As for now, the race is on for who can pile up the most vividly hypocritical quote from the family values (or as he put it, "Louisiana values") conservative. In the running: Sen. Vitter maligning the "Hollywood left" for violating the "sanctity of marriage," and Vitter arguing that President Clinton should step down for his extramarital affair (Vitter, by the by, replaced Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA) after the speaker was forced to step down because of an affair). There are, you can be sure, many more. Glenn Greenwald has a rundown here.
Update: The prevailing quote of the day seems to be this one:In 2000, Vitter was included in a Newhouse News Service story about the strain of congressional careers on families.
His wife, Wendy, was asked by the Newhouse reporter: If her husband were as unfaithful as Livingston or former President Bill Clinton, would she be as forgiving as Hillary Rodham Clinton?
“I’m a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary,” Wendy Vitter told Newhouse News. “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,” she added. “Don’t put fear down.TPM Muckraker
Have you seen
David Vitter's Bitter Penis:
If you see this lost member of the Lorena Bobbit Club in your community, please return it to its owner!
Come to think of it, might be better off to leave him alone?
He looks much happier not having to hang around with Vitter anymore.
[update] Integrative Media wonders just how much of a PR media nightmare this may be.
It is the DC Madam's kiss of death, IMHO.