Rachel Alexander

You can't scan the news lately without hearing about Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, their sex scandals and attempted comebacks. Both conservative and liberal news outlets are glued to covering the two fallen politicians. Everyone wants to psychoanalyze the cheaters. CNN found Spitzer so interesting they gave him his own political TV show after his prostitution scandal.

But why? What is so intriguing about a couple of liberal Democrats who cheated on their wives? At least one of them can’t seem to stop. After the married Weiner resigned from Congress due to “sexting” multiple women, he continued to engage in sexting with at least three more women. The madam who provided Spitzer with high-priced prostitutes, Kristin Davis, thinks Spitzer is still using them.

The two scandal-ridden Democrats are now trying to revive their careers in public leadership. Weiner is running for mayor of New York City, and Spitzer is running for New York City Comptroller. Incredibly, Spitzer's former madam is also running for comptroller, as a Libertarian. Davis served four months behind bars for running the prostitution ring, while Spitzer was never prosecuted, even though he admitted hiring prostitutes.

Both men are leading in the polls in their respective races. According to a Quinnipiac poll that came out last week, Weiner has 26 percent support from Democrat voters, compared to 22 percent for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and 20 percent for former city comptroller Bill Thompson. In another recent Quinnipiac poll, 48 percent of registered Democrats said they would vote for Spitzer, giving him a substantial lead over opponent Scott Stringer, president of the Borough of Manhattan, who has 33 percent.

Americans are fascinated by these two characters because of the allure of fame and sex. It is the same reason why Americans are obsessed with Hollywood. Americans are suckers for glitz and glamor, which is why the movie industry is a billion dollar industry. It helps that both Spitzer and Weiner were colorful characters who loved the cameras before their downfalls.

Ironically, these sleazy politicians have a good chance at getting elected to office again because of the scandals. The scandals have given them widespread name recognition, and the two have made money from the infamy. Spitzer, the son of a wealthy real estate developer, is funding the campaign himself.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She also serves as senior editor of The Stream.


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