The much-ballyhooed CNN prime-time talk show starring Eliot Spitzer, the formerly disgraced governor of New York, and the brainy political writer Kathleen Parker has hit bottom.

Parker, cast in the stand-by-her-man role on the show, occasionally throwing in a word or two, is fed up playing second fiddle to the motor-mouth Spitzer, who sucks up all the air during the 8 p.m. Eastern “Parker Spitzer” hour, the New York Post reported Wednesday, quoting unidentified sources.

Word has spread in the gossip media that Parker, 58, a Pulitzer Prize winner, walked off the set during a pre-taping a few weeks ago. She was said to be furious that the hard-charging Spitzer is allowed to take over the show night after night.

"So, we can talk about this in an adult way, the way I want to talk about it, my ground rules. Or I can remind everyone you use to f**k hookers." - Jon Stewart

…a NEXIS media search reveals that the word “disgraced” appears extremely close to the phrase “Eliot Spitzer” (within two words) a total of 394 times.

By blindingly stark contrast, ever since he got caught hiring prostitutes to wrap him in diapers while campaigning on the basis of Family Values, the word “disgraced” appeared within two words of the name “David Vitter” a grand total of 4 times — all from small blogs.

I thought about this issue because Newt Gingrich announced today that he was seriously considering running for President, and I virtually never see the word “disgraced” attached to his name; in fact, in the 3 years since he confessed to James Dobson that he was cheating on his second wife with his then-mistress-and-congressional-aide/now-third-wife, at the same time as he was leading the Clinton impeachment hearings…

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In November, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz and Jeremy Ben-Ami, the executive director of J Street, debated American Foreign Policy and Israel in a discussion moderated by Eliot Spitzer at the 92nd Street Y.

Questions asked included: Should military solutions or diplomatic ones be favored? What is the role of pro-Israel advocacy at a time of changing relationships between the U.S. and Israel? Does the traditional lobby speak for all, or even most, American Jews?

In the highlights above, Dershowitz and Ben-Ami begin by addressing a question by Eliot on their stance on the two state solution and a cessation of settlements. They moved to a debate over Iran and their nuclear program, and how best to deal with that. Both men agreed that the time for sanctions were now. The debate became heated at times, though in the end, both men shook hands after Alan made reference to Shakespeare. As Eliot said, “We not only solved the problems of the Middle East, but now we all understand great literature.”

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Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales had a really terrific interview today with Eliot Spitzer on why Bernie Sanders is right and Ben Bernanke should not be confirmed for another term as Federal Reserve Chairman and that Tim Geithner should be replaced as Treasury Secretary. One question Amy Goodman asked I found particularly interesting was this one along with Spitzer's answer:

AMY GOODMAN: Do you think you were partly taken down by the very entities you were going after?

ELIOT SPITZER: I have been very careful in saying that I resigned because of what I did. And I have no doubt that there were many people whom I had—was on the—were opposed to me, very powerful forces, who were happy to see me go. Whether they participated, I’ll let others figure that out. I resigned because of what I did. And whatever they’re involved in doesn’t excuse what I did.

I'm sure a lot of others like myself were left wondering after the prostitution scandal broke if Spitzer was set up. He didn't say no.

Full transcript available here.

The interview is way too long to put on our servers, but way too good not to share all of it, so I'm using their embed player.

Eliot Spitzer: Geithner, Bernanke “Complicit” in Financial Crisis and Should Go

AMY GOODMAN: Do you think you were partly taken down by the very entities you were going after?

ELIOT SPITZER: I have been very careful in saying that I resigned because of what I did. And I have no doubt that there were many people whom I had—was on the—were opposed to me, very powerful forces, who were happy to see me go. Whether they participated, I’ll let others figure that out. I resigned because of what I did. And whatever they’re involved in doesn’t excuse what I did.

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