Far be it from me to attack Larry Flynt from the left on sexual matters, but, well that’s what I’m going to do:
Larry Flynt “brought the prostitute who claims to have had an affair” with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) “before the media on Tuesday and called on Vitter to resign the seat he won by campaigning on a platform of conservative values,” the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Flynt cast himself as “the scourge of politicians who espouse conservative values in public while carrying on extramarital affairs in their private lives. He said his objective is not to titillate, but to expose hypocrisy.”
Said Flynt: “It is not a question of muckraking and exposing the perverts. It’s more than that. It is trying to maintain some honesty in the government. It would be nice if we could bring about his resignation.”
Here’s what I don’t get: the reason Flynt says Vitter must resign is the Senator’s alleged hypocrisy, attributed to the conflict between his “conservative values” and his experience as a john. But isn’t basically everyone opposed, at least publicly, to adultery without the consent of one’s wife? Wouldn’t, if asked, every member of the Senate and House condemn the concept? The case for hypocrisy is pretty clearcut with, say, Larry Craig, but unlike Craig Vitter didn’t do anything that conservatism and conservatism alone disallows. I don’t think he should resign even if he was hypocritical (it still involves his private life, which has no bearing on his ability to legislate effectively), but it doesn’t appear to me that he was, or, at the very least, that he was more hypocritical than your average adulterer.