Tuesday, July 10, 2007

First They Find the Evidence; Then You Find God

You KNOW what connoisseurs we are of official hypocrisy, so you might have guessed we'd swarm all over the Senator David Vitter (R-La.) story. Turns out the pious Senator Vitter was a patron of a notorious Washington, D.C. prostitution ring.

Vitter's office issued the confession:
"This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there -- with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way."
Carefully crafted, that! It starts off on the right foot -- "I am completely responsible" -- while throwing in that subtle qualifier ... "in my past" ... to make us believe he's wholly redeemed and scantified NOW. But then comes all that God talk, which is wielded like a shield against accountability. "God's forgiven me, so you HAVE to forgive me too."

O Senator Vitter, we forgive you for the adultery. It's the fact that you're a completely dishonest jerk that we won't easily forget.

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