Spitzer Answers the Question: What Is Love?

Former governor sounds off on love, Paterson, Obama and Democrats

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    Spitz is spilling the beans

    The Love Gov is opening up.

    Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer is candidly speaking on an array of topics in sprawling video featured on the website bigthink.com.

    And, appropriately, the former politician isn't just talking about government, he's also dishing on romance.

    Spitzer who resigned  from office in 2008 amid the revelation of a tryst he had with a prostitute, nervously laughed after stating this remark: “The exaltation of first meeting and falling in love is I think everyone that would admit is different than the feelings that you might have after 25 years. When my wife watches this, she may say ‘What are you talking about?’ But it is.”

    On the topic of love, Spitzer said, “I don’t think it’s one of these feelings that you sense when you meet somebody and there is a response that is different, and is unique, and is palpable. And that changes over time.”

    Spitzer, whose wife h as stood by him, moved on from the scandal by teaching a political science class at City College of New York.

    “I have no illusion that I can ever get this piece of my life to fade significantly into the background. It was too much of media hysteria about it and I’m not saying improperly.’ …But you can’t live or die everyday thinking about redemption. You have to move forward and try to do things that are useful and worthwhile and learn.”

    And Spitzer said he has sympathy for his former liutenant governor, David Paterson.

    “David has been thrust into a very difficult environment, " said Spitzer. "Being a governor is a very difficult job right now. When you have shrinking revenues it is a very difficult environment to survive politically. ”

    Spitzer called Paterson’s state budget proposals “ are quite wise, but unpopular.”

    On the national front, Spitzer likened President Obama’s first year in office to his first year as New York governor.

    “I went through a first year in office as governor where you come in with tremendous expectations and you try very hard to define a reform agenda and a year later you wake up and you say ‘Wait a minute, not everything has worked.’ It’s difficult.” 

    He called Obama “thoughtful, smart, inquisitive… He will go down unpersuaded as a great president.”

    On the upcoming mid-term elections, Spitzer advised Democrats to either “reach accommodations with the Republican party in the spirit of bi-partisanship” or aggressively push for progressive reform.
     
    Spitzer faults the Democrats’ tone and communication for letting “the Republican party of the last number of months appear to be the party of populist anger and it is absolutely mind-boggling that Sarah Palin and Scott Brown have been the beneficiaries of populist anger rather than Barack Obama or Democratic senators.”