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Give it Up, Mr. D

July 9, 2010

At some point, people are going to look back on Troopergate with absolute bewilderment. 

They are going to wonder why in the world it became such a huge controversy that lasted so long and diverted so much energy and attention from important issues. 

To the extent there’s a meaningful reflection to be made about this matter at this stage of the game (three years later), it may be this:  Troopergate was a collective failure of reason. It was a situation in which nobody —  nobody — acquitted themselves well. 

Not Spitzer, who panicked and threw his own people overboard. 

Not Bruno, who was brilliant with his media pushback, but then way, way, way overplayed his victim status. 

Not members of the media, who competed amongst themselves to report more and more outlandish claims. 

Not the investigators – not Cuomo, Soares or the Public Integrity Commission, who rushed, bungled and compromised their probes, respectively. 

And lastly, not the courts. From what we can tell, the judge had a chance to weigh in the merits of Spitzer spokesman Darren Dopp’s case, but obviously didn’t want to do so and dismissed the case on a bizarre technicality – a failure to properly serve papers on a party that was only indirectly involved in matter. 

This actually may be a fitting conclusion to this ridiculous saga. Perhaps Mr. Dopp, whom we know has a sense of irony, will agree and move on.

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