Let me propose a litmus test for all politicians.
When someone says something controversial, before reacting to imagine that the polar opposite politician had said the same thing.
John Gresham in his book A Time to Kill used that simple device in a summation. I'm not a big Gresham fan, but there it is.
Imagine, for example, David Vitter had said before any audience;
I want to make sure that when you're firing your bullets because you're dissatisfied you fire them at the right folksDo you think there would have been calls to lynch him?