Daily Archives: June 13, 2011

Weiner Scandal Exposes The Republican Hypocrisy Named David Vitter

It has been almost comical watching elected Republican politicians and conservative pundits calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) immediate resignation as the result of his recent scandal involving  sexually explicit photos and emails. We are all now fully aware that Rep. Weiner stepped outside the moral bounds of his marriage. We are also fully aware of the fact that there has not been any allegation that Weiner actually had sexual relations with any woman outside his marriage. He has also been cleared by law enforcement of any allegations of sexting to a 17 year old.

Nonetheless, the Weiner situation is disturbing. Although the voting public has learned otherwise on multiple occasions, we still want to believe that our elected officials will not only do their best to legislate in the best interest of their constituents, but we would also like to believe that they will be some sort of a moral compass. Those hopeful beliefs are, unfortunately, too often dashed by the reality that the political arena (like all other fields of employment) is comprised of moral heroes and moral villains.

These heroes and villains of moral behavior exist in all political parties. No one political party is either all good or all bad. The examples of bi-partisan sexual misbehavior are mind-numbing. A problem arises however, when one party unilaterally declares that it is the party of “family values” or is comprised of members of the “moral majority”. When one party declares that it (to the exclusion of the other parties) is the better defender of morality and wholesomeness, that party better be prepared to withstand scrutiny. It is the Republican Party which has taken that stance time and again but has been exposed by its own hypocrisy.

This is where the comedy sets in. Those members of the GOP and the conservative media calling for Rep. Weiner to “do the right thing” and resign his office are literally tripping over themselves while trying to avoid the 800 pound gorilla in their own living room. That gorilla is named David Vitter.

David Vitter is a sitting Republican US Senator from Louisiana who was the sponsor of the Marriage Protection Amendment. He is a staunch political  conservative that previously served in the House of Representatives after having replaced Republican Robert Livingston when Livingston was forced to resign as the result of an adultery scandal. At the time, Vitter said,

“It’s obviously a tremendous loss for the state. I think Livingston’s stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess”, referring to Bill Clinton’sMonica Lewinsky scandal.

Problem is, it was later revealed that Vitter, a married man with children, had been conducting a lengthy affair with at least one New Orleans prostitute. When initially confronted with the accusation, Vitter said that the allegation was, ” absolutely and completely untrue.” However, in July 2007 his phone number appeared in the records of the infamous “DC Madam.” Consequently, Vitter finally fessed up and said

“This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. 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.”

In short, David Vitter was involved in a sex scandal of his very own. Not only was he unfaithful to his wife and children while in office, he also admitted to committing the crime of hiring prostitutes. Let’s repeat that. David Vitter actually had sexual relations outside of his marriage by means of engaging in criminal activity. This was not sending explicit photos and text via email or Twitter, it was actual illegal sex with prostitutes. To add insult to injury, it was later alleged by one of his call girls that Vitter liked to be dressed in diapers during his sessions. (See diaper story here).

This is where Republican and conservative media hypocrisy rears its ugly head. You see, after having been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, Vitter did not resign. To make matters worse, the Republican Party leadership did not call for Vitter’s resignation either. In fact, there was not one sitting federal Republican politician that demanded Vitter’s resignation. Not only did the Republican Party brush Vitter’s indiscretions under the table, they continu to fund-raise on his behalf and accept donations from his political action committee which is hilariously named the Louisiana Reform PAC (emphasis added). David Vitter continues to hold his US Senate seat today. No Republicans or members of the conservative media are calling for his resignation despite the fact that Rep. Weiner’s indiscretions pale in comparison to David Vitter’s.

Inasmuch as a picture (or in this case, a video clip) is worth a thousand words. Watch how Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus reacted when he appeared yesterday on Meet The Press  and was presented with the fact that he is being hypocritical for demanding Anthony Weiner’s resignation but not David Vitter’s. Rather than give a coherent defense for his position (which he cannot because one does not exist) Priebus embarrassingly attempts to change the subject to the the economy and the price of gas. Priebus’ evasion is laughable to say the least.

If you would like to watch a truly in depth discussion of the GOP’s “Vitter Problem” here is a segment from Rachel Maddow. Facts are facts and Maddow fully lays them out. Please watch the entire video clip.

Can you say double standard?

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

Walk Like An Egyptian song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc5jjHhD9BY

WALK WITH AN ERECTION

(sung to the Bangles song “Walk Like An Egyptian”)

All the G.O.P.s in bedrooms
They do the sex dance with their hoes
They’re getting their kicks (oh whey oh)
They think that their wives will never know

There sat Larry Craig with a smile
Hoping to score a tete-a-tete
He set for awhile (oh whey oh)
On the airport Men’s Room toilet

Cleans his pipe with a Handy Wipe play
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk with an erection

Mark Sanford goes missing for days
In South America for a score
He’s got the moves (oh whey oh)
But he’s a fink and his gal’s a whore

John Ensign met his while at work
Along with her son and her husband
He paid them like kings (oh whey oh)
No talking of his erection

All the guys in the G.O.P. say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk with an erection

(marital affair break)

Newt Gingrich left his wife with no tact
In the cancer ward on her back
Life is hard you know (oh whey oh)
He even took her new Cadillac

Mark Vitter pulled out all the stops
His escorts charged him the very tops
They sing and dance (oh whey oh)
Spent his way right into hawk

Then there’s Mark Foley with his men
He says he won’t do it again
But those heinies know (oh whey oh)
He works with a big erection

All the boys in the G.O.P. say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk with an erection
Walk with an erection

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