Vitter: I diddled, and now I burn; Update: "Some people disappoint you," says Rudy

Oh, how he burns.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., apologized Monday night for “a very serious sin in my past” after his telephone number appeared among those associated with an escort service operated by the so-called “D.C. Madam.”…

“This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible,” Vitter said in the statement. “Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there — with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.”

Too bad this is newsy enough to warrant a post or else I’d have saved this for quote of the day:

Palfrey’s attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, told the AP, “I’m stunned that someone would be apologizing for this.”

It happened years ago, his wife’s apparently already forgiven him (but at what price?), and he wears the golden laurel of an anti-shamnesty gladiator. He shouldn’t have much to worry about when he runs in 2010, although this’ll give La Raza a little something to work with. Captain Ed notes something I hadn’t realized, though: Vitter is Giuliani’s southern campaign chair, which means in the span of about three weeks Rudy’s been linked to a john and (allegedly) a cokehead. From one New Yorker to another, Mayor: Keep away from the southerners. They do things differently down there. Meanwhile, between Duke Cunningham (again, allegedly), Foley, and now Vitter, we’ve got two Republicans visiting hookers and another preying on young boys in the span of 15 months. It’s starting to smell in here, boys. Not to mention that you’ve deprived us of the right to make Clenis jokes in good conscience. Does the party need to add sex crimes to its vetting list for candidates going forward?

If only he’d known there are alternatives — alternatives unmuscled men learned of long ago. Thanks to the well-muscled Ed Driscoll for this:

Update: The guy who dumped his last wife at a press conference sounds disappointed.

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