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Another unfullfilled fantasy.

It was a huge fantasy, I admit it. The chances of it actually happening were probably nil minus one, but damn, it was such a good fantasy. And as quickly as the idea was formed in my brain last night, all hopes for it was dashed this morning.

We all knew that Spitzer was done for. This much was a given. The rabid politicians in Albany, led by the head of the dog pack, Bruno, were going to be out for blood. There was no way Spitzer was going to have any future in politics whatsoever. None. Zero. Zilch.

And since Spitzer himself worked on establishing higher penalties for customers caught soliciting a prostitute, Spitzer basically had a bloody red bulls-eye painted on his chest.

And he knew it.

My fantasy was for Spitzer to struggle to stay in office just for a little bit more. Maybe sit through the impeachment hearings and try to serve in office for another few weeks, a month. Something. And in that time, for Spitzer to champion a major revise of current sex worker laws in NY State. He knew he was done! So instead of sitting down and being remembered as the guy who slept with a very expensive woman, he could have gone down for a guy who tried to abolish the penalties behind a crime he committed, but believed that in the long run shouldn't have been a crime in the first place.

Sure it would have never worked. Not in a million years. But could you imagine the press? Could you imagine newspapers like the New York Times and the New York Post, and all the pundits on CNN and FOX having to debate prostitution laws?  The national dialog that would have taken place?

OK, it was a crackhead fantasy. But it would have been great.


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Mar. 12th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
I agree. This is one sex scandal I would have liked to see drawn out further.
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I am still hoping for a politician to say, "These are stupid laws! Let's legalize, regulate, and tax!" I mean, how obvious is that? It's the world's oldest profession for a reason -- supply and demand, baby -- let's make it safer for everyone involved.

I'd prefer it not to be someone who was hypocritically promoting anti-solicitation laws, of course.

I also really want a politician who is caught in a scandal like this to say, "Yeah, I f**ked her, what about it?"

Yeah, these are pipe dreams. But aren't they lovely ones?
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
I share your pipe dreams. Too much stuff is illegal and for no good reason.
Mar. 12th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, but he wasn't brought down for prostitution, per se. The federal government doesn't have jurisdiction over that crime. He was brought down for transporting a women across state lines for prostitution, a violation of the Mann Act, aka the White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910.
Mar. 12th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Fair enough, but if prostitution were legal, the Mann Act would serve little purpose.

Don't even get me going about the "white slavery" scare of the Victorian Era. What a crock.
Mar. 12th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Possibly true. Until 1986, the Mann Act could be applied for transporting someone for any extramarital and/or immoral sexual purpose, as held in a Supreme Court ruling. In that year, Congress amended the act and limited it to "any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense." So, you could only be charged under the act if the particular sexual act (such as prostitution or sodomy until 2003 in some states) was criminal.
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Heck, he even had McGovern sticking up for him!

It's sad he just laid down to die.
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Well, McGovern isn't exactly the most respected guy in politics. That probably wasn't a point in Spitzer's favor.
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
It was more the point that "Why should his career have to be over" was being discussed on NPR along with the current campaigns. Maybe I should have said that. :)
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)

It was never going to happen. If it was anyone but Spitzer, maybe. But he rode into office on such a tide of the moral high ground that he never could have survived this. He obviously spent the last two days holed up with his staff, trying to figure out if there was any way he could stay. But please - even if he had found a way to stay in office, he would have had to run as far as possible in the other direction, either in coming down on prostitution and those who go to prostitutes (after he himself had avoided a conviction, of course) or by never mentioning it again.
Mar. 12th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
I like your fantasy. Wish it would have happened. With his verbal and presentation skills he could really stir some important conversations. I just hope he doesn't do worse and start talking about how god and therapy are helping him conquer his "problems" in an attempt to get "forgiveness" from the public. That would be more damaging than saying nothing.
Mar. 12th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Either he is going to completely disappear and stay silent, or he's gonna do precisely what you hope he doesn't.
Mar. 12th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
I would love to see the legalization of prostitution in my lifetime.

And with it, the reduction in human trafficking.


One can only hope...
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Mar. 12th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know... I'm incorrigible. *hangs head in shame*
Mar. 12th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
For your on-topic amusement ;)


Granted, it'd be much cooler if the shirts were coming from a quality manufacturer... cafepress and similar are complete crap.
Mar. 12th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna hold out to see what T-Shirt Hell does with this. Knowing them, it'll be a good one.
Mar. 13th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
You might have seen this already, but another nice rant http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/index.html
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