July 16, 2007, - 12:31 pm

Senator Vitter Must Resign, But So Should Congressman Barney Frank

By Debbie Schlussel
Some left-wingers have e-mailed to castigate me for not writing about U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and his apparent multiple-patronage of prostitutes.
To me, it’s not something I needed to write about. I haven’t heard a single conservative or Republican defend the Senator, nor should they. Conservatives have always called for the resignation of conservative politicians who have patronized prostitutes, when news of these scandals comes to light. As I wrote, when my one-time boss (I was his intern), Congressman Donald E. “Buz” Lukens, was caught in a scandal with a teenage prostitute, Newt Gingrich was the first to call for his resignation. It was the Republicans who initiated a complaint with the House ethics panel.

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Barney Frank’s Conduct Was Worse Than David Vitter’s

It is the Democrats, the liberals, the left who have a problem with consistency on this issue. As I’ve written, one of their star Members of Congress, Barney Frank, not only admittedly solicited a prostitute (via an ad for a “versatile” prostitute in Washington’s gay “The Blade” newspaper), but he allowed the prostitute–Stephen Gobie–to run the prostitution ring out of Frank’s Capitol Hill home. And Frank attempted to influence sentencing for Gobie in a criminal matter and had the House clerk fix parking tickets for Gobie.
Senator Vitter solicited a prostitute not just once, but several times, apparently. And he is currently in seclusion, missing votes and neglecting his duties of representing the State of Louisiana. For that reason alone, he cannot continue in office. You cannot be both a hermit and an effective U.S. Senator simultaneously.
But while he should resign, Barney Frank should have resigned long ago. And the left–the Democrats, liberals, etc.–should have called for his resignation (and still should), as loudly as they are now calling for that of Vitter.
What’s good for the goose is good for the Democrats.

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6 Responses

Well said Debbie. I’m tired of this hypocrisy from the left regarding ethical/moral issues. All we hear from them is pretty much, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Not only should Barney Frank go, where was the uproar when Ted drove off the bridge and killed Mary Jo? Oh yea, the Kennedy bribe machine took care of that. While I don’t absolve Vetter for his actions, where was the unrest when Slick Willy was getting knobbed in the oval office on government time?
The libs need to clean up their own messes before they start dictating to others.

1shot1kill on July 16, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Debbie
You know the argument against this, namely, that the Dems aren’t the ones calling for family values. In the case of Barney Frank, they explicitly support gay lifestyles, and implicitly support gay marriage. Given that, what Barney Frank did is par for the course for them – they never claimed to be above it, or else Clinton would have been convicted. With Republicans, the claim is that since they claim to be the party of family values, and in their campaigns, parade their families as examples of how they are one with the folks, it’s okay to ding them when they turn out to do otherwise.
I think Vitter would have been more worthy of support had he openly been soliciting prostitutes, as opposed to being caught with his pants down (figuratively, of course). With someone who is open about his immorality and doesn’t accept that such conduct is immoral, he has a major advantage over the closet prostitute: he can’t be blackmailed. Which is why those who engage in such activities should just openly declare what they are doing, and eliminate the blackmail factor.
And if the voters are too stupid to vote for someone just because he’s a good family man, I have news for them: so is Osama (yeah, one could point out his many wives, but they are legit in Islam)

Infidel Pride on July 16, 2007 at 2:06 pm

In general, having two parties, the Dems and Reps is NO way to choose; we really have no viable choices.
I don’t trust any of them, because:
-they keep promising, and never deliver. At the end, everything stays the same, and we are left high and dry – and the sheep think things have changed.
– they seem so nice, but their slimehood is only revealed after they are in office.

allat on July 16, 2007 at 2:28 pm

” … should have called for his resignation (and still should), as loudly as they are now calling for that of Vitter.”
The link to the Democrats loudly calling for Vitter’s resignation is not in your post. Pleease re-post it?

zyzzyg on July 16, 2007 at 3:29 pm

In my opinion, it is a sign of conservative/Republican weakness that we constantly complain about the “hypocrisy” of liberals when it comes to matters such as these.
Liberals play by different rules — and place achieving power and influencing society far, far ahead of the importance of personal rectitude and clean living. Yet we feel we have to destroy our own anytime someone — inevitably — slips up and makes a mistake. Fine. But we need to recognize that liberals don’t share our code, nor are they required to live by it.
So while we complain, they are laughing all the way to the ballot box, the mainstream media, the courts, etc. The name of the game is winning — and whiners don’t win.

RepublicanPatriot on July 16, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Giuliani’s national security team is impressive, but no Chertoff please.
That said, if the Republicans can’t win Ohio, they have virtually no chance (without Ohio, they’d have to pretty much sweep every other swing state). I don’t think New Yorker Giuliani can win Ohio. And, I know Romney can’t. I do think the only Republican who would have even an outside chance at Ohio would be Thompson.
Why? Ohio is a Midwest state with at least some residual Southern values. Thompson might be able to stir a bit of passion in Ohio. Also, the Republicans must counter Hillary’s “big sister” appeal to single, women voters. There’s only one figure who can do that, and that’s daddy. Fred Thompson is every little girl’s idea of what daddy should be like. Giuliani isn’t even daddy to his own kids.

sonomaca on July 16, 2007 at 6:26 pm

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