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From the lack of posts, you may have surmised that it is spring break for Dartmouth students. While enjoying sunny Southern California, however, I shall endeavor to keep up on the political scandals making headlines. Democratic Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigned from his post when it was revealed that he utilized the services of a high priced escort service multiple times. From a man who began his career aggressively prosecuting Wall Street companies for ethically questionable practices, involvement in such criminal activities came as a surprise.
“This isn’t Bill Clinton, where in one sense you would have expected it. This is a shock.” Eric Lane, a Hofstra University law professor said.
Other reports recounted erratic behavior of the Governor that could have indicated the upcoming turmoil. Not long after assuming his position, for example, he told the Republican State Assembly leader, “I’m a f_____ steamroller, and I’ll roll over you.” He also attacked the ethics of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg when disagreeing over policy.
It seems that for Mr. Spitzer, touting his ethics and familiarity with the legal system only made his fall from grace harder. The decision to step down from his position could not have been easy, but to stay would have been the height of hypocrisy. No one is above the law in America and Spitzer will experience the consequences of being arrogant enough to believe that he was. In some ways, Spitzer’s situation harkens back to that of President Bill Clinton, though Mr. Clinton did not pay for his womanizing escapades, he just lied about them. Sex scandals seem to be common these days among the ambitious leaders of nations. French President Sarcozy experienced his own scandal when, within months of taking office, he divorced his wife and met a model with whom he had a whirlwind four month courtship and marriage. Perhaps this is indicative of the devil-may-care attitude necessary to enter the current political arena.
While the scandal continues to rock New York, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is probably cursing the adultery that will damper her career ambitions. Through Spitzer’s resignation, she lost a desperately needed superdelegate in what will be the race of her political life.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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