New York's tabloids have been going crazy over the story of the "soccer mom Madam" who is alleged to have served up Eastern Europe's finest young exports to some of the richest men in America. But why are the women indicted, while the clients get off -- literally and figuratively?
Spitzer and Matalin debate the serious and silly: Was Obama's "get-off-my-plane" presser against Iran 'bluster' effective? Does comedy of Maher/Stewart = Limbaugh's smears? And: is GOP race down to 'man-on-dog' vs. dog-on-car?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau proclaimed in his Social Contract that men, though born free, were everywhere in chains. Astonishingly, three centuries later, inequality continues to dog capitalism and taint democracy's legitimacy -- worse now even than back then.
Matalin and Spitzer debate whether Santorum's religious conservatism has veered into Church Lady Comstockery ("Is it Satan?"). Will Mitt's money win Michigan? Then: why did the GOP cave and is Charles Murray the cultural equivalent of OWS?
I'm an advocate of gun control, and a knee-jerk opponent of the National Rifle Association (NRA). It's extraordinary that I find myself concurring with the NRA about 2 tourists recently arrested in NYC.
Spitzer and Matalin focus on the Big Two 2012 issues: go back to Bushonomics or stick with Teddy Obama? And there's consensus that GOP anti-immigrant rhetoric risks losing Hispanic voters and swing states. Like Texas?
What's surprising, and inexplicable, is why someone with a walk-in closet full of skeletons would run for high office, thereby putting at grave risk his family, career and reputation. The only answer that makes any sense is hubris. And a massive dose of it.
Spitzer and Matalin debate whether GOP electoral losses -- on labor rights and making zygotes like corporations -- signals voter backlash to Tea Party extremism. Should voters now forget Perry... and a Bain-Cain ticket?
Note to media: Please stop referring to Eliot Spitzer as the Sheriff of Wall Street. The title certainly doesn't fit now, and arguably didn't fit a decade ago when he took Wall Street to task for putting out conflicted research on stocks.
It is disingenuous to raise the canard about Jews and Wall Street in order to denounce it.
So many people around the world support you. As your movement grows, it becomes the movement of ALL of us and the support is only growing. It is the humanity in the stories and the outrage which is beyond justified which is our strength.
If one seeks to universally cut back too closely on executive compensation in the not-for-profit sector, we may lose the best and the brightest.
As a journalist, however, Henry Blodget is free to opine away, short of engaging in "market manipulation," which is about as easy to define as pornography. That separates him from stock analysts, who remain subject to a bevy of SEC rules and regulations.
New Yorkers have shown a much greater interest in addressing gerrymandering than ever before. But there is still a great deal about the current debate that is largely unknown, misunderstood, or unsaid.
In a week that marked the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, it's once again time to sing his old hit: "We need a little less conversation, a lot more action."