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The Spitzer resignation countdown clock; Update: Spitzer t-shirt-mania!; Update: Reports say resignation effective Monday; Update: O.J.-like media circus awaiting 11:30am presser; Update: "I have begun to atone."

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 12, 2008 06:49 AM

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My reaction to the Spitzer statement: The words did not match his still-defiant attitude. The continued emphasis on “private failings.” The continued lack of humility. The continued emphasis on his commitment to the “public good.” He’d best serve the “public good” by staying out of the public eye and quit his do-gooder crusading.

As for Silda Wall Spitzer’s presence next to her cheating hubby again, Maggie Gallagher asks: “…can we at least end this barbaric practice of dragging your wife before the cameras while you confess your shameful guilt? If she wasn’t there in the hotel room when you did your crime, don’t ask her to do your time.”

Well, nobody forced her to stand there. We have free will. Silda made her choice.

Here’s the vid. Here’s the transcript.

One last thought: Notice how the coward Spitzer can’t bother to look at his wife.

11:48am Eastern. Rough transcript: In the past few days, I have begun to atone for my private failings with my wife Silda, children…remorse will always be with me…words cannot describe grateful compassion they have shown me…i am deeply sorry that i did not live up to what was expected on me…to every new yorker…i sincerely apologize…i look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been…i…have accomplished a great deal…cannot let my private failings interrupt…work…i am resigning from the office of governor…march 17…as i leave public life, i will first do what i need to do to help and heal myself and my family…will try to work outside of politics to serve the public good. I hope all of new york will join my prayers for David Paterson…

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Scroll down for updates…resignation reportedly effective Monday…11:11am Eastern: Media stakeout, black SUV outside Spitzer’s apartment…Fox reports that Mrs. Spitzer will accompany Eliot Mess…

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Tick.

Tick.

Tick.

He’s been riding his high horse so long, he can’t make himself dismount quick enough. The WSJ reports:

New York governor Eliot Spitzer resisted mounting calls for his resignation Tuesday, as he first tried to work out an agreement with prosecutors not to file criminal charges against him…

…Mr. Spitzer’s lawyers argued Tuesday that the governor didn’t violate federal money-laundering or structuring laws because he didn’t hide the transactions, which were in his name and from his bank accounts. In negotiations with prosecutors of Manhattan’s U.S. Attorney’s office, his lead lawyer, Michele Hirshman, a partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, said it would be unfair to charge Mr. Spitzer. People familiar with the legal team’s thinking say Ms. Hirshman argued that men who use the services of prostitutes rarely get charged with crimes, even when prostitutes and ringleaders do.

Mr. Spitzer won’t resign until he reaches an agreement with the government not to pursue charges, say those familiar with his legal team’s thinking.

A poll released late Tuesday found that 70% of New Yorkers think Mr. Spitzer should resign, while 66% believe he should be impeached and removed from office if he doesn’t. “It’s a big thumbs down,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll. “It points to just how politically untenable his position is right now.”

Even if Mr. Spitzer resigns, 49% of New Yorkers said he should face criminal charges. The telephone poll conducted Tuesday surveyed 624 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Any legal case could be significant for Mr. Spitzer’s future. Whether or not he remains in politics, the 48-year-old Mr. Spitzer likely would lose his license to practice law if convicted of a felony.

Robert Bidinotto weighs in on the moral transgressions of Eliot Spitzer that the media continue to ignore.

And my friends at The People’s Cube, who lampooned Operation Corner Office two years ago, have the photoshop of the day:

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Get gone, already.

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Update 9:30am Eastern. It was inevitable: Spitzer t-shirt-mania!

Hot apparel: Client #9 shirts.

I like these better from The People’s Cube:

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Update 10:00am Eastern. Still waiting…

Update 10:05am Eastern. Fox and AP say resignation will be effective Monday.

Update 10:12am Eastern: New word via Derb – Spitzenfreude.

Update 10:16am Eastern. Speaking of Spitzenfreude, Lone Star Times photoshops The Playas’ Ball.

Update 10:30am Eastern. Allah’s on Spitzer Watch. CNBC apparently got the scoop that the actual resignation will come down at 11:00am…now closer to 11:30am.

Update 10:46am Eastern. More Spitzenfreuder from the brilliant Iowahawk.

Update 10:56am Eastern. There’s an O.J.-like media swarm outside Spitzer’s high-rise apartment. In Albany, Republican State Senate majority leader Joe Bruno called on NY to move forward and prepare for transition.

Update 11:01am Eastern. A zinger from Michael Ramirez.

Update 11:13am Eastern. Watch the “Apartment Stakeout Cam” at FoxNews.com.

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