The Republican Party’s formerly unbeatable battle cry of “Family Values!” (loose translation: “the gays are coming!”) is taking a beating from within this week as Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., admitted to doing a rather dirty deed:
Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada Tuesday admitted an extramarital affair with a woman who had worked for him.
Ensign would not identify the woman, but said both she and her husband had been “close friends.” Her husband, he said, also worked for him.
“Last year I had an affair,” the senator told reporters outside his office in Las Vegas. “I violated the vows of marriage. It’s absolutely the worse thing I’ve done in my life.”
It’s always nice to know that our guardians of moral certitude in this vile, vile world are actually engaging in the same debauchery they openly disavow everyday on television. But hey, let’s be fair: he is from Las Vegas.
Maybe good, ol’ fashioned “family values” take on a new meaning in Sin City — or maybe they just call it hypocrisy.