The ickiness factor of “Parker Spitzer” may subside, but the first glimpse of CNN’s latest offering on Monday was hard to watch. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York and the conservative syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker playfully, almost flirtatiously, discussed the news of the day — “Crossfire” meets “Moonlighting.” Last week, Larry King told the duo that they had “chemistry” — if so, it carries a queasy whiff of sulfur…

Mr. Spitzer tried to engage Ms. Parker at times, usually to override a point, but mostly they spoke on congenial but unconnected tracks.

Mr. Spitzer is a CNN anchor on a mission, and there’s not room for two in his climb to redemption.