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Since Hillary Clinton had the now dubious endorsement of one politically dead New York governor, how long do you think it took her webmaster to scrub the site once today's news broke?
Either way, Hillary Clinton has already delivered the first of many "You're dead to me, Eliot"-moments, sponging her campaign website clean of all mentions of Spitzer's endorsement last May. Spitzer's name was gone from the website less than an hour after the Times story broke-impressive timing when you consider it took Mitt Romney nearly an entire day to decide to throw Larry Craig under a bus last August.
Now that's what I call fast reaction time. Long term damage to the Clinton campaign should be nil. Obama won't make much hay about it, and Clinton was new to New York politics and can reasonably claim she knew nothing about it.
Spitzer is officially radioactive, since this is not just about the sex, it's about the payments, his high profile career in taking down just these sorts of things and of course the realization that organized crime is all up in this sort of business and either had a good blackmail case with him or he could have been the political side of a very profitable partnership. That's speculation of course, but you don't have to think very hard along those lines to understand why his career is dead.
Democrats are pointing out that David Vitter is still serving and are probably right to do so, although the big story here is that Eliot, not David, made a big career out of busting prostitution rings, and the amounts of money involved in the Spitzer case make Vitter look cheap.
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