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IOKIYAR

o rly?

Perhaps I would be more sympathetic to the outrage that the GOP seems to be showing over Governor Spitzer's philandery if they had expelled David Vitter from the GOP Caucus and called for his resignation.

Actually, no, I wouldn't.

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My heart is breaking.

God, this is pure pure pathos.

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wah wah wah

Tip o'teh hat to Andrew Sullivan.

So where to begin? Bill O thinks that Democrats and the left are hateful and that they demonise their enemies. We're apparently so mean spirited and awful.

I'm not really going to bother to engage this other than showing the perfect rebuttal. Sully points out that Rush Limbaugh had this graphic the other day:

Q.E.D.

UPDATE Stephen Colbert has a good discussion on this:

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Continuing with Senator Vitter

This is just way too funny:

Some of the fantasies at the Canal Street Brothel got a little rough.� For those who liked that kind of stuff, there were whips, chains and a lot of leather.� Jeanette says that most of the clients who wanted to be dominated were Republicans.� She cracks a smile, then adds, "They wanted to be spanked and tortured and wear stockings--Republicans have impeccable taste in silk stockings--and these are the people who run our country."

Jeanette is no stranger to politics.� She and her girls used to party with a former Louisiana governor who is now serving a 10-year federal prison sentence in connection with charges unrelated to his penchant for prostitutes.� Jeanette also had a three-year affair with an ex-mayor of Baton Rouge, the state's capital.� The ex-mayor, a former LSU football star, later died in a French Quarter flophouse after binging on alcohol and cocaine.

What the hell is up with The GOP? Should it now stand for Gantry's Own Party?

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Continuing with Senator Vitter

This is just way too funny:

Some of the fantasies at the Canal Street Brothel got a little rough.� For those who liked that kind of stuff, there were whips, chains and a lot of leather.� Jeanette says that most of the clients who wanted to be dominated were Republicans.� She cracks a smile, then adds, "They wanted to be spanked and tortured and wear stockings--Republicans have impeccable taste in silk stockings--and these are the people who run our country."

Jeanette is no stranger to politics.� She and her girls used to party with a former Louisiana governor who is now serving a 10-year federal prison sentence in connection with charges unrelated to his penchant for prostitutes.� Jeanette also had a three-year affair with an ex-mayor of Baton Rouge, the state's capital.� The ex-mayor, a former LSU football star, later died in a French Quarter flophouse after binging on alcohol and cocaine.

What the hell is up with The GOP? Should it now stand for Gantry's Own Party?

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Which Republican is next?

Man, this Vitter affair doesn't stop getting better.

From teh WaPo:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), approached by a group of reporters outside the lunch, offered an unexpected defense. "All of us have to look at it and say that we could be next," he said in answer to a Vitter question. "We all think that we're not vulnerable to something like that happening, but the fact is this can be a very lonely and isolating place."

Yikes. Might other senators be on the Madam's list? Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) jabbed a playful elbow at the questioner. "Note a swift elbow to the ribs," he instructed.

As Cornyn threw the elbow, Vitter's spokesman continued to duck inquiries about the senator's location. "I'm not allowed to talk about that," the office receptionist said. On the senator's Web site, the latest item under the "Recent News" section was from June 29: "Vitter Applauds FDA Ban on Chinese Seafood."

Now, the question is, which Senators made use of her services? God, if we're lucky, it'll be Sam Brownback.

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Weekly Standard Style Guide

Look! It's The Weekly Standard's style guide! choice bits include:

People say to me, “Ellis, we’re tired of earning an honest living. How can we get cushy sinecures writing shameless crap for brand-name Republican propaganda mills like National Review Online, the American Enterprise Institute, or The Weekly Standard?

Good news: It’s easy, it’s fun, and the liars of the right need all the help they can get.

Here’s how: Take the latest newsworthy example of Republican hypocrisy. “Which one? There are so many!” True. I mean today’s report about Senator (and, predictably, “family values” conservative) David Ritter (R. LA), whose name has been found in the records of “DC Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey. (”A right-wing moralist found availing himself of the services of prostitutes?” a breathless nation cries. “We love this! Will there be more?”) Patience.

Skip a bit...

You’ve turned the situation inside out, like a sock, and then declared, “Here. Put this on. This is how you wear a sock.” It isn’t. You’ve turned it inside out. You’ve suffocated a story’s real meaning and, in an act of supreme intellectual dishonesty, used it as the basis for yet another bit of propaganda.

The above presents, as I say, a hypothetical “conservative” column. Assuming, though, that somewhere on Powerline or at The Corner someone — your Jonah Goldbergs, your John Hinderakers, your Michael Medveds — is tapping out something much like this as we speak, then for the record:

This scandal does not consist in liberals being “hypocrites” because they condemn a man for using an escort service. The hypocrite is the Senator, whose use of an escort service is a direct contradiction of his public avowal of “family values” and his assertions, either open or implicit, that no one should use or tolerate escort services.

But what do you care? You’re a right-wing columnist! You’ve made the world just a little more stupid by disseminating half-truths, outright lies, and boilerplate nonsense. Proofread, check for manuscript form, email to Bill Kristol, and wait for your check. Good job!

Wanna see what was in between? Follow your nose to the genius!

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It just gets better and better

So just the other night, I made a slight comment about Senator David Vitter (R-Lou) and his love of prostitutes.

Turns out that long before Vitter was kicking it in the District of Columbia, he was frequenting businesses back in his district.

It's good to know that Senator Vitter supports local economies.

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What changed, St. John?

What changed, St. John? Oh, got it. A Democrat was president in '94, but a Republican is president now.

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Was she at least a Cajun baby?

Ah, David Vitter....

Story number one:

Vitter wrote a letter all about how important sexual abstinence is. And it is.

Unless, of course,

Story number two:

your name is David Vitter!!!

WASHINGTON - Sen. David Vitter, R-La., apologized Monday night for "a very serious sin in my past" after his telephone number appeared among those associated with an escort service operated by the so-called "D.C. Madam."
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Vitter's spokesman, Joel Digrado, confirmed the statement in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press.

God, when will you people learn? GOP laws are for other people, not Republicans. Moreover, IOKIYAR.

Christ.

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