Sheinkopf: The Republicans Need Him as a Pinata

Democratic consultant and former Spitzer campaign operative Hank Sheinkopf doesn’t think Eliot Spitzer is necessarily through, but he admits the governor’s situation does not look good at all. His fate depends, he said, on the decision of his Democratic colleagues.

"Never count Eliot Spitzer out. Let’s have some pity for his family and himself. Someone else might have had a better chance of beating this, but he presented [himself] as the sheriff of Wall Street, the beacon of morality, but he was eaten by something deep inside. Is he done? The Republicans probably don’t want him done because they need a piñata. Now the Democrats may want him to go; it depends on how much mileage they think the Republicans can get out of this."