Everybody is talking about Eliot Spitzer and Ashley Alexandra Dupré. Over two million people have visited the aspiring singer's MySpace page. Articles are plastered on the front of all the newspapers and blogs. Op-Ed pieces abound.
As would be the case, Maureen Dowd, always clever, weaves a myriad of issues and quotes into her column. I love her reference to Lyndon Johnson - "Lyndon Johnson once observed that the two things that make politicians more stupid than anything else are sex and envy."
Dina Matos McGreevey, ex-wife of former Gay Governer McGreevey writes "Stand by Yourself" - "As someone who has stood by her politician husband during his public — and anemic — mea culpa, all I can say is: It’s a personal decision." Hmmm. Duh?
Urban Dictionary wasted no time coining a term - Urban Word of the Day March 13, 2008:
client number nine: The moniker given to New York Governor Elliot (sic) Spitzer by the Emperor's Club VIP. Now used to talk about anyone of high social standing when situtations dictate discretion.Tell, the truth. Who isn't scanning the articles hoping for a glimpse of what Eliot's dangerous desires were. Remember the multi-page article in the Wasington Post years ago detailing the Monica Lewinsky testimony? Who didn't skim it in search of the good parts?
The Cooker: "You here (sic)about this situation with Gov.
Dick: "You mean client number nine?"
The Cooker: "Oh yeah, my bad."
Above all, Laura Schlessinger takes the cake. According to her, the fault falls directly in the lap of the wife. If only she were performing her wifely duties of respect and proper care, he wouldn't have fallen prey to the flirtations of another women.
"Men do need validation. I mean, when they come into the world, they're born of a woman and getting the validation from Mommy is the beginning of needing it from a woman. And when the wife does not focus in on the needs and the feelings, sexually, personally, to make him feel like a man, to make him feel like a success, to make him feel like her hero, he's very susceptible to the charm of some other woman making him feel what he needs. And these days, women don't spend a lot of time thinking about how they can give their men what they need --"You mean that prostitute flirted that $4K+ out of Eliot's pocket? What a dreadful wife that Ms. Spitzer must be. Echidne of the Snakes has great coverage of this stuff. Or take a quick look for yourself:
Gotta go. I think I hear my man calling.