Eliot Spitzer, NY Governor and Hillary Clinton pal is having a difficult first term, beset with scandal, and making mistakes because of his lack of experience, is this a snap shot of what a Hillary Clinton adminstration would look like? Would it be worst with Obama and Oprah in the Whitehouse? If there is a scandal bombshell next year, how will it effect Hillary?
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — He was once untouchable. Eliot Spitzer barreled into the New York governor’s office barely 11 months ago riding a record-setting wave of popularity. Time magazine had named him “Crusader of the Year” when he was attorney general and the tabloids proclaimed him “Eliot Ness.”The “Sheriff of Wall Street” who had made corporate titans cower then pay up for their misdeeds was going to take the same no-nonsense approach to fixing one of the country’s worst governments.But then he got to work, and hasn’t had but a handful of good days since. At the Capitol, he’s been hit with scandal and derided as a rich brat who doesn’t play well with others. “Eliot’s Mess,” mocked the tabloids.The low point came two weeks ago when, battered in the polls and amid concerns that he was threatening to unhinge Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid, he surrendered on his plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.Instead of a rising political star, he is now seen as the standard for rapid political collapse.“It is very, very unusual for someone to dive this far, that quickly,” said Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf, who worked on President Clinton’s successful re-election campaign in 1996 and handled Spitzer’s ads in his first two campaigns.