Spitzer won’t be the first Jewish president — so what?

Matthew Yglesias

I suppose I should link to the official Eliot Spitzer resignation story. It’s too bad. He was a very promising, very solid political leader. What’s more, as we watch the would-be first woman president square off against the would-be first black president, I won’t deny having hoped on some level that Spitzer could be the first Jewish president someday. But most indications are that David Paterson will be a good governor and a good leader for New York state liberals, so given the damage already done to Spitzer’s resignation it’s hard not to see this move as for the best.

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