Nevada Sen. John Ensign’s admission Tuesday that he went biblical with the wife of a legislative aide brought a shrug. Wow. Another politician fooled around. Next subject. But then I read the Washington Post story, which chronicled Ensign’s past righteous condemnations of sexually adventurous office-holders.
Ensign said President Clinton had “no credibility left” and should resign because of his intern affair. He said Idaho Sen. Larry Craig should resign after he got busted in an airport restroom sex sting.
Ensign joins a long line of champion hypocrites. He publicly assailed Clinton and Craig for doing what he’d be doing soon. Now, done with the campaign staffer he was bedding, he said Tuesday he’s deeply sorry. Sorry he got caught, you bet. At least Ensign didn’t drag his cheated wife to his mea culpa press conference, as New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer did after his liking for high-priced hookers was exposed.
The Nevada senator scouted Iowa a while ago, pondering a future run for the presidency, leveraging his “Republican rising star” credentials. He said Tuesday he’s going to be focused now on serving Nevada in the Senate.
You mean … he’s not going to resign? Hhm. Well, anyway, we might want to keep an eye on any politicians who jump up this week to demand his resignation.
Speaking of the hypocrisy, shamelessness and amorality we find so often in our political leaders, it’s also interesting to note this week that researchers have determined that politicians and serial killers share traits.