Just when I was beginning to get back into politics after my latest phase out of it, I get reminded why I have the hate part of the love-hate relationship.
Thanks David Vitter.
Right or wrong, I always feel compelled to comment on the failings of Republicans or conservatives because I want to make sure that I am being consistent in my condemnation of sin and the vices of public figures.
I don’t know Sen. Vitter, either personally or even much about him politically. I know that he has been a very strong conservative during his first term as a Senator and that’s about it. So it is hard for me to be “disappointed” with him. But I do find the hypocrisy and the lack of judgment appalling.
As one Christian man to another, I hope he continues to reconcile his relationship with his wife. I hope he seeks forgiveness from everyone involved and hurt by his “serious sin.” Finally, I hope he is able to find restoration in his life. However, all of that is removed from his political career which is in serious jeopardy.
I understand that he is a strong, reliable conservative vote that is needed in the Senate right now. I am aware that the Governor of Louisiana is a Democrat and will more than likely appoint a Democrat or at best a weaker, less conservative Republican. But this is one of those opportunities to break the mold of hypocrisy in politics – to stand up for principles above party.
As much as it pains me to say this, I believe Sen. Vitter should resign immediately. He should not wait to see how the polls will play out. He should not wait for the oncoming media and liberal wave of resignation calls. He should, on principle, offer his job before they ask for it.
Too often, hypocrisy reigns supreme in Washington. As conservatives if we say we stand for family values and morality, we cannot make the same arguments as the left which has excused the behavior in Bill Clinton and others. We must hold ourselves to a higher standard.
I believe the short term loss may be a long term political gain, as the nation sees that conservatives and Republicans mean what they say. They don’t just speak platitudes of morality – they back it up during tough times. But even if this does not result in long term gains for Republicans, it should still be done because it is the right thing to do.
It is not clear that he broke any laws (if he did, he should resign faster than immediately), but he did break the trust of his voters and the American people by lying about his actions. He also demonstrated that he has a serious character flaw and a lack of self-control. Aside from the morality issue, I don’t see the need to keep anyone else in Washington who finds it difficult to control themselves. We already have enough of those.