For CWA, politics trumps women’s rights

Senator Vitter (R-LA) has been in trouble lately for employing a convicted domestic abuser as an aide, even making him a point-man on women’s issues. One would hope that conservative women’s groups such as Concerned Women for America would offer the Senator some kind of moral reprimand. Unsurprisingly, though, these groups have failed to comment. As TPM reports,

This is not the first time Vitter has put conservative women’s groups in a tough spot. As with the prostitute controversy, these organizations can’t defend or condone Vitter or his actions. But they are supportive of his politics and don’t want to damage his re-election prospects or help elect a Democrat — even if that Democrat has a personal life more in keeping with the values the women’s organizations espouse.

Concerned Women for America is against equal rights for gays because, supposedly, homosexual relationships lead to domestic abuse. But they can’t seem to work up a moral fervor about a Republican Senator putting a convicted abuser in charge of women’s issues. As Oscar Wilde once said, “Morality is the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.” It sounds like CWA still likes Senator Vitter, despite his appalling record on women’s issues.