What’s The Problem? It’s Just Sex, After AllApr 09, 2008
(Because of a technical malfunction that crashed this site on April 4, and took down every post and comment after March 14, the following has been re-posted. It was originally written April 2, 2008.) Recently, two prominent Democrat office holders have been rocked with sex scandals: former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The former correctly resigned while the latter, who recently was indicted on several public corruption counts, is fighting tooth and nail to hold onto his job.
One has to wonder why Spitzer resigned. After all, have we not learned that these scandals "are all about sex" and that's a "private matter"? We learned that from, none other than, former President Bill Clinton and his apologists during the investigation of his perjury during the Paula Jones litigation. Mayor Kilpatrick has learned well from the godfather. He plans to fight it out, drag it out, and get on "with the people's business." Today, Mayor Kilpatrick even proposed a $300 million economic stimulus plan for his rundown town.
That's right, he'll have none of Spitzer's wimpishness. He's moving on. Who cares about perjury, corruption, illegal use of public funds, abuse of power and the like. The similarities with Clinton don't end there, either: In addition to preferring employees to hookers, we also learned today that the Mayor Kilpatrick has hired a $750 an hour attorney for his legal woes and the same D.C. P.R. firm that helped Monica Lewinsky.
A Clinton supporter (of both Bill and Hill), we wonder if Spitzer now - in lieu of his successor's (new New York Democrat Governor David Patterson) admission of affairs, drug use and illegal use of campaign funds - is kicking himself for giving up so easily. You know, after all, it was just about sex.