Another One Bites The Bust

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June 18, 2009 by billie789

This is too disgusting to actually compose a post about, so I’m going to lay in a story from today’s “The Daily Beast.” This ass-hat just joined John Edwards and a host of politicians who cannot maintain personal morals matched to a public persona. Scumbags, all!

Ensign Affair

“As Sen. John Ensign steps down from a top leadership post due to his adultery confession, his ruthless attacks on Bill Clinton and Larry Craig—and his strident defense of the “sanctity of marriage”—are coming back to haunt him, says Max Blumenthal.

Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada didn’t tap his foot in a bathroom stall like Larry Craig or spirit away to pricey bordellos like David Vitter, but like Newt Gingrich, he had an extramarital affair with a young staffer on his payroll.

Ensign admitted his affair Tuesday, declaring, “I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions.” According to Politico, Ensign only revealed the affair when the husband of the woman involved demanded “a substantial sum of money” to keep quiet.

Confessed just two weeks after a visit to the Republican presidential-primary state of Iowa, Ensign’s affair effectively ends his apparent presidential ambitions. It also undermines his carefully cultivated image as a stalwart against the machinations of liberal judges, feminists, and homosexual activists.

Beginning with his call from the House floor for President Bill Clinton to resign after having an affair—“He has no credibility left,” Ensign said—and continuing through his tenure in the Senate with a hard-right voting record that earned a 100 percent rating from the Christian Coalition, Ensign has earned a reputation as one of Congress’ most active and ardent social conservatives. In 2008, he was rewarded with the chairmanship of the Republican Policy Committee, making him the No. 4 Republican in the Senate, a rising star at age 51 in a party with few strong presidential prospects.

The future looked bright.

Before admitting his affair, Ensign last addressed the issue of marriage on July 13, 2004, during the congressional debate over amending the Constitution with a ban on same-sex marriage.

“Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded,” Ensign proclaimed from the Senate floor. “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. It predates the founding of our nation and even the landing at Plymouth Rock. Marriage, as a social institution, predates every other institution on which ordered society in America and the world as a whole, has relied, including even the church itself.”

Ensign concluded, “It is not right to mold marriage to fit the desires of a few, against the wishes of so many, and to ignore the important role of marriage.”

Unlike some of his colleagues, Ensign’s jeremiads against gay marriage reflected a sincere expression of his faith and personal sensibility. Indeed, Ensign is a Promise Keeper and the only Pentecostal in the Senate—former Missouri Senator and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft was the first—and a member of a congregation in Las Vegas affiliated with the ultra-conservative International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.”

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7 thoughts on “Another One Bites The Bust

  1. Stu says:

    Interesting piece. I sure don’t condone his actions but I would share a few thoughts.

    First, CBS and the AP are reporting he revealed the affair to his wife last year and they had worked through it already. So it wasn’t just confessed 2 weeks ago, but rather made public 2 weeks ago.

    And while he was the one of the first to call for Clinton to resign after his deal went public, it’s less hypocritical than it might appear…as Ensign did what he called on Clinton to do – resign.

    I’ve got less problems with Ensign’s actions than I do with a sitting President telling me that inserting his penis into Monica Lewinsky’s mouth wasn’t a sexual act, or a Senator soliciting a little man-on-man action in a public restroom.

    But that’s just me.

  2. bill says:

    They’re all a bunch of cheating liars in my book.

    Ensign only resigned from a committee, Stu. He refused to resign as senator.

    I’m glad he’s worked it through with his family. His high-profile, public righteousness makes me sick, regardless when it happened or if he came out with it because he was being blackmailed.

  3. torqdog says:

    Yeah, being a Nevada resident, I was bummed to hear this the other day. It always seems hypocritical when Repubs get caught at this because they are always (most of the time anyway) preaching the covenants of conservative values of which one of them is not straying. I have not heard Ensign talking up religious values much but I just might not have heard it when he did. Humans are flawed by nature and his membership in the promise keepers proves this point. I’m sure folks don’t go join that organization with the intent of breaking the codes that bind them. I personally am getting weary of how we are all consumed with a “gotcha” mentality. Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT trying to defend what he did, it just seems that these things become a major focus and once again I point out that we as Humans are flawed. Of course, that doesn’t make it right.

    In his defense and I don’t know if it is mentioned in the article you posted (yes Bill, this time I skimmed due to time constraints) but he and his wife were separated at the time of this affair. Not sure if that makes any difference but it seems on the surface to not be such a blatant violation in the likes of the John Edwards fiasco. His (John Edwards) photo is next to the description of scumbag in the dictionary.

    I am surprised that this story hasn’t really gained the traction I was expecting. Not sure as to why but maybe media folks are also getting weary…….. or maybe they’re just too focused on what other, more important things are going on right now. You know, most of them are incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.

  4. Stu says:

    You are correct Bill, I see that now. Should have read more closely. Just saw the “Stepped down” part and assumed.

  5. bill says:

    It’s on the news sites, Randy. There are only so many minutes for broadcast news and Iran and health care are probalby taking up those time slots, but the web’s all over it.

    The “separated” part does make better sense, but his public declarations of righteousness, both politically and spiritually, stink. And the fact that he was screwing another man’s wife doesn’t bode well in my book.

    The story is evolving as we speak, however. Seems he’s back-tracking on whether anyone was actually extorting money because of the affair. Oh, yeah, and his lover’s husband and son got jobs at a company owned by one of Ensign’s biggest contributors.

    Save your defense shield for someone who deserves it. This guy’s a pig.

    • torqdog says:

      Sorry if you misinterpreted my comments that gave the impression I was defending this guy. Just trying to put it perspective was all.

      I haven’t really been following this story much so I’m sort of learning about it here for the most part.

      I agree with you in regards to screwing another man’s wife. There are two items that cover this sort of action in the Ten Commandments;
      “You shall not commit adultery”
      and
      “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife”
      You are absolutely spot-on to point out the hypocrisy and I agree, there couldn’t be a more pronounced case. However, as I mentioned Humans are flawed and these things are likely to happen, irrespective of a person’s religious beliefs.

      I’m not saying it’s OK, just saying that it is to be expected.

  6. torqdog says:

    Well today it was revealed that his Mommy and Daddy paid the Gal 96k after John had told them about the affair.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gAKHK5xBT5NdBleTXH5_-Htc2p4QD99B87F80
    For me, THAT’S IT!!!! When you’ve got Mommy and Daddy trying to “clean up” their 51 year old son’s mistakes by putting out some payola, that just stinks, regardless of whether it was legal or not.

    I was originally pulling for Ensign to hang in there and weather the storm but not any more. I think he would best serve Nevadan’s by resigning as he will no longer be able to represent them effectively as I see a long line of ethics and whatever other lawsuits coming his way. He surely won’t be able to focus entirely on the concerns of Nevadans. He should show what little integrity he has left by resigning, getting his house in order and then, maybe he could re-emerge. He was VERY popular in this state before this affair came to light and I think that if he resigned soon enough, he could give Harry Reid a real challenge for his seat.

    Wouldn’t THAT just beat all?!!!

    BTW; in case you’re curious as to what the mistress looks like, here’s a photo.
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/anneschroeder/0609/First_pictures_of_Cindy_Hampton.html
    I personally think his wife Darlene is a hottie and why or what would cause him to stray is beyond me. Then again, I guess I’m just wired different.

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