In light of the latest scandal involving a public official – the high-dollar call-girl assignations of New York’s Governor Spitzer – and only the most recent of a long, dreary list of infractions by high-ranking political figures, perhaps it is time that we, the public at large who bear the responsibility for having put these officials into power, should look at how a no-nonsense Prussian king dealt with those who abused the trust placed in them.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced Wednesday that he is resigning, completing a spectacular fall from power for a politician whose once-promising career imploded amid allegations that he paid thousands of dollars for high-end prostitutes.
“I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been,” Spitzer said, with his expressionless wife Silda standing at his side. “There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work.”
Spitzer says his resignation is effective Monday. He will be replaced by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who will become New York’s first black governor.
The abrupt resignation yesterday of the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, Admiral William J. “Fox” Fallon, has sparked a new round of speculation that President Bush and Vice President Cheney have some sort of plan in the works to attack Iran before their time is up.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has decided to resign, completing a stunning fall from power after he was nationally disgraced by links to a high-priced prostitution ring, a top state official said Wednesday.
Spitzer is scheduled to announce his resignation at 11:30 a.m., according to a second top Spitzer staffer. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.
Spitzer would be replaced by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who will become New York’s first black governor.
Did anyone catch this today?
Iraq is not spending much of its own money, despite soaring oil revenues that are pushing the country toward a massive budget surplus, U.S. auditors told Congress on Tuesday.
The expected surplus comes as the U.S. continues to invest billions of dollars in rebuilding Iraq and faces a financial squeeze domestically because of record oil prices.
Facing a revived Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat Barack Obama has dropped a tenet of his early strategy that seemed vital to his January successes: the conviction that he can win almost anywhere if he has enough time to engage voters.
With the important Pennsylvania contest six weeks away — a near eternity in presidential primaries — Obama is playing down his chances here, even though a victory would effectively finish Clinton. His aides are emphasizing instead the need to campaign in North Carolina, Indiana and other presumably friendlier states that will vote even later.
If Hillary Rodham Clinton is baiting her Democratic presidential rival with increasingly pointed criticisms, Barack Obama isn’t biting. At least not yet.
Savoring his Mississippi primary victory Tuesday, Obama brushed off the aggressive tactics of Clinton and her supporters, said he’d support her in the fall if she happens to win and predicted a united Democratic party in the general election.
It was almost always hubris that led to the downfall of heroes in ancient Greek tragedies. If you had somehow missed that quality in New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, you could have caught up with it in Nick Paumgarten’s New Yorker piece last December.
The writer told about flying with the governor in a twin-turboprop from Buffalo to New York City, and how the governor would look down, see something of policy interest and launch into detailed discourse.
Paumgarten was moved to ask whether the governor on such flights ever thought this great, big state was his, all his.