So now Anthony Weiner is gone, and the Republic, it would appear, will remain safe from moral implosion until the next zipper falls. The clouds have parted, and the world is safe once again for Beaver Cleaver, Ward, and June.
But what to do about Sen. David Vitter?
Look, I know we’re supposed to all be too tired by now of this whole mess and we should all be thankful that the path has been cleared to march on towards matters of substance such as the need for jobs, the debt ceiling, etc. I get that. But somehow it stillgets to me that the Democrats had all the energy they ever needed to hound fellow Democrat Anthony Weiner out of office, but they just couldn’t muster the same amount of enthusiasm to stir up the tar and feathers for Louisiana’s Republican Sen. David Vitter who, as I wrote in an earlier post, actually broke the law and had actual physical contact with a prostitute. Repeatedly.
And now, strangely enough, members of the Christian Right are speaking out and calling for Vitter to step down. Yes, you heard me. According to a recent piece from Think Progress, the Family Policy Network can even see how unjust it is for Weiner to have been vilified while giving Vitter a pass.
“There are a lot of people that I think are committing outright hypocrisy and are forced to do so as long as he (Vitter) remains in office,” said Joe Glover, the president of the Family Policy Network, based in Forest, Va. “I don’t think the senator should put those folks in the untenable position of having to pragmatically defend his presence in the Senate.”
Glover noted, for example, that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, had called on Weiner to resign, but had also contributed to Vitter’s 2010 re-election campaign.
An article that will be posted on the group’s website tomorrow asks, “So what did Republican leaders do about Senator Vitter? They let him off the hook.” The article continues, “[T]he public’s perception of Vitter as a sleazy, hypocritical Christian only served to tarnish the name of Christ among unbelievers.”
Indeed, while Weiner received universal condemnation from Democrats and Republicans alike, Vitter actually received a coordinated campaign of support from Louisiana Republicans and campaign donations from national Republican leaders — the same leaders who demanded Weiner’s resignation.
So is it really going to be members of the religious right who lead the charge for Vitter’s removal while the Democrats remain silent on this issue? Seriously?
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