You know Elliot Spitzer is kind of a folk hero on the left. There was no reason, prior to yesterday, that he couldn’t have aspired to the White House, rather than the Big House.
Now, I personally think that prositution should be handled differently by our society than it is. It’s an evil, and it is degrading both to women and men. But it isn’t going away, and it is a consensual arrangement – at least in most cases and by the simplist construction of the word “consensual”. So, I think it should be legal & regulated with an eye toward protecting the workers from unnecessary physical or health-related harm, and toward protecting the public health.
But it isn’t.
I also think that Larry Craig shouldn’t have had to resort to a sham marriage and the degradation of toe-tapping in the men’s restroom. I think that homosexual partnership should be legal, recognized fully by the state, and should be free of taboo.
But it isn’t.
So, both people broke the law of the land – the law they were elected to write and enforce. Sorry – but you don’t get to keep your job under those circumstances. If you don’t resign on your own, you should be fired. Not so much to “punish” you – you’ve probably been punished enough – and I do feel sympathy for you. But the rule of law is too important to let anyone be allowed to ride above it.