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From Hell’s Heart, Spitzer Stabs At Thee

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 15, 2008

If you’re a predatory lender, that is.

Dandelion Salad reminds us of why the banks wanted Spitzer gone. (Funny how David Vitter and Larry Craig are still in office, isn’t it?)

Posted in abuse of power, banking, big money, BushCo malfeasance, capitalism as cancer, David Vitter, Debra Jean Palfrey, distractions, DoJ, economy, Eliot Spitzer, GOP/Media Complex, government malfeasance, gravy train, Larry Craig | 1 Comment »

Hypocrisy: IOKIYAR

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 13, 2008

One of the reasons the news media is all over the Eliot Spitzer story — at least the sex part of it, as opposed to looking at the questionable means used to nab him, or the fact that his antagonists had a target before they had a crime to hang on him — is because of the “hypocrisy angle”: “He busted hookers, so he should really pay hard for paying for them!”

Which would be all well and good, but somehow the press never got around to applying that same standard to another political john, Diaper David Vitter — who was not only not hounded out of his Senate seat, but staunchly defended by the same cons now attacking Spitzer. This comparative gentleness towards Vitter is why the man who was well-known in the DC and Canal Street sex-worker industry is still in the Senate pushing legislation like this:

Who needs fiction when you’ve got politics? You really can’t make this stuff up.

As Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s (D-NY) political career comes to an end for his involvement with a prostitution ring, Sen. David Vitter, (R-LA) of “DC Madame” fame, plans to amend the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to reinsert the 33 percent abstinence-only earmark.

Sen. Vitter, not exactly a model for abstinence, or being faithful, has the audacity to put his hypocritical ideology ahead of evidence-based public health strategies that tell us abstinence-only should be removed from PEPFAR. He puts ideology ahead of his own reality in the ultimate paternalistic perversion of “do as I say, not as I do.”

And need I point out that the only reason the Republicans made even a half-hearted attempt to shame Larry Craig into retiring after his arrest in the airport john hit the news was because he was caught propositioning a man? If he’d stuck to women like Diaper Dave, they’d have closed ranks around him immediately like they did with Diaper Dave. Once again, It’s OK If You’re A Republican!

Posted in abuse of power, anti-truth, David Vitter, Debra Jean Palfrey, Democrat-bashing, Democrats, Eliot Spitzer, faith-based flim-flams, family values, Flying Monkey Right, Fundies, Hookergate, hypocrites, Larry Craig, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 2 Comments »

A Tale Of Three Johns

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 11, 2008

If you Google “David Vitter prostitute“, you get around 30,000 references to the sex scandal that broke last July involving a sitting Republican Senator known for his straight-arrow “family values” image. Senator Vitter has yet to resign.

If you Google Larry Craig prostitute, you get just under 48,000 references to the sex scandal that broke last August involving another sitting Republican Senator known for his straight-arrow “family values” image. Senator Craig has yet to resign.

But if you Google “Eliot Spitzer prostitute“, you get over 261,000 references to the sex scandal involving a sitting Democratic governor with a straight-arrow image, and that scandal isn’t even 48 hours old yet.

Clearly, Spitzer could be free and clear right now if he’d only been a Republican. It’s really the ultimate Get Out Of Jail Free card. Just ask Don Siegelman.

Posted in abuse of power, BushCo malfeasance, David Vitter, Democrat-bashing, Democrats, distractions, DoJ, Don Siegelman, Flying Monkey Right, Fox Noise, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, Larry Craig, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 8 Comments »

David Vitter’s Job Is Suddenly Less Secure

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 22, 2007


As expected, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal won the election for governor of Louisiana, assisted for the most part by the deliberate efforts to keep black residents of New Orleans — who voted strongly Democratic — from returning to their homes after Hurricane Katrina.

One person who is probably not happy about this is Diaper Dave Vitter, the most prominent phone number in Debra Jeane “DC Madam” Palfrey’s little black book.

So long as a Democrat is governor, and can appoint a fellow Democrat to succeed Vitter, the national Republican Party won’t be pushing Vitter to leave.  But once a Republican is sworn in, which will happen in a few months, then Vitter is every bit as endangered as is his fellow Republican Senator Larry “Wide Stance” Craig of Idaho — a state which (you guessed it!) already has a Republican governor.

Meanwhile, the race is on to fill the congressional seat vacated by Jindal.  Gilda Reed is our gal.

Posted in 2008, corruption, David Vitter, Debra Jean Palfrey, family values, Larry Craig | Comments Off on David Vitter’s Job Is Suddenly Less Secure

Larry Craig: The Plot Thickens

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 29, 2007

Not only has Larry Craig come out and said he’s going to stay in the Senate unless his case isn’t dismissed, but now it looks like he’ll stick around even if the case isn’t dismissed:

Remember how Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was going to resign from the Senate on Sept. 30? Then remember how he was maybe not going to resign if — and only if — he could get his guilty plea withdrawn by Sept. 30? And then remember how Craig put off his plan to resign because the judge hearing his case hasn’t ruled yet?

Well, here’s the latest from Craig’s attorney. Appearing on “Hardball” Thursday night, lawyer Stanley Brand said that it’s “conceivable” that Craig will remain in office through the end of his term, “especially if he gets some type of relief in Minnesota.” “But,” Brand added quickly, “I don’t think it depends on that.”

Translation: Craig may be sticking around even if the judge in Minneapolis doesn’t let him withdraw his guilty plea.

Heheheheh.  But it gets better:

As for the Senate Ethics Committee? Brand said he thinks it’s “inconceivable” that the Senate “will open the door to bringing cases against senators” for committing “misdemeanors that have nothing to do with the performance of official duties.”

“I know they say they have the right to discipline people for bringing discredit on the Senate,” Brand said. “That’s a vague standard. That’s well beyond where we are in 2007. I can’t imagine that 99 other senators want to be judged by that standard.”

Sounds like Larry Craig might be prepared to drop several weighty dimes on his colleagues if they don’t lay off.

And if you’re wondering why this latest turnabout hasn’t been screaming headline news in the press, it’s probably because the Republicans really don’t want to call attention to it.  Contrast that with their actions of just a few weeks ago, when they couldn’t wait to publicly shove knives into his back under the pretext of showing how devoted to pleasing their homophobic base by getting rid of an outed gay Senator accountability they were — though the truth was that he is a Senator from a state with a Republican governor who will be appointing his successor, whereas his fellow Senator Diaper Dave Vitter’s long-standing use of (female) hookers was forgiven because Vitter’s state has a Democrat in the governor’s mansion.

What changed, from then to now?  Why are the Republicans suddenly willing to let Craig serve out the rest of his term — even though it almost certainly means that they’ll lose that seat next year to a Democrat?

Craig’s lawyer’s hints at his client’s willingness to squeal on his buds to save his own bacon provides a clue.  See, this airport-john imbroglio is not the only legal mess Craig’s involved in right now.  As Emptywheel points out, he’s likely to be getting (if he hasn’t already) a subpoena to testify in the Brent Wilkes/MZM trial. 

Brent Wilkes is the evil genius behind the Duke Cunningham corruption scandal, and he’s quite capable of taking out a good chunk of the existing Senate Republican caucus.   But if Craig stays a sitting Senator, he has a much better chance to resist a subpoena — a fact that I’m sure Craig’s lawyer has pointed out to various GOP stringpullers over the past few weeks.  The Republicans may have decided to burn one of their Senate seats to protect the others.

Posted in 2008, Congress, corruption, David Vitter, Hookergate, Larry Craig | 2 Comments »

Larry Craig: I’m Staying In The Senate

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 27, 2007

 Now this is like Christmas come two months early:

Remember a few weeks back when Larry Craig’s office said he would resign his Senate seat by September 30 if his guilty plea weren’t overturned by then?

Well, forget all that — Craig is staying.

In the wake of the news today that the judge on the case won’t be ruling on whether his guilty plea can be withdrawn until late next week at the latest — that is to say, well after September 30 — Craig has just confirmed that he’s staying put:

“Today was a major step in the legal effort to clear my name,” Craig said in a statement. “The court has not issued a ruling on my motion to withdraw my guilty plea. For now, I will continue my work in the U.S. Senate for Idaho.”

I can’t imagine he’ll be there until November of next year. But the longer he stays, the less time the Idaho Republicans have to pick a replacement for the Republican governor to appoint — and the less time that replacement will have to put some daylight between him/herself and the stench of the Craig scandal.

Posted in 2008, Larry Craig | 17 Comments »

Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 12, 2007


And the hits just keep on comin’:

— David Vitter’s hooker troubles aren’t going away. Wendy Cortez speaks.

— You knew it was coming: Larry Craig, meet Fred Phelps. (h/t to Minnesota Monitor.)

— The FBI is interested in Ted Stevens.

UPDATE:  Go to for a login and password to access the article; here’s a little taste of it:

During a secret meeting to discuss what prosecutors say was a dirty deal to keep Alaska oil taxes low, two oil contractors said they had a powerful ally coming to town who could help build support for the plan: Sen. Ted Stevens. The FBI played a videotape of the 2006 meeting Tuesday in a corruption trial against former Alaska House Speaker Pete Kott, who is accused of taking gifts and favors in exchange for supporting oil interests.

In the grainy video, VECO Corp. executives Bill Allen and Rick Smith can be heard talking about how to ensure passage of an oil tax bill. If approved, the bill would increase chances that a natural gas pipeline would be built, a deal that could mean huge profits for VECO.

Allen and Smith said they wanted to ensure Stevens was asked “good questions” that would steer him toward discussing the bill and the pipeline. The senator, Allen said, would make clear that “we need oil.”

— Norm Coleman’s leads over Mike Ciresi and Al Franken continue to shrink, and are now dangerously close to the margins of error in the latest Rasmussen poll.

Posted in 2008, Al Franken, David Vitter, Debra Jean Palfrey, hypocrites, Larry Craig, Mike Ciresi, Minnesota, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans | 4 Comments »

Larry Wants a Do-Over

Posted by MEC on September 10, 2007


Larry Craig wants to withdraw his guilty plea on the grounds that when he agreed to plead guilty, he was in a panic over the prospect of as his attorneys put it, “the consequences of public embarrassment”.

Let me run that by you again. Larry Craig let himself be the victim of a gross injustice because he couldn’t deal with being embarrassed.

Isn’t that just what the people of Idaho need in a senator? Somebody who does the wrong thing because he can’t handle the pressure?

Poor Larry, you’re obviously too fragile for public life. Take my advice, or rather, President Truman’s advice:

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Posted in Larry Craig, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

Giving The Murkowskis And Stephens A Run For Their Money, I See

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 9, 2007

Wow.  Larry Craig and his family are just such charming people.

Then again, this is the state Republican party that gave us Helen Chenoweth.

Posted in family values, Larry Craig, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, Ted Stevens | Comments Off on Giving The Murkowskis And Stephens A Run For Their Money, I See

And The Craig Craziness Continues

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 7, 2007

Somebody should have told Larry Craig’s daughter, Shea Suzanne Howell, that it’s not a good idea to go on national TV if you’re hiding from the cops and an arrest warrant.

Posted in Larry Craig, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 3 Comments »

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