The Hypocrisy of Vitter (a Legal Crime) vs. Weiner (a Moral Crime)

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What Anthony Weiner (Democrat) did, sending lewd images of himself via Twitter and other means (to of-age women) was wrong, but not illegal, but what David Vitter, a Republican did, using prostitutes, was illegal, and with Vitter not only not resigning but re-elected, why should Weiner go?

David Vitter was discovered to have regularly used the prostitution service of Deborah Jean Palfrey, also known as the D.C. Madam, after details of an investigation into Palfrey's service were leaked to Hustler magazine. Note: prostitution is a crime.

Despite this, a number of the Republicans who are actively calling for the resignation of Anthony Weiner didn't just back Vitter during his re-election campaign, they contributed to his campaign. In fact, 27 prominent Republicans gave a total of $161,700 to Vitter's 2010 re-election campaign.

While House Speaker John Boehner has yet to speak his mind on Weiner, he clearly spoke with his wallet in terms of Vitter. He gave $5,000 to Vitter in 2010.

Meanwhile, John Cornyn, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who called on Weiner to resign Wednesday, directed $42,800 to Vitter's campaign in his role as as chair of the NRSC. That information comes via Federal Election Commission records. In 2009, he personally gave Vitter $10,000. There's a word for that: hypocrisy.

Those who say Weiner lied and that is reason for his resignation forget Vitter's lies, as well. Vitter, in July of 2007 admitted, first in a letter and then at a press conference, to have used Palfrey's prostitution service when he served in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004. He had previously denied having an affair and paying for prostitutes (in other words, he lied).

After the Palfrey scandal came to light, Wendy Yow, a New Orleans-based prostitute, came forward and said that Vitter had regularly used her services after he was elected to the House in a special election to replace Rep. Bob Livingston, who retired to become a lobbyist. Ironically, Livingston retired after revealing his own affair.

While Vitter continues to deny any involvement with Yow or other prostitution services aside from the D.C. Madam (which is, remember, a crime, whether or not Vitter used Yow or any other prostitute), Yow passed a polygraph test administered by Hustler magazine.

Those who speak of Weiner's responsibility as a legislator also forget Vitter's other faux pas. Vitter was also revealed to have scheduled prostitution appointments DURING House roll call votes.

Despite all this, after his re-election, as Mike Malloy pointed out during his June 9th show, he was basically rewarded. Vitter is on the following committees: Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Environment and Public Works; Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

In terms of Weiner's constituency, a new poll shows strong support from the voters in his district. A new Marist poll released Thursday found 56 percent of registered voters in his 9th Congressional District in Queens and Brooklyn don't think he should quit. However, and here is what might be fueling Democratic calls for his head, there is bad news: the poll also showed that only 30 percent said they definitely would vote for him again.

It's a problem with Democrats vs. Republicans. As Daily Mindjob said, "if you are a Conservative in this country, your voting strategy is as simple as not voting for any Democrat. Any Republican in the mind of a Conservative is better than a Democrat, even if the Republican is the biggest hypocrite and scumbag on the planet. A Conservative will still vote for anyone who has an R next to their name over anyone with a D."

Democratic voters tend to vote with their minds, and look at more than just R or D. This could be a problem for Weiner, and thus, make leadership force him out.

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