TLP: Couldn't Do Worse than Carville and Begala and the Guy With the Bowtie
Could the public resurrection of Eliot Spitzer be at hand? No sooner had CNN anchor Campbell Brown announced that she was leaving her primetime news show — "The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program" — did a report surface that the network was considering the former New York governor and prostitute patron for the slot.
Insiders are buzzing about how Brown's falling ratings may lead CNN U.S. President Jonathan Klein to eat his words and bring back a "head-butting debate" show he once detested ala "Crossfire."Spitzer in a "Crossfire" kind of shoutshow? Who would sit across from him? Some Wall Streeter he took down as New York attorney general? The prosecutor who gave Ashley Dupre a second career on "Girls Gone Wild"?
The network is even considering bringing in disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a friend of Klein, to panel the show. Spitzer has been a guest on Brown's show and filled in for MSNBC's anchor Dylan Ratigan's show Monday afternoon.
When Yeas & Nays reached out to Spitzer about the possibility of joining the team, he briskly shut it down saying, "Nope. Nope."
"I've been there once or twice, twice, maybe," Spitzer continued.
As for CNN, spokeswoman Christa Robinson said, "There has been a lot of talk about CNN lately. As always, we are not going to comment on any speculation that may be out there."
Maybe better would be to make the other seat a stop on the political rehab tour. Michael Steele could talk expense accounts. Eric Massa might challenge Spitzer to an on-camera tickle fight.
And of course, the debut show would have to feature Mark Sanford. The South Carolina governor could tell travel stories. Fun fact he could share with Spitzer: hiking the Appalachian Trail doesn't cost five grand a night.