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‘Colbert Report’: Eliot Spitzer Has Nothing to Lose

Posted on Feb 3, 2010
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Eliot Spitzer is attempting to work his way back into the public’s good graces, and the former New York governor braved “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday night, only to be roundly “condemned” by Stephen Colbert. However, Spitzer has a certain likability, Colbert admitted, which might have something to do with having nothing to hide anymore. Nearly two years after his resignation in the face of a prostitution scandal, Spitzer is once again hot on the heels of Wall Street’s shameless bandits, and he thinks we all ought to be furious that the government and Wall Street are “rebuilding the system exactly as it was before” the economic cataclysm of 2008.  —KA

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By ofersince72, February 4, 2010 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

anyway, I am starting to agree with Republicans,
screw any regulations to Wall Street.  It’s a crap
game, buyer beware.

But lets make it a truly free market,  not socialism
for the rich… bailouts,  if we are stuck with
a crap game or an economic system let losers be
losers,  the big shots too. Not a dime.
Cut all regulation.  and all bailouts!!!!!!!!!!!

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By ofersince72, February 4, 2010 at 6:15 am Link to this comment

Spitzer surrendered at the start of the battle,
then after the battle was lost comes back and
wants to lead the charge.

That is the same thing Democrat leadership did
with the recent Court ruling.

Where were all the petitions that i see flying
all over the internet BEFORE the decision?

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By ofersince72, February 4, 2010 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

For those of you that believe that there still can
be a political fix to the mess, (i don’t) then we
are stuck with the Democrat Party to get us out of
it.  They never have yet, and everytime they are
put in the position that they can they shoot their
selves in the foot promptly.

For the Democrat Party to get us out of this mess,
it won’t come with bipartisinship. Let the Blue Dogs
vote with the Repubs every time they wish.  They only
need a simple majority in the House, they were handed
that on a silver platter in 2006 and 2008.  The public made it clear what they wanted, it is unpresedented the support the public handed to the
dems in the last two elections.  It won’t happen again for a very long time.  The public knew where
the problem was.  Now they see both parties as the
devil,  maybe that is good,  we will see.

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By ofersince72, February 4, 2010 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

Yes , we need ones calling it as it is and the
timing of his downfall suspicious. There is no doubt
the Bush attorney general wasted our money wiretapping him.  That is the same reason i wish
he would have been more bold, but he wasn’t.

Vitter didn’t resign.

Does anyone believe,  that the Dems would have been
any worse off had their leadership of Pelosi, Reid,
and Obama handled their leadership with less
partisinship, told Leiberman go sit with the PUBS,
put their agenda on the table and let the chips fall.
It would have been much more clear to the public who
was holding up legislation. Instead they did their
usual wishy washy yes and sometimes no and made them
selves look like the spineless politicians the PUBS
want them to look like. Now, everyone is blaming
Democrats, as they should.  They cave and cave and
cave,  so yes I very disappointed when Spitzer
caved to threats from the attorney general

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By ronjeremy, February 4, 2010 at 5:17 am Link to this comment
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was spitzer ever actually charged with anything?  thought i had read somewhere a
while back that he had not.  might have been greg palast, but i am not sure. 
anybody else know?

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By eir, February 4, 2010 at 4:02 am Link to this comment

Funny, the timing of that sex scandal that led to the financial ruin of so many Americans.

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By Outraged, February 4, 2010 at 2:01 am Link to this comment

Good for Spitzer, hands down he called it as it was.

I’m with Maani, ” he is still one of the smartest people out there, and could be an important voice for “good” vis-a-vis economics, corporatism, etc.”

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By ofersince72, February 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment


your point is worth me conceding….It was a terrible
position to be in,,,especially his family

there have been several careers washed up
because of not standing up to the Limbaugh type
hypos,  I would much rather have seen him tell
the media to shove out of his personal business just
as i would have liked to have seen Clinton do.

I understand his embarrassing position, but if
it was enough for him to resign, then stay the hell
out of polictics, don’t come back.

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By truedigger3, February 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

ofersince72 wrote about Spitzer:
“That he caved so easily and resigned made me lose
confidence in him.”

It is easy for you to say that. Put yourself in his shoes.  They would have dragged him with his face in the mud and made his life a living hell.  He was MARKED!.

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By Maani, February 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

Thank God (or whoever…LOL) that the first two posts here were “positive.”  Lest we forget, Spitzer PREDICTED the economic crisis in his Feb. 2008 testimony to Congress - and he was the only non-economist to be so prescient.

Okay, he made a huge error in judgment, one that included stupidity, hypocrisy and hubris.  Get over it.  True, had he not sabotaged himself, he would most likely have been Obama’s AG.  But he is still one of the smartest people out there, and could be an important voice for “good” vis-a-vis economics, corporatism, etc.  (Yes, I know he comes from a real estate family, and is thus a product o that very corporatism.  But that doesn’t mean he is ruled by it.)

It’s time to give him his second chance and see where he takes it.  Best to you, Mr. Spitzer.

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By ofersince72, February 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

For a Dem,  I always thought well of his governance

That he caved so easily and resigned made me lose
confidence in him.

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By Basoflakes, February 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

Release the Hounds!

When Spitzer left office, he was in the middle of an investigation into Wall Street flunkies.  Time to get him back on it - regardless of who it hurts.

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