Are you ready for the Eliot Spitzer comeback?

posted at 7:54 pm on April 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

The time is right, my friends. We’ve got a porn star running for Senate (as a Republican!), we’ve got a formerly wholesome sports icon nailing everything within a hundred-foot radius — heck, we’ve even got Spitz’s own hookers writing for major metropolitan newspapers. And of course we’ve got a new governor in New York who’s somehow made himself seem even scummier than Spitzer is.

America 2008 was an innocent place. America 2010 is ready to party.

The disgraced ex-governor also acknowledges in the interview that he has toyed with the idea of a comeback.

“I love politics,” Spitzer told Elkind, according to excerpts of their March 31 interview. “The substance, the debate about the issues …”

Asked specifically about some kind of statewide race in 2010 — which The Post reported exclusively last year that Spitzer was talking to people about — Spitzer said it’s “just hard to see.”

But he added, “I’ve never said I would never consider running for office again.”…

The excerpt adds, “Spitzer muses with friends and advisers about political targets. He views New York’s U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as a lightweight. In the office of New York state comptroller, he sees a chance to become a national force, wielding the billions held in public pension funds to force corporate reform in a way that even lawsuits and regulation cannot. (‘It is the great underutilized position in government right now,’ says Spitzer.)”

So there you have it: Client Number 9, future pension czar of New York State. Don’t think we won’t elect him either. Frankly, I’ll be surprised if he gets less than 55 percent of the vote.

Speaking of hubristic cheaters, here’s Tiger making his sad face in a new ad from Nike. No foolin’. This is an honest to goodness official Nike spot, designed to boost sales by making you sympathize with a guy with a zipper problem who’s worth a billion dollars. Enjoy the pity party. Oh, did I mention that the voiceover is audio from his dead father? Stay classy, Nike.


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Depends on how good looking the new crop is …

tarpon on April 7, 2010 at 7:56 PM

You can add Tiki Barber to the list, too, apparently.

changer1701 on April 7, 2010 at 7:58 PM

In fairness to Sptizer (well, sorta) what Paterson did was far worse, as far as I’m concerned.

YYZ on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Is there any way that we can give NY to Canada?

farright on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

He can take his cue from Marion Barry.

Don’t like the Nike Ad.

Spirit of 1776 on April 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Why not? “Tiger” Woods is making a comeback. Next up John Edwards.

MB4 on April 7, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Spitzer 2012.

You can trust him. No, seriously.

Good Lt on April 7, 2010 at 8:02 PM

In fairness to Sptizer (well, sorta) what Paterson did was far worse, as far as I’m concerned.

YYZ on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Far, FAR worse. Spitzer at least made enough enemies in Albany to not think twice about taking swipes at Dem sacred cows like K-12 education.

ernesto on April 7, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Spitzer ruined lives for his own political gain. I knew many of those he persecuted from the NYSE. All charges were dismissed and convictions overturned. He is the worst example of a human being and deserves everything bad that happens to him.

Daveyardbird on April 7, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I’d comment. But than I’d be banned. And Tiger is not worth it.

Branch Rickey on April 7, 2010 at 8:03 PM

YYZ on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Spitzer is an extortionist (as in pay this fine, avoid this meritless prosecuton; his taste for illicit, and illegal, sex is waaay beside the point.

Doorgunner on April 7, 2010 at 8:04 PM

I want to know those things from the head of Nike Golf….what where you thinking?!

TheBigOldDog on April 7, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Is there any way that we can give NY to Canada?

farright on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Thanks but no thanks far ! We have enough problems with the loony left at the helm here in Ontaxio !!!:-o

cableguy615 on April 7, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Is there any way that we can give NY to Canada?

farright on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Im sure if you asked us nicely, and gave us a legal way out, NYC would take its 400+ Billion GMP and walk.

ernesto on April 7, 2010 at 8:05 PM

ernesto

quite true

blatantblue on April 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM

ernesto on April 7, 2010 at 8:05 PM

I gotta assume you mean gross metro product… yeah, you can take that elsewhere.

Doorgunner on April 7, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I read somewhere today that Tiki Barber has left his pregnant (with twins)wife of eleven years for an intern at NBC. Is it true?

d1carter on April 7, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Good thing no one said the word “Macaca”…

… now THAT would be a career ender.

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on April 7, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I read somewhere today that Tiki Barber has left his pregnant (with twins)wife of eleven years for an intern at NBC. Is it true?

d1carter on April 7, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Yep

I gotta assume you mean gross metro product… yeah, you can take that elsewhere.

Doorgunner on April 7, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Well the whole NYC metro area gross metro product is actually over $1 Trillion, but NYC alone is around $450 billion. We could do just fine with that. The NYPD, were it a standing military, would rank just below the DPRK in funding. Hell, we already have a foreign policy, though that seems to begin and end with expelling Palestinians from theaters and suing Egyptians for parking tickets.

ernesto on April 7, 2010 at 8:15 PM

In the grand scheme of things, Spitzer is a lightweight in the arena of political screw-ups. His major crime was paying $4,500 for slightly above-average tail that he probably could have had on the tax payer’s dime if he had just used his brains and offered her a job in Albany. That whole scandal made him look like a rookie. He should study the works of William Jefferson Clinton. There’s a guy who had the art of the side-session down pat…

joejm65 on April 7, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Spitzer ruined lives for his own political gain. I knew many of those he persecuted from the NYSE. All charges were dismissed and convictions overturned. He is the worst example of a human being and deserves everything bad that happens to him.

Daveyardbird on April 7, 2010 at 8:02 PM

He’s grotesque in every way. I’ve often wondered if some of the same guys he tormented were the ones who arranged to pull the plug on him. Spitzer fancies himself as being brilliant, but he was playing with much smarter men. The whole affair with Spitzer made me laugh. What a fool.

Cody1991 on April 7, 2010 at 8:16 PM

In other news, the ghost of Nero, playing an instrument, was recently seen and heard in Washington D.C., California, and New York….

Razgriez on April 7, 2010 at 8:16 PM

More sleaze, NY! You might also consider tapping into some of those old school, merely corrupt politicians retiring from congress. Forget the Spitz, how about Chris Dodd for state comptroller?

ROCnPhilly on April 7, 2010 at 8:16 PM

we’ve got a formerly wholesome sports icon nailing everything within a hundred-foot radius

Are we talking about Tiger Woods or Tiki Barber?

amerpundit on April 7, 2010 at 8:18 PM

ernesto on April 7, 2010 at 8:15 PM

How much of that GMP is from financial services, i.e.handling other peoples money? What about other trading?

Doorgunner on April 7, 2010 at 8:18 PM

cableguy615 on April 7, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Sure? How ’bout if we swap for Newfoundland?

katy the mean old lady on April 7, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Isn’t being a whoremongerer a positive on a dem resume?

OmahaConservative on April 7, 2010 at 8:20 PM

The picture on the front page reminds me of something

chb03c on April 7, 2010 at 8:20 PM

How much of that GMP is from financial services, i.e.handling other peoples money? What about other trading?

Doorgunner on April 7, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Trade and services are always factored into GDP calculations. Such trade and financial servicing would undoubtedly continue, if not grow, in the event of an outbreak of irreconcilable differences. To answer your question, though, I’m sure a bulk of it comes from that.

ernesto on April 7, 2010 at 8:22 PM

he sees a chance to become a national force, wielding the billions held in public pension funds to force corporate reform in a way that even lawsuits and regulation cannot.

Translation: Spitzer is power mad & power hungry. He just cannot give up that drug.

rbj on April 7, 2010 at 8:23 PM

I’m still not makin’ the connection how crapping on your family makes you a good representative of the citizenry.

ericdijon on April 7, 2010 at 8:23 PM

We’ve got a porn star running for Senate (as a Republican!)

Hey we’ve got a “porn star” who WON running for Senate as a Republican!

(so Huff Po and Olberdouche/MSDNC went a little bit too far with the Scott Brown hate?)

Marcus on April 7, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Narcissistic men. Blech…. :P

I don’t understand why the “public” or “voters” can forgive their sexual transgressions. Wives, if they are smart, not so much.

tru2tx on April 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM

I’m still not makin’ the connection how crapping on your family makes you a good representative of the citizenry.

ericdijon on April 7, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Why,honey, you’ll just never make it as a lib!

katy the mean old lady on April 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Sure. Why not? He can’t do any worse than Patterson.

SoulGlo on April 7, 2010 at 8:28 PM

I’m still not makin’ the connection how crapping on your family makes you a good representative of the citizenry.

ericdijon on April 7, 2010 at 8:23 PM

If it is good enough for family it is good enough for the prols.

Aviator on April 7, 2010 at 8:31 PM

These politicians that think they are very unique and have the answers (our taxes) are an insult to the average taxpayers intelligence. They lie, cheat,bribe and write laws that make them exempt from the normal law process. Check it out on Google or Snopes. The screaming, lying, blaming is going to be at a fever pitch this summer and all I ask is the voters take notes and vote for what is righteous. We don’t have a lot of time left.

mixplix on April 7, 2010 at 8:33 PM

In the office of New York state comptroller, he sees a chance to become a national force, wielding the billions held in public pension funds to force corporate reform in a way that even lawsuits and regulation cannot.

The distance from whoremonger to extortionist is a short one.

Lily on April 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Is he bringing Ashley with him?

Just asking…

Khun Joe on April 7, 2010 at 8:46 PM

“America 2008 was an innocent place. America 2010 is ready to party”

Hee-lotta profundity packed in that snark.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 7, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Tiger is going to bring back “bimbo eruptions.” Am I supposed to go out and buy a pair of shoes now? I’m not really feeling it, but wondered if maybe it’s me.

Just play some golf, dude.

Here is a plus: Nike is not a sponsor of the Masters telecast, so we won’t have to watch that ad during the tournament.

Maybe Nike is saving the spot in case Tiger misses the cut. That’s why he is so sad. Then Earl’s questions are really related to how he performed ON the golf course. Now I get it.

Mallard T. Drake on April 7, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Is there any way that we can give NY to Canada?

farright on April 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Great thought, but even Canada wouldn’t want New York.

Tim Zank on April 7, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Attaboy Eliot! Keep tilting at corporate windmills and maybe, just maybe you’ll actually BE somebody some day.

Of course, since he only resigned the post of Democrat King Governor, Eliot will be forgiven by the voters and will promptly be elected Second Assistant Dog Catcher in Harlem.

SeniorD on April 7, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

CTSherman on April 7, 2010 at 9:03 PM

If you will use the recorded voice of a loved one to help your sponsors adjust your fornication come back , you will do anything . I don’t play golf anymore and will boycott anything Tiger or his Tigresses .

borntoraisehogs on April 7, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Are you ready for the Eliot Spitzer comeback?

uh let me think….NO

Dr Evil on April 7, 2010 at 9:07 PM

The Tiger Nike commercial is awful. Spitzer is slightly less sleazy than Tiger. He’s also handled the PR side of things well enough, while Tiger flunked his PR training.

dedalus on April 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I just don’t get the point of the Tiger Woods Nike ad. It is embarrassing.

Buffalo on April 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM

What a horrible commercial.

WisCon on April 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM

infidelity is a resume enhancer for a democrat.

daesleeper on April 7, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Wow, that Woods piece was creepy. Bear in mind that Tiger is out to prove that he’s still “a good investment”.

paul1149 on April 7, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Good lord. Are we that short on men with character and scruples and values and morals that we keep getting the same idiots appearing over and over again?

scalleywag on April 7, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Never any real consequences are there?
And we wonder why our children are so messed up. Celebrities and politicians can break laws, beat up spouses, abuse dogs, children, do drugs, lie cheat steal and run out on their wives and husbands and, after laying low for a little while, everything is ok. They get to make their comeback as “better people.” It’s almost like their wickedness was really a good thing.

It’s no wonder our nation is what it is. No fear of God at all. Sin? I just made a mistake.

JellyToast on April 7, 2010 at 9:48 PM

What an absolutely awful ad! Tiger’s remorse has seemed so genuine of late that many of his fans have been willing to forgive and look beyond past screwups, pun intended.

But that commercial is crass capitalizing on his current penance for his massive screwups, and a shameful play on viewers’ sympathetic emotions for his loss of his Dad’s guiding hand, whose influence had he still been alive might have caused Tiger to make more principled choices in his personal life.

Tiger and Nike will lose quite a few potential consumers of Nike products as a result of this commercial faux pas. Most consumers just aren’t stupid these days, and resent being played for fools.

KendraWilder on April 7, 2010 at 9:51 PM

The sad part is, Spitzer is still better than most of the elected national Democrats, including Obama. Spitzer screwed (pun intended) himself and his family. Obama, Reid, Pelosi, et all, are screwing the entire country.

William Teach on April 7, 2010 at 9:57 PM

And as for this commercial. It is an absolutely horrible commercial.

JellyToast on April 7, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Weigh all the good he’s done in regulating corporate malfeasance, vs. him being “client number 9″… big effing deal.

I don’t live in NY or even in the States, but if he was running for office where I live, I’d vote for him in a heart beat.

AlexB on April 7, 2010 at 10:04 PM

He can’t wait to get back to clucking defiance.

viking01 on April 7, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Thanks but no thanks far ! We have enough problems with the loony left at the helm here in Ontaxio !!!:-o

The loonie’s at par. What are you complaining about?

YYZ on April 7, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Why,honey, you’ll just never make it as a lib!

How many sex scandals is it going to take before some people realize that these sorts of things know no party affiliation.

YYZ on April 7, 2010 at 10:11 PM

He might have had a shot if he was known for breaking up prostitution rings and got caught doing drugs, or gambling in over his head, or any other vice. But to get caught with his pants down (literally) in the ONE THING that he made a name for himself in cleaning up…

Well, sad part is if he ran, he’d still stand a good shot at winning.

DrAllecon on April 7, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Patterson isn’t “scummier” than Spitzer. Spitzer prosecuted and jailed businessmen on strained readings of the law so he could use their scalps as political trophies with the anti-business Left. That misconduct is a violation of the public trust at a level far beyond mere wenching and whoring.

njcommuter on April 8, 2010 at 1:39 AM

What gives? Nike usually suggests that you “Just do it”.

ErpichtAuf on April 8, 2010 at 1:40 AM

Did Louise Slaughter steal Spitzer’s dentures?

ya2daup on April 8, 2010 at 3:14 AM

As the Beatles sang, “No. 9″….

The mere thought of him, standing in his knee high black socks, johnson at the ready, is repelling.
But in NY, where the love suffocating taxes and corruption, he is the perfect candidate to lead them further in the ash heap of relevance.

Cleveland Steamer on April 8, 2010 at 5:51 AM

We don’t need Elliot back. He was terrible for NYS as Attorney General. He massacred the Insurance Industry on exaggerated charges for political gain. He bullied everyone. He was massively unpopular as Governor, before the sex scandal hit. He was fighting with everyone in Albany. He was acting more like a dictator, than an elected official responsible to his constituency. I say good riddance!

Buffalo on April 8, 2010 at 6:22 AM

Per John LeBoutillier on this morning’s Imus, the man has a screw loose.

diogenes on April 8, 2010 at 7:23 AM

I’m not so sure about his chances of winning any kind of political race – but, judging by that photo of him, I’d say he could well be the next Gurning Champion of the World!

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/year/images/gurning.jpg

Logic on April 8, 2010 at 7:37 AM

I don’t care whether you’re selling upright vacuums or sex-addicted golfers, manipulating the likenesses and voices of the dead in your marketing campaigns is vile. No more Nikes for me or my kids. I’d rather buy Under Armour anyway.

DrSteve on April 8, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Nike must think Tiger’s been scrubbed enough for the public. CA is getting ready to vote for governor and J. Brown is running again. He’s the former gov who probably led them down the path to the place they find themselves now, broke, but there will be a lot of people who vote for him.

Kissmygrits on April 8, 2010 at 8:59 AM