There’s an interesting back-and-forth over the meaning of Eliot Spitzer for Democrats and liberals at the Daily Gotham, where Daniel Millstone asked whether Spitzer “spits at Working Families Party bills,” and Bouldin responded by calling the analysis “jaw-droppingly obtuse.”
Eliot Spitzer says he is going to change this state from Day One. I see no reason not to take him at his word.
Millstone responds with a comment entitled “We Can Support Spitzer Without Having a Crush on Him”:
1) Spitzer has a good record as AG
2) 12 Years of Pataki as Gov. have not been wonderful.
3) We should support Spitzer; he seems on record and program to be a better candidate than his opponents.
4) Spitzer’s a politician. We should not “take him at his word” or expect paradigm-shifts from elected officals.
It’s not a stretch to imagine Spitzer winning with a mandate, although — as this exchange suggests — the more pertinent question for his supporters is what he plans to do with it.
– Josh Benson