Eliot Spitzer signed off for good at CNN Wednesday night following the announcement earlier in the day that his "In the Arena" show would be replaced in the prime-time lineup Aug. 5.
Spitzer, who started out paired with Kathleen Parker in "Parker-Spitzer," one of the most ill-conceived shows in the history of cable TV, kept his farewell remarks to a minimum quoting a famous passage from Theodore Roosevelt as to how critics don't matter, but men in the arena, no matter how bloodied and battered, do,
I wonder in Spitzer knew how often Richard Nixon cited this same quote after he was forced to resign the presidency in disgrace following Watergate. There is a lot of Nixon's darkness in Spitzer -- a lot. There is also a lot of Nixon seeing himself as a hero, the "strong man" who "stumbled" in the arena, but is still a great man.
Whatever gets you through the night, I guess.
But somebody should point out that sitting in a TV studio in New York talking about the days events is not exactly "being in the arena." The kind of politicians John Kennedy wrote about in "Profiles in Courage" were in the arena. Police officers in cities like Baltimore and military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan are in the arena. I'm going to stop right there, because I am starting to get mad all over again about Spitzer's arrogance and narcissism.
Anyway, here is the video courtesy of CNN. What do you think? I have to admit I am delighted to see Spitzer go, and I can find nothing good to say about his brief time on CNN.