The Whitewater Strategy

I’ve got a story in this week’s paper looking at how the state Democrats are unrolling a coordinated response to the continuing Republican probe into Eliot Spitzer’s Brunogate problems by branding it the new Whitewater.

“I think you saw in the 90’s a sort of never-ending investigation of Bill Clinton, and it created a widespread national consensus in support of Bill Clinton, and people who were bringing these charges get tossed out of power,” said Democratic consultant Jonathan Rosen, who was recently hired by the state Democratic Party.

Roger Stone, the former CREEP operative who currently works for the Senate Republicans, seemed amused at the analogy. “We also tried to say that Watergate was a third-rate burglary,” he said.