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WASHINGTON — Her days as New York’s junior senator dwindling — and with a world of problems before her — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday bid a fond farewell to her fellow lawmakers and her New York constituents.

About an hour after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted, 16-1, to recommend her nomination as secretary of state to the full Senate, Clinton appeared at her desk on the far right side of the Senate floor and spoke affectionately about both her colleagues and the state she adopted eight years ago.

http://www.buffalonews.com/...

Sixteen to one vote from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?

Who, perchance, cast that lone vote?

None other than the great Diaper Man!:

The lone vote on the Foreign Relations Committee against the Clinton nomination was cast by Sen. David B. Vitter, R-La. In a hearing Tuesday, Vitter peppered Clinton with questions about potential conflicts between American diplomacy and the charitable work of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

In a statement, Vitter called the Clinton Foundation a "multimillion-dollar minefield of conflicts of interest." The former president’s foreign ties "could produce explosions at any minute, particularly concerning the Middle East, where we least need them," Vitter said.

Oh, Louisiana, that must make you very proud.

Diaper Man.

In 1998 Diaper Man was a state representative in the State of Louisiana, Republican hue. He raged at Clinton, that would be then President Bill Clinton:

David Vitter felt compelled to weigh in on the national debate over the possible impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying about sex. Vitter was not yet a member of Congress; he was a Republican state representative. And in an October 29, 1998, opinion piece for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Vitter took issue with a previous article, written by two law professors who had argued that impeachment "is a process of removing a president from office who can no longer effectively govern; it is not about punishment." Given that Clinton was still a capable chief executive, they had maintained, impeachment was not in order.

Vitter, a graduate of Harvard University and Tulane law school and a Rhodes scholar, was aghast at this amoral position. He blasted the law professors for criticizing those congressional Republicans pushing for Clinton's impeachment. Their argument that impeachment is "not primarily about right and wrong or moral fitness to govern," he wrote, was utterly wrongheaded.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Lying about sex? Oh me! Oh my! How very, very, very bad!

But, alas, Diaper Man had a history of his own, as Wonkette reports:

When Republican Senator David Vitter rented prostitutes back home in New Orleans, there was "more than sex" — he liked the hookers to make him wear diapers.

http://wonkette.com/...

Tsk! Tsk! I guess Diaper Man, er Boy, was feeling a teensy bit petulent this week and just had to toss a little tantrum in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Clinton. I hope he was wearing a diaper -- in case he had an accident.

Originally posted to Karen Hedwig Backman on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM PST.

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