Even though it was primarily Democrats who were the most vocal in demanding Anthony Weiner’s resignation, the chairman of the Republican National Committee called for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign from Congress, saying no investigation was necessary “to know he lied and acted inappropriately.” Apparently repeatedly and unlawfully hooking up with prostitutes, playing footsie with cops in airport bathrooms, and divorcing your cancer-stricken wife while screwing staffers while prosecuting another man’s infidelity because he’s a Democrat are just fine and dandy with the party of Do as I say, not as I Do. The GOP really does take its cues from Fox News.
But something other than mercury must be in the air after it was revealed that the president of the christian conservative Family Policy Network–a group best known for confronting homosexuals and telling them their ways of life are making Jeebus cry–sent a letter to Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) today calling on him to follow the lead of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and resign. It’s kinda scary that it took a christian fundamentalist group to point out the hypocrisy, but I guess there are miracles.
The group sent a letter to Diaper boy calling on him to follow the lead of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and resign. Senator Vitter admitted (in gangsta rapper fashion) to frequenting prostitutes in 2007, but did not step down and, unlike Weiner, faced little if any pressure from the Republican Party. Who knows, maybe they were just happy that he did it with an adult woman. In fact, Republicans are backing Senator Vitter’s reelection as vigorously as they were demanding the resignation of Weiner. The hypocrisy makes your eyes bleed.
Family Policy Network President Joe Glover added in his letter that Republicans “are committing outright hypocrisy” as long Vitter remains in office.
“There are a lot of people that I think are committing outright hypocrisy and are forced to do so as long as he (Vitter) remains in office,” said Joe Glover, the president of the Family Policy Network, based in Forest, Va. “I don’t think the senator should put those folks in the untenable position of having to pragmatically defend his presence in the Senate.”
Glover noted, for example, that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, had called on Weiner to resign, but had also contributed to Vitter’s 2010 re-election campaign.
So while Anthony Weiner received a fusillade of irate condemnation by Democrats and Republicans alike, Diaper Boy was completely let off the hook. Not only was he left off the hook, but he received a coordinated campaign of support from Louisiana Republicans and campaign donations from national Republican leaders — the same leaders who demanded Weiner’s resignation.
Never has there been so much clarity from a religious group, and hopefully their biggest supporters in the Republican Party will heed their advice.