Eliot Spitzer Is No Anthony Weiner
Spitzer has a tougher road ahead: Alex Pareene
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
Politicians who have who have sought second chances after sexual indiscretions, from top left: Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, David Vitter; bottom row from left: Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner.   (AP Photos/File)

(Newser) – When you heard Eliot Spitzer is launching a comeback attempt, you may have been tempted to compare it to Anthony Weiner's similar attempt to get back into politics. But while Spitzer and Weiner are both "extremely outspoken Jewish New Yorkers whose sexual proclivities are far too well-known," that's about where their similarities end, writes Alex Pareene on Salon. Weiner never even attempted to accomplish anything while he was in Congress, so he never made any big enemies. Spitzer, on the other hand, actually made it his mission to fight white-collar crime while he was New York's attorney general, meaning he does have powerful enemies.

That's why Spitzer shouldn't take Weiner's good poll numbers as encouragement. Spitzer will have a much more difficult "road back to respectability," Pareene writes. It's a bit ironic, since Weiner only cares about politics as "a popularity contest." Spitzer, on the other hand, could actually be great as New York City's comptroller. "The return of Eliot Spitzer in full-on crusading asshole mode would be a good thing for the city, and for the Democratic Party in one of the country’s biggest and most Democratic states. He at least pisses the right people off." Click for Pareene's full column.

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Professor59
Jul 9, 2013 1:30 AM CDT
Eliot Spitzer Is No Anthony Weiner. No, Spitzer pays women to look at his dick. Weiner shows them for free.
gomer99
Jul 8, 2013 4:20 PM CDT
"...spitzer ain't weiner..." WTF is this imaginary, goofy place called NY ? ...and... Spit gets caught with his pants around his ankles.........now he is a hero who will fix the economy. Sanford cavorts with a Brazillian babe, dumps his wife........and is the savior of the party. Clinton gets a BJ from a groupie......and is the superhero of the liberals. An old, fat, southern cook admits she referred to (not "call" ) a black person a n***** THIRTY FOOOOKIN' YEARS AGO -- and who among us can honestly say he has not used that word ONCE in a thirty year span -- and she is vilified, hated, joked about, and had her livlihood taken away. Hey......relativity is fun, innit ?
Lefty_Libby
Jul 8, 2013 3:21 PM CDT
Spitzer should be the AG of the United States, but he'd probably end up in a fatal car 'accident.' Spitzer's whoring was outed, because he was doing real damage to the Wall Street shysters who run Washington, DC. He's not only brilliant, but he's got gorilla sized b*lls. Spitzer knows the bankers took him out, and he knows they're capable of murder for hire, too. Unfortunately, you pretty much can't run successfully for office without the backing of one of the major parties. Instead of thinking partisan, think of Spitzer as a man who believes that crime shouldn't pay, not even for those who get rich from their crimes. The banks and corporations have stolen trillions from us and parked it offshore. Spitzer was trying to address the thefts when the mobsters took him down.