What is America's love affair with the scandal? When Elliot Spitzer was forced (rightly) to resign the governorship of NY due to his frequent conjugal visits to prostitutes, he was reduced to a tabloid joke. On the other hand, his prostitute was elevated to a celebrity status to the point where she made over a million dollars in sales on a crappy single and got an interview on 20/20.
Honestly, where in god's name is the connection between getting paid for sex and musical talent, let alone insight that warrants prime time coverage!?
Meanwhile Spitzer himself, who despite his "appetites" was a highly educated politician and successful attorney general, virtually disappeared from the world because he paid for sex.
And why do I bring this up now? Well, because someone (well, Slate) was finally smart enough to realize that just because a man paid for sex, doesn't mean he doesn't have insights to share. It's not as though he didn't spend 8 years investigating the financial industry. And what does Spitzer have to say:
"Current bailouts—a remarkable $7.8 trillion in equity, loans, and guarantees so far—may merely perpetuate a fundamentally flawed status quo. So far, at least, we are simply rebuilding the same edifice that just collapsed."
Read it here