Disgraced GOP Senator Urged Clinton Impeachment


LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING: Senator David Vitter (R-LA) demonstrating his ‘drop it like it’s hot’ move.

BY JONATHAN VALANIA Insisting the President no longer had the “moral fitness” to lead the country, David Vitter, then a firebrand redmeat conservative state senator from Louisiana, urged Congress to impeach William Jefferson Clinton over the Lewinsky affair in an October 29, 1998 opinion piece for the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Some current polls may suggest that people are turned off by the whole Clinton mess and don’t care —cockgalloping.gif because the stock market is good, the Clinton spin machine is even better or other reasons. But that doesn’t answer the question of whether President Clinton should be impeached and removed from office because he is morally unfit to govern.

The writings of the Founding Fathers are very instructive on this issue. They are not cast in terms of political effectiveness at all but in terms of right and wrong — moral fitness. Hamilton writes in the Federalists Papers (No. 65) that impeachable offenses are those that “proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”

Now a U.S. Congressman — noted for his unwavering social conservative stance, and a key hatchet man in the snuffing of immigration reform — Vitter admitted Monday to having been a customer of the DC Madame. Investigators working for Hustler publisher Larry Flynt are also looking into Vitter’s alleged patronage of a New Orleans brothel.

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