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In Connecting the Dots on Tuesday, 11 March 2008 at 12:17

Just when the Democratic primary race had started to feel stale, politicos got some red meat in the form of the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal. For people living under a rock for the past 24 hours, the New York governor is alleged to have frolicked last month in a Washington, DC, hotel room with “Kristen,” a high-priced escort who is reportedly a “very pretty brunette, 5 feet 5 inches, and 105 pounds. ” Dana Milbank puts the event into the perspective of DC history — Franklin Delano Roosevelt used a room on a nearby floor to pen some of his best-known speeches — while Daniel Gross compares Spitzer’s transgressions to the crimes of the Wall Street crooks he made his name putting away. Slate uses the imbroglio to ask why prostitution is illegal in the first place. It’s humiliating, to be sure, but still not quite as bad as falling into a coma after being hooked up to “The Wheel” in a S&M fetish club.

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