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The GOP is undergoing a bit of an ethical crisis following the recent string of scandals involving prominent Republicans -- the most recent being, of course, the media hullabaloo surrounding Sen. Larry Craig's run-in with an undercover policeman in a Minneapolis airport men's room. Oh, and then there's that whole Iraq war issue.

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In a turnaround from an earlier statement in which she likened herself to Lorena Bobbitt, at a recent press conference Wendy Vitter resolved to stay with and continue to support her husband, joining a long line of politicians' wives who endured their husbands' indiscretions and the ensuing media attention.

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Many will be tempted to rip into Sen. David Vitter, a social conservative who is suffering through two prostitution scandals. But wouldn't it be nice to return to a day when politicians were judged on their public performance and their private "sins" were addressed by their relatives and friends?

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Watch out, philandering politicos: Larry Flynt is hot on your heels. The Hustler impresario is as tenacious as an irate pit bull in his latest crusade to expose hypocrisy on Capitol Hill, and his efforts have already borne fruit in the form of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's confession that he patronized "D.C. Madam" Debra Jean Palfrey's escort service in 2001 -- and, according to Flynt, that exposé may well be just one of many to come.

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So a Republican senator from the Deep South (Sen. David Vitter, pictured) who loves to tell other people if and how they should have sex, has been exposed as a former client of a prominent D.C. madam? You say this ardent defender of the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman has "asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling"?

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