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We all knew this was coming

When the US Attorney scandal broke last year, we knew what the Republicans were planning. They were going to try to catch every prominent Democrat at anything and literally make a federal case out of it in this very important election year. Spitzer should have known better but in a way, it’s a good thing that all of this is coming to light now. It might not save Spitzer’s career but it may expose to the public what the impact of the Justice Department shenanigans has been and *will* be until the Bushies are out of office. (And what about FISA? Should Democrats everywhere assume that all of  their phone, email, internet connections are compromised?  It’s a safe bet.)

Jane Hamsher, at FireDogLake, has some very good, “Hey, wait a minute” questions that are probably just the tip of a very dirty iceberg. As for Spitzer, I understand urges and needs and everything. And maybe your wife was cool with it. Not my business. But this year, you should have made an extra effort to keep your pants on.

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  1. I heard that Spitzer did this on the eve of Valentine’s day and he went down to DC to testify before Congress at his own request. Pretty disgusting. His wife didn’t look too happy. I hope she has a good attorney to take Spitzer to the cleaners.

    As for the attorney scandal, I suspected that right away. Big brother is spying on all of us. They know when I buy books from amazon, etc. But the Democrats are either too stupid or to venal to understand that they are probably under the microscope too. Or maybe they are being blackmailed? Who knows. I just know we live under a fascist state at this point in time.

  2. I still don’t understand why the wife must be part of that macabre announcement.

    Even in the middle of my schadenfreude, I felt terrible for Mrs Vitter and was shocked by how dejected she looked.

    Remember the train wreck of an interview Larry Craig gave to Matt Lauer in the presence of Mrs Craig? Jesus Tapdancing Chrrrist!

    (That interview always reminds me of this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72ZO6w0rl6Y and this

    I don’t think I would dare drag my better half to a public appearance after I disgraced myself and somewhat embarrassed her.

  3. I don’t have any trouble believing that the investigation of Spitzer was, at least at first, politically motivated. Jane’s questions are good ones. Unfortunately, the investigation seems to have hit pay dirt, and I think Spitzer has to resign.

    Having said that, I would still like some enterprising journalist to try and figure out the origins of the investigation, because from what I know (which is of course only what has been made public) I am having a hard time understanding why Spitzer’s bank records were considered suspicious and worthy of investigation. If the investigation was politically motivated, that is worth knowing even if Spitzer is a slimeball who needs to resign.

  4. >I just know we live under a fascist state at this point in time.

    Only if you have no idea what fascism actually is, which is apparently the case. (I suggest reading Robert Paxton on the subject.) There is nothing new here (see Hoover, J. E.) but of course “not new” and “acceptable” are not the same thing, anymore than “unacceptable” and “fascism” are the same thing.

  5. Not to mention as a former State AG it would be nice if you did not break the law. What a fool.
    I hope people start to realize what the Republicans have been up to. The Don Siegelman case is an example of how they go after Dems that they see as having potential to be stars on the national stage. This is not an isolated incident.

  6. tdraicer– I don’t want to get into an argument about the definitions of fascism. It was an offhand comment, and if it offends you, I will restate. We are living under an authoritarian government that joins with corporations to spy upon and control the movements of citizens.

  7. tdraicer– In addition, I just want to say that I’ve stopped hanging out at places where I’m going to get insulted. You wrote this about me:

    “Only if you have no idea what fascism actually is, which is apparently the case.”

    I am quite familiar with the various definitions of fascism and I am also familiar with Paxton’s work. Again, I don’t come here for lectures and rudeness. I come here to exchange information and opinions with other like-minded people.

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