A&E Indie Films
Alex Gibney's documentary Client 9 gets released today on iTunes. It's fascinating to me the hold that Eliot Spitzer's transgressions and loss of his former job as New York's governor seem to have taken on our popular culture. His downfall is essentially mundane, the result of an immature lack of sexual morality or control that seems entirely too common in powerful men with access to lots of money. Cheating or other sexual misbehavior is only interesting these days if involves really substantial hypocrisy, if its revelation entirely reverses our understanding of who the cheater is. The accusations against Bishop Eddie Long provide a totally new reading of who the man is, and what the purpose of his ministry was. Even after finding out that Spitzer was a cheat, and that his method of cheating was hiring prostitutes, he was still a proud, somewhat rigid, intellectually and politically combative man.