DesJarlais isn't even trying to deny the contents of the transcript. Instead, he's been forced to go with that lame my-opponent-is-mudslinging whine that's the first refuge of all politicians caught in a scandal.
"Desperate personal attacks do not solve our nation's problems, yet it appears my opponents are choosing to once again engage in the same gutter politics that CBS news called the dirtiest in the nation just 2 years ago," his campaign said in a statement.
Democrats probably should delay their celebration. In DesJarlais' first campaign in 2010, there were allegations from his divorce papers that he held a gun in his own mouth for hours and also "dry fired" a gun outside his wife's locked bedroom like a crazy man. But he still managed to beat the incumbent, Lincoln Davis, in the tea party wave.
Update: This story is all the buzz on the web today, even making a splash on Comedy Central's political blog, which describes DesJarlais as "a politician with a more inconsistent position on abortion than [Romney] whose views have evolved more often than a antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea."
It's too bad that "Pro-Life except in cases where a mistress/patient needs to be talked into an abortion" is so hard to fit on a bumper sticker.
Update II: Heads explode at Jezebel:
Right now, you're going to want to dust off your Horrible Hypocritical Human Garbage Bingo cards; I have a feeling this story could finally be your lucky round. Tennessee Tea Party Congressman Scott DesJarlais, who ran for Congress on a FAMILY VALUES PRO LIFE IN GOD WE TRUST JESUS IS HUGGING AMERICA WITH HIS MEATY WHITE ARMS AMEN platform, pressured his mistress to have an abortion. Oh, and one more thing — the mistress was one of Scott DesJarlais' patients at the time. Because he was her doctor. BINGO!
Update III: Esquire blogger calls DesJarlais "baldheaded bag of douche from Tennessee."