Values for Sale in New York?

The more I learn about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, the happier I am we got rid of the scumbag.  For example, we have a recent article in the Albany Times-Union about how the ex-governor, in an attempt to gain a full democrat majority over the state, tried to eliminate Republicans from the state Senate. 

In essence, Spitzer, veritable fountain of goodness and ethics that he is, went around to various Republican state Senators asking if they’d like to switch party loyalties or else step down (making way for a Democrat instead) and accept a job within his administration instead.

Illegal?  It depends on the approach.  I’d like to believe he’d be smart enough to approach it in such a way that there was always a way to claim higher ground.  On the other hand, this is a guy who paid his hookers with a credit card and later seemed surprised that the system he put in place to catch such things actually worked

Regardless of legality, however, it is sneaky, underhanded and, at least in those cases in which Senators were offered positions within the administration, very, very unethical.

In part, tactics like this serve to illustrate the innate corruption in the two-party system.  In later essays, we’ll delve into the various flaws in such a system.  For now, suffice to say, let’s hope the new governor Patterson is too busy doing the business of the State to worry about the business of the Party. 

Actually, come to think of it, maybe him ignoring State business for a while wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all.


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