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March 4, 2009

THE FIGHT OVER FAMILY PLANNING.... This is painful on so many levels.

With his 2010 reelection campaign looming, Sen. David Vitter (R-Very Serious Sin) is beating his family values drum.

The Louisiana senator has introduced an amendment to the omnibus spending bill before the Senate to drastically cut funding for family planning programs.... His family-planning amendment is one of dozens of social-related measures Vitter has introduced this Congress as he seeks to shore up his bona fides with conservative voters.

Lest we forget, Vitter hasn't exactly shown himself to be a paragon of family values, which may be why he's aggressively traveling his state trying to woo social conservatives in the face of potentially serious primary challenges in a race filled with zany characters.

So, Vitter wants American women and their families to suffer so he can score some cheap points, while praying his constituents overlook his unfortunate hooker habit. The irony of having a philandering politician, who arranged pay-for-sex schemes from the floor of Congress, target family planning funding is apparently lost on Vitter altogether.

Hypocrisy aside, let's also not overlook the fact that treating family planning programs as some kind of political football is ridiculous. These programs prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce abortions, and not incidentally, empower women to make prudent choices about their reproductive health. During a recession, with many families losing their healthcare insurance, family planning programs are even more needed, making Vitter's "pro-family" grandstanding that much more offensive.

And even if Vitter comes up short with this stunt, we can expect to have the same fight again soon. After the family planning provision in the economic stimulus package was dropped last month, the Obama administration, as promised, included the same measures in the FY2010 budget. This means, of course, Vitter and his allies will have yet another chance to whine about a common-sense program that helps women and their families, and saves states money.

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It would be nice if these people realize that I and millions of other women in this nation deserve a right to our bodies. I am not a second class citizen and vote in this country but white men continue to want to take away my rights and access to reproductive care. Despicable.

Posted by: E on March 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

If he manages to push this bill through I can just imagine how he'll celebrate! That's going to be one big messy diaper that poor hooker has to change.

Posted by: Saint Zak on March 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

"Beating his family values drum"

That's a euphemism I hadn't heard before.

Posted by: Chocolate Thunder on March 4, 2009 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps a few billion to provide psychotherapy for the weird sexual hangups of "The Base" would have been a worthy addition to the stimulus package? I imagine mental health professionals are struggling like the rest of us, and "The Base" could certainly use some help with adjusting to the fact that we have sexual organs, etc.

Posted by: Doug Bostrom on March 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

Grandstanding is exactly what it is. Pure chutzpah.

Posted by: Dan on March 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

LOL Choco!

Tell me there has to be a daily contest going on between the members of the GOP as to who can be the most hypocritical, illogical, and dumbest asshole...there has to be. What can the prize be?!

Posted by: whichwitch on March 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

I think there's room for compromise here. Instead of Vitter's plan, let's pass a law making it illegal for David Vitter to use condoms when he's sleeping with a prostitute. And impose the death penalty for violations. That will have the desired effect of reducing condom usage, and it will give Mr Vitter a disincentive to cheat on his wife.

Posted by: fostert on March 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

Using logic to fight the Vitter's of the Rethuglican world...a complete waste of time.

Now if we can get the ladies who know him so well to speak up...

Posted by: pokeybob on March 4, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

let's pass a law making it illegal for David Vitter to use condoms

...or diapers...

Posted by: qwerty on March 4, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Someone should ask Vitter whether he used condoms every time he visited with one his prostitutes, and also whether he uses condom with his wife, given his dalliances. And if condoms can keep him and his family safe from contracting diseases from prostitutes, why should he oppose them for keeping everyone else healthy?

Posted by: The Dude on March 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

So, I'm guessing that Vitter's hookers didn't make him wear a condom, right? (After all, that would count as family planning...)

Posted by: Castor Troy on March 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Vitter doesn't need condoms. Condoms are not effective in stopping a very naughty boy from making boom-boom in his diaper. A boy that naughty needs a good hard spanking, not a condom.

[Sen. Vitter, if you are reading this comment, please stop touching yourself.]

Posted by: skeptic on March 4, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Aaaaaannnnd Chocolate Thunder wins the thread.

For some insight as how these cretins work (not that we don't all know already), Joyce Arthur's "The Only Moral Abortion Is My Abortion"

http://mypage.direct.ca/w/writer/anti-tales.html

Posted by: Keori on March 4, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe we're being too hard on Mr. Vitter. If he's having sex with prostitutes and not using condoms, he must have several families by now. What could be more pro-Family than having multiple families? If one family is good, five families must be awesome!

Posted by: fostert on March 4, 2009 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

I just heard another right to life lunatic- this time on the House floor- offering an ammendment to ban human cloning. Well THAT's a relief; there are too many people as it is.

But of course he had to raise his sanctimonius voice and utter the phrase "innocent life" as he pontificated.

Innocent until born, of course. It must no longer be innocent after the umbilical is cut- why else would the WICs program be attacked, early childhood development assailed, Head Start be chronically underfunded?

And when the little Bas***d drops out of school and steps out of line, well, throw the no longer innocent human being in one of my pals For Profit Prisons. . .

And another thing: What ever happened to the concept of Original Sin with these guys? You can't have both- an innocent foetus and the spawn of Satan occupying the same womb.

Of course it was all Eve's fault, anyway. . .

Posted by: DAY on March 4, 2009 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

Amazing stories

We all know sex sells. And this is one amazing red hot story. So I am sure big media must be all over it. Why I bet Morning Joe is biting mad. I can close my eyes and see him in high dudgeon waxing moralistically. The sparks must be flying in teevee land...

Posted by: koreyel on March 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

serious primary challenges

I hope the porn star wins.

Posted by: ckelly on March 4, 2009 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Somebody like Sen. Boxer needs to call this clown out on exactly the grounds you laid out, "Vitter wants American women and their families to suffer so he can score some cheap points, while praying his constituents overlook his unfortunate hooker habit."

The guy called an escort service from the phones in his office in the House of Representatives. The Senate thinks that's not it's business because it happenened in the other Legislative body and, well, the Senate is filled with conflict averse lame-os. Only in this case being conflict averse really means cause a great deal of conflict for women. The endless dance of dodge and avoid, dodge and avoid, hurts....REAL PEOPLE.

It's time to call this SOB Vitter out on his tired game.

Posted by: joejoejoe on March 4, 2009 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

I guess Vitter's viagra is covered by insurance as prescribed for a male medical condition, so why should he care about family planning dollars? That's right, family planning is a women's issue. We all know where women stand with Vitter. What a hypocrite! I still feel sorry for Mrs. Vitter.

Posted by: Carol A on March 4, 2009 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

I think I know why Republicans get a pass when they get caught in sex scandals. We are expecting them to show deviant behavior. Usually when a Democrat gets busted in a sex scandal, it's straight sex. Spitzer banged a 19 year old. John Edwards had a child out of wedlock. Not respectable behavior, but nothing too far out of the ordinary.

But with right wingers, it goes beyond straight sex. Vitter has his infantile reversion fetish, acting like a baby shitting himself in diapers to have a woman clean him up. Now that's fucked up. What the hell is that? Mommy issues? Then again, have you seen Vitters wife? Ewwww. Frigid frump beanpole.

Larry Craig, from Idaho, the whitest place in the US, in the most unerotic environment imaginable, a mens room in an airport, cruising for casual cock.

Ted Haggard, man of god, liked to smoke meth and get pumped in the ass at a cheap motel down by the turnpike.

And let's not forget Rush Limpballs flying to the Dominican Rep. with a suitcase full of hard-on pills. Gee...maybe someone likes dark skinned teenage hookers?

I cannot wait for Vitter to have to debate Stormy Daniels.

Posted by: Jaz on March 4, 2009 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

Dems in Louisiana shouldn't be afraid to take Vitter on directly on over these issues-- ask him if he doesn't believe in wearing condoms and how his wife feels about that. Get someone to follow him around in a giant condom costume. There have to be ways to shame and embarass him for breaking the law, breaking his marriage vows and practicing the very high art of shameless hypocrisy.

Seriously, David "family values" Vitter? Who the hell does he thinks he's kidding?!?!?!?

Posted by: zoe kentucky on March 4, 2009 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK

An opponent should run a photo-shopped picture with a caption asking "Cloth or disposable diapers ?"

Posted by: H-Bob on March 4, 2009 at 6:15 PM | PERMALINK

With his 2010 reelection campaign looming, Sen. David Vitter (R-Very Serious Sin) is beating his family values drum.

I've been told you'll go blind doing that!

Posted by: DonkeyKong on March 4, 2009 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

David, David, David...
We know you really don't care about 'family values.' You care about 'hooker values' - as in price and quantity of diapers per...
Let's ask the question, "David, do you really believe in family values?"
David, "Depend's..."

What an unbelievable asshole. Someone like his could only exist in our Senate. If you created a character like him in a novel, the editor would tell you to rewrite him.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on March 4, 2009 at 6:39 PM | PERMALINK

"Get someone to follow him around in a giant condom costume."

That's a start, but we should really hire a bunch of scantily clad prostitutes to follow him with "Hookers for Vitter" signs and diaper bags. Scantily clad females always get good media coverage. And we really need Stormy Daniels to run. I'll guarantee those will be the best debates ever.

Posted by: fostert on March 4, 2009 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

"Let's ask the question, "David, do you really believe in family values?"
David, "Depend's...""

Dammit, c u n d gulag, don't do that after 5PM Mountain Time. Normally, I would have just sprayed my iced tea on my computer screen. But it after 5PM, so I wasted some damn good whiskey.

Posted by: fostert on March 4, 2009 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

You Yankees keep harping on Vitter's extracurricular activities as if there was something wrong with them. In the Deep South his behavior not only is considered normal, but anything else is considered deviant. We just don't talk about it in polite society. There is no hypocrisy involved because his behavior was expected and it was his duty as a red-blooded Southern male.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Posted by: Texas Aggie on March 4, 2009 at 7:18 PM | PERMALINK

What is it about social conservatives and sex? Anything and everything that has to do with it is taboo. Sex education....bad. Family planning.....bad. Sex with a prostitute....bad...wait...um, yes...bad--if you get caught.

Posted by: independent thinker on March 4, 2009 at 7:26 PM | PERMALINK

"You Yankees keep harping on Vitter's extracurricular activities as if there was something wrong with them."

That's not it at all. Quite frankly, I couldn't care less about how anyone else wants to relate to their family. But David Vitter wants to tell me exactly how my family should behave, and exactly what my sexual preferences should be. And he wants to codify it into law. Laws that he is not willing to abide by. That's the problem. The obvious comparison is Charlie Wilson. Charlie was just as deviant, but he never said it was wrong, and he never suggested that anyone behave different from him. When Mr Vitter comes out and says "I think everyone should have deviant sex with prostitutes," I'll support him fully on this issue. But even in that case, I still won't support legislation forcing people to have sex with prostitutes. His problem is that he wants the government to tell us how to behave sexually while he exempts himself from such laws.

Posted by: fostert on March 4, 2009 at 8:03 PM | PERMALINK

And, yes, Texas Aggie, I know your comment was tongue-in-cheek. But one thing I hated about Texas was all these self righteous assholes telling me that I' a sinner for doing exactly what they do. Southern Culture is all about a veneer of politeness and civility covering up a shitpile of deviance. And, yes, I am bitter that I wasn't allowed to participate in the deviance because I'm a Yankee. But their deviance does carry a price: you still have to show up hungover for church on Sunday. And it better not be a Catholic church. In the end though, I still have fond memories of Texas. But it's mostly visions of Texas BBQ and Bob Wills. And some hazy memories of doing tequila shots and lines of cocaine with members of the Texas Legislature at The Cloak Room.

Posted by: fostert on March 4, 2009 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

Throwing dollars at a problem is the only thing the mental midgets over at Socialist Central ever think of.

How about women who can't afford their own birth control making the responsible decision to keep their legs closed?

I know, a mind-blowing piece of personal responsibility. Like wow.

Posted by: Myke K on March 4, 2009 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

Then again, have you seen Vitters wife? Ewwww. Frigid frump beanpole.

I'm sure the footage of her during the Lewinsky scandal where she held a press conference in a leopard print dress to announce that her husband never felt the need to stray is still around somewhere.

But I guess getting a hummer from a 23-year-old intern is worse than being diapered by a prostitute.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on March 4, 2009 at 8:46 PM | PERMALINK

I know, a mind-blowing piece of personal responsibility. Like wow.

Blowing...

Hehehe...

Posted by: DIaper Dan Vitterrrrrrrrrr on March 4, 2009 at 11:45 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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