Whitehead’s Motives

Over on The Observer’s Real Estate site Matt Schuerman picked up a little dissonance in John Whitehead’s account of being threatened last spring by Eliot Spitzer.

Whitehead’s explosive Wall Street Journal piece was, Whitehead writes in the piece, occasioned by “rumors in the media” about his confrontation with Spitzer. Problem is, we can’t find any such rumors in print.

Of course, this is quibbling. There’s nothing particularly dishonorable in what has to be presumed the actual motive behind Whitehead’s timing: weakening his enemy at an important point in the electoral cycle.