Eliot Spitzer's comeback
Speaking of redemption, like Tiger Woods, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) is everywhere! The New York Times Style section front page story on him today is all about his "long, winding and slightly bewildering road to redemption." A road that included sitting in as a guest anchor on "The Dylan Ratigan Show" (MSNBC) today. He interviewed me on the Southern Republican Leadership Conference that kicks off tonight. Some think the road will also include another run for office, speculation Spitzer helped fuel in an interview this week with Fortune magazine. To which, I say, if that's what he wants to do, let him do it.
But Spitzer is already trying to dial back the campaign talk. On April 7, he told Fortune, "I've never said I would never consider running for office again." Yet today, when asked by the Times if he would return to politics to impact the issues he cares about, he pushed back. “Why does it have to be politics?” He went on to say, "Is there a dynamism to that world and a theoretical capacity to do things that draws many talented people? Absolutely. Are there other ways to be involved and lead an interesting life? Of course.”
I don't quite care what Spitzer does in the public arena. I'm just glad his voice is out there. He and I have been friends 10 years. And there are few people out there who can talk about the economic mess the nation is in with as much authority as Spitzer. As I wrote in the Tiger piece, America loves a comeback. That's especially so when, as Spitzer told the Times, "you face up to your errors, deal with them and go forward."
| April 8, 2010; 4:54 PM ET
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