Our Views: Where sin is rewarded

In a time of great national division, there is now returned to the public eye a uniter, and not a divider: Eliot Spitzer.

“We can all come together in feeling morally superior to Eliot Spitzer,” wrote Elspeth Reeve in The Atlantic, exploring the monumental narcissism that leads a disgraced politician to run for office again. Now, he wants to be comptroller of New York City, an office that normally attracts little or no national attention.

“Spitzer’s candidacy has brought together young and old, Republican and Democrat, Washington and New York to condemn the ex-governor for attempting a comeback after being caught visiting hookers in 2008,” Reeve wrote.

Alas, not true. She apparently interviewed no one in Louisiana.

We have a tradition of electing and re-electing men who achieve Olympic levels of sin while in office. Earl K. Long and his New Orleans stripper were only the most flamboyant, and hardly alone.

Feel morally superior? Not around here.