Posted Oct 6, 2013 12:02 UTC (Sun) by khim
In reply to: Kompromat
Parent article: Attacking Tor: how the NSA targets users' online anonymity (The Guardian)
It might be a bit premature to think Eliot Spitzer finished on the basis of his having resigned from one political office.
That was not the goal. The goal was to remove him from position where he can “rock the boat” prematurely (remember that it happened in the first half of 2008 when he tried to start investigation of Wall Street machinations). It worked beautifully. There was never a need to completely destroy him. In fact politicians prefer to work with people they can control with some form of hidden story thus of course Eliot Spitzer is not finished. If he'll do things which work for the other politicians—he'll be respectable politician again, if he'll try to go against the establishment one more time—he can be made to resign easily. What's not to like?
Perhaps it will be more illustrative to consider a real example. Take the Chris Huhne situation.
And _that_ forced him to resign, shortly before they were both sent to jail.
…right when he tried to attack media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Thom Yorke sings "You do it to yourself, just you, and that's what really hurts". Indeed.
Well, sure, people are doing stupid things. All the time. Both small, insignificant people and politicians, too. But what makes these acts important years later? It's your choice what to believe in, but I'm yet to see anyone who's free from any minor transgressions and from observations most of them surface “in the most inappropriate time” for politicians. Often many years after the actual transgression happened. Funny, no? Some people believe that there's god, but me… I think it's more like the “hand of God”.
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