Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is responding sternly to Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), who blamed Southerners for dragging the Republican Party’s fortunes down.
“I’m on the side of conservatives getting back to core conservative values,” Vitter told the Washington Times. “There are a lot of us from the South who hold those value, which I think the party is supposed to be about. We strayed from them in the past few years, and that’s why we performed so badly in the national elections.”
As for Voinovich, Vitter said: “He’s a moderate, really wishy-washy.”
Speaking of conservatives who have strayed from core values…David Vitter was publicly identified as a former client of prostitutes, and admitted in 2007 to an unspecified “serious sin.” The Washington Times article did not mention anything about the D.C. Madam scandal.
Late Update: Louisiana Democratic Party spokesman Kevin Franck e-mailed us a fun comment. “Last time I checked, you don’t find core Southern values in the places David Vitter has been found,” said Franck. “If David Vitter can lead his party back to their conservative values, maybe Larry Craig can give them tips on bathroom etiquette and Mark Sanford can recommend a really good restaurant in Buenos Aires.”