Great moments in American politics, hooker edition.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in his first reaction to the recent prostitution scandal among Secret Service and military personnel in Colombia, called the incident “a very, very serious situation” but skirted specific questions about involvement of the military, which he oversees as a member of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee.
That’s actually an impressive level of control, on Vitter’s part. Every time someone mentions prostitution in a political discussion, I always expect the good senator to bolt from his chair and leap out the nearest window.
Bonus points to NPR’s Andrea Seabrook, who no doubt will get a stern talking to even though this is probably the most diplomatic phrasing you could possibly ask for:
NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook predicted Friday this would be Vitter’s reaction when she addressed a crowd at WRKF’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
“Your senator is in a very bad position because he cannot address the Secret Service scandal,” Seabrook said in response to a question from the audience. “He would be a natural person to come to. … He used to see prostitutes in D.C. but has never addressed that.”
Well, he did address it, to be fair. He said he was really sorry, and then Jesus and the Republicans forgave him because the GOP couldn’t find a single Republican in the state who wasn’t a bigger jackass than he was. It’s not the same as doing jail time or having to resign, but hey—when people bring up prostitution, he gets vaguely uncomfortable now. Isn’t that punishment enough?