Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A bit more on Vitter

Thought this take on the Vitter scandal from Larry Sabato is worth reposting.

Larry Craig Versus David Vitter
Some observers have suggested that the GOP has shown its anti-gay colors in trying to force Craig out but not David Vitter, the Louisiana U.S. senator caught with his pants down in the heterosexual prostitute scandal [STORY LINK]. We disagree. This is simple politics. Idaho has a Republican Governor who would appoint another Republican to Craig's seat. The Bayou State currently has a Democratic Governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who would put a Democrat into Vitter's seat should he resign. Neither party is going to willingly toss a Senate seat to the other side. But we are prepared to revise our tentative judgment if there isn't pressure on Vitter to resign, or at least not run again in 2010, if (as expected) Congressman Bobby Jindal (R) is elected the Governor of Louisiana this November. Jindal would keep Vitter's seat Republican, and so the GOP has no real excuse for not showing Vitter the door. His performance on the hypocrisy scale has actually been much worse than Craig. Vitter has long presented himself as Mr. Family Values on the campaign trail and the U.S. Senate. The fact that his wife tolerates his behavior and "forgives" him is no more an excuse for him than it should be for Bill Clinton.

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