Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Eliot Spitzer Needs a Slap in the Head

You may have heard that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been busted after being "linked" (nice euphemism, eh?) to a prostitute who charged him as much as $5,000 for a good time.

What I want to know is what kind of sexual services can one receive for $5,000? Maybe they throw in a free trip to Europe.

But I'm concerned about this knucklehead's wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, and three teenage daughters. Joye Brown of Newsday said it beautifully:

"Tape of Spitzer's three daughters ran on television stations across the nation most of the day. And his wife, shellshocked and watery-eyed, had to stand before a bank of television cameras in very public humiliation."

Okay, this is what I need to know:

Why does any woman--who has been betrayed in such a stupid, unimaginative way by such a sad and selfish individual -- even stand in the room with him as he makes his TV apologies?

What's in it for her, exactly? I've read suggestions that Silda Wall Spitzer may be standing by her man for the sake of her daughters, but if I ever caught my husband with a hooker, I would disappear for the sake of my daughters. I'd want to send them a different message:

Don't stick around with a schmo who goes to prostitutes.


Anonymous said...

Well for starters, I've heard that when prostitutes make that kind of money it is mostly their silence that is being paid for and only perhaps $500 for the sex. Makes sense. As for standing by her husband - there is just no good reason for that. None. It does nothing for her and her daughters. It's just supposed to look good for him apparently. How dare he even allow her to stand there even if she begged to! Be a man!

viveca said...

I am sick of these men who hide out behind their "women" when they get caught in illegal and immoral behavior. I am sick of the media who jumps on the “everyman” is an immoral xxxhole justification which is NOT true. I am tired of the women who hide them behind their skirts and allow their children to be used to cover up anything still showing. ES from what I’ve been reading was a bully. The flip side to bully is coward. If he wasn’t a lying, cheating, abusive coward he would have stood up at the podium alone and left his wife and kids out of it. I rest my case. –V.

Anonymous said...

Having found out something similar about my own husband, I understand why she was up there. When you find out about something this over-the-top and unexpected, it tends to shut you down for a while and cause you to underreact. My guess is that she's keeping her options open until she can get her wits back and process what's going on. I do agree that he should have insisted on handling it alone, though.

Anonymous said...

I asked the very same question and came up with a few possible answers.

1. As weird as it is, our culture admires the martyr. It's just sort of expected that she'd stick by him even though all us normal folk would kick him to the curb. The stoic political wife is a pretty strong archetype.

2. I could be wrong about this but I think her social standing and political influence could be higher as the wife of a stupid but powerful husband than as the divorcee of a bonehead. Sad but true.

So I guess I can't really blame her for sticking by him because, culturally, that's what's expected of her.