Killing Two Birds,....
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Resigns Effective Monday Amid Links to Prostitution Ring
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
NEW YORK — New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace Wednesday after getting caught in a call-girl scandal that shattered his corruption-fighting, straight-arrow image, saying: "I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work."
Spitzer made the announcement without having finalized a plea deal with federal prosecutors, though a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said he is believed to still be negotiating one. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
"Over the course of my public life, I've insisted, I believe correctly, that people regardless of their position or power take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself," Spitzer said at a Manhattan news conference with his wife, Silda, at his side. He left without answering questions.
"For this reason, I am resigning from the office of governor."
Spitzer will be replaced on Monday by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who becomes New York's first black governor. He also will be the state's first legally blind governor and its first disabled governor since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
No longer a brain-dead liberal
Hat Tip to Save The GOP for pointing out a column in The Village Voice by David Mamet, a self-desribed liberal who finally came to his senses.
In "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'" Mamet admits that the "liberal" view of the world he has held since the 1960s was all wrong.
This is very long (and rambling) article but it's worth reading.
"And, I wondered, how could I have spent decades thinking that I thought everything was always wrong at the same time that I thought I thought that people were basically good at heart? Which was it? I began to question what I actually thought and found that I do not think that people are basically good at heart; indeed, that view of human nature has both prompted and informed my writing for the last 40 years. I think that people, in circumstances of stress, can behave like swine, and that this, indeed, is not only a fit subject, but the only subject, of drama."
The part where he compares the Bush presidency to the Kennedy administration is sure to send left-wingers over the edge:
"Bush got us into Iraq, JFK into Vietnam. Bush stole the election in Florida; Kennedy stole his in Chicago. Bush outed a CIA agent; Kennedy left hundreds of them to die in the surf at the Bay of Pigs. Bush lied about his military service; Kennedy accepted a Pulitzer Prize for a book written by Ted Sorenson. Bush was in bed with the Saudis, Kennedy with the Mafia. Oh."
In the end, Mamet realizes that government is never the answer for any problems:
"What about the role of government? Well, in the abstract, coming from my time and background, I thought it was a rather good thing, but tallying up the ledger in those things which affect me and in those things I observe, I am hard-pressed to see an instance where the intervention of the government led to much beyond sorrow. But if the government is not to intervene, how will we, mere human beings, work it all out? I wondered and read, and it occurred to me that I knew the answer, and here it is: We just seem to."
Something for every American to think about as we prepare to pick the next president. The choice is one of two Democrats who want to expand the government's role in your life and a Republican who wants less government.
Posted by TONY PHYRILLAS at 11:20 AM
The TrekMedic adds:
At this rate, they'll be none of those "super-delegates" left to screw up the DNC convention!
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