Eliot Spitzer Redux?

What Self Is Learning About New Yorkers After Reading a Gail Collins Column (“Forgive and Forget”) in the Thursday, 23 April 2009 Issue of The New York Times

“Should we forgive Eliot Spitzer?” begins the article.

New York’s most prominent disgraced public official is on a rehabilitation tour.  Doing TV interviews, writing for Slate, confessing his sins on the cover of Newsweek.

(My, self must have been in hibernation all last week.  How could she have missed all that?  Back to the article)

And as a New Yorker, I am rather proud of the way this is going.  You don’t see Eliot volunteering to appear on “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” like some other ex-governors I could mention.

Although if you want to avoid the humiliation of asking a judge for permission to do a reality TV show in the jungles of Costa Rica like Rod Blagojevich did, being heir to a real estate fortune does help.  And really, I would not rule out a future for Spitzer as celebrity judge on “Top Chef” or the person who pulls out the winning lottery numbers at night on TV.

Whatever he’s doing, it’s working.  New York is pretty clearly ready to let Spitzer move on.  Although he is not the most sympathetic personality in the world, as he’s re-emerged, new information keeps coming out that makes you feel a little warmer about him.

For instance, I did not know until the Newsweek article that young Eliot “carried a Samsonite briefcase to junior high,” and this really does help explain a lot.

Anyway, in our role as judgmental citizens, we’re currently busy not forgiving a whole pack of bailed-out bankers.  Plus, we have to figure out what to do with the federal judge who approved the memo specifying the number of insects you could throw into a box with an arachnophobic suspected terrorist.  We’re pretty much booked up through summer.

Self would really like to know:  what happened to the wife?  Is he still married?  At least he doesn’t have the Blagojevich blow-dried look (though self wouldn’t go so far as to describe him, as one female blogger did, as “hot”!!)  Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. Penny said,

    April 27, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Yes, Eliot is still very much married to his wife, Silda. I know another media celebrity who has clearly been cheating on his wife on several occasions but his wife still sticks by his side. I’m no t sure if this sends a really bad message to young women. I do know that Eliot has three teenage daughters and I believe that his wife is carrying on this charade to protect her children. One half of me believe that what goes on in your marriage is your own business, but Eliot Spitzer is a public figure. Anyway, my brother just saw him this weekend at a movie theater with his daughters and no one looked at Spitzer twice. I guess he’s doing something right. Perhaps he’ll be Governor again!

  2. April 27, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Oh, yeah, especially it doesn’t seem like his replacement is very popular. The article said: “If you are running for governor with secret impeachment-provoking hobbies, you need to be a little careful about whom you choose for your No. 2 So we don’t forgive Spitzer for picking David Paterson . . . ” Ha ha ha!

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