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 BigGovernment.com 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.