DC Madame scandal: Vitter, hoist, petard
And away we go! Sen. David Vitter, a conservative Louisiana Republican, has become the first major pol linked to “DC Madame” Deborah Jane Palfrey.
[UPDATE: Won’t you please help save Sen. Vitter’s winky?]
A bit of context is in order.
- Vitter is a no-compromises god-n-country anti-hanky-panky conservative who in 1998 said that Louisiana Rep. Bob Livingston’s resignation over marital infidelity “makes a very powerful argument that [President Bill] Clinton should resign as well.” [Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12/20/98. Pg. 04D]
- Vitter is so serious about marriage that he supported a Federal Sanctity of Marriage Amendment. “This is a real outrage. The Hollywood left is redefining the most basic institution in human history, and our two U.S. Senators won’t do anything about it. We need a U.S. Senator who will stand up for Louisiana values, not Massachusetts’s values. I am the only Senate Candidate to coauthor the Federal Marriage Amendment; the only one fighting for its passage. I am the only candidate proposing changes to the senate rules to stop liberal obstructionists from preventing an up or down vote on issues like this, judges, energy, and on and on.”
- However, Vitter has been forgiven by his wife and God: “Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there – with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.”
Let me make sure I’m tracking here. Bubba getting his hooter buffed is a public matter that demand his resignation (and impeachment?) Vitter whistling up some streetwalkers is a private matter between him, God and the little lady. Got it. Moving on.
But maybe Vitter has suffered enough. “Asked by an interviewer in 2000 whether she could forgive her husband if she learned he’d had an extramarital affair, as Hillary Clinton and Bob Livingston’s wife had done, Wendy Vitter told the Times-Picayune: ‘I’m a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary. If he does something like that, I’m walking away with one thing, and it’s not alimony, trust me.'”
Or maybe that talk-tough hypocritical blowhard thing runs in the family. Hard to say….