Ever since the best-selling book and the feature film, “the perfect storm” has become perhaps the most overused cliché of our time. So I try never to use it. But every so often there comes along its close analogue—the perfect story—that is, a piece of news that perfectly conveys several aspects of the truth of something in a very short space.
So today’s perfect story comes courtesy of the Huffington Post, with this story about an attorney in the New York Attorney General’s office who moonlights as a dominatrix. Turns out this particular public servant, Alisha Smith, was part of a large legal action against the Bank of America a few years back that extracted a $5 billion settlement from the bank. This is the perfect story because it combines several dominant (pardon the pun) strains of modern liberalism in a single person: it has lifestyle licentiousness (with a twist of feminism) alongside liberalism’s economic authoritarianism. Whips and chains all around, but especially if you are a private sector entity that attracts the attention of aspiring pols in New York’s political-legal hierarchy. In both cases you get perverse results, and for many liberals that’s the whole point.
The only question left to consider here is where Ms. Smith was when Elliot Spitzer needed her.