There should be a new rule added to all stylebooks: whenever a politican makes the news, their party affiliation should be the very first word of the story. As in, "Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York . . . " It would just be a consistent and fair way to do it.
But his stint as governor has been marred by several problems, including an unpopular plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and a plot by his aides to smear Spitzer's main Republican nemesis.
See? They added a clue to the guessing game.