Thursday, July 12, 2007

Vitter Update

Lots of new details are emerging on the Vitter story. Many of them are irrelevant, superficial details that don't matter, and I won't chronicle them here - even though I know a good chunk of my readers found this site by running a blog search for "vitter diaper". Come on, people. Do Vitter's various fetishes really matter? A sexual affair is a sexual affair, regardless of how you like the sex, and paying for sex is illegal, regardless of what it is you specifically pay for. (Though I will admit, the fact that a grown man is into diapers is worth a snigger or two.)

What is relevant is this:

1) Unlike Senator Vitter, the Louisiana GOP may actually be sticking to its family values, and seems to want him out. Per the Shreveport Times, "Some top Louisiana Republicans are discussing whether to ask U.S. Sen. David Vitter to resign and packaging a deal with Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco to appoint a place-holding Republican to take his spot. Speculation has centered around former Gov. David Treen, a Republican defeated by Vitter in the 1999 congressional race." I don't expect this to happen, but what I said the other day about this case not making a real political impact is starting to look a little foolish. In the same article, Roy Fletcher, a media consultant for the Louisiana GOP, said, "I don't think Vitter will last a week."

2) Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, another vile, vile man, is the one who outed Vitter as part of his revived campaign to embarass hypocritical family-values politicians. (Flynt also brought down Speaker Bob Livingston, who was replaced in Congress by - guess who - David Vitter. Gotta love it.) Flynt says Vitter is connected to at least five New Orleans prostitutes. He may even have an illegitimate child. It's starting to seem less and less likely that his apology was genuine, and more and more likely that he's a hypocritical, immoral pervert.

3) Although soliciting prostitutes is illegal, thus making Senator Vitter a criminal, the statute of limitations has run out and he is not likely to face charges. That's ok, having his name dragged through the national mud and losing his career is likely punishment enough.

4) Vitter has gone into hiding, just like that pedophile Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) did last September.

5) As far as I can tell, Louisiana's next Governor, Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), a Congressman for northern New Orleans and the North Shore, has so far stayed silent on the matter. Unlike most liberals, I do respect Rep. Jindal, so I hope he comes out with a statement condemning Vitter soon. I don't expect this scandal to effect Rep. Jindal, but he should still say something.

The NOLA blogosphere is all over this, but Your Right Hand Thief in particular is doing a heckuva job keeping up with everything.

But you know what? None of it's important. What is important is this: the Canal Street Madame says Vitter is a good man. And that makes it all ok, right? Per the Times Picayune, "She said all the girls that were with Vitter described him as a kind, respectful man, who did not talk down to them or use drugs. 'I'm not out to ruin a marriage, I'm out to save a man... I want his wife to know he's a good man, I want his children to know he's a good father. If he had sex out of wedlock, so what? At least he stayed with his children." If he broke his promises to his wife, if he cheated on her and showed he wasn't committed to their love, if he's a devote Catholic who broke one of the Ten Commandments, if he lectured others about their morality while dinking around himself, if he broke the law and paid for sex - so what?

Snark.

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