Vitter would seem to be the perfect candidate for a challenge in 2010, but the lack of a viable Democratic candidate has ensured that his only real political threats next year come from possible conservative challengers.
So what's a good Vitter foe to do? Support Stormy Daniels. As Daniels put it to CNN today, "I might be a porn star" -- but unlike Vitter, "I haven't done anything illegal." We're pulling the interview for you now, but here's why Daniels' candidacy makes sense.
Without a prospective Democratic challenger, and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) fueling strength in the state GOP, Vitter needs to draw a primary opponent from the right to make life harder for him next year. With Daniels drawing media attention and making a strong case for questioning Vitter's morality, frustration is more likely to mount among Louisiana conservatives.
In addition, a Daniels candidacy has a good chance of pulling Vitter back into the national spotlight, making him a late-night punch line once again and distracting Republicans in Washington.