Alex Gibney’s Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer infuriated me for a couple of reasons. On one hand, it’s another story about a bright, motivated, talented politician being brought down by his inability to keep his pants zipped (see: Bill Clinton), but on the other hand it’s a reminder that personal lives in politics are a weakness in this country. Eliot Spitzer is a flawed human being but an incredibly intelligent, talented and clear thinking one. Why does his personal life discount his public life? Spitzer’s story is especially galling when you realize that the people who brought him down were the very people responsible for the financial crisis behind the current recession that is going to lead to a Democratic blood bath on Tuesday
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer opens November 5.