Before Monday, most of America didn't know who David Vitter was. Including me. But now the Republican Senator from Louisiana is a big, bright target in the sights of the Beltway media. And this story has lots of angles. First, there's the hypocrisy. Vitter has consistenly been a champion of "traditional family values." But unbeknowst to his constituents, he's also been a champion of sex for money, in Washington and the Big Easy. Also, apparently, unbeknownst to his wife. According to the Post's Dana Milbank:
His wife, Wendy, told Newhouse News Service in 2000 that if her husband cheated on her, she would react less like Hillary Clinton and more like the Manassas woman who cut off her sleeping husband's penis in 1993. "I'm a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary," Wendy Vitter said. "If he does something like that, I'm walking away with one thing, and it's not alimony, trust me. I think fear is a very good motivating factor in a marriage."
Ouch! Since no one has heard from the senator in the past few days, should we be worried?
You'd think presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani would be. He hired Vitter to be his Southern campaign chairman, to help Giuliani get past his socially liberal past. You'd think he'd be regretting that decision, but he hasn't said he's going to ask Vitter to step down. From a NY Times article:
I believe that this is a personal issue ... We are going to have to hear from Senator Vitter. I think you look at all the people I appointed — a thousand or so — sure, some of them had issues, some of them had problems. The vast majority of them were outstanding people.
Poor Rudy... all he did was hire a gigantic cokehead (alleged) to run his South Carolina campaign, and a bible-thumping prostitute lover to run his entire Southern outreach program. Why can't America just stop supporting the terrorists and give Rudy a break?