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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Ashley Dupre tells all in the pages of People
In a small way, we are all indebted to Ashley Dupre, the prostitute at the centre of the scandal that brought down Eliot Spitzer.
She managed to do what the people of New York were unwilling to do; she stopped the dangerous career of the former New York Attorney General turned Governor. It was a career that according to one observer was marked by a pursuit of power without “scale or humanity.”
So Spitzer is gone and the lovely Dupre is in the pages of People magazine. The politician in this treacherous tale is disgraced and barely escaped prison, while the prostitute is the toast of Hollywood.
The world suddenly seems like a just and wonderful place again.
Posted by Matthew Johnston
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I like to think that justice or at least revenge would have been sweet if Martha Stewart were somehow behind his demise in this manner.
Its interesting how public figures must be so much more selectively puritanical compared to a few decades back when for instance JFK was using Secret Service agents to deliver hookers to his hotel rooms on a regular basis in addition to his extra-marital affairs, with no political consequences. Trudeau could have been (and he may have been) boinking ten year old boys in the sixties and the MSM would have looked the other way. Now look at the Spanish inquisition-like reaction to Janet Jackson's brief boob flash at the Superbowl a few years back. There is now apparently zero tolerance for hookers and affairs for politicians. Has Western civilization become so shallow and hypocritical that we can forgive or ignore politicians for (at least authorizing) theft and fraud or worse on a regular basis but God forbid that they indulge in something titillating like sex for profit or infidelity. Something is wrong with this picture.
Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-11-20 10:19:41 AM
It depends on the politician. Spitzer was near-puritanical in his political pursuits, so he received his just desserts when his personal behaviour was shown to be less-than-stellar. Presumedly, a politician with a less shrill political "voice" wouldn't have fallen nearly as hard. Look at Bill Clinton's public image. If Clinton had promoted himself as a, "public crusader, bringing down the fat cats who oppress the common man," then the fallout from his scandals would have been much harder on him.
Posted by: Anonymous | 2008-11-20 10:38:18 AM
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