Thursday, October 22, 2009

Odd Response

You’d think that Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) would join in with his fellow Louisiana Republicans condemning Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell who refused to marry an interracial couple. After all, just about everyone, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, has. But Mr. Vitter’s silence was noticeable to the point that it’s getting attention on its own. Mike Stark, who has a record of pursuing politicians to ask them pointed questions — he tracked down a number of U.S. Representatives to ask them if they believed Barack Obama was born in the United States — tried to get Mr. Vitter to respond to Mr. Bardwell’s stand and got no response. Finally Greg Sargent got a statement from Mr. Vitter’s office.

First, Sen. Vitter thinks that all judges should follow the law as written and not make it up as they go along. Second, it would be amazing for anyone to do a story based on this fringe, left-wing political hack’s blog — he’s been handcuffed and detained in the past over his guerrilla tactics.

Yeah, and…? Attacking a blogger who asked the question doesn’t answer the question: does Sen. Vitter condemn the obviously racist actions of an official in his state? If not, why not? It’s not really a hard question — Yes or No would be sufficient. What is he waiting for?

HT to Steve Benen.