So you've got betrayal (of wife), betrayal (of the man who worked for you), bad-judgment-fraternization (top man in office boinking a staffer).
Then, as dramatic convention increasingly requires, you've got the banal hypocrisy:
When Bill Clinton's adultery came to public light, Ensign not only voted to remove the president from office, but insisted the president should resign as a result of the personal scandal. When former Sen. Larry Craig was caught up in a sex scandal, Ensign not only called for Craig's ouster, but led the charge against him.
Ensign has also been a fierce opponent of marriage equality, and supported a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. In 2004, the Nevada Republican lectured his colleagues, "Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded. For those who say that the Constitution is so sacred that we cannot or should not adopt the Federal Marriage Amendment, I would simply point out that marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution and the founding of our nation."
And did I mention that Ensign is a longtime member of the Promise Keepers, a conservative evangelical group that promotes strong families and marriages?
I'm not thrilled about stuff like this continuing to tank the Republican brand, because the Democrats are so very bad in so many exciting different ways. However, I do appreciate that Sen. Ensign (not in a red shirt, regrettably), Sen. "Huggies" Vitter, and Rep. Craig are bringing closer the day when Republicans cannot bloviate about matters of sexual propriety without everyone snickering and idly speculating about whether the pockets of their impeccable blue suits are stuffed with smuggled Thai anal beads made out of the polished bone of dead hookers.
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