Ed Kilgore raises some interesting points concerning the viability of a congressman opposed to abortion rights who has a checkered personal history on that count.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Republican from Tennessee, is seeking a third term and faces the voters in a primary election today. 

During his 2012 re-election campaign, evidence began leaking out through various outlets that he had a history of alleged spousal abuse, serial adultery, sexual relationships with patients and at least three occasions of encouraging a woman to have an abortion (twice his soon-to-be-former wife, once a patient). Much of these toxic allegations seem to have been confirmed when DesJarlais’ divorce papers from his first wife were opened just after his 2012 re-election.

Kilgore wonders how the congressman can survive such an ugly backstory.

DesJarlais did attract a strong primary opponent, but at least one poll shows the incumbent with a healthy lead. We’ll see what happens tonight. But much as I wonder why the Republican voters of Louisiana so easily forgave David Vitter for illegal and adulterous sexual behavior, I can’t fathom the “he’s on our team” mentality of serious antichoicers who would vote for Scott DesJarlais. I mean, really, can’t you find someone to send to Congress who doesn’t make you all look like hypocrites?