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Eliot Spitzer: Great Policy, Arrogant Politics

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Eliot Spitzer is a walking, talking political contradiction.

As the crusading New York State Attorney General during the Bush-Cheney years, he filled the regulatory void created by the most business-friendly administration in modern American history and renewed our understanding of the power of state officials to check and balance Wall Street.

Then, as New York's governor, he crashed and burned his own career -- and an opportunity to redefine states as the liberal "laboratories of democracy" that they were in the Progressive Era.

Spitzer's brilliance and arrogance were in complete conflict as he took the actions that would lead to a 2008 resignation that was described as "career-ending."

But prostitution, adultery and Twitter scandals don't end political careers anymore. Just ask Louisiana Senator David Vitter, South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford or New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

So Spitzer is back -- just as brilliant, and just as arrogant, as ever.

First the smart part: the former governor's decision to make a last-minute leap into the race for New York City Comptroller is a savvy political move.

It's the right race: A comeback bid by a political figure who has been involved in so high-profile a scandal as Spitzer's needs to start in the right place on the ballot. A run for governor or mayor would have demanded more forgiveness than voters were prepared to extend. Spitzer needed to find a post that was prominent, but not too prominent. Seeking a city-wide post in New York is a come-down from the state posts Spitzer held. But the comptroller's office is an important post in itself and it has produced mayoral candidates and mayors, statewide officials and members of Congress.

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