Video: And now, a few words from Bob Menendez about the scourge of prostitution in the Caribbean

posted at 5:21 pm on February 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via BuzzFeed, it’s not really a scandal until it’s a sex scandal, right? Menendez has gotten brutal coverage lately over his alleged influence peddling on behalf of Salomon Melgen, but oddly I think he’s kinda sorta benefiting from the fact that the prostitution allegations are out there but haven’t been proved (yet). If the most viscerally sleazy charge against him hasn’t been nailed down, maybe he gets a small benefit of the doubt from constituents on the other Melgen accusations that he otherwise wouldn’t get. Or, absent the lurid sexual angle, maybe most people just aren’t paying attention. Asking low-information voters to follow a complicated story about a senator intervening on behalf of a friend accused of overbilling Medicare is asking a lot; the fact that insider trading by congressmen was perfectly legal until last year is proof enough of how hard it is for the average joe to distinguish what’s criminally crooked in Washington from what’s acceptably crooked according to Beltway (and, er, New Jersey) norms. But a senator taking sex trips to the Dominican Republic? Involving hookers? Who are supposedly underaged? That’s your wake-up call, America. Watch this and file it away mentally, just in case the other shoe is soon to drop.

Exit question: Will it drop? Read Erik Wemple’s post at WaPo for a skeptical take.


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Menendez used the Prostitutes and frequented the bordellos as research. /

portlandon on February 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

How amusing is it to watch the WaPo claim indifference and take a cautious lets see where this leads approach. When if it was a Republican candidate they literally research back to kindergarten looking for pulled ponytails and eaten paste.

Marcus on February 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Tucker Carlson better hope there’s fire here with this smoke or he’ll never hear the end of it.

Mark1971 on February 7, 2013 at 5:30 PM

quid pro quo???

If I take care of that lil’ medicare fraud thingy, will you take care of my lil’ Latin American hooker interest thingy????

/relationships.

ted c on February 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

portlandon on February 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Good point … makes sense to me./

By the way … portland OR? … gresham here.

ORrighty on February 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

There are two possibilities available to the guy who “gets out in front” of his rampaging bull:

1. He leads the bull away from the wall.

2. He gets crushed between the bull and the wall.

Axe on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

You heteros really need to learn how to restrain yourselves :P

JetBoy on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Macaca

“Since mid-August, the Post has published approximately 100 newspaper articles and editorials about allegations that Allen is racist.”

aquaviva on February 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

What part of Senate Foreign Relations don’t you get?

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

You heteros really need to learn how to restrain yourselves :P

JetBoy on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Shouldn’t you be applying as a Cub Scout leader, troll?

MelonCollie on February 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Can I stuff a couple of wads of cotton into that gaping cavity to close it?

avagreen on February 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM

The hate-women party of Bill The Clenis and Bob Faster are not subject to morality scrutiny. Democrats don’t care about morals.

Jaibones on February 7, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Between this and Obama’s shoot-first, interrogate-never terrorism policy, I feel like I’m about to pop an artery.

crrr6 on February 7, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Mitt Romney once supposedly clipped a dude’s hair: Media goes apeshiite.

Menendez bangs underage hookers: Media yawns and concentrates on a story about a waterskiing chipmunk.

Bishop on February 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

You heteros really need to learn how to restrain yourselves :P

JetBoy on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Easy there, sister.

*zig zags*

Bishop on February 7, 2013 at 5:58 PM

The senator doth protest too much, methinks…

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

ernesto swings both ways…

… what do you think about Bob?

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM

So will Menendez claim all those trips “were research” in the fight against prostitution?

GarandFan on February 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

He had to go find out for himself. I wonder how much of our money he spent on research.

Philly on February 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

…cut his nuts off!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

By the way … portland OR? … gresham here.

ORrighty on February 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

SE Portland Here. It’s sunny today!

portlandon on February 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Nothing to see here folks, let’s move along, move along.

rjoco1 on February 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

So what does Sen. Menendez think of castration as part of the punishment for these sex traffickers and sex businessmen ??

KenInIL on February 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Did the LA cop mention or praise Melendez in his manifesto?

docflash on February 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Shouldn’t you be applying as a Cub Scout leader, troll?

MelonCollie on February 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Lighten up, Francis…don’t be no cloud on a sunny day, mon!

JetBoy on February 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I wasted a lot of breath trying to convince fellow Jerseyans what a slime ball this guy is. Finally just picked up and left. Glad I did.

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Oh wait! That must be it, he was rear-searching prostitution, its all for the children you know.

The things a liberal must do for the good of their country, sex with children is such a burden, only with the best intentions.

Speakup on February 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

This same Mr. Wemple, who was not so fastidious, a year and a half ago;

http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/15/should-erik-wemple-be-attacking-sarah-palin/

narciso on February 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Shouldn’t you be applying as a Cub Scout leader, troll?

MelonCollie on February 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Exquisite. S/he still doesn’t know the purpose of gender.

platypus on February 7, 2013 at 8:21 PM

And we have a former Goldman partner turned Senator, Governor, who lost 1.2 billion dollars, yet was a DNC bundler, funny how that works

narciso on February 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

The same reporter who chased dubious rumors about Rubio,

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2013/02/07/washpost-runs-43-paragraph-front-page-article-sen-menendez-buries-pro

narciso on February 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Exquisite. S/he still doesn’t know the purpose of gender.

platypus on February 7, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Of sex. Gender is the sliding scale put in front of sex. Sociology class would teach you that depending on sex to tell you what to expect can make you homophobic, and other double ungood things.

I’m scheduling you for remedial classes, comrade platypus, and someone will be coming to your house for a friendly interview — just to look things over and make sure you are doing well, and that your offspring have not been inadvertently misinformed.

*punches pad*

*presents for thumbprint*

Axe on February 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM

This is the same Times, that ran that libelous McCain ‘affair’ with a lobbyist that never happened, I think the fact he has become such a rubber stamp for the Dems, is what gives him cover, not the complexity of the story,

narciso on February 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

The media has purged out those who don’t toe the Party line.

If it helps the Party they do it. If it hurts the Party they cover it up.

Sadly, even some conservatives still aren’t sure or think they don’t do this on purpose. We need to pound the message, “the media is corrupt”.

GardenGnome on February 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

So, is the next excuse that diddling underage hookers was a fact finding tour?

krome on February 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

He’s a Democrat, who really cares?

SC.Charlie on February 8, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Isn’t there a decent ‘pub in New Jersey fit to run against this assclown?

FerdtheMoonCat on February 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Show me a politician, regardless of whether they are Dimocrats or Rube-icans, who is not corrupt, and we can immediatly nominate them for sainthood. There ain’t no such thing. In addition to which, all of them are hypocrites and liars. Most are both attorneys and too stupid to earn a job doing anything else but sucking up at the public spicket. It is not going to get any better because the electorate is also just as stupid.

georgeofthedesert on February 8, 2013 at 5:10 PM