Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Washington Hypocrites

Washington remains a city ripe with potential -- and actual -- hypocrites who will potentially sell their mother's soul in support of their own political aspirations and agendas. U.S. Sen. David Vitter [R-La.] can now count himself among those guilty of doublespeak after he confirmed earlier this week his phone number was on D.C. madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

Vitter is certainly not the first -- nor the last -- politician to find himself tainted by scandal. The Louisiana Republican's latest trials, however, require added scrutiny because he built his career upon his efforts to 'plant himself on the moral high ground' as New York Times reporter Adam Nossiter wrote today.

Vitter remained a fervent supporter of the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman in the United States Constitution. He confirmed this view in a letter to the New Orleans Times-Picayune last year.

"I'm a conservative who opposes radically redefining marriage, the most important social institution in human history," Vitter wrote.

Vitter also championed anti-immigration, anti-choice and other socially conservative positions. This blogger wonders out loud, however, how his wife Wendy has reacted to his very public disclosure and his high-profile hypocrisy. So much for Vitter's so-called traditional marriage and family values platform.

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