The point, however, is that the office he’s now seeking is more like the AG position than the governor’s mansion. And it would give him,once again, a chance to tangle with the bad guys of Wall Street from a position of considerable influence.
I know that opinions differ about just how effective Spitzer’s confrontations were. But at least he tried — which is more than you can say about almost anyone else in our political life.Basically, the malefactors of great leverage were bailed out and went right back to being bad guys again, and everyone in public life pretended that nothing had happened.
That, I think, is why there’s a surprising reservoir of support for Spitzer; people remember him as someone who showed at least some of the righteous outrage that has been so wrongly absent from our national discourse.
It’s a useful reminder, and it’s why I regard his entry into the race, win or lose, as a good thing.