Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Vitter Reid Obama Saints saga: the reviews roll in

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Sen. David Vitter's political reinvention from Family Values Crusader (d. 2007) to The Anti-Obama (2007-current) has served him well with his voting base: conservative Louisianans and Tea Party types. It hasn't always played well with the public at large (not that he particularly cares), but this week's anti-Obama stunt — proclaiming his intention to skip the president's jobs speech in favor of the Saints season opener, then being publicly truculent when Sen. Harry Reid pulled the rug out from under him — has earned him some unfavorable headlines far beyond the usual sphere of progressive and Democratic websites. Let's review:

CBS News: "David Vitter upset he will miss football party as Democrats schedule Senate vote after Obama's speech""

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson blasted Vitter for his remarks on Thursday, calling it "a sad commentary on the state of the Republican Party when a Republican senator whines about having to show a modicum of respect to the President of the United States, and do the job his constituents hired him - and are paying him - to do."

Jentleson argued that, in light of the sacrifices Americans are being forced to make in the face of a bad economy, "it's not too much to ask Senator Vitter to sacrifice a few hours on his couch at home to vote on a bill that will create jobs and spur small-business entrepreneur ship by streamlining our patent system."

"I'm sure he has a television in his office as well," he added.

New York magazine: "Alleged Senator Will Grudgingly Attend Obama’s Speech Instead of Watching Football":

Shame on you, Harry Reid, forcing David Vitter to act like a senator when it's clearly against his nature.

Philadelphia magazine: "ASS**** OF THE DAY: SENATOR DAVID VITTER"

I don't think the missing asterisks spell "ASSET," so that one will have to go below the jump. Plus: Jeff Crouere of BayouBuzz jumps to Vitter's defense ...

Philadelphia magazine: "ASS**** OF THE DAY: SENATOR DAVID VITTER"

Honestly, the Scoop does not care if you agree or disagree with President Obama, but the Scoop does think it would be nice — at least if you’re a sitting U.S. senator — if you showed up for goddamned work. Tonight, Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter is skipping (read: boycotting) the Prez’s address to Congress so that he can watch football.

Gawker: "David Vitter Is the Senate’s Saddest Little Boy":

Vitter, a former Rhodes Scholar whose Senate career has consisted of having constant sex with prostitutes and then trying to repair his image by sending irritating, pandering press releases about nothing for extremely short-term political gain, all the time, thought he'd found a sly opportunity to please his Louisiana constituency by pledging to skip out on work for an evening to host a New Orleans Saints party. Harry Reid's office got wind of this and issued a statement calling it "a sad commentary on the state of the Republican Party when a Republican senator is whining about having to show a modicum of respect to the President of the United States, and do the job his constituents hired him — and are paying him — to do."

BayouBuzz's Jeff Crouere: "Vitter Has Right Priorities with Saints Watch Instead Of Obama Jobs TV":

Some Washington insiders and Beltway blowhards have criticized the Senator and four other members of Congress for skipping the speech. For example, Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute said any member of Congress that skips a presidential speech contributes to the “debasement of our politics and institutions.” He said that lawmakers that do not attend Obama’s address are giving “the finger to the President of the United States on a huge issue like jobs.”

Ornstein needs to get out of the Beltway more often. He needs to talk to average Americans who share Vitter’s distaste for how the President is misusing this address to a joint session of Congress. In the past, an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress was reserved for a State of the Union speech or a national emergency, such as a declaration of war. Tonight, President Obama is using this nationally televised speech to tout his political agenda. This is part of his re-election campaign and the costs of this unnecessary event should be paid by his campaign, not the taxpayers of America.

The American people are tired of hearing the President who finds any excuse to commandeer the broadcast airwaves. They are also tired of his divisive rhetoric and his Socialist agenda, which does not work.

And there's Vitter's original Facebook post, where he or his staff still hasn't figured out that moderating comments might be a good idea on this one.

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