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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sexual Politics

Don’t you just love politics? In todays on-line news there were the following stories:

From the Huffington Post 3/2/2010. Louisiana-born porn star Stormy Daniels who was flirting with a run for the U.S. Senate from her home state will announce "very soon" whether she's really going to make the 2010 race against incumbent David Vitter, her political spokesman says. Stormy Daniels has had little to say about the race since summer. She continues to promote her adult entertainment ventures and personal appearances online.

From the Daily Caller 3/2/2010. Manhattan Madam” Kristin Davis is taking aim at another house of ill repute: the Executive Mansion in Albany. Davis, whose prostitution ring supplied hookers to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and thousands of other powerful johns, officially jumped into the governor’s race yesterday. “I am the only candidate who is not part of the corrupt and dysfunctional system of New York State politics,” the buxom blond declared in announcing her independent bid.

You know the economy is bad when the hookers and porn stars are running for office. You know that our opinion about our current political leaders, Democrats and Republicans, are bottom of the barrel low when hookers and porn stars look like acceptable alternatives by comparison. What if the entire congress was made up of people from the adult entertainment industry? Would that be better or worse than we have now? Political conventions would certainly have a different flair to them. Back room deals would mean something entirely different than the cigar smoking old white men back room scenario that we currently have.

You might have situations like “I can’t vote on funding the war in Iraq, I have to film a scene with the Senator from Kentucky”. That could save us billions of dollars. The Senators could be doing to each other what the entire government has been doing to us for years.

Remember the Nebraska Healthcare deal - This is from the Washington Post 1/15/2010. It was a single paragraph, added at the last minute on Page 2,129 of the Senate's mammoth health-care bill: a promise that the federal government would pay forever for extra poor people to join Medicaid in Nebraska. And it triggered a swift, partisan backlash. The rebellion against the $100 million promise has spread to nearly one third of the nation's attorneys general, including two Democrats. Meanwhile, the Nebraskan whose state would get the help -- Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Democrat who was the crucial 60th vote for the bill -- says he never asked for the favor to get his vote and wants it to go away.

Arguably it would not be a lot different for Senator Madam to line up entertainment for her fellow Senators, than to line up Medicaid payments for the citizens of Nebraska.

We have seen a paradigm shift in the last few years. It used to be the sex scandals were all related to Democrats - John Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Elliot Spenser, Wilbur Mills etc, and all the money scandals were related to Republicans. Now the Republican are butting in on the Democrats sex scandal franchise:

David Bruce Vitter is the junior United States Senator from Louisiana and a member of the Republican Party. Formerly a member of the United States House of Representatives, first elected in 1999, representing the suburban Louisiana's 1st congressional district, Vitter was elected to the Senate in 2004. Vitter posits himself as a staunch political conservative. In July 2007, Vitter was identified as a client of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey's prostitution service in Washington, D.C. Vitter is running for reelection to his Senate seat in 2010.

Larry Craig, the wide spreader Republican from Idaho arrested in the Minneapolis airport men’s room.

Gay former Congressmen Mark Foley who had the Page incident.

While the Republicans are getting into the sex scandals the Democrats are making a run at the financial scandals.

Congressmen Charlie Rangel tax evasion.

Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich – pay to play

Former Congressmen William Jefferson - $90,000 in cash in the freezer of his home.

I suppose all in all, I would rather our trusted leaders have sex scandals than money scandals. It is more fun to talk about and it does not come out of our own pocket as much. Plus it is always nice to watch them cry on television after they find religion and family values.

Tiger Woods might fit in perfectly in the U.S. Congress

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