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Spitzer Enters the Fourth Estate

According to the New York Post:

DISGRACED former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has a new gig: columnist for Slate.com, opining every other week about government regulation and finance – not sex. Yawn. “He’s going to be doing a regular thing,” Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg tells the Observer. “He was very receptive . . . I don’t portray this as something we had to coax him into. He’s got a lot to say and he was very receptive to writing on the subject.” It’s not as if he’s had a lot of other offers.

The former governor’s maiden column can be found here. I, for one, would much rather read an advice column from him, a man of hard-earned and hard-spent experience.  In fact, Slate’s original advice columnist, “Prudence,” was in reality Herbert Stein, the mega-brain who served as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Nixon and Ford (and who also could brag about fathering Ben Stein). If Herbert Stein could claim to offer advice on “morals, manners, and macroeconomic policy,” why can’t Spitzer?

Obviously, the former governor’s pen name would have to be something other than “Prudie.” Perhaps “Johnny C. Lately” might work.



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