The Note: Eliot's Mess

Obama and Clinton skip ahead to Pennsylvania on Tuesday -- just six weeks away -- while McCain is in St. Louis and New York City. And Spitzer watch continues in Albany. Get the candidates' schedules in The Note's Sneak Peek.

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More on Spitzer: "The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer's suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes," ABC's Brian Ross reports. "It was only months later that the IRS and the FBI determined that Spitzer wasn't hiding bribes but payments to a company called QAT, what prosecutors say is a prostitution operation operating under the name of the Emperors Club."

"Spitzer, who made his name by bringing high-profile cases against many of New York's financial giants, is likely to be prosecuted under a relatively obscure statute called 'structuring,' according to a Justice Department official," Ross reports. "Structuring involves creating a series of financial movements designed to obscure the true purpose of the payments."

"It's Schadenfreude time on Wall Street," Aaron Lucchetti and Monica Langley write in The Wall Street Journal. "The news stunned traders on Wall Street, where Mr. Spitzer long has been viewed with fear and contempt. Some view the revelations as a huge hypocrisy for a man, who as New York's attorney general, had aggressively pushed for ethics and fair play on Wall Street earlier this decade. People who clashed hardest with Mr. Spitzer are among those crowing the loudest."

The New York Post demands Spitzer's resignation.

As does the New York Daily news.

Here's why Spitzer's career has already ended: "In his elected time he talked, he pointed the finger, he preached, he denounced, and he called up others and threatened," Newsday columnist Dan Janison writes. "Now that he has evidently earned the designation 'Client 9' in a federal affidavit involving prostitution charges, Spitzer's political life is over."

Among the many reasons Republicans are smiling over the Spitzer affair: "The accusations that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer patronized a high-priced call girl tarnishes, if not undermines, the Democrats' attempt to portray the Republican Party as the party of corruption in this year's elections, even as it probably ends his own political career," Donald Lambro writes in the Washington Times.

Slate's Christopher Beam: "In the end, the Spitzer fallout is more likely to damage the party than Hillary's candidacy. For the past eight years, most of the lying, cheating, child molestation, and public sex has been the proud reserve of Republicans (or at least they excel at getting caught). The Spitzer scandal could flip that story line toward Democrats."

Clinton's playing up her roots in Pennsylvania: "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York got a raucous welcome from her father's old neighbors yesterday as she kicked off her Democratic presidential drive for the delegates and big-state momentum that Pennsylvania will award in six weeks," James O'Toole writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton returned yesterday to the city where she was baptized to kick off her campaign for the Pennsylvania presidential primary," Thomas Fitzgerald writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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