much nothing, except for the NY Times facts of the matter. I've also been trying, all afternoon, to figure out what I think about this.

I don't really have much of an impression of Spitzer. I know he was a crusader, and he was elected by a landslide (at least I think I know that), and then has screwed up a lot this first year in Albany. I know people who worship him, but I also know that a lot of people think he's an arrogant bastard. I don't really have an opinion.

But here are some opinions I do have:

People's personal lives shouldn't matter.

Unless they say one thing and do another.

Prosecuting prostitution rings and then patronizing prostitutes? Not so cool.

Big-time crusaders against vice all too often have complicated relationships with said vice.

It's not right that prostitutes get arrested and johns don't.

Laws are laws, and governors and former attorney generals should obey them, unless there's a good reason not to (i.e. I'm down with civil disobedience).

Prostitution...well, I'm a little stumped on this one. I think women should be able to support themselves however they want, and for lots of women sex work is empowering. But for lots of other women sex work is an exploitative last resort and, often, a reiteration of earlier abuse. Generalizations are a problem. On the other hand, high end escorts can have it pretty good.

I wouldn't want to find out that my husband was a) spending large chunks of money, b) on prostitutes.

When you are screwing around with cash, you know you're doing something wrong.

When the Republicans let David Vitter and Larry Craig stick around but call for Spitzer's head, something's wrong.

So where do all these opinions leave me? Thinking Spitzer probably has to go...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Probably??? He broke the law, he spent about $80,000- it was not a one time thing. He has to go. He has no credibility, no moral leadership. He is a hypocrite. Complex views on prostitution don't matter. When you are governor you aren't supposed to do such sleezeball stuff. My 2 cents.