16 August, 2009

David "Diapers" Vitter Bravely Runs Away

Looks like somebody's following the George W. Bush town hall method, which consists of cherrypicking a loyal audience and running like hell at the slightest hint of dissent:

Max Blumenthal at The Daily Beast has a damning expose of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's incredible hypocrisy in dealing with the health-care teabagging crowd.

First, Vitter crows to the press that, unlike some of his fellow congresscritters, he's not afraid to have teabaggers at his town hall meetings:

“Please know that this and any other angry mob is welcome at my town-hall meetings whenever you want to come,” Vitter declared, bringing the audience to its feet with a raucous ovation.

But what he apparently is afraid of is dealing with any Democrats who favor health-care reform -- because he excluded them from his town halls:

At a town-hall meeting on August 10 in Jefferson Parish, many local constituents were reportedly turned away while Tea Party activists were allowed to enter. When the event concluded, Vitter rushed out of the back door and away from the press and his constituents, guarded by a phalanx of police officers.

Perhaps he feels the need to pander so shamelessly to the base while avoiding any possibility that a Dem will pwn his diapered ass because of the Con challenger he's acquired:
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the Christian Right champion whose career became mired in the D.C. Madam prostitution scandal of 2007, could have a new threat from his right flank. Bob Lang, a 64-year old Vietnam veteran, has announced his candidacy as a conservative independent, the Ouachita Citizen reports:
"This country, in my opinion, is on the verge of a financial calamity and changing from a constitutional republic to a socialist/communist form of government. If the United States Congress and president continue to spend in such an insane manner and borrow at least half of everything we spend, that will be a guaranteed recipe for national suicide and nation failure."

Keep in mind that Louisiana is no longer using its runoff election system at the federal level, so right-wing protest votes could potentially do damage to the GOP.

Poor David. I don't see how he's going to survive a challenger who's not only throwing such succulent red meat to the base, but hasn't (yet) been caught with prostitutes to boot.

There will be a lot of exciting races next year, but this one's shaping up to be the most entertaining.

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