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Rep. Scott DeJarlais: doing the impossible

(Erik Schelzig/AP)

The antiabortion physician had been in a bit of hot water when it was revealed he had pressured his patient and mistress to have an abortion. Even better, a second woman last week claimed she had an affair with him back in 2000 and told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that she also smoked pot with him.

Apparently that was it for Tennessee Conservative Union chairman Lloyd Daugherty, who said in a statement that DesJarlais had reached “a level of hypocrisy that is simply untenable.”

Well, maybe for some people.

But then Daugherty said DesJarlais had “accomplished something incredibly difficult. He has embarrassed the United States Congress.”

Precisely. All the more reason for DesJarlais to stand his ground.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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