Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Reviews
Even with Spitzer on hand to answer questions, there is really not that much insight in the documentary "Client 9" as to why Spitzer did what he did, concerning his fall from grace, thus helping to destroy the great man theory of history. Said downfall began in March 2006 when he started paying escorts for sex which was also the same time his run for governor began, immediately followed by mentions in the media of a future Presidential run. Before getting ahead of ourselves, rewind to the fact that Spitzer made a great prosecutor where his 'my way or the highway' style worked wonders but did not work as well in the state house where he was a questionable governor at best, unwilling to work with others. And maybe he knew that going in, causing him to self-destruct before things got any farther so as not to disappoint his domineering father. In fact, you could say that Spitzer had a talent for making powerful enemies(including billionaire Paul Langone, AIG CEO Hank Greenberg and State Senate Senate President Joseph Bruno)but not friends, and it should have surprised nobody that they would go after him, eventually exposing him.(By contrast, there are tons of people in this country who would give half of their reproductive organs to get anything on Ralph Nader. The end result: nothing.) And he would probably not have had to resign if he had the backing of his party which he did not. That goes back to what Sydney Biddle Barrows wrote about escorts(of which too much time is spent on in the documentary) in that it is as much about the sex as it is about companionship, especially for somebody who is so lonely.
For the record, I do believe David Paterson was mainly brought up on charges of corruption towards the end of his term of office due to his poor chances of winning election to a full term. This is one of only three conspiracy theories I actually believe in.
At first glance, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer appears to be relatively fair with a slight Democratic tilt. The story covers Eliot Spitzerâ(TM)s career in New York politics, beginning with his days as state Attorney General and âSheriff of Wall Streetâ? until his ignominious resignation as Governor after a prostitution scandal. Spitzer provided excellent access and seemed frank and introspective during his lengthy interview. Opponents were also interviewed although the film left viewers with the impression that they were cautious and guarded. Out of all the interview subjects, itâ(TM)s possible that the call girls who spoke on camera were the most thoughtful and sensible individuals of them all.
Spitzer is a figure who deserves more credit for his work on Wall Street from 1998 to 2006. Unfortunately, politics dictates that he will never receive it. As a prosecutor, he targeted outlandish executive compensation, derivatives of questionable merit, inflated stock prices, and commissions in the finance and insurance businesses -- all of which were partially responsible for the massive economic crisis in 2007. In fact, because his personal values were discredited, some of Spitzerâ(TM)s work has been questioned and the regulation he sought rolled back. So many people saw what was happening and spoke out but because they were not part of the Wall Street or Federal Treasury elite, their views were ignored.
Yet, there is a reason that Spitzer is a commentator on CNN instead of possible presidential candidate in 2016. Politics is a blood sport. Spitzer ruffled a lot of feathers on Wall Street and in Albany and when he slipped up by participating in a New York City escort service, his opponents were unwilling to let him up. It may have been unfair, considering how other prostitution cases were handled but he reaped what he had sowed. He was an aggressive prosecutor and an abrasive politician. It no longer mattered whether he was right or not because both insiders and the media had tired of him.
To Spitzerâ(TM)s credit, he admits his mistakes on camera and acknowledges how he could have acted differently. By interviewing friends and foes, director Alex Gibney tries to paint as complete a picture of a decade in his life. Does anyone live life without making mistakes? Probably Not. Has the justice system become totally politicized? Probably. However, Spitzer understands that there is nothing he can do about any perceived unfairness in his case and looks to the future, not the past.