Flimsy Sanity: So Hard to Find Political Heroes

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

So Hard to Find Political Heroes

Eliot Spitzer was always a hero to me and I hoped he would run for President. Why didn't he say he was infiltrating the prostitution ring? Everyone wants to know what exactly one gets for a $5500 an hour call girl, so research is of public interest. The real hypocrisy is that prostitution and other victimless crimes are against the law. I agree with one poster in metafilter who said, "It's good to have a Democratic sex scandal again. The Republican ones are creepy."

Also, NY1, a television station in New York City, reports that the floor of the New York Stock Exchange erupted in cheers when the news broke. Forget privacy in our brave new world. Many people say that J Edgar Hoover was blackmailed by the mafia because they knew his sex secrets.


  • At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It bugs me that sex scandaleers always make their wives appear when they make public appearances.

  • At 10:05 AM, Anonymous R J Adams said…

    Heroes are not hypocrites. Spitzer, by his actions, proved himself a hypocrite. Find another hero, but stop seeking one in politics unless you want a really long search.

    I agree with 'anonymous', but having the wife there is just part of the political theater. It's in the "Handbook for Politicians", under the section, "Getting Caught With Your Pants Down".

  • At 3:44 AM, Blogger michael greenwell said…

    the conservative party in the UK were always good for this sort of thing.

  • At 10:41 AM, Blogger ryk said…

    Yeah, the bit where the wife always stands by her man for the press conference bugs me too. I'd like to see the wife hold her own press conference to introduce her divorce lawyer. For me, that's about the only punishment a guy who gets caught chasing his dick around should suffer. But Fox News and the rest of the right-wing noise machine will paint this scandal as morally equivalent to the outright, government-for-sale-to-the-highest-bidder corruption on the right.

  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger brunsvold said…

    I've always struggled with the notion of hypocrisy. It seems to me that there is always a unit of moral measurement refined enough to catch any and all in some form of inconsistency. Perhaps it might even be an inherent defect of self-consciousness - so by and large I never really mind it. Hmmm, and I think I come off here as a meta-hypocrite of sorts...very cool. Didn't Emerson say "consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.(?)"

    So, what do we know of their marriage. Maybe its open? Maybe she doesn't really care what he does as long as he stays clean. Men having sex with women - wow, sounds like something we should look into in case more are doing it. Aahhhverrrr. (this is how a 5 year old says 'shame on you' in mid-60's north dakota vernacular).

    'Course, if he'd been republican i doubt this would have ever seen the light of day.


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