The revelation that Sen David Vitter (R-LA) was on a DC madam's phone list -- and claims from a New Orleans madam he frequented her establishment -- aren't helping energize the GOP base. From The Politico:
Add to that the socially moderate records of GOP front runner Rudy Giuliani and you see a party with little for social conservatives to get excited about. Especially since the hooker scandal revolves around a Senator who was high enough up the Giuliani Campaign food chain to be jockeying for a Vice Presidential nomination on the GOP ticket.
"Beyond the chortling, however, the Vitter scandal is a small piece of a much more significant development: The demoralized state of the social conservative movement on the brink of the 2008 election."
And consider those who vote with thier money. Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen Barack Obama (D-IL) raised twice as much money in the second quarter reporting period than the top Republican fundraiser -- more than Rudy Giuliani did in the whole campaign.
Not a lot to get excited about -- unless your name is Clinton or Obama. (Politico)