Senator David Vitter of the DC Madam Escort Service fame has been and will continue to be the subject of numerous jokes on late night talk shows. David Letterman, Jay Leno, and the Comedy Channel, live for such moments. They are still making jokes about President Bill Clinton!
To his credit Senator Vitter has admitted he has done this and according to he and his wife, she was well aware of his behavior many years back. The joy of being in public is that past behavior often does have a habit of returning. To his credit, he admitted his sin, has moved for forgiveness, and wants to move on with his life and career.
He did some things, however, in his statement, which were wrong.
For one, he blamed his political enemies for feasting on this. Please. When a Senator has run for family values from the party that promotes family values and from a party which attempted to eviscerate the previous President for his escapades, Senator Vitter would be naive to believe that he was going to get a free pass. When one does wrong and when one truly does repent, one falls on one's sword and blames no one for anything else.
Secondly, he was alarmed on how the press chased him, even to church. When you are the centerpiece of THE story in town and you have been in hiding, guess what happens when you come out of hiding? Duh!!!
Finally, I'd have liked to have seen some humility in this. "I have run on family values and did not practice what I preached. I have judged others harshly and now that I find myself in the spotlight of judgment I realize how uncomfortable those folks were. For that I am truly sorry!"
He didn't quite get around to that. Jesus said, 'Judge not lest you be judged.' Wise advice to be heeded.