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Newsweek/Daily Beast editor: Spitzer 'looks demented

Offering up the opposite of a political endorsement for Eliot Spitzer's (D) New York comptroller bid, Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown writes:

In this insane political season in New York, I have the same reaction every time I see a picture of Eliot Spitzer: He looks demented. The scimitar mouth pulled back in a mad crow of triumph, the face sweating with guilty pleasure. It’s as if he knows what he’s doing is wrong, knows it’s the last straw for his wife, knows it’s a new round of mortification for his daughters, but he doesn’t care. The comptroller of New York City ought to have all the characteristics of a major corporation’s CFO—quiet rigor, obsessive care for detail, incorruptible judgment, an ability to work assiduously behind the scenes with the key stakeholders.

Nothing could be more nightmarish than having Spitzer in that role, leaping into the news headlines every day in his black socks, making enemies where we didn’t need them, running a noisy, rival soapbox.


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