Hypocrisy, thy name is Spitzer

The New Republic reminds me that I forgot to highlight this from the Times:

As attorney general, [Spitzer] also had prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state’s organized crime task force.

In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

“”This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,” Mr. Spitzer said at the time. ”It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring.”

One hesitates to dredge up old battles, but this is why I was so unmoved by Clinton's proclamations that his behavior was a private affair: the lawsuit was prosecuted under laws that, as I understand it, he himself had signed into law. As far as I was concerned, he was one of only 536 people in the country who should have had to answer questions about this sort of on-the-job . . . er . . . performance.

Update Steven Bainbridge has a pretty good roundup