The world's oldest plotline
I have been trying to parse the meaning of he might "ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe,'' as in what sex worker "Kristen'' was told by her employer in relation to the Eliot Spitzer scandal.
The filing indicates Kristen took the 5:39 p.m. regional Amtrak down from Penn Station on Feb. 13 for her rendezvous with Spitzer in Washington.
Calling in to her dispatcher just after midnight on Valentine's Day, she reported that Client 9 had given her $4,300 for the session and down payment toward the next. Spitzer had used just two of his four allotted hours; he had to testify the next morning before the House Financial Services Committee on the "State of the Bond Insurance Industry."
Spitzer evidently had a reputation with the call-girl service for being "difficult" – a sentiment shared by many Wall Street executives he prosecuted – but Kristen was philosophical. "I'm here for a purpose. I know what my purpose is," she said in a phone call recorded by the feds.
"I am not a . . . moron, you know what I mean. So maybe that's why girls maybe think they're difficult."
And besides, Kristen went on, "I have a way of dealing with that. . . . I'd be like listen dude, you really want the sex?"
(Excerpts from the FBI wiretap documents are here, on The Smoking Gun.)
"Not ... safe.''
Well, let us assume that that that has nothing to do with the age of the alleged hook-up venue, Washington's vintage Mayflower Hotel. I can't imagine that the chandeliers there could not support at least some swinging.
But we're talking a lot more than that here, clearly, if a call girl company was concerned about his, um, sexual predilections.
This is why I have to wonder about Silda Wall Spitzer's standing by her man. Was this guy risking her health as well as hers with unsafe sexual practices?
It's the only reason I wonder, really. The woman is a Harvard grad and a corporate lawyer. She is no dummy, and she has to have had a clue about her husband's hobbies.
I once got this postcard from a safe sex campaign aimed at gay men. it was a drawing of a chunky, balding, middle-aged man, undressing in front of a hot young guy. The older guy says: "I always wear a condom because i want to protect the ones I love.''
It made me snort.
I know a lot of women -- and men, for that matter -- are speculating on why Silda showed up at that brief news conference, eyes downcast, unsmiling, silent. Pretty obvious to me. She forgives him. She'll make him pay but she forgives him.
If she had no intention of sticking it out, my guess is, she would have abandoned him long before they walked up to the podium.
Sidebar: I once sort of met Bill Clinton. I was part of a gaggle of reporters covering a book signing. I watched him check out the women in the group, especially the younger, prettier ones. There is NO question in my mind that he's a horndog. But he's a killer, a charmer. So I get Hillary (sometimes Rodham) Clinton's loyalty. Eliot Spitzer strikes me as a prig. So I don't get Silda's support. But then, I haven't seen him up close and personal.
Really, is it any of our business what goes on between husband and wife?
Oh, and yes, I know that wives cheat too. But, since I can't think of a single cuckolded political husband that stood in front of the media the way that all these political wives do, unfaithful women are not relevant here.
Enough speculation on how much testosterone is in this tiger's tank, or on the state of the Spitzers' conjugal relations. Some guys just need/want more. Actually, many guys do. And relationships with sex workers are often the best solution. There's usually no emotional expense. It's cleaner, quicker and less likely to lead to late night phone calls from girlfriends wondering how come they are always the one to be alone.
This is just one reason that I feel that the sex trade should be decriminalized and that women be safeguarded from whackos, murderers and pimps in practicing the world's oldest profession.
Sure it's still cheating.
But, if adults are consenting, and wives are forgiving, then let s/he who is without sin cast the first editorial.
UPPITY DATE (12/03/08):
Here's today's exchange on the Spitzers, and political marriages, between my Star colleague Judy Gerstel and me from today's Living section.