I'm not really inclined to post on the Spitzer drama since it isn't really all that directly LGBTQ-related, but it does demonstrate something I've been shouting about on this blog in several 0-2 comment posts: don't get personally invested in politicians. They're human. In fact, many of us see it as a positive that they're human. (Quiet down, Diebold State Governing Unit 3000.)
Our involvement in electoral politics should begin outside it, envisioning the world we want to see, imagining ways to get there, and then seeing how the government can help us get there and exactly who should be elected to implement that vision.
That said, I don't really see that big deal here. I'm sorry, I know, since I also said that what Larry Craig did wasn't all that big of a deal, he was just lookin' for a little lovin' in all the wrong places. If they find out that Spitzer mistreated any of the prostitutes, then off with his balls. But there hasn't been any evidence of that leaked yet.
What actually interests me about this case is the fact that the Department of Justice is so closely involved. For all the states' rights buffs out there, this is a federal encroachment on the states. For all of us others who think that the separation of police powers is mostly just to spread the burden of governing and allow some regional differences in the US, it's out of character and a definite red flag that they were involved and wire-tapping Eliot Spitzer because of a suspicious bank transaction.
Note to anyone in the DOJ assigned to follow this blog: wiretapping isn't the answer to everything.
Jane Hamsher is the woman of the hour with all the right questions about the way this investigation's being conducted. And Digby takes on the Mann Act argument.
But besides that, here we have a governor
who I hear the people of New York generally liked* having his career destroyed over what is, for what we know right now, sexual intercourse between consensual adults. All this proves about him was that he had sexual needs that he thought would be met by hiring someone to meet them.
Before we condemn him, as several lefty bloggers have, I think we should all examine our sex lives, imagine it being on the front page of any major newspaper, and wondering if we'd have a career in politics after that. I think that almost all of us have done a few things that would "disqualify" us from holding a prominent public office, and a few other sex acts that are or were considered illegal in some states. And the only difference between us and those successful politicians is that the latter group is great at lying and covering up.
If we don't want to accept that fact, then I'll call Diebold and get them started on more DSGU3K's. It makes slurpees after it privatizes the state highway system!
(Mike Rogers also posted on this today, after I had started to write this thinking that no one else would write about this. Go read his post, it's an interesting queer perspective on this wonderfully heterosexual sex scandal.)
*Update: Reader crescentdave points us to this polling on Gov. Spitzer. He isn't that popular, and I was going by what some people I know from New York thought about him. Yeah, seriously. Bad blogger!