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Glenn Beck (who is in the process of supplanting Rush Limbaugh as the de facto head of the GOP if he hasn't taken the title already) has spent the last week working himself up over a video showing an obscure former ACORN employee teaching some yokels posing sex workers how to avoid taxes. (Who knew that Glenn beck thought it was important to pay taxes, eh?)

The thing is that Beck's little obsession is putting David "Diapers" Vitter into a really uncomfortable position. You see, Vitter fancies himself to be ACORN's leading critic in the U.S. Senate. But the problem is that Vitter has got a little illegal prostitution problem of his own, as Jake Tapper notes:

The Louisiana Democratic Party, however, points out a point of potential awkwardness for the senator -- the fake prostitution ring the young conservative journalists at talked about, versus the very real ones Vitter was accused of having frequented.

Vitter, as you may recall, was named by a New Orleans bordello Madame as a client of her prostitutes. In July 2007, Vitter apologized after his telephone number showed up in the phone records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the alleged DC Madame.

"This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible," Vitter said.

Vitter did not vote on Monday.

"For months, David Vitter has been leading the charge to deny federal money to ACORN, but as soon as the topic of prostitution comes up, he doesn’t even show up to work," said Louisiana Democratic Party Spokesman Kevin Franck.

Franck suggests, per a press release, that "Vitter may have skipped the vote to avoid calling attention to his own admission that he frequented prostitutes."

Don't hold your breath for Glenn Beck to give the same treatment to David Vitter as he's given to ACORN, because despite all his clownish antics, Glenn Beck boils down to one thing: a Republican shill. That's all he is, and that's all he'll ever be.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 06:46 PM PDT.

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  •  Ha! (1+ / 0-)
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    anastasia p

    Good point. Pure 100% Rethuglican Hypocrisy.

    Although I will say that these videos are pretty disturbing. Acorn's got some cleaning up to do.

  •  Can't defend Acorn over this one. (2+ / 0-)
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    Call me NeoKong, Herman Sinclair

    Those videos are pretty damning.  I really don't think Acorn can be defended on this one, especially by saying "well they do it too!"  

    Acorn does receive lots of tax dollars, and it pisses me off to see them behaving this way.  It would be different if it were one bad apple, but they found this type of behavior at a few places...

    "Give me a water board, Dick Cheney, and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders." -Jesse Ventura

    by Beelzebud on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 06:48:29 PM PDT

    •  Yes, I can (4+ / 0-)

      Because corporations that recent hundreds if not thousands of times more of our tax dollars are wildly more corrupt and have misused the money to boot — and Republicans have repeatedly told us to bite it when we've timidly asked for investigations. This is all bullshit. ACORN does good work — but it's for the poor, so the GOP wants to destroy them. Any of you who go along with this are the spineless doormat Dems people here complain about all the time.

      Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate

      by anastasia p on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:01:19 PM PDT

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    •  Of course they are defendable (1+ / 0-)
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      While the actions of a few individuals do reflect poorly on the organization, taken as a whole, ACORN is a good thing. The individuals in the videos should be punished (fired, whatever) but ACORN will continue registering voters and doing good work for sure.

  •  Vitter sucks and Louisiana Dems suck (4+ / 0-)


    Someone needs to write this book: The Great Conservative Temper Tantrum of 2009

    by grinning dog on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 06:48:43 PM PDT

  •  Hey, Jed. Thanks for the chance to post (7+ / 0-)

    this again.  I swear this never gets old.

    Songs at da web site! I was average long before it was popular.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 06:49:30 PM PDT

  •  Democrats need to protect their own (5+ / 0-)

    Throwing people to the wolves every time the likes of Glenn Beck attack them is a very poor strategy. It only encourages the right wing to aim at bigger targets.

    "You can never guarantee victory, but you can guarantee defeat."--Hall of Fame baseball writer Leonard Koppett.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 06:51:18 PM PDT

    •  No. (2+ / 0-)
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      atlliberal, dinotrac

      People who help pimps and brothel owners are not our own. The Acorn workers gave advice on how to make 14 year-old sex workers dependents on tax forms...I want nothing to do with them.

      •  Yes, they are (2+ / 0-)
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        blueyedace2, cybersaur

        If they extract this captiluation and throwing poor people to the wolves from us, we must DEAMND investigation of the multitude of infinitely more powerful and corrupt corporations that have received more of our tax dollars than ACORN can ever dream of. ACORN does good work; Blackwater/Xe does nothing of value. If you want nothing to do with them, but don't demand vociferously that they do NOT get ACORN unless we get Blackwater AND Kellogg Brown Root AND AIG, then you are a puling spineless Harry Reid doppelganger.

        Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate

        by anastasia p on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:03:57 PM PDT

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        •  Fine (0+ / 0-)

          I'm puling a "spineless Harry Reid doppelganger" because I don't want to stand up for scumbags. That's right - the Acorn workers in these videos of 5 offices are scumbags and criminals. They react to the questions of how to set up a brothel with underage Salvadorian girls so naturally, as though it is the type of work they do every week.

          This whole "if they get Acorn, then we get Blackwater" shit doesn't fly. When the undercover videos exposing blackwater come in, that will be great, and I'll be the loudest voice cheering for them. But your reasoning is silly. Face it - the evidence is that Acorn, if not entirely, is at least substantially corrupt and inept.

        •  There is no shortage of poor quality (0+ / 0-)

          employees in almost any of the agencies that recieve tax dollars --  especially if no one is looking too closely. They should all have a legitimate threat of imminent effective investigation at any time. Just another legacy from the lack of oversight over the last, shall we say, eight years.

          All that being said I am sure one could go on a fishing expedition to almost any agency, Amtrack, the Post Office, the Federal Department of Hamster Management or any of the myriad organizations that feed off the trough ( and quite a few that don't too... ) and receive enough footage of bufoonery to make Santa Claus look bad.

          it tastes like burning...

          by eastvan on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 01:47:05 AM PDT

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  •  Methinks Tapper needs to get himself a thesaurus (1+ / 0-)
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    points out a point of potential awkwardness for the senator

    This is pretty bad writing.

  •  He's not ONLY a shill (2+ / 0-)
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    filby, CallieDog71

    I suspect he's also a sexual pervert. The kiddie-pout face he likes to pair with sarcastic comments just gives me the creeps.

    I wish I was joking but the guy seriously, seriously creeps me out in a way that has nothing to do with politics.  Well, I guess you could tie it to Vitter/diaper-porn without too much of a stretch.

  •  Halliburton lost or had employees steal billions (7+ / 0-)

    KBR set up faulty wiring that killed troops while stealing taxpayer funds. Where are all these taxpayer advocates on the right when this happens?

    •  ......(crickets).....(crickets)..... nt (0+ / 0-)

      This tagline intentionally left blank and humorless...

      by left my heart on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:00:15 PM PDT

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    •  Exactly, Irixsh (2+ / 0-)
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      chigh, pickandshovel

      And we were told we were out of line to even politely suggest an investigation was in order, or that these dollars should be returned. In fact, we were called unamerican and 'partisan" for suggesting this. Well, I suggest it's insultingly partisan and a class war on the poor to extract from flesh from ACORN — and yes, I am looknig at ANY poster here who says "We are better off without them." No Halliburton, no ACORN.

      Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate

      by anastasia p on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:05:46 PM PDT

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  •  Beck's rise is depressing. However... (2+ / 0-)
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    eastvan, filby

    ... one consolation is knowing that Limbaugh is seething with impotent fury at being overtaken by an entertainer whose act is even more vulgar than his own.

    •  Actually it may be good in the long run (2+ / 0-)
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      cybersaur, filby

      If he's the best they have to put a face on the opposition, then we should be able to gain the votes of the 70% of sane people left in the country.

      "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

      by atlliberal on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 06:57:48 PM PDT

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      •  As long as we stop capitulated (5+ / 0-)
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        bwren, cybersaur, atlliberal, chigh, dinotrac

        and feeding friends like ACORN to the wolves. The census' discarding of ACORN probably cost us a couple of House seats. No group was better positioned to accurately count low-income people. This was a cynical, well-lanned ploy — and they knew we would be too gutless to stand up and Dan Rather them.

        Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate

        by anastasia p on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:07:13 PM PDT

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        •  There is another side to that coin. (0+ / 0-)

          When your friends misbehave, silence directs judgment at you as well as them.

          There was lots of noise made about ACORN in the last election, and it didn't matter for squat.

          Next time around, people will be more willing to listen to accusations -- including those that are not remotely true -- and to let those accusations spill over onto candidates.

          It will be no comfort to anybody if all the allegations are thoroughly debunked the day after seats are lost.

          Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

          by dinotrac on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:21:28 PM PDT

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    •  How big is Beck? (0+ / 0-)

      Let me preface this by saying I am a a conservative interloper to the site, not a progressive, but...

      Limbaugh's on over-the-air radio, the kind of thing you can put on as background noise while you work.  Before I started my current gig (yay!! A couple of months of working!!!) downtown (in Chicago), I would put him on in the background.

      But Beck is on Fox News.  I understand that to be the biggest cable news network, but that's still a far cry from what Limbaugh's got.  Hell, there are still people like me who won't spend the money for cable and couldn't watch the man if we wanted to.

      So -- is he really that big, or is it like dog years, he's really big in cable tv units?

      Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

      by dinotrac on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:17:59 PM PDT

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    •  Beck will flame out at some point..... (0+ / 0-)

      The crash will happen. Count on it.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 01:49:58 AM PDT

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  •  Gee, I never woulda guessed. (0+ / 0-)

    A shill for NoNo, you say?  Is that fair and balanced?

  •  It's time to crush them (6+ / 0-)

    figuratively of course. The Republican party has come to a place where it is just not credible on any issue any more. they should be dismissed as the fringe ridiculous party that they are today, rather than treated like serious opponents in a serious debate.

    Crush them

    "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by atlliberal on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 06:56:31 PM PDT

    •  Great attitude! (3+ / 0-)
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      cybersaur, chigh, Futuristic Dreamer

      I don't know why so many people here are still so scared of them, like every single person who thinks we should jettison ACORN. We should be screaming bloody murder. Does anyone remember what they did to Dan Rather? WE should be turning the focus on the phony "pimps" and "prostitutes' and how these people lack credibility. THEY made the issue all about the messenger and we should be doing the same.  I found the tapes as aird on NPR incredibly weak and unconvincing, and in addition, we should be demanding a full acconuting of how many total ACORN employees they talked to, and smearing them for misrepresentation. I'm so furious about this, and I'm mad at those of you who won't stand up to this crap. This is why Vitter is still in office and Elliot Spitzer and Marc Dann, wh should be, are gone.

      Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate

      by anastasia p on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:09:59 PM PDT

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  •  ACORN may now be as bad as it looks. (0+ / 0-)

    Who's reporting on the internal cleanup that will need to be publicized?

    Who WERE those advisors?

  •  troubling videos and video makers (1+ / 0-)
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    The videos are troubling, but it is evident now that the video from San Bernadino was fraudulent--the ACORN worker clearly was playing the two yet the video was edited to remove this. Watching the two people in the video, it is incredible to me that anyone would take these two seriously as what they represented themselves as. Maybe the ACORN workers were supporting criminal activities and tax evasion, and maybe they were willing to overlook underage prostitution rings, but the whole story smells and more investigation should have occurred before the entire organization was thrown under the bus. Who is this James O'Keefe and who put him up to this? Who is sending him all over the country to conduct these sting operations? What information was edited out of the videos?

  •  Beck, Limbuagh (0+ / 0-)

    Remember when our side cornered the market on drug addicted dropouts?

  •  Let me know... (1+ / 0-)
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    Lone Marauder

    when Vitter is trying to bring underage girls from El Salvador to be pimped out.
    ACORN had no problem with that.
    They have now been busted five different times committing multiple felonies.
    I won't defend Vitter visiting a prostitute.
    But many here will defend ACORN helping to pimp out under age girls.

  •  "Diaper Dave Ditches Dirty Duty" n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "I always found it interesting that people would cast aspersions on failure, as if it were a bad thing." -- Michael Steele, RNC Chairman

    by journeyman on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 12:13:18 AM PDT

  •  Beck? A GOP shill? (0+ / 0-)

      Who knew?

  •  honesty. integrity (0+ / 0-)

    it should be the law that these so called

    'news organizations'

    can not lie to the American people

  •  Beck... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...douche-bag extraordinaire...

    by theGOPisDEAD on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:41:30 AM PDT

  •  If they investigate ACORN, they should GOP too! (0+ / 0-)

    I think we already have a similar or greater percentage of GOP politicians caught on tape getting involved in various bribery, prostitution, etc. scandals; all this already in the public record! So bring it on, GOP head-to-head with ACORN! Who has the worse record on facilitating criminal behavior? I bet on the GOP.

  •  why embrace ACORN's corruption? (0+ / 0-)

    The fact that there are worse people in the world is no justification. A year ago, when ACORN was swearing up and down that they never used quotas for their registration drive staff, anyone who looked into the matter could determine that they were lying. I posted the truth of the matter, with plenty of evidence, in this diary and I was determined to be a red-baiting rethuglican by many.

    This is not just a cosmetic problem with ACORN. It's a culture of corruption from the top down.

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