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Here’s What’s More Troubling Than Sex Scandals

Oh, that conservative radio hosts were half as embarrassed and repulsed by greedy deeds of GOPers in congress who are under federal investigation for gaming the system and using taxpayer money for personal financial gain as they are today are by the pathetic sexual dalliances of Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) who pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from an undercover officer in an airport bathroom.

Those who defended Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) for phoning the madam of a D.C. prostitution ring will be quick to call for Craig’s resignation.  Public denunciations will grow louder as the story, and salacious details of homosexual acts in public places, unfold.

A close-knit brotherhood of Washington senators who’ve served with Craig over the past decade will express shock at these recently published revelations.

The News That Matters

I have a confession to make: I was part of that small group who watched "Anchorwoman," that "reality show" about Lauren Jones, the, uh, model, who became a news presenter down in Tyler, Texas. I can understand, though, why they canceled the program after one show. To use insider-technical language, the ratings sucked. And I can explain that. Why bother at 8 p.m. with the same thing you can see at 6 or 11 (or, actually, around the clock)?

Congress in the Dumps

There is no other way to spin it. The Democratic-led Congress has lost the confidence of the American people. Their 18 percent approval rating is the lowest in history. In the same poll, President Bush’s approval ratings beat the Democrats by two touchdowns. And by no means is this president popular. 

When the Best Leave Congress

The poet William Butler Yeats wrote in his epic poem The Second Coming:

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

Kind of like what is happening in Congress today. 

No Jamming!

By the end of this week two more former members of the House GOP leadership are set to announce they are leaving the U.S. Congress after many, many years of service at the highest levels of influence. Republican Reps. Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Deborah Pryce of Ohio are reportedly retiring from their House seats — and after serving as Speaker and GOP conference chairwoman (respectively) before the 2006 midterms relegated them to disheartened members of the minority, how could this come as a surprise?

Armstrong in Alaska

We’re in Alaska for the next two weeks broadcasting live radio and taping for television. Many of Alaska’s highly touted past and present elected officials are under a storm cloud of corruption and it remains to be seen where this will end. GOP Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski recently supported the sweeping ethics and accountability bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate. This is particularly sensitive to these lawmakers given that they have their own challenges with FBI and ethic probes in the state. In his continued defiance of President Bush, Congressman Don Young (R) voted against giving this administration expanded authority to eavesdrop on foreign terrorists without court warrants. 

Mr. Gonzales, Please Resign

In this video, Armstrong Williams says Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should spare himself the humiliation and resign from his position, in light of recent shakeups at the Department of Justice.

Look at Lieberman's Entire Record

This post first appeared in The Hartford (Conn.) Courant.

I disagree with Joe Lieberman’s position on the Iraq war. I had serious doubts about the October 2002 war resolution. I think the U.S. needs to begin an immediate phased and responsible redeployment of most troops.

But I must admit I had some doubts about my opposition when the statue of that genocidal thug Saddam Hussein was pulled down to the cheers of Iraqis young and old. My heart sang as I watched on television.

I remember even stronger self-doubts when I saw the long lines of courageous Iraqis waiting under the hot sun enduring the danger of bombs and bullets to vote in their first free elections. The memory of those old Iraqi ladies proudly holding purple fingers in the air to show they had voted moves me to this day.

Ask A.B.

In the newest segment for the pundits blog, A.B. Stoddard answers questions this week on pardoning Scooter Libby and Jeb Bush running for president.

Submit your questions (along with first name, last name and state of residence) to


Republican Family Values

Talk about hypocrisy. Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, one of the leading “family values” Republicans, is caught keeping company with prostitutes — and fellow Republicans rush to his defense.

Vitter’s the first politician to appear in the not-so-little black book of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called “D.C. Madam.” But this wasn’t his first whorehouse walk. Jeanette Maier, known as New Orleans’s “Canal Street Madam,” revealed that Vitter had been one of her regular customers, too.

Vitter admits having committed “a very serious sin,” but insists that’s the end of the story. “Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there — with God and them.”

Wait a minute. That’s not what Vitter said about Bill Clinton.