Tiger's back on the course in Augusta, Mark Sanford could be hiking the Appalachian Trail again for all we know. Why shouldn't Eliot Spitzer have another go at politics?
Fortune's Peter Elkind interviewed Spitzer recently:
Two years after resigning in disgrace, Eliot Spitzer is back in the spotlight: writing columns, giving TV interviews, making speeches. It's a little like his first big political setback, when, upon losing a run for New York attorney general in 1994, he became a talking head on Geraldo and Hannity and Colmes.In addition to the activities Elkind lays out, Spitzer is having quite a coming out. Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert play nice with him. Plus, the NYT featured a huge splash on the front of Thursday Styles, with a jump to a full page, plastered with photos of Spitzer the media star.
This has prompted speculation about a comeback, generating tabloid headlines that he had plans to run for office in 2010. For months Spitzer dismissed such speculation, saying he couldn't put his battered family through it. But now, even as he protests, he declines to shut the door.
"I love politics," Spitzer told me on March 31. "The substance, the debate about the issues ..." As for a race in 2010? It is "just hard to see," he says. But he adds, "I've never said I would never consider running for office again."
That's the kind of rub that used to cost him about five large.