March 11th, 2008
09:20 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/11/08

Anderson will be joined in the Election Center tonight by the best political team on television to talk about Mississippi primary results.

We'll also look at the Eliot Spitzer story.  New details about his alleged meetings with prostitutes emerged today, but New York's Governor has still not resigned his office.

Tuesday night bonus: Two live hours of 360°. And two hours of the live blog. We'll start posting comments at 10p ET and go through midnight ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
March 11th, 2008
08:06 PM ET

Humiliated wives: Why do they stand there?

While the nation’s mouths are hanging open at Gov. Eliot Spitzer, every time his public apology airs I can’t take my eyes or my mind off of his poor wife, Silda Wall Spitzer. Why is it that she stood there beside her husband during his public admission yesterday afternoon? It certainly wasn’t to better herself. Gov. Spitzer’s advisors probably deemed the “stand by your man” philosophy necessary, but her presence at her husband’s press conference yesterday only truly benefited Gov. Spitzer, leaving Silda most likely irreparably humiliated. Nobody’s doing damage control in Silda’s camp. While advisors may see it as a team effort, why does that have to trump your personal pride?

Also, I wonder, when did he tell Silda? And what did she think? Gov. Spitzer became the New York Attorney General in 1999 and built his career fighting corporate corruption and investigating prostitution. In fact, in 2004 Gov. Spitzer was part of an investigation that arrested 18 people on charges of promoting prostitution.

This allegation that he repeatedly hired high-end prostitutes is a heavy blow to anyone vowing “till death do us part.”   Even if she is there for him “in sickness and in health,” did Silda have to be at the press conference?


Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • Soledad O'Brien
March 11th, 2008
07:17 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Will the real Eliot Spitzer please stand up?

Hurt. Upset. Confused. Like a punch in the gut. That’s how one of Eliot Spitzer’s political allies and friends described his reaction to the news of the New York Governor’s alleged link to a prostitution ring.


He told me he’s still reeling, and still trying to make sense of it all.  Remember, Spitzer is the guy who went after Wall Street and big business for “the little guy”; he was a champion of The People.  He brought down prostitution rings.  He talked about responsibility of government, of lawmakers, of citizens; he built his campaign on that… and on ethics. 

And one man says we all should have seen this fall coming.  Charlie Gasparino, author of “King of the Club: Richard Grasso and the Survival of the New York Stock Exchange,” covered Spitzer’s Wall Street crusades and says the signs were always there.  Characterizing him as “holier than thou,” this afternoon Gasparino also told me Spitzer had “the zealot’s gleam” in his eye, and that lawmaker “always thought he was above it all.”

If it was so obvious, why did everyone seem to miss the signs?

– Erica Hill, 360° Correspondent 

Program note: Tonight on 360° Erica Hill takes a closer look at Gov. Spitzer with some of the people who thought they knew him the best.

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • Erica Hill
March 11th, 2008
06:08 PM ET

Spitzer: Setting a course to ruin

Editor's note: Robert Weiss is founder and Executive Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute, an outpatient Sexual Addiction and Sexual Offender treatment program in Los Angeles. We asked for his thoughts on the reckless behavior attributed to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

While some healthy narcissism is required to become a public figure and live in the limelight, narcissistic people whose personalities are not tempered by some humility and humanity quickly show the ego’s dark side of arrogance, secrecy, lack of empathy, sociopathy and addiction.


Eliot Spitzer’s problems clearly go beyond his current legal-political crisis and the toll being taken on his wife, daughters and family life.  If the allegations prove true, Spitzer’s entitled choice – like Bill Clinton, Larry Craig and other public figures before him – to use intense, hidden and illegal sexual liaisons is an attempt to meet some deeper unknown and unmet emotional need of his own.

And it has set him on a course to personal and professional ruin:

– Choosing a casual sexual hook-up despite being committed to long-term monogamy indicates a lack personal integrity and is guaranteed to put up an emotional wall between you and your partner.

– Choosing to frequently and continuously seek sexual hook-ups outside of your monogamous relationship, while lying about the behavior, either means that you have no respect or appreciation of your partnership OR that you have an emotional problem.

Hopefully he will be smart enough to take heed now and get the help he so clearly needs. By doing that, his downfall could also sow some seeds toward redemption if he is willing to learn from his mistakes.

But first the Governor would need to be less myopically focused on saving his job and more attentive to his own emotional and personal life.  One act of good faith on his part might be to leave his struggling wife at home in the difficult days to come and take his public lumps like a man.

– Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT


Program note: Robert Weiss will be a guest on tonight's 360° at 10p ET

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer
March 11th, 2008
05:49 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

The BIG question of the afternoon: Will N.Y. governor Eliot Spitzer resign after his alleged tryst with a prostitute?  Our other question of the day: Who will win today's Mississippi primary?  We'll have results tonight on 360.  And,  FINALLY stocks soar on Wall Street.  While, a Colorado woman is battling a $1,000 fine for her pink poodle.  Here's your Afternoon Buzz:

Top Stories
Will prostitution-linked governor resign?
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's hold on office seemed less certain Tuesday as a legislative staffer said gubernatorial aides were in transition talks with the lieutenant governor, and Democratic sources said Spitzer had no choice but to step down.

Sources: Money transfer spurred Spitzer probe
The allegations bearing down on New York's governor didn't start with a prostitute - despite lurid details in a federal affidavit detailing an alleged tryst with a "very pretty brunette" named Kristen last month.

Stocks soar 
Wall Street finally found a reason for a huge rally Tuesday after the Federal Reserve  said it plans to pump $200 billion into the financial markets to help ease the strain from the credit crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average shot up more than 416 points, its biggest one-day point gain since July 2002.

Chief of U.S. forces in Middle East resigns
Adm. William Fallon has resigned as chief of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia after more than a year in the post, citing what he called an inaccurate perception that he is at odds with the Bush administration over Iran.

Suicide bombers target Pakistan's 'FBI'
Two suicide bombers exploded a car Tuesday at a building containing the offices of Pakistan's national investigative agency, destroying it and killing and wounding people inside.

Study: 1 in 4 U.S. teens has a STD
At least one in four teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease, suggests a first-of-its-kind federal study that startled some adolescent-health experts.

Raw Politics
Mississippi takes center stage in tight Democratic race
One of the most Republican states in the nation takes center stage Tuesday in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Solution to Florida primary mess?
Is the answer for Florida's primary woes in....

Crime & Punishment
Gang member accused in Stanford recruit's slaying
Jamiel Shaw was just three doors from his house on March 2. His father told the 17-year-old high school football star to be home before dark. That is exactly what he was trying to do when, just before dusk, gunshots rang out.

'Gilligan's' Mary Ann caught with dope
Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island,"  is serving six months' unsupervised probation after allegedly being caught with marijuana in her car.

What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT
Woman faces $1,000 fine for pink poodle
A Boulder, Colorado woman has hired an attorney to fight a $1,000 fine she was given by the city for coloring her miniature poodle pink.

Family pleads for return of stolen ashes
A Dorchester, Mass.  family is making a plea for help after the remains of a family member were stolen along with their car.

Kid Rock serves waffles
Kid Rock replaced his signature fedora with a paper Waffle House hat.

Filed under: The Buzz
March 11th, 2008
04:05 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/11/08


It's time for 'Beat 360°' Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?

Here is today’s “Beat 360°” pic of the day:

Here we have Iggy Pop, Madonna and Justin Timberlake in the press room during the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony... and if you ask me, one of these people is underdressed... how's the old saying go? 'No shirt, no shoes...no problem.' Um.... Well, who am I to comment.... I'll leave that to you!


Here's one to get you started:

For the second time in his career, artist Justin Timberlake finds himself on stage during a wardrobe malfunction.

Have fun with it.

Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

– David Reisner, 360° Digital Producer

UPDATE: Check out last night's winner!

Filed under: Beat 360°
March 11th, 2008
03:00 PM ET

Enough already with the racial, gender divide in Democratic Party!


Roland S. Martin is a nationally syndicated columnist, Chicago-based radio host, and frequent contributor to the AC360° Blog.

A lot of athletes have made a number of dumb comments, and among those were the racial assertions made by Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman in 1987 about Larry Bird.

In an effort to discredit the Boston Celtics star, Thomas and Rodman said that if Bird was black, he would be just an average basketball player. Both of them were roundly slapped around, because whether you couldn’t stand the Boston Celtics – count me in! – Bird had game, and anybody who played against him knew that he was one of the game’s best. That’s why he’s a pro basketball Hall of Famer and a member of the NBA’s top 50 ever cast of players.

The Thomas-Rodman-Bird flap came to when I heard about the recent comments made by former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.


Filed under: Raw Politics • Roland S. Martin
March 11th, 2008
12:16 PM ET

Stand by your man, but is there a limit?


New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer is joined by his wife Silda as he makes a statement to reporters during a news conference following a report that he was involved in a prostitution ring

It is time to do away with the wronged wife standing mute next to her man, as he publicly humiliates her and confesses to cheating on her. 

Let him stand alone and apologize. 

She is not a potted plant.  She is not an object, an accessory to his political career.  She is a flesh and blood human being who was disrespected once during her husband's cheating, and now is victimized a second time by being made to stand silently by him.

I watched Dana McGreevey speak movingly on Larry King Live last night of why she made that choice.  She loved her husband.  She was not in on all the closed door meetings leading up to the press conference.  She was asked to appear at his side, and she did, because she continued to want the best for him and for the marriage.

I get that, and my heart goes out to Dana McGreevey.  As a personal choice, I respect her decision. 

But political spouses have a vital public role too, and they know their appearances and choices matter enormously, which is why they carefully choose what causes they'll support and what they'll wear to state dinners.  

What political wives choose to do about their marriages once their husband is caught in a sex scandal is a private matter. 

But appearing right next to their husband days after he's been caught with his pants down is a public humiliation, unworthy of women in public life in 2008. 

I'm sick of watching the Stepford Wife gaze, sick of explaining to my daughter that women deserve better.

A doormat is not a role model.

– Lisa Bloom, “In Session” Anchor/360° Contributor

Read more Lisa Bloom blogs on “In Session”

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • Lisa Bloom
March 11th, 2008
11:06 AM ET

Just name one woman

Bill Clinton, David Vitter, Gary Hart, Jim McGreevey, Larry Craig, and now Eliot Spitzer.  A partial list of recent high profile politicians embroiled in sex scandals.

Name a prominent female politician caught in a sex scandal.  (Being a victim of a husband's philandering doesn't count.)

I'll wait.

– Lisa Bloom, “In Session” Anchor/360° Contributor

Read more Lisa Bloom blogs on “In Session”

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • Lisa Bloom
March 11th, 2008
11:03 AM ET

A prosecutor ensnared in his own web


There's the sex, of course. But there are also the suspicious money transfers to a shell corporation, and then the sheriff of Wall Street himself allegedly caught speaking on a federal wiretap. 

How does a man who made himself the nation's most feared prosecutor trip himself up so easily, completely, repeatedly on the tools of his own trade?

Everyone's talking about power and sex, of course.. But Elliot Spitzer's case also raises other questions. For example, does hubris makes you sloppy, or even stupid?  Does being a straight arrow your whole life make you more likely to shoot yourself in the rear one day?

And on some level, did he want to get caught–or was he just enjoying getting away with it?

– Barclay Palmer, 360° Senior Producer

Filed under: Barclay Palmer • Eliot Spitzer • Raw Politics
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