Rush Spitzer, Eliot Limbaugh...

There's not much I could add to the clamor surrounding Eliott Spitzer's call girl capers, other than to say that it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Hell, I might as well just quote myself. Spitzer is a control freak par excellence:

Spitzer has a long history as a control freak, whether it's constantly messing with ebay for things like gambling and stun gun sales, bullying UPS, going after toy guns -- to say nothing of real guns (naturally he's one of the worst gun grabbers in the United States, and wants to bankrupt the firearm industry). And on top of that, he's a petty and vindictive SOB:
"It's now a war between us," Eliot Spitzer told me. "I will be coming after you."
And that was because he didn't like something the man had written!

So now, the forces of coming after are coming after him for his own coming. After.

Poetic justice.

This does not mean that I think the man should go to jail, or that I support criminalizing prostitution as Spitzer does. My personal feelings are a bit similar to my feelings about Rush Limbaugh's drug problems. I hoped it would make Limbaugh loosen up a bit, and this time, I hope Spitzer loosens up and disavows his send-people-to-prison, Nifong-like style of prosecutorial aggression.

Humility is a good thing. Especially where it comes to that elevated elite we entrust with the power to prosecute the rest of us and send us to prison.

UPDATE: Arthur Silber (a fierce opponent of prostitution laws) also sees poetic justice in what has happened:

Given Spitzer's unfathomable stupidity -- and in light of the fact that he is now the victim of the kinds of overreaching police state tactics that he himself has endlessly championed and utilized -- this can only be regarded as an instance of an especially objectionable, arrogant, overweening, power-mad, vicious son of a bitch himself getting exactly what he has been delightedly happy to dish out to others.
Via Glenn Reynolds, who also quotes Roger L. Simon's observation that "the outcry against Spitzer was not because he was some man seeing a prostitute, but because he was a guy who puts prostitutes in jail seeing a prostitute."

At least Limbaugh never put anyone in jail for doing what he did.

posted by Eric on 03.11.08 at 11:28 AM


I'm just happy whenever some crusader for big government gets hoist by his own petard. I always hope it will make people realize that government can't be trusted, but that hasn't happened yet.

Socrates   ·  March 11, 2008 11:46 AM

Humiliation is an opportunity for achieving humility, but many still refuse to see.

Assistant Village Idiot   ·  March 11, 2008 4:14 PM

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