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Barack Obama Eliot Spitzer

As I was contemplating whether the descendants of those who elevated some of modern history's greatest statesmen to America's highest public offices had become a nation of obtuse dolts, a Damascene bolt of reassurance came through my car radio: Eliot Spitzer lost his race for comptroller of New York City. The United States re-elected an inadequate president but its largest city has held the red line on someone manifestly unfit for public office.