Monday, March 17, 2008

Spitzer, last thoughts

Is it just me, or has the Spitzer scandal turned everyone into that kid in 9th grade whose friends from other schools (whom no one ever meets) all do hard drugs, and who makes it abundantly clear that he's jaded enough to know that everyone's shooting up? By which I mean, since the revelation that Spitzer frequented high-priced prostitutes, there's been this kind of consensus, suddenly, that men do this, everyone does this, that we can expect nothing other of men or women, and that to be startled by a man cheating on his wife is to be the dorky high-school freshman who cannot believe that any of his classmates have tried beer. You're allowed to be shocked by the price this nondescript young woman charged for sex, but the idea that spouses expect loyalty is treated like something only a fool would consider.

As for the Dreyfus Affair that wasn't, for the record, count me among those who did not know that Eliot Spitzer was Jewish. Of course I also didn't know that he was governor just about up until he wasn't anymore. But I would say that the fact that Jewish or largely-Jewish blogs are the only place one hears about Spitzer's Semitism makes this the exact opposite of the Dreyfus Affair, during which Jews were alone in not mentioning aloud Alfred's Judaism.

4 comments:

Withywindle said...

"Spitzer" wasn't a clue?

Phoebe said...

Not really. But I'll freely admit cluelessness.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the name Spitzer German for "pencil sharpener"?

shMaltzLover said...

His wife isn't jewish. She's a baptist from North Carolina.