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July 13, 2007
So, Louisiana Senator David Vitter has been outed as having availed himself of the prostitution service run by D.C. madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey. And the Times-Picayune has spoken with a prostitute back in Louisiana who claims that he was a client of hers back when he was a state legislator.
Vitter's response? His office, according to the newspaper:
Not to pile on with the news about McCain's imploding campaign and Republican sex scandals, but here's the best of both worlds:
Florida Rep. Robert "Bob" Allen, R-Merritt Island, was arrested this afternoon at Veteran's Memorial Park on East Broad Street for solicitation for prostitution...
I'm up in New Hampshire this weekend and just saw John McCain speak to a Chamber of Commerce luncheon here in Concord. Despite the meltdown of his near-bankrupt campaign, McCain showed no outward signs of despair--not even when one reporter impishly asked him whether we have a better chance of winning in Iraq than he does at winning the nomination. I braced for a flash of McCain's famous temper, but instead he just chuckled. "In the words of Chairman Mao, it's always darkest before it's black," McCain cracked.
I'm traveling so maybe I've missed others saying this, but isn't it pretty weird--or perhaps the word is revealing--that George Bush would describe his decision to commutate Scooter Libby's sentence as "fair and balanced"? What, did he check with Roger Ailes first?
July 12, 2007
Are you sick of McCain postmortems yet? I'm actually not--which is why I voraciously read Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin's second big "what went wrong" piece in as many days. There were numerous factors that sunk McCain--from the war to immigration to vicious infighting among his staff to his own lack of discipline--but I think his decision to become the establishment candidate was probably the biggest reason behind his undoing. From the Politico article: