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There was an interview on the Today show

this week that was very interesting to me. It was apparently the first time former New York governor Eliot Spitzer had stepped in front of cameras since

he resigned from office after being caught with a hooker. Well, I'm not sure if he was actually caught with the hooker in the act when it was discovered that he had this penchant for prostitutes, but it did come to light, and it was particularly bad news for him, because he had been something of a crusader against all things bad — including all the greed and corruption and sleaze on Wall Street. Which is why this interview was fairly interesting, albeit a bit painful to endure when you think about his wife and kids watching it. Ouch.

But what I hadn't known was that this guy seems to have been warning everyone about the economic collapse for a long time and is something of an expert on all things crooked when it comes to the cronies who helped bring on the crash but who got away with all the cash (okay, I'll stop that in just a second), and I got the feeling that maybe, just maybe, a whole lot of people might suddenly be willing to turn a blind eye to his sex scandal if they think there's any way he can help on the financial front. (On the Today show, he was still treated as though he has leprosy and shouldn't be allowed to contribute to society in any way, given the bad judgment calls he made. And to me that's what they were.)

I know this is a juvenile attitude to take, but, no, he didn't kill anyone or start any wrong wars of choice or give the thumbs up for people to be tortured or out any CIA operatives or make a killing off of killing by having Halliburton and other wartime contractors fill his coffers. It's not like he was like, oh, 90 percent of those in the previous administration. He was having extramarital sex with prostitutes, who happily took his money because that's what they do for a living. Look, I'm not saying what he did was right or even legal, but there are worse things he could have done. Was he a hypocrite? Probably. Stupid? More than probably. If you hold the highest office in the state of New York and can't keep it in your pants or at least keep it quiet if you can't, you might want to think about things a little more carefully.

But back to what no one can keep from worrying about (other than people here in Memphis who are crying like babies because of a sports coach): the economy. Do you think for one second that if Spitzer has some real answers on how to save some jobs, stop the million-dollar bonuses for the few being paid with the tax money of the masses, and otherwise throw a safety net over the wallets of Americans, he will remain the evil man who didn't live up to community values and be kept hidden away by the morality police? Maybe so. But maybe his first-since-the-scandal news interview was very carefully timed. Maybe he has found a way to redeem himself: by helping us out of this economic quagmire.

I don't know why I care about this and, in fact, I really don't. I just think it will be interesting to see how his colleagues and peers and former supporters and all those he "let down" will react if their money comes into the equation. We might never hear from the guy again. He may have just decided to go back on the news because he was bored. He may still be hanging with hookers. But I'm predicting that we haven't seen the last of Eliot Spitzer. Or maybe I just honed in on this interview to take my mind off of the one about men of my age having such old sperm that, if they father a child, the baby will be more likely to be schizophrenic. What a world.

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