Can Eliot Spitzer show real human emotion by emitting a clear liquid from his eyes through the process of lachrymation? That was the question Tuesday morning as some of our most formidable investigators tried to figure out if Spitzer cried on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
Spitzer went on the notorious political talker as part of his morning-after media blitz now that he's running for New York City comptroller. At the very end of Spitzer's 15-minute interview he had to suffer through a grilling from Joe Scarborough, Mark Halperin and Mika Brzezinski. But the big discussion after the interview centered around one question at the very end that only occupied maybe a full minute of Spitzer's time. Brzezinski launched this emotional missile at Spitzer: "As personally as you can answer this question, don't give me a pat answer, don't give me one that you prepare in your mind, how are you different than you were five or six years ago?"
"A lot of pain," Spitzer responded, clenching his jaw and swallowing like he's watching that scene in Bambi. "A lot of pain."
"That's it?" Brzezinski asked, stunned that Spitzer didn't give her even more raw emotion.
"Yeah, you go through that pain and you change," Spitzer concluded, while blinking through what might have been tears.