Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Eliot Spitzer's Troubles

Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer's "honeymoon" in office could have been measured on a stopwatch. When most new governors are building alliances and building a reservoir of good will, Spitzer launched straight into a controversial plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal aliens. To compound his folly, he arrogantly threatened to "steamroll" anyone who stood in the way of his ill conceived plan. If anyone had any doubts as to what "steamrolling" was, politically motivated investigations of Republican opponents and budget cuts in their legislative districts quickly put to rest any doubts about Governor Spitzer's intentions.
Spitzer came into office as a squeaky clean moral crusader. He should in practice be subject to the same restraints as he demands of his opponents. His latest difficulties are likely to embolden him if he should survive. For the good of New York, for the sake of its climate of political civility, Eliot Spitzer should resign.

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