Spitzer’s Self-Flagellation, Continued

There’s been more than one parallel made between Eliot Spitzer’s problems in Albany and George Bush’s in Washington (private emails, invoking executive privilege, etc.)

In a speech delivered this morning in Western New York, Spitzer tried drawing a clearer distinction. From the prepared remarks:

As we engage in our fight for change, we must remember what history has taught us about the danger of power and passion – the very lesson I discussed earlier – that without vigilance and humility, righteousness can become self-righteousness.

Over the past few weeks, it has become evident that this principle was forgotten. We were fighting so hard for what we believed was right that we let down our guard and allowed our passion to get the best of us. I have accepted responsibility for these failures.

In case anyone thinks that my allusions to the Bush administration earlier in my talk suggest that I am comparing what went on in the last several weeks to the failed policies in Iraq, let me disabuse you of that. But there is a thread that binds this all together: whether you’re fighting wars abroad or fighting for change at home – is that we must always balance strength with humility.”

It’s the latest lap on the governor’s mea culpa tour, which has taken him to editorial boards and communities throughout upstate and western New York. In this speech, Spitzer once again acknowledges that his tactics, if not his overall direction, were wrong.

Spitzer’s Self-Flagellation, Continued