Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Vitter goes missing

A day after acknowledging he had patronized an escort service, Sen. David Vitter is keeping a low profile. Invisible, actually. Not at his D.C. apartment, not at his office, and not on the Senate floor.

I'd hide out, too, if I was him. But he's still being paid by the taxpayers, so he'll need to show up for work at some point.

Also, remote as the possibility may be, I hope nothing has happened to him. He doesn't sound crazy enough to harm himself over something like this, and the criticism and laughter are well deserved. But I'll feel better when he's back in public view.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has the details on how Vitter was exposed, with Larry Flynt confirming his role. More interesting to me is that the process is so laborious that going through the entire list of phone numbers is going to take a good long time unless someone throws some serious computing power at it. Expect revelations to dribble out over many months, with long waits in between.

ABC News delves into the psychology of hypocrisy, that special mental talent that lets powerful public figures say one thing while doing another. My favorite quote? "Often the people who speak loudest about something are trying to protect themselves from their own urges. They act out one way on the public stage, but inside they have this urge. They feel it's wrong, and outwardly, they're telling themselves it's wrong. It's as if they're having a conversation with themselves."

Let's apply that to the gay marriage debate, shall we?

Update: Vitter's office says he's "with his family" and will return to work soon.


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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh come on Sean. Do you know how insincere you sound about this???

Gee----I wonder where he is....he's not in his office, his house, or anywhere else....so where is he because we want to hound him and ridicule him some more. We can't find him anywhere and we weren't finished with our tarring and feathering. But.....oh.....gee....he could possibly harm himself; sure hope that doesn't happen...I'd feel bad if that happened.

Sure.

JP5

7/11/2007 9:27 PM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

Oh come on Sean. Do you know how insincere you sound about this???

Are you suggesting I'd be happy if something happened to him? When have I ever given the impression that I wish physical harm on anybody except the truly loathsome?

so where is he because we want to hound him and ridicule him some more.

As a practical matter, he doesn't actually have to be present in order to be ridiculed or criticized.

7/11/2007 10:24 PM  
Blogger Dyre42 said...

Its possible he's just laying low with his kitchen cousins in Idaho till his wife's temper settles down to a rolling boil.

7/12/2007 1:18 AM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

A smart move, given the Lorena Bobbit comments.

In all seriousness, though, she apparently found out about it and forgave him a few years back. So I don't see why she'd be particularly angry now. It's not a surprise.

7/12/2007 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As a practical matter, he doesn't actually have to be present in order to be ridiculed or criticized."

Then go right on and have your fun. But don't claim to be concerned about his mental well-being while you support the public lynching.

Yep---it's not a surprise to his wife. They've dealt with it already. Reminds me of Hillary who knew of her husband's infidelity and decided to live with it. Difference is, she actually went on national tv and blamed the Republicans for it.

JP5

7/12/2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

But don't claim to be concerned about his mental well-being while you support the public lynching.

So we should not criticize hypocrites for fear they will harm themselves?

It should be obvious that it is possible to direct harsh criticism at someone while not wishing physical harm to come to them. I presume, for instance, that you wouldn't want Joseph Wilson to kill himself. Or Harry Reid.

If Vitter were to do something rash the responsibility would be on his hands, not the hands of his critics.

7/12/2007 12:06 PM  

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