Gregory Roberts, chief of The Advocate Washington bureau, comments on Sen. David Vitter being “on top in state polls, under fire in Washington” intrigued me. The column went on to describe Vitter’s latest episode in his one-man attempt to hold our lawmakers accountable to the same laws they pass for us. It went on to give an almost even-handed description of Vitter’s involvement in Congress’ exemption from the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).
It is toward the end, in the last two paragraphs, that the tone changed and reminded me of what is wrong with Washington and the country today.
Roberts states: “But given how remote the issue is from Louisiana and its relative insignificance, it’s not clear how many votes his stand on principle would get him. It could be that is just the way Vitter is: a stickler for the rules, even if that makes him a contrarian. Everyone’s high school class included at least one kid like that.” In the first sentence, Roberts shows he can spell “stand on principle” but has no idea what it means. In the second sentence, he verifies it. Most of the people I know and respect are “kids like that.” Most of the people we all know are like that except for those in Washington.
I am not a Vitter campaigner or contributor, but I remember back when he fell short on a principle or so and also his stand on immigration that led to the shutdown of the congressional phone system and the failure of the Kennedy/McCain/President Bush immigration reform push. His principles seem to still be there and, if he made Louisiana congressmen dislike him and is making federal congressmen dislike him, he must be doing something right and deserves a second look from me.
As a result of Roberts’ column, I seem to be remembering more about Vitter.
retired service tech, BellSouth