The headline: Spitzer Said to Be Weighing Resignation
Despite having been an excellent Attorney General, as Governor Mr Spitzer has mostly done a poor job, spending more time with useless battles against those he’s supposed to be working with.
I won’t be sad to see his back as he leaves.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: Not surprisingly, this morning’s local public radio station’s talk show, hosted by Brian Lehrer, was devoted to the Spitzer debacle:
Revelation Number NineYou can stream the whole show or download segments as MP3 files from the web site.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Eliot Spitzer’s governorship is in turmoil. What are the implications for New York State? Hear legal and political analysis—plus listener calls. And why do first ladies stand by their men—at the podium? Also: NPR’s Scott Simon on Windy City, his novel about Chicago—where he says politics is a contact sport.
Open Phones: Where Should Spitzer Go From Here?We begin our coverage of Eliot Spitzer with listener reactions. What do you make of the scandal? Should the Governor resign?
Sin CityPaul Finkelman, professor of law and public policy at Albany Law School and blogger for the Huffingtonpost.com, talks about the legal and political implications of Governor Spitzer’s alleged misconduct.
Standing “By” Your ManJoyce Purnick, long-time New York Times political writer, talks about the wife’s role in political sex scandal press conferences.
Novel PoliticsAs New York reels from political scandal, NPR’s Scott Simon writes about the perils of political succession in his new novel about local Chicago politics, Windy City: A Novel of Politics (Random House, 2008).
Spitzer Check-InWe check in with WNYC’s Bob Hennelly, who is Albany, for the latest on Elliot Spitzer.
The World’s Oldest ProfessionEmily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and Audacia Ray, former sex worker and blogger at Waking Vixen, discuss why exactly prostitution is illegal.
Update, 12 Mar, 1 p.m..: And he's resigned.