The David Vitter Problem

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    Jun 09, 2011 4:54 AM GMT

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    Jun 09, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    As Maddow points out the Republican Party leadership giving Sen. Vitter a pass for worse sexual misconduct than Rep. Weiner, so too their surrogates here on RJ have done.

    I can't recall southbeach1500 posting something over a dozen separate posts critical of Vitter, as he did about Weiner. Nor did he spam us about Sen. "Wide Stance" Craig, and likewise not for Rep. Foley and his dalliances with underage male House pages. Nor did any of the other right-wing robots we have here post anything so unrelentingly critical as they have about Weiner, instead continuing to channel the Republican Party line to us, as they always do.

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    Jun 09, 2011 11:19 AM GMT
    Oh where's Larry Flynt again when we need him?icon_lol.gif
    He should just run that ad every 5 years or so.
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:21 AM GMT
    You can always count on Rachel Maddow to call out the BS of the GOP.
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:25 AM GMT
    I'm still waiting for the headline magic of SB to use the name "Vitter" like he did with "Weiner" (the all-purpose meat).

    *crickets*
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:26 AM GMT
    I LOVE the fact that Vitter PAYS for sex which .... at least up until now outside of some places in Nevada is AGIN The Law

    and where is the investigation?

    David Vitter winds up on a client list for a Prostitute Madame and Where is teh Capitol Hill press?

    Again ..... It's Okay If You're a Republican IOKIYAR
    You can Boff all you want and break the law doing it


    ........................................... as long as you're a republican
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    Jun 09, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    GQjock saidI LOVE the fact that Vitter PAYS for sex which .... at least up until now outside of some places in Nevada is AGIN The Law

    and where is the investigation?

    David Vitter winds up on a client list for a Prostitute Madame and Where is teh Capitol Hill press?

    Again ..... It's Okay If You're a Republican IOKIYAR
    You can Boff all you want and break the law doing it


    ........................................... as long as you're a republican




    Not to mention the fact that Vitter would wear a diaper and have the hookers he was playing with treat him like a baby and change his poo-poo diaper.
    Sicko!
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    Jun 09, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    jprichva saidAs usual, the complete absence from this thread of our right-wing pals is both unsurprising and amusing.


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    Jun 09, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    jprichva saidAs usual, the complete absence from this thread of our right-wing pals is both unsurprising and amusing.



    But they sure have time to post more threads on Weiner!

    After the dismal May the Repubs had, and the dropping poll numbers for the Repubs in Congress, and the public's overwheming disapproval of the Ryan Repub budget proposal - it's not surprising that the right-wingers here on RJ and in general have jumped on this silly story with gusto (and desperation).
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    Jun 09, 2011 8:41 PM GMT
    jprichva saidAs usual, the complete absence from this thread of our right-wing pals is both unsurprising and amusing.


    It's only a problem if you choose to recognize it as a problem.

    Weiner is just the acute exacerbation of a chronic problem, and that's who people choose to focus on today. The Republicans choose not to focus on Vitter/Sanford/Craig, and the Democrats didn't press their advantage then...tactical errors.
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    Jun 09, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    Apparently the Republicans don't see it as a problem. Darrell Issa, the most ethical person in the whole Congress, sees "different standards" for Republicans and Democrats.
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/09/241264/darrell-issa-weiner-double-standard/
    HEWITT: Yeah, so I’m going to come back to that in a segment where we can set it up. But I do have to ask you, Eric Cantor, the leader of the Republicans today, called on Anthony Weiner to quit, said I don’t condone his activity, and I think he should resign. What’s your opinion, Darrell Issa?

    ISSA: Well, first of all, I agree with Eric, who’s my leader, and who’s a classmate of mine and a friend. But I think Eric’s missing one point. Anthony Weiner’s not a Republican. He won’t resign. There’s a different standard between Republicans and Democrats. Yes, if he were Chris Lee, well, actually, Chris Lee did less and resigned immediately. There is a different standard that Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor hold us to. And we should hold ourselves to it, but if we don’t, in the case of Chris Lee, who didn’t, you’re gone. They’re not doing that on the other side. [...]

    Out of 435 members and six delegates and commissioners, we are going to have human failures. The question is, will we hold ourselves to the standards Republicans are being held to, or the no standards the Democrats hold themselves to?


    True that.

    Republicans:
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/09/241264/darrell-issa-weiner-double-standard/While Issa is correct is saying there seems to be a “different standard” between the parties when it comes to scandals, he need only look across the Capitol to the Senate to see that he has it backwards. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) admitted in 2007 to patronizing the DC Madam prostitution ring — a crime “a degree or two more egregious” than Weiner’s, as former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said — yet Vitter remains in the Senate to this day. How did Republicans respond to Vitter’s transgression? With “a concerted push” to defend the embattled senator. “[T]he state GOP organized the release of a flurry of supportive statements,” the New Orleans Times Picayune reported at the time.

    Issa could also look at the case of former Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), who remained in the Senate a full two years after admitting to having an extramarital affair with the wife of a staffer, whom he bribed with $96,000 in hush money and illegally helped acquire a lobbying job. Ensign only resigned last month because of the pending release of a damning Senate Ethics Committee investigation and the possibly that he could be kicked out of the chamber.

    In neither case did GOP leaders call for the senators to step down. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was satisfied with Ensign giving up his GOP leadership spot in 2009, saying, “He’s accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to his family and constituents.” Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the Senate’s number two Republican, offered support for Ensign, calling him a good friend and saying he still had a role to play in the party. “He’s a very intelligent senator,” Kyl said. “John is a person of great faith. So I know this is a very, very difficult deal for he and his family.”


    Democrats:
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/09/241264/darrell-issa-weiner-double-standard/
    In contrast, House Democratic Leaders like Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steve Israel (D-NY) have called for an ethics investigation, while Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Mike Michaud (D-ME), and many more privately, have called for Weiner’s resignation.
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    jprichva saidAs usual, the complete absence from this thread of our right-wing pals is both unsurprising and amusing.


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    I'm right-of-center and Vitter should be history. Happy?
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    cbdtw79 saidI'm right-of-center and Vitter should be history. Happy?

    Yes, but I don't think you're the focus of the comments here. It's about the right-wing robots who spam this anti-Democratic stuff here continuously, apparently unable to contribute anything else except what is ultimately anti-gay politics to a gay health & fitness site. It does make you wonder about their mission here. icon_question.gif
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    At least our creepy guy (Weiner) is hotter than their creepy guy (Vitter).

    And by the way, I am half joking. I think this whole thing is a non issue (or should be).
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
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    jprichva saidAs usual, the complete absence from this thread of our right-wing pals is both unsurprising and amusing.


    Hi everyone! icon_biggrin.gif


    The hypocrite SB has arrived!!

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    Jun 09, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    ...the usual crowd of lefties said:blah blah blah awful nasty right wing blah blah blah


    Heh.

    I couldn't care less about who Wiener showed his weener too.

    Although Mrs. Wiener probably is not liking her life about now (or maybe she is, as she figures out how to milk him for every last $ he has...)

    I do think he is a bit of an annoying loudmouth, and a grandstanding arsehole whose indiscretions have caught up with him, made worse by his initial loud declarations of his fidelity in front of the Capitol.
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    alphatrigger said
    ...the usual crowd of lefties said:blah blah blah awful nasty right wing blah blah blah


    Heh.

    I couldn't care less about who Wiener showed his weener too.

    Although Mrs. Wiener probably is not liking her life about now (or maybe she is, as she figures out how to milk him for every last $ he has...)

    I do think he is a bit of an annoying loudmouth, and a grandstanding arsehole whose indiscretions have caught up with him, made worse by his initial loud declarations of his fidelity in front of the Capitol.


    This is not a Weiner thread. Care to comment on Vitter? icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 09, 2011 11:47 PM GMT
    alphatrigger said
    ...the usual crowd of lefties said:blah blah blah awful nasty right wing blah blah blah


    Heh.

    I couldn't care less about who Wiener showed his weener too.

    Although Mrs. Wiener probably is not liking her life about now (or maybe she is, as she figures out how to milk him for every last $ he has...)

    I do think he is a bit of an annoying loudmouth, and a grandstanding arsehole whose indiscretions have caught up with him, made worse by his initial loud declarations of his fidelity in front of the Capitol.


    I doubt she is trying to figure out how to milk him. She has been Hilary Clinton's aide since 1996. It's a pretty safe bet to say she makes good money. She's not just some trophy wife.

    She has also known about Weiner's indiscretions before they were married.
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    Creature, you digress.

    Today's topic:

    The hypocrisy of the GOP as shown by their contradictory standards with regards to Vitter and Weiner.
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:06 AM GMT
    alphatrigger said
    ...the usual crowd of lefties said:blah blah blah awful nasty right wing blah blah blah


    Heh.

    I couldn't care less about who Wiener showed his weener too.

    Although Mrs. Wiener probably is not liking her life about now (or maybe she is, as she figures out how to milk him for every last $ he has...)

    I do think he is a bit of an annoying loudmouth, and a grandstanding arsehole whose indiscretions have caught up with him, made worse by his initial loud declarations of his fidelity in front of the Capitol.




    "milk him for every last $ he has"???
    Based on WHAT?
    Weiner didn't have sex with anyone other than HIS WIFE.
    Which explains why it's Weiner's WIFE who is pregnant - unlike the Schwarzenegger sleaze, where Arnie impregnated the family housekeeper.

    What Weiner did is the equivalent of:
    1.) flirting with someone other than his wife,
    and
    2.) fantasizing about having sex with someone other than his wife.
    NEITHER of which is grounds for divorce.
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    q1w2e3 said
    alphatrigger said
    ...the usual crowd of lefties said:blah blah blah awful nasty right wing blah blah blah


    Heh.

    I couldn't care less about who Wiener showed his weener too.

    Although Mrs. Wiener probably is not liking her life about now (or maybe she is, as she figures out how to milk him for every last $ he has...)

    I do think he is a bit of an annoying loudmouth, and a grandstanding arsehole whose indiscretions have caught up with him, made worse by his initial loud declarations of his fidelity in front of the Capitol.


    This is not a Weiner thread. Care to comment on Vitter? icon_lol.gif





    Weiner! Weiner! Weiner!

    Now you liberals can go back to going on about something that happened a few years ago while continuing to ignore TODAY's news which is about WEINER!


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    Weiner and Schwarzenegger.
    Which one of them is a bigger sleaze?
    Arnie - hands down by a mile no contest!
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Why do you guys insist on using logic with Republicans? That ship has sailed.
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
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    jprichva saidAs usual, the complete absence from this thread of our right-wing pals is both unsurprising and amusing.


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    I'm right-of-center and Vitter should be history. Happy?


    Personally, I don't think it's any of our business what consenting adults do in their private lives. What makes the Vitter example so egregious is that stunning hypocrisy of the Republicans in calling for Weiner to resign for what? His sex life? His denials to the press? Of the two, Vitter broke the law by frequenting prostitutes. Weiner has broken no laws that we know of, and if you think Weiner should resign then Vitter must go as well. And Ensign was not shown the door by Republicans. It was only in the face of an ethics investigation that he decided not to run again.
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    Jun 10, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    Christian73 said And Ensign was not shown the door by Republicans. It was only in the face of an ethics investigation that he decided to quit in order not to be kicked out in shame.


    Corrected. icon_biggrin.gif