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SENATOR DAVID VITTER SHOULD RESIGN
VITTER OBVIOUSLY MISUNDERSTANDS THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN PERSONAL FORGIVENESS AND POLITICAL FORGIVENESS
VITTER IN THE SOUP WITH "BROTHEL" ALLEGATIONS
(CHICAGO)(July 17, 2007) Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has a problem: he likes brothels and prostitutes. He should resign and return to private life before he further embarrasses the Republican Party.
Vitter obviously continues to bogus-up the public with his latest "family values" news conference nonsense.
Now no one is perfect, least among us me (full disclosure: there are no prostitutes in my past). But there is a wide chasm between personal failings and public hypocrisy. Vitter is entitled to the freedom to patronize prostitutes and to do just about anything else his wife will tolerate. But he can't stand tall before the people of either Louisiana or the United States while engaging in such behavior.
The fact that Vitter claims "God" has forgiven him in the pubic arena has no bearing on whether he is entitled to forgiveness in the public arena. There us a very big disconnect between divine forgiveness and public forgiveness.
If I remember correctly one of the sins Jesus rails against is hypocrisy ("Let he among you who has not sinned…," etc.). Jesus constantly harangues hypocrites. And Vitter is a world-class hypocrite, campaigning on high moral standards while walking the mean streets of New Orleans in search of poon tang.
Bill Clinton is no excuse for Vitter to stay in office either. Republicans impeached Clinton for lying about his sexual proclivities. Vitter was throwing stones then.
Vitter's claim that he can preach "family values" while practicing something entirely different is an insult to our intelligence. Vitter did not have a one-night indiscretion in an otherwise exemplary career. Rather, like Bill Clinton, Vitter appears to have been extremely adept at concealing his sexual indiscretions and addiction.
I worked on Capital Hill and I know how young lovelies throw themselves at senators and representatives. It's pathetic. But if they are giving it away in the Capitol why is Vitter out buying the stuff from a madam? Therein lies the fallacy of his conduct. We can all understand momentary temptation; temptation is all around us. But it is hard to understand a chronic pattern of patronizing commercial sex.
Tom Roeser, an Illinois conservative, has speculated on his blog [http://www.tomroeser.com] that former Senator Fred Thompson is delaying an announcement for president because his minions are out trying to cap "bimbo eruptions" before Fred becomes a candidate. I have no idea. But the fact that someone such as Roeser sees suspicious circumstances is reason to pause. Will Thompson disappoint? We'll have to wait and see.
Vitter's refusal to answer questions about his psychological problems is a sure sign there is more out there. Maybe this is a case for Jackie Mason, the Broadway comedian who thinks that wives should go to jail when husbands patronize prostitutes [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkusHBjGp7c]. Somehow that might not play very well with the family values crowd either.
In the end, Vitter should resign to spare us more hypocrisy and more embarrassment at the national level. There is no easy answer to his personal problems but there is an easy solution for his public hypocrisy. Resign. At least he'll make the girls on Bourbon Street happy. Before he goes back to the streets, however, Vitter should read "One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding", a 1960's novel by Robert Gover.
------------------------------------------Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers regional, national and world politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Cell (917) 664-9329 Web sites: ContrarianCommentary.com; AndyforUSSenator.com.