Karl Rove just added another Democratic scalp to his collection: Eliot Spitzer's.
Spitzer has not been charged with any crime. He was railroaded by the Corporate Media, led by Rupert Murdoch's NYPost and FOX News, with Karl Rove's "loyal Bushies" leaking furiously from Bush's InJustice Department.
So what's the standard here? If hiring prostitutes is a disqualification for office, then David Vitter must resign today too. In fact, a good chunk of the men in politics must also resign (and possibly a few women as well). And a bunch of reporters and editors must quit as well. And pundits too - yes I'm talking 'bout you, Dick Toesucker Morris.
If adultery is the standard, then Larry Craig must resign today, along with half the men in politics and the media.
Spitzer pissed me off with this, after being such a gung-ho Yew York Attorney General. The question also begs to be asked, who leaked this to the media, and why not Clients #1-8? Why just Spitzer? Clearly he did bad, but is he the only one?
There's an agenda here, waiting to be discovered. And it will have an R after the names.
As far as I'm concerned, regarding Republican closet cases and hypocrites, it's Game On. No one is immune, no one is safe. That means you, David Drier. And you, Lindsay Graham. And yes, you again, Larry Craig.
Scott Horton at Harpers offers some perspective:
Note that this prosecution was managed with staffers from the Public Integrity Section at the Department of Justice. This section is now at the center of a major scandal concerning politically directed prosecutions. During the Bush Administration, his Justice Department has opened 5.6 cases against Democrats for every one involving a Republican. Beyond this, a number of the cases seem to have been tied closely to election cycles. Indeed, a study of the cases out of Alabama shows clearly that even cases opened against Republicans are in fact only part of a broader pattern of going after Democrats. So here are the rather amazing facts that surface in the Spitzer case:
(1) The prosecutors handling the case came from the Public Integrity Section.
(2) The prosecution is opened under the White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910. You read that correctly. The statute itself is highly disreputable, and most of the high-profile cases brought under it were politically motivated and grossly abusive. Here are a few:
Yep. The Structuring charge which went nowhere but led to money laundering which went nowhere led to Mann Act violations last used decades ago.
Spitzer screwed up big time, but this was a witch hunt, not a legitimate prosecution. like I said before, anyone with a sordid history and an R after their name, you're toast now.