Burns After Reading: Adult entertainer gets demoted from porn to politics

February 17, 2009

By Scott Burns
LSU Reveille

There’s a whore-monger running for Senate in Louisiana.

This candidate has disgraced our state by taking part in sexually perverse activity, eliciting negative scrutiny and directing more detrimental publicity to our state.

And now he’s asking for our vote. Again.

Sen. David Vitter has reportedly already started accepting donations for his 2010 re-election campaign — despite confessing his involvement with a Washington, D.C., call girl.

The scandal initially broke in 2007 when Vitter’s number was found on the phone record of the notorious “D.C. Madam” agency, operated by Pamela Martin and Associates. The incident allegedly occurred some time before his initial Senate run in 2004.

Subsequent press conferences sent shockwaves throughout the political spectrum as Vitter, who identified himself as a candidate of “conservative family values,” publicly confirmed the accusation.

Vitter later issued a statement to his largely religious constituents wherein he expressed remorse and sought reprieve: “Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there — with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.”

Despite the apology, many still felt his actions were an embarrassment to the state and a far cry from the Christian values he promulgated while campaigning.

Since Vitter has refused to resign, detractors have resorted to a more inventive way to push him out.

In January, DraftStormy.com was created. The site sparked rumors that Baton Rouge-native porn star Stormy Daniels was being pressured by grassroots organizations to present their platform against Vitter.

Never one to let her fans down, Daniels later announced she was willing to “report for duty.”

In an interview last week on CNN Today, she commenced her assault against Vitter.

“I don’t see how I could possibly embarrass him more than he’s already embarrassed himself,” Daniels said. “Not only did he go against everything he preached and believed; he went against the law. I might be a porn star, but at least I haven’t done anything illegal.”

When asked if she felt prepared to enter the political realm, Daniels responded, “Politics can’t be any dirtier of a job than the one I am already in.”

Policy is the ultimate barometer of a politician’s success or failure. But when a representative betrays his principles and then veils his illicit actions for political clout, he should feel obligated to resign.

Admitting one’s mistake is the first step, but stepping down from office should have been Vitter’s next move. So, from now on, the humiliation he receives is fair game.

Besides, the argument that Daniels isn’t qualified is false. Sex and politics have always had a symbiotic relationship — from Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton — and they always will, so long as carnal instincts prevail.

So why resist?

Trying to separate the two is like trying to pry two magnets apart. They’re bound to collide.
The problem isn’t so much the actual deed itself. It’s the fact that politicians like Vitter not only mislead the public into framing an inaccurate portrayal, but they also neglect to take full accountability for reprehensible activity.

No one is above the law, especially those elected to preserve it.

Vitter is right to ask for our forgiveness. But that doesn’t mean he should expect our vote.
Only time will tell whether the smear campaign will effectively oust Vitter from office.

Soon enough, he might have to get on his knees, suck up his pride and swallow the consequences.

For Vitter, that taste is called accountability. For Daniels, it’s called work.

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