Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Hypocrite Update: Vitter Part Deux

It was revealed yesterday that Senator David Vitter (R-LA) likes to schtup prostitutes. His phone number showed up on the DC Madam's list and another madam down in Louisiana said Vitter was a regular customer at her brothel in New Orleans. Vitter issued a public apology and said "This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible." And yet Vitter, who ran on a platform of "Family Values" and who said back in 2004 that biggest threat facing the United States was the erosion of traditional marriage, really hasn't taken responsibility for his behavior. At least not the kind of responsibility he has wanted other politicians to take for sexual miscues:

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) first got his start in Congress after replacing former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA), who “abruptly resigned after disclosures of numerous affairs” in 1998. At the time, Vitter argued that an extramarital affair was grounds for resignation:

“I think Livingston’s stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess,” he said. [Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 12/20/98]

Shouldn't Vitter step down too so we can "move beyond this mess"? Or is Vitter judging himself by different standards than Clinton and Livingston.

POSTSCRIPT: As part of the hypocrisy update, Lou Dobbs said last night on CNN that by saying he takes responsibility for his actions, Vitter has made the scandal all better and everybody should forgive and forget and move on. But Dobbs conveniently ignored Vitter's own past sanctimonies with other philandering politicians when he said Vitter had shown more character than other politicians caught in similar scandals. Not a surprise. Dobbs himself is a sanctimonious asshole (though he's not big on pointing out other people's sexual miscues...rather it's brown people that gets him going...)

SECOND POSTSCRIPT: One final note on the Vitter matter. I heard someone say yesterday that if the politicians are going back to schtupping prostitutes, at least the interns are safe again.

To which I reply "Amen, brother!"

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