Oh, I did mention hypocrisy, didn't I? First, I should stress that infidelity is non-partisan, afflicting Democrats and Independents as well as Republicans, political agnostics and atheists, many of whom strayed after they were in the White House. But it's been the GOP that has boasted of its careful attention to family values, morality and religiosity on every street corner inhabited by its candidates. They all lie, of course. But what the hell. It's all for the cause.
So here we have John Ensign, a model conservative, joining the ranks of Sen. David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, John McCain et al in the growing list of sinners from their side of the aisle.
Ensign is an avid pro-lifer, a vocal proponent of something called fiscal responsibility, married with three children, a member of a group called the Meadows Christian Fellowship, Rotarian, Chamber of Commerce, all of the good stuff without an Acorn organizer or socialist in the lot. He was also the chairman of the 2008 National Republican Senatorial Committee and held influential offices in the Senate. If he had been a ball player, he would have been headed to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
And now this! It can really mess up a politician's claims to achievement, much like Sammy Sosa and steroids. Frankly, I couldn't care less about what a man and woman do in their leisure hours. But the sooner that Republicans bury their claim on moral purity, the sooner I will quit calling them liars.