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Ensign Acknowledges Extramarital Affair

By Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane

UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.: In a press conference moments ago, Ensign admitted the affair but seemed resolved to remain in political life. "Last year I had an affair," said Ensign. "I violated the vows of my marriage." Ensign did not name the woman with whom he had the affair, saying only that "the woman who I was involved with and her husband were close friends of mine." He added that he was "committed to my service in the United States Senate". Ensign took no questions.

UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has acknowledged an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer in a statement released by his office. "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions," said Ensign. He is expected to announce the affair at a press conference at 6:30 pm tonight. The affair, which was with a woman who worked for both Ensign's re-election campaign and his Battle Born leadership political action committee, began in December 2007 and ended in August 2008. Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's "marriage has become stronger" and added: "I love my husband."

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Sources in Washington and Nevada say Republican Sen. John Ensign, a rising star in the Republican Party considering a 2012 presidential bid will hold a press conference later today in which he will acknowledge an extramarital affair.


Sen. John Ensign has admitted an extramarital affair. Washington Post photo by Ray Lustig

Ensign, a member of the Senate GOP leadership, flew back to his native Las Vegas today in anticipation of the public announcement, sources said, missing a vote considered key to the Nevada tourist industry.

Two senior GOP political strategists, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter, said the announcement was imminent. They declined to say with whom Ensign had the affair.

In February 2002, Ensign took an unexplained two week leave of absence from the Senate citing "personal reasons."

When he returned from that respite, Ensign told the Las Vegas Sun that he was "not making any comments one way or the other. I'm just asking people to respect my privacy."

Elected in 2000 and reelected in 2006, Ensign has been a leading conservative among Senate Republicans, playing a key role in demanding the resignation of Larry Craig in September 2007. Ensign called Craig a "disgrace" after he was arrested in June 2007 in an airport men's restroom on disorderly conduct charges. Craig resisted the calls from Ensign to resign but retired from the Senate last November.

Ensign traveled to Iowa earlier this month to speak at a event sponsored by the American Future Fund, stoking speculation that he was interested in running for president in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 16, 2009; 5:31 PM ET
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Comments

The vast majority of people in Congress are dishonest and/or lack sound moral values! We see this time and time again over the years. Shame on us because we not only nominate and vote these people into office but we keep reelecting them! If you want someone to blame, look into a mirror!

Posted by: dmartin137 | June 18, 2009 6:15 AM | Report abuse

The guy's a scumbag for cheating on his wife, if he breaks those vows, he'll break his vows to the public. He needs to go. That being said, where are all the Clinton defenders running to this guys aid saying that it is his private life, and to leave him alone????

Posted by: corbitr | June 17, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Just another scum in DC, no matter the party. They all lie and are out for themselves.

Posted by: chasbquar | June 17, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Ensign Pulverized: What Happens In Vegas Doesn't Stay In Vegas
http://chickaboomer.blogspot.com/2009/06/ensign-pulverized-what-happens-in-vegas.html

Posted by: StewartIII | June 17, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

To all of you crying "Conservative Hypocrites!" I'd like to know what your (honest) views of Bill Clinton were when he was caught with his pants down. Not to mention his lying UNDER OATH to the Citizens he was hired to serve.

I'd wager quite of few of you howled that the Conservatives should just mind their own business and butt out of his personal life. After all, it's just sex. Right?

Remember, be honest.

Posted by: think_much | June 17, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

No, the Gary Condits' crimes go way beyond that: Their "Sexual Embarrassment Disposal Service" for Congress has been going on since at least 1977. See http://www.rickhyatt.freeservers.com.
He's very good at using govt. data bases to pick out a patsy to blame in advance, like Guandique.

Posted by: rickahyatt | June 17, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me.

Posted by: starina | June 17, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

A heterosexual affair with someone beyond the age of consent??? That doesn't sound very Republican. You sure he's not a Democrat?

Posted by: caribis | June 17, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

for all you sanctimonious rightwingnuts bleating "who cares," all of these hypocritical a-holes seem to care..until they get caught themselves.

It's the hypocrisy, stupid! And I mean all of you people are really, really stupid.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 17, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"SOOO?
He was trying to be like the democrats."

What exactly does that mean, moron? Far more republicans than democrats have been caught cheating. Start with Bill Clinton and go from there. The GOP list is much longer.

So you lose.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 17, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

There is not one person who has posted a comment on this page that is perfect and I am pretty sure that everyone has made some type of mistake in their life. So everyone needs to take a good look in the mirror before they start judging Senator Ensign or anyone else for that matter.

==

While you're right about the universality of moral frailty, you're dead wrong about the universality of hypocrisy.

Most of us commenting here have not gone through life acting like sanctimonious tyrd-coils, talking about "family values" like you need an R after your name to have morals.

Those of us who are gay? We have partners, we're in committed relationships, we don't pretend to be straight while cruising for dirty-dick in *toilets*.

That's for Republicans.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, Nice to know you are gay but to tell you the truth no one really cares!!!! Gays are some of the biggest cheaters out there, how do I know? I have many friends that are gay! At least Senator Ensign went after a woman instead of say Barney Frank!!! Get a grip, When politicians are out having a affairs they should just keep their mouths shut about their colleagues! They all need to do what is best for this country and not what is good for themselves. How come you aren't out bashing John Edwards? Heck his poor wife was extremely ill with cancer, oh that's right Edwards is a ...............Democrat! One last thing according to my principles your morals are screwed up! Like I said look in the mirror first! No one is perfect, and I believe most people out there are trying to do what is right. A Christian is not by any means perfect, we are imperfect people that is why we all sin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I guess you don't have anything to worry about since you out right stated that you are gay so...............I guess you are perfect!!!

Posted by: tank3 | June 17, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: starina | June 17, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Smokehouse -- wrong, wrong, wrong. Have you conveniently forgotten Mark Foley and the pages? Mr. Wide Stance of the airport restrooms? What's his name again?

Posted by: drindl | June 17, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

At leate the Conservatives get involved with a member of the oposite sex. And their are of age.

Posted by: smokehouse10 | June 17, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Some thoughts: The reason it is much more than a "personal matter" when a member of Congress commits some act that he/she badly wants to keep secret is that doing so leaves that person wide open to extortion. Senators and Congressmen are often given top secret briefings. When you have "skeltons in your closet," AND you know national secrets, a dangerous situation is created. That is why Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky was so irresponsible. Ensign should resign.

On the other hand, if Ensign were a Democrat, his actions would be a rusume enhancement.

Posted by: Tondaleo | June 17, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Conservative=hypocrite.

Posted by: mdiddy80 | June 17, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Well at least it wasn't a teenage boy this time!

Posted by: rexreddy | June 17, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Seat sniffers the whole bunch.

Posted by: mdgree | June 17, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Well, that ends Ensign's hopes of a 2012 GOP Presidential run. Ensign at least savored his marriage, which is definately most important. Ensign will likely instead worry about reelection in 2012 to the Senate in Nevada. He has admitted everything now, and is going to try and build his image back before 2012. It looks like David Vitter has done that in La. Bill Clinton did it as President, which showed very impressive political skills. It's been done. Can Ensign do it on a national level running for the GOP nod? I doubt it. Can he do it in Nevada in time to run for relection. Yes, probably. He's still going to be a force in the Senate & GOP.

Posted by: reason5 | June 17, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Chris and Paul: Who outed him?

Posted by: mdgree | June 17, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Anyone keeping count? How many of the Hypocrit Party have been outed now just in the last year? Two dozen?

Guess they really do value families. Other men's families, that is.

Posted by: drindl | June 17, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse


"The Socialists (f/k/a Democrats) have a large tent where all sexual deviants are welcome. The more deviant the better. "

Just a question: Why are rightwingers all so stupid?

Posted by: drindl | June 17, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

SOOO?
He was trying to be like the democrats.

Posted by: yokohlman | June 17, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: karenakarson | June 17, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Why would you expect anything better out of a country where 50 percent of all people are breaking thier marriage vows with alarming regularity?

Politicians are a curse on our society. What, you think they are supposed to be smarter or more moral than the rest of us?

Get used to stories like this. The only people this should matter to are the people in Nevada who will vote for him or someone else next time he runs. Those of you who want to make this a partisan thing are not very bright, and are probably guilty of the same self destructive behavior. Its none of my business, and I wish we were debating something more relevant than a guy from Nevada who most of us cant vote for, or against. Just looking for a vulnerable spot and sticking the knife in is idiotic. We can all do this while the country implodes.

Posted by: dimbulbz | June 17, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Who outed him? Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

Posted by: mdgree | June 17, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't see anything wrong, as the President and CEO, Mr. Obama, said about Geitner and his other non-paying taxes Secretaries... "that does not affect his role" ...as Senator (in this case). Or we can say like what you donkeys said when Clinton: "well if the Prez (Senator in this case) can't have a BJ... he should, he is the Prez". So don't be so quick to pointing fingers. I hope he gets a divorce and gets replaced, I don't think he is married to somebody without decency or shame, like a so called Hillary that will hang on to her powerful hubby.

As an end note.... at least he is not gay.
So long...

Posted by: theomen | June 17, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Just gotta love the rightwing neocon hypocrites in the GOP "Party of Family Valules".

It's amazing to watch them fumble around as they try to excuse Ensign from his own hypocrisy.

Put Ensign along side Craig, Vitters and scores of other hypocritical "Promise Keepers" who use the religious right to stay in power while condemning everyone else.

The best they can say is that he didn't pay for the sex and it wasn't in a Minneapolis men's room.

Just pitiful.

Posted by: Continuum | June 17, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Who outed him?

Posted by: mdgree | June 17, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Demanding moral standards and not living up to them makes you a hypocrite, however, not demanding them just reveals your own stupidity.

Posted by: Platypus2 | June 17, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

"GOP admit mistakes and fix them. Democrats hide and stay unforgiven (2). Christians are sinners just like Democrats, but thank God they are forgiven."

Christ is neither Democrat nor Republican.

"You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them." (Isaiah 6:9-10)

Posted by: hondojkb | June 17, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

And why isn't it "Admits." WHy is it "Acknowledges." It's like, "declined to name the woman."

"Hey, you wanna name the women, GOP saffers?"

"Oh, no thanks."

That's called "refused." They never do that in these stories, I guess 'cause the media and the State are so cozy these days -- even with a Republican.

Posted by: chicoandtheman2001 | June 17, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Larry Craig? I wouldn't care what he said about him, since he was arrested for crying out loud and seeking gay sex in a bathroom. A more appropriate comparison would be what he said about Clinton, and even then, there are no charges of obstruction of justice or threatening/bribing a witness to avoid her testimony in a sexual harassment case.

But one thing I did learn from the Clinton impeachment: Everybody does it. So, you know, I guess Ensign is an everyman!

Posted by: chicoandtheman2001 | June 17, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

With the Dems, big city dwellers, and left leaning media propgating an a-moral society, there's only one respnse to Chris, the Post, and anyother Dem reading these responses:

IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!

Posted by: dixongentyahoocom | June 17, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

No one on the planet is perfect. What Ensign did was horrible, but two things can be pointed out (1) Ensign was up front and did not have to be chased by media from one Beverly Hills Hotel to God knows where else as Edwards did. GOP admit mistakes and fix them. Democrats hide and stay unforgiven (2). Christians are sinners just like Democrats, but thank God they are forgiven.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | June 17, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

he should have been banging sara palin

Posted by: malachhamovess | June 17, 2009 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Does Drudge have a link to this article or something? Why are we getting all this caricaturist riff-raff?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 17, 2009 1:54 AM | Report abuse

The Socialists (f/k/a Democrats) have a large tent where all sexual deviants are welcome. The more deviant the better. When Republicans find one of their own acting like a Socialist they tend to drum them out and let they gravitate toward that Socialist tent. Time will come when that tent will fall! Into the tent you Socialist scum!

Posted by: maryh4us | June 17, 2009 1:28 AM | Report abuse

The Socialists (f/k/a Democrats) have a large tent where all sexual deviants are welcome. The more deviant the better. When Republicans find one of their own acting like a Socialist they tend to drum them out and let they gravitate toward that Socialist tent. Time will come when that tent will fall! Into the tent you Socialist scum!

Posted by: maryh4us | June 17, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

I said Republicans "tend to" resign in these situations. Craig certainly should have, and most all conservatives would agree. Again, the difference is that Dems defend their Larry Craigs, while showing utter contempt for those on the right who would even suggest resignation. So yes, Republicans tend to self-police. Democrats tend to excuse the offender, and attack the right.

Posted by: MalfeasanceOnTheLeft | June 17, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: karenakarson | June 17, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Yeah like Larry "wide stance" Craig resigned.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 17, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

The real difference between the libs and the conservatives is their core beliefs. Why is it such big news when a Republican does wrong? Precisely because conservatives generally will not accept that behavior from their own. Liberals, on the other hand, just yawn when this is done by their folks.

The hypocracy charge just doesn't work, I'm afraid. Conservatives and the fallen conservatives understand the moral breakdown, and they self-police. Republicans tend to resign when wrongdoing comes to light - and this is not confined to infidelity. How often does a liberal resign? They're more often than not going to fight tooth and nail to stay in office, no matter what. Blago. Clinton. Barney Frank, for pete's sake! A Republican would have resigned of his own accord in all of these examples. Of course, there are many more.

The bottom line... It's shocking when Republicans do wrong. It's expected when it's a Democrat. Hmmm.

Posted by: MalfeasanceOnTheLeft | June 17, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

And oh, do you really think anyone would be gloating if Ensign hadn't been a mealy-mouthed little prude? If he's been forgiving of human frailty and generous toward his fellow sinners?

We gloat precisely because of his Moral Conservatism®, don't you GET IT?!?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 17, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Another Republican "Rising Star" crashing and burning.

That make "Deaf from too much Oxycontin", Chickenhawk Rush Limbaugh the GOP leader once again.

Posted by: republican_disaster | June 17, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I think what you mean is that you nee people who can issue scolds and put-downs with no fear of being accused of hypocrisy. I don't think you Moral Conservatives™ are really all that moral, as repeated stories like this indicate. Matter of fact appearances suggest that dirty little secrets go along with Moral Conservatism® like bullets go with guns.

It's like the difference betwee Catholics and Episcopaleans .. both set very high standards of behavior but the latter are blessed with the understanding that most people are gonna sin a little.

Scratch a Moral Conservative©, find a sadomasochist, or a pedophile, or a panty-sniffer, or at best a closet case.

And take a look at which states have the most tee pregnancy.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 17, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

You Dems that gloat over this are true low lifes.

As a Moral Conservative, I feel Ensign should resign, heal his marriage if that is his desire, and move forward. We all make mistakes, but we need moral leadership, especially in a time when 30% or more of births are out of wedlock and 50% of marriages end on divorce.

We need leaders, not adulterers in leadership positions. Ensign has lost the authority to lead, when he can not control himself.

Posted by: DennisKL | June 17, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

How many party of values elected officials haven't had their daughters knocked up?

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Or all decently and morally married to some fat young man from a fine monied Republican family in a big stone church full of wealthy well-dressed honest rich and clean people?

Ugh.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

How many party of values elected officials haven't had affairs?

How many party of values elected officials haven't had their daughters knocked up?

Posted by: mdpilot | June 16, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: karenakarson | June 16, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Ensign looks more like John Gotti than he does the J.Peterman character on Seinfeld.

But enough of that. How can I sleep tonight if if I don't see a video of him and the woman kissing. Does anyone know where I might find one?

Posted by: Weightman | June 16, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

There is not one person who has posted a comment on this page that is perfect and I am pretty sure that everyone has made some type of mistake in their life. So everyone needs to take a good look in the mirror before they start judging Senator Ensign or anyone else for that matter.

==

While you're right about the universality of moral frailty, you're dead wrong about the universality of hypocrisy.

Most of us commenting here have not gone through life acting like sanctimonious tyrd-coils, talking about "family values" like you need an R after your name to have morals.

Those of us who are gay? We have partners, we're in committed relationships, we don't pretend to be straight while cruising for dirty-dick in *toilets*.

That's for Republicans.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: karenakarson: "You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html"

Karena, did your porn subscription lapse? Or are you just lonely?

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 16, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

world of warcraft is fun, yeh! for games

Posted by: abramaaron | June 16, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Why is this big news? I hear there are important things going on in the world. This isn't one of them.

Posted by: BrianK1 | June 16, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less about his "mistake", it's his absolute hypocrisy that really offends me.

Posted by: houston_progressive | June 16, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

He must have a high libido like Clinton

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | June 16, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Another phoney, sanctimonious "born again Christian" GOPer caught with his fly unzipped. I love it! As is to be expected, this hypocrite was particularly outspoken against gay, fellow Senate GOPer Larry Craig.

Posted by: parnest | June 16, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

somebody needs to cut his weener off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | June 16, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

I quite realise that this is political news, but I find it all so immensely sad.

WHEN is the American public going to grow up?????? This is SUCH an old story, and it's happened so many times before in so many countries and venues. The fact that Sen. Ensign is a Republican and a public figure only magnifies the story, but doesn't change it.

There are always tacky details, but the bottom line is that men & women in all walks of life are prone to stray--and it's not for nothing that so many 'Adams' and 'Eves' have succumbed to curiosity or perhaps irresistible passion and taken a bite of the forbidden fruit.

I wish marriage, which as I'm sure you well know is hard work, not a pastime, could be separated in peoples' minds from this MYTH (promulgated to excess in the US) of 'the eternal romance', so that married folk could realise that the occasional infidelity, if it's discreetly done, is NOT the earth-shatterring 'deal-breaker' it is perceived to be. There would be far fewer divorces if that were the case.

Before I am vilified by the other comment-posters, I should like to add that a case such as that of Larry Craig (NOT the gay aspect of it), which resulted in arrest and 'public humiliation', or John Edwards, in which his wife was ill with terminal cancer, or those of Sen. David Vitter, the late former Sen. Henry Hyde, Newt Gingrich, or his successor Bob Livingstone (what is it with these squeaky clean blokes from Louisiana???), all of whose hypocrisy
was so exceptional and brazen are outside of my general comments.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | June 16, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Pentecostal "Long John" Ensign can claim demonic possession.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly | June 16, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

There is not one person who has posted a comment on this page that is perfect and I am pretty sure that everyone has made some type of mistake in their life. So everyone needs to take a good look in the mirror before they start judging Senator Ensign or anyone else for that matter. There are plenty of politicians on both sides of the isle who have stepped out on their spouses! Some people learn from their mistakes and others don't, if you people are going to judge someone then judge the politicians who haven't learned a damn thing and are still screwing the American people over!

Posted by: tank3 | June 16, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: karenakarson | June 16, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin needs to do something else now to keep her mug in the news.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 16, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Senator John Ensign is a bum --- shove him off the stage --- and replace him with a Republican who doesn't behave like a Democrat.

Posted by: OsamasPajamas | June 16, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Net harm to Republicans = zero is correct.

The only people left who vote Republican are voting their wealth or their hatreds. Neither interest is likely to be dulled by the recognition that their advocate poked the wrong person.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 16, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, in Iran . . .

Posted by: nodebris | June 16, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Part of the human comedy. Cheney's former associates arranged to drug, gang rape, sodomize and beat Miss Jones in Iraq, as she has testified. No problem, because, guess what, there is a clause in her contract (undoubtedly from a legal scholar of the John Yoo ilk) precluding her from suing the acknowledged perpetrators. If left in power long enough, the Democrats will commit egregious offences too, but probably without all the holier-than-thou baloney we hear from these guys.

Posted by: frodot | June 16, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

HYPOCRISY IS THE TRIBUTE VICE PAYS TO VIRTUE

Sadly both Dems and Republicans commit adultery with prolific regularity.

But there is a huge moral chasm separating Republicans (at least publicly) who acknowledge adultery is wrong, even if they stray, and Dems who question and debate if oral sex is even "sex".

Net harm to Republicans--less than absolute zero--Dems are off the Richter scale of sexual perversions.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 16, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?!?! If I were married to his wife, I would have cheated on her too, which is why I can't fault Bill Clinton. Hillary is U-G-L-Y!!!

Posted by: WildBill1 | June 16, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: karenakarson | June 16, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Another high-quality rightwingnut marriage threatened by gay marriage.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 16, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, wonder why this is just coming out now. Get ready for the other shoe to drop. There's more to this story, more bad news on the way for Ensign, which is the reason he stepped up now to "accept responsibility."

Posted by: Bob22003 | June 16, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Best I can tell, we have it on good authority that FDR, Eisenhower, and JFK were not faithful husbands.

It just didn't make the news back in those days.

Perhaps Truman and Nixon were the only good husbands to occupy the White House between 1932 and 1980. The journalist Theodore H. White said he only knew of one major presidential candidate who was faithful to his wife during all the years he (White) was writing those *The Making of the President* books about elections.

Obvious questions arise. Would Truman have refrained from twice nuking Asian cities had he allowed himself to pork, say, Clare Booth Luce once in a while? Might the four student shot dead at Kent State University be alive today had Nixon gotten and succumbed to the hots for Rose Mary Woods?

One final observation. The Washington Capitals, not Sidney Crosby, are losing whiners. :)

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 16, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Good thing the WaPo keeps a stock headline for these things:

"[INSERT NAME OF SCUMBAG HYPOCRITICAL REPUKE] ADMITS AFFAIR"

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 16, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I doubt the hypocrisy charge is going to register with Republican voters. This is the feudal party. If you are rich, poweful and white, you can do what you want when you want. If you are middle class, or an African American of any class, you can be crushed for any reason. It is simply the logic of a racist, hierarchical society - that society extolled by the GOP.

It should surprise no one. The GOP's followers either identify with the "successful" - the liberatarian wing, full of giggling, sexist males - or believe in selective forgivenemss - the rightwing Christians. It is a very nasty community, but not a hypocritical one.

Posted by: rgathman | June 16, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Funny to see all the Dem-wits salivating over this one. First, don't hold your breath expecting Ensign to resign, or be drummed out of office. The GOP learned that lesson with Clinton. Second, Reid will be dumped by Nevada long before Ensign leaves the Senate. Third, a potted plant would win against Obama in 2012 because the economy will (no if, and, or but about it) be in a shambles. Fortunately, the GOP will have plenty of viable candidates, and their greatest qualification will be that they are not Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Frank/Biden/Kerry/Dodd/Burris and the rest of the Dem-wit clowns. With the economy in the tank in '10 and '12, the uneducated/ignorant, and race-motivated supporters of Obama will not be inspired to vote then.

Posted by: STomPayne | June 16, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think Ensign looks like J. Peterman from Seinfeld?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | June 16, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: karenakarson | June 16, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess this guy's tawdry affair is news because he belongs to a party and a movement that constantly proclaims its "family values" and morality.

If the GOP had concerned itself with actual policy debate over the last several decades rather than focusing on issues of personal morality, we wouldn't even be having this discussion.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | June 16, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

dennissuper wrote: "I take offense at your statement that rape doesn't bother me but an extramarital affair has me up in arms."

Dennis, my friend, you wrote that the entire Clinton thing was about a BJ. I simply reminded you what it was really about and how it came to impeachment.

"And if you feel that you might want to dig up some more dirt on politicians, look up the Bush family."

Bush family?! Are you kidding? That's child's play, nothing but deranged leftwing fantasies and wishful thinking. Besides, it'll take me until the end of the decade to finish my research on the current Chairman of Ways and Means.

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 16, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well ... yet another member of the so-called family values-oriented GOP is reaveled to be a skirt-chaser. He and the POS laughing stock governor of my home state, Jim Gibbons, should hang out over cocktails (where Gibbons can assault yet another waitress) -- maybe John Edwards can join them.
Not that Ensign, a vapid, talking-points spouting pretty boy had any prayer whatsoever of being taken seriously as a presidential candidate for 2012, of course.
This is why I laugh loudly when I hear any Red State voter try and explain why the Republican Party "represents moral values" better than the Dems.
Yeah ... *right.*

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | June 16, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, pulleeeeezzee... this bar was lowered ten years ago with the Clintons. Nobody cares about a pol "getting a little on the side" anymore. Move on (oh, that's for libtards), faux outrage notwithstanding.

Posted by: STomPayne | June 16, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well ... yet another member of the so-called family values-oriented GOP is reaveled to be a skirt-chaser. He and the POS laughing stock governor of my home state, Jim Gibbons, should hang out over cocktails (where Gibbons can assault yet another waitress) -- maybe John Edwards can join them.
Not that Ensign, a vapid, talking-points spouting pretty boy had any prayer whatsoever of being taken seriously as a presidential candidate for 2012, of course.
This is why I laugh loudly when I hear any Red State voter try and explain why the Republican Party "represents moral values" better than the Dems.
Yeah ... *right.*

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | June 16, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Democrats probably cheat just as much as Republicans. But when the GOP positions itself as the party of moral superiority, these individual revelations do more damage than otherwise.

As an independent, I continue to advise Republican friends to stop any "culture war" or party-of-values oriented messaging. It only has the reverse effect on younger demos and smacks of hypocrisy during times like this.

Posted by: thecheddar | June 16, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

My letter to my Senator follows;

Dear Senator Ensign,

You sanctimonious philanderer, for years we listened to you and your party espouse the virtues of Republican family values. You all condemned President Clinton as unfit for office because of his peccadilloes. We all listened to your party drone on for years that the Democrats are godless, immoral, unfit for office, lacking in moral fiber, unpatriotic, corrupt and depraved.

The American people have rejected you and your party’s demagoguery. You and others in the Republican Party have proven to the American Electorate that yours is the party of corrupt morals and hypocrisy. Yours is the party of adultery, debauchery, weak moral fiber, lies, torture, and War Criminals.

I think it is time for you and your party to start living by the Ten Commandments, rather than using them to malign your political opponents. You owe your constituents in Nevada more than just an apology. You sir should resign immediately, go home and try to repair your marriage.

It is time to allow Nevadans the opportunity to be represented by someone with true moral values.

Resign Today

TB
Las Vegas

Posted by: tbuyatte | June 16, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Most woman are telling me his wife should let him cheat. HE'S TOO GOOD LOOKING TO BE LOCKED AWAY.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | June 16, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: karenakarson | June 16, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Yet another sanctimonious "family values" Republican hypocrite. We were due for one of these stories.

Posted by: Dieterman | June 16, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

But still the high road must be taken by conservatives.

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Now there's an idea. So far all they do is talk about it. But to actually ACT on their stated beliefs ... wow you sure you want to go there?

I don't think they can do it.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by lindalovejones: "You need to just stop! Repubilcans worked hard and long to find ANYTHING on Bill Clinton. They took Whitewater apart, and still couldn't find anything."

dennissuper: "Ya' just gotta love these pricks after what they did to Clinton over a BJ."


Yeah, poor Bill. Mean, old, white Republicans went after the poor, innocent man.

LOL. Right.

Your hero Bill Clinton was accused of multiple acts of sexual assault by numerous women, including at least one who accused him of rape. Rape. (That doesn't bother you a bit, but an extra-marital affair has you up in arms.)

And a bunch of oyher nonsensical sh.it....

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 16, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse
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I take offense at your statement that rape doesn't bother me but an extramarital affair has me up in arms.

Rape bothers me a great deal, asshat. What really pisses me off is the fact that you
mistook me for a Republican. You must have to write such nonsense.

I'd love to spend the night playing with what little mind you have, but this is all I'm going to say on the subject.

And if you feel that you might want to dig up some more dirt on politicians, look up the Bush family. That'll keep you busy for weeks. Silverado S & L is a good place to start, when you get done with Grandpa and the freakin' NAZI'S for Chrissakes!!!

Posted by: dennissuper | June 16, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Who really cares about Ensign's affair. The important thing is that another right-wing conservative crashes and burns. Awful people.

Posted by: dudh | June 16, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I believe the affairee could be named Cynthia Hampton. Cynthia was an employee of Ensign's PAC. Cynthia is married to Doug Hampton who was Ensign's Administrative Assistant until early 2008.

Cynthia was also the assistant treasurer of the NRCC under Chris Ward. Ward embezzled millions from the NRCC.

I think the blackmail may have related to the embezzelment of $ from the NRCC and not the affair. You should check this out more closely.

Posted by: washingtondc5 | June 16, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Ensign called for Craig and Clinton to resign wonder if he will take his own advice.Don't bet on it.

Posted by: bushwacker1 | June 16, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

It's hilarious how many times the author and editors managed to work in the titles "Republican" and "GOP" in this article.

Compare that to the initial stories in this newspaper about Eliot Spitzer's scandal, where we didn't learn Spitzer's party affiliation until fully nineteen paragraphs into the story.

Posted by: mpowers38111 | June 16, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by somnamblst1: "Yeah because insults from over a hundred years ago to several decades are are the way to show them."

100 years ago? somnamblst1, like a good little propagandist, you left something out of the chronology, now didn't you? You know, the part that completes the chain all the way from slavery to Jim Crow to Robert Byrd and right up to this very day?

I can appreciate, however, why you sheepishly disregard it.

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 16, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm a right wing conservative. Ensign should resign. If he wants to run for the senate again go for it, but for now he's a hyprocrite.
The socialist like Edwards, Clinton, Bwaney Fwank, etc. are not hypocrites whatsoever. They simply believe immorality, gay, abortionsists are moral values for their party. They're pround of it. Go figure.
But still the high road must be taken by conservatives. Reject him unconditionally, for now. Not because he got caught.

Posted by: jp111 | June 16, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

DJAH WROTE:
Between him and his wife.

On the other hand, given his stance on "family values," Clinton and Craig, a man of honor would resign. We can judge him by whether he does that or not.
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That's only after the SECOND reported affair during the same leap year. LOL

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | June 16, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

ANY TRUTH TO THE FACT THAT THE FEMALE STAFFER WAS REALLY AN M TO F TRANSSEXUAL ???

NOW THAT COULD BE A REAL DRAG !!! LOL

OR WERE THEY BOTH IN DRAG, EXCEPT WAS 'SHE' REALLY A DEMOCRAT ???

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | June 16, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

When Republicans behave like Democrats we all suffer.

Posted by: bonzai90210 | June 16, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

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This guy was acting irresponsibly. How could you possibly confuse him with a Democrat ?

If the woman was hot for him, and he truly believed that he should do everything in his power to protect his marriage, he should have just said NO. After all, isn't that what all of those Republican pricks have been saying since they lost ?

And with his friend's wife !!Family values, indeed. What a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: dennissuper | June 16, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by lindalovejones: "You need to just stop! Repubilcans worked hard and long to find ANYTHING on Bill Clinton. They took Whitewater apart, and still couldn't find anything."

dennissuper: "Ya' just gotta love these pricks after what they did to Clinton over a BJ."


Yeah, poor Bill. Mean, old, white Republicans went after the poor, innocent man.

LOL. Right.

Your hero Bill Clinton was accused of multiple acts of sexual assault by numerous women, including at least one who accused him of rape. Rape. (That doesn't bother you a bit, but an extra-marital affair has you up in arms.)

It was a result of some of those allegations that brought the Lewinsky matter to the courts. In that process, he lied under oath, and eventually formally acknowledged that he knowingly gave false testimony. He didn't lose his law license for having affairs or dipping into the teen intern pool (pathetic as it was).

And lots of people went to jail in the Whitewater affair; the Clintons were knee deep in it, as well as all the rest of the Arkansas corruption and S&L looting that took place at that time. Remember the Rose law firm billing records? (Hillary doesn't.)

Oh, poor, picked on Bill.

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 16, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

And, a member of Promise Keepers.
Guess he is thankful of what Jesus said when confronted with the issue of the adulterous woman: "let him who is without sin, cast the first stone."

Bad behavior, particulary having extra marital affairs is not limited to either party; Clinton, Vetter, Kennedy, etc. show that individual weakness is not partisan. Sometimes the flesh is weak regardless of what political hat you wear.

Now can we move on and concentrate on the important stuff? Like health care, confirming a Supreme Court Justice and acting responsibly to rebuild our broken economy.

Posted by: bobfbell | June 16, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

LMAO -- That's rich, coming from the party of slavery, Jim Crow, Robert Byrd and affirmative racism, a party which just can't overcome its twisted obsession with race and race-based politics.

Posted by: EricArthurBlair

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How does the sinker taste?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

But, but, but from the web:

"Ensign is an evangelical Christian who attends the Meadows Fellowship Foursquare Church in Las Vegas. He has participated in mass rallies conducted by the Promise Keepers, a men-only Christian group, and during his four years as a congressman had a 100 percent voter approval record from the Christian Coalition."

Posted by: coloradodog | June 16, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. Ensign is a bush league Republican. A real Republican would have had an affair with a little boy.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | June 16, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"That's rich, coming from the party of slavery, Jim Crow, Robert Byrd"

Yeah because insults from over a hundred years ago to several decades are are the way to show them

Posted by: somnamblst1 | June 16, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

"About the only married men who don't ever cheat are the ones who can't find someone to cheat with. As a man goes deep into middle age a kind of panic sets in and cheating is one way they often fight it."

Speak for yourself. (and my earlier post was in jest)

I agree with Computer_Forensics_Expert earlier on... is it worth it?

No, it isn't. How does a man look at his kids after something like this?

Posted by: hitpoints | June 16, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse
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I have often wondered at what age will Vitter tell his boys that it's ok to buy a hooker, put on a diaper and sh.it in it ? Sixteenth or eighteenth birthday ?

At what age will this paragon of family values tell his daughter it's OK to become a hooker ?

Did his wife do the Lorena Bobbit thing and now Davy is a squatter instead of a stand and shaker ?

Ya' just gotta love these pricks after what they did to Clinton over a BJ. My God, half of their party GIVES BJ's, for Chrissakes!!!

Posted by: dennissuper | June 16, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh now I get it. "Family Values" means you value your family, but put it to another families mommy. Now please excuse me while I go behind this tree and hurl.

Posted by: dantiger | June 16, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

....these hypocrites were the leaders of the "family values" crapp.
Between pedophiles, adulterers, and degenerates what will be their next slogan?
I imagine that Obersturmführer Psycho Von Limbaugh, Bill O’Dummy, and Insanity must be shedding crocodile tears.
What a bunch of F*ing hypocrites!

Posted by: analyst72 | June 16, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: chrisfox8: "Byrd renounced his racism decades ago"

Gee, I guess all is forgiven. LOL.

"...in 2009 racists are perfectly at home in your grotesque party."

LMAO -- That's rich, coming from the party of slavery, Jim Crow, Robert Byrd and affirmative racism, a party which just can't overcome its twisted obsession with race and race-based politics.

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 16, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

How long before the Fox News chyrons are programmed to ID Sen. Ensign as "D-NV"?

Posted by: mattintx | June 16, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Give the Republicans some credit this time. At least the guy wasn't trolling around in a public toilet like the last Republican Senator.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | June 16, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

This gives the appearance of bias toward leftist. Even if you are not a leftist, i.e. Democrat, the way that you presented this article still makes it look that way.

Posted by: FernaoDeMagalhaes

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Party affiliation is never far from the mention, with either party. Stop complaining.

And the fact that the Republicans are always laying claim to some moral high ground while invading unarmed countries and beating up on gays and abortion and everything else makes such emphasis genuinely newsworthy.

Deal.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and the Republican Governor of Nevada had an affair or two as well. Those Republicans ask for forgiveness for themselves, but they don't tolerate any Democratic issues like that. What hypocrites.

Posted by: goldie2 | June 16, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I could die a contented man if I could just see a video of him and the woman kissing. Does anyone know where I might find one?

Posted by: Weightman | June 16, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane:

I have a question for you. Had this been a Democrat, how quickly in the column would you have pointed out that the politician was a Democrat? Or... would you have just omitted that fact?
However, because it is a Republican, (basically a non-Democrat), you listed that the politician was a Republican in the first paragraph and the first of the each update paragraphs.

This gives the appearance of bias toward leftist. Even if you are not a leftist, i.e. Democrat, the way that you presented this article still makes it look that way.

Posted by: FernaoDeMagalhaes | June 16, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: starina | June 16, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Another member of the republic posse falls off his high horse.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 16, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is Bwahhhhhh ha, ha, ha!

The GOP (party of family values--and extra marital affairs) did it again! Will these guys ever stop?

Posted by: am1968 | June 16, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and PS - the wives are idiots too. The lovely Mrs. Craig, the lovely Mrs. Spitzer, and now the lovely Mrs. Ensign. I have lost my belief in God until just one political wife ups and refuses to stand at the microphone at Hubby's side, completely degraded, AND issues a press release of her own saying, well, you know: f-HIM I'm outta here, he was lousy in bed anyway, even when he WAS there.

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... holding out her little finger as she says it.

Post of the Day!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and PS - the wives are idiots too. The lovely Mrs. Craig, the lovely Mrs. Spitzer, and now the lovely Mrs. Ensign. I have lost my belief in God until just one political wife ups and refuses to stand at the microphone at Hubby's side, completely degraded, AND issues a press release of her own saying, well, you know: f-HIM I'm outta here, he was lousy in bed anyway, even when he WAS there.

Posted by: jimmychooboots | June 16, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey senator, listen up! The screwin' you get ain't worth the screwin' you get! Good luck with those family values senator!

Posted by: dlpetersdc | June 16, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Again, who cares?
He's not my husband, nor was he cheating with my wife. Tell me what he's doing to protect and defend the Constitution. Tell me what he's doing to follow the Constitution. Everything else belongs in The Enquirer.
Also, unless he's recently lied to a grand jury, the Clinton comparison is irrelavent.

Posted by: truck9009 | June 16, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I have only two things to say: 1 - WHO CARES? 2 - (in full-out Ethel Merman, rolling of eyes): Oh, BA-ROTHERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Posted by: jimmychooboots | June 16, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

mercy, isn't there any other news today?
this is just some poor soul with an ego who srewed up - big time - but still in the big picture - page 21

Posted by: onthejourney | June 16, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I notice WaPo made a point of putting an R next to the Senator's name.

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Ah, no, Ensign himself was the one made that mistake. You choose, you lose.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: starina | June 16, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Ensign is a born-again Christian who argued for Clinton's impeachment and said Larry Craig should resign.

So he has an affair with a married woman.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 16, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? A little extra-marital nookie. I notice WaPo made a point of putting an R next to the Senator's name.

Get bent, Cilleazy.

Posted by: greg3 | June 16, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

" . . . . . I live in Las Vegas and could care less about anything involving Mr. Ensign's personal life. It just does not matter to me. He is a fine senator with a good mind and a true advocate for all Nevada citizens. Doesn't the Washington Post have anything else to talk about? . . . . "

I might agree, if Ensign weren't the great defender of the sacredness of marriage, if Ensign hadn't called for Clinton's resignation after his affair, or if Ensign hadn't been such a great supporter of DOMA.

Hypocrites like Ensign don't deserve the forgive and forget.

Just another GOP Senator Vitter caught with his pants down.

Posted by: Continuum | June 16, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Charming to cheat with your 'best friend's wife.

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"Do we seek out things to covet?"

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

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Once was enough, thanks

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Why did not the Senator use Nevada's famed ranches instead of a campaign staffer? Senator Ensign could then have proudly displayed the amount of financial support he gave to those he best serves.

Posted by: Martial | June 16, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse


Charming to cheat with your 'best friend's wife.

Loyalty and decency all over the place.

Posted by: whistling | June 16, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

logcabin1836:

Truth hurts, ey?

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I get the impression you're a few cards shy of a deck.

Byrd renounced his racism decades ago, while in 2009 racists are perfectly at home in your grotesque party.

If you think the Democrats are the racists while the GOP just lost the third of the Latino vote they had last year, you should go see a neurologist.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: starina | June 16, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Ensign should thank his lucky star the moralists and bigots of his own party hold very little sway in the current congress and in the government in general.

ENSIGN for PRESIDENT!

Posted by: RegisUrgel | June 16, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

people like virginiaconservative are a hoot...love your attitude - you guys are always right...Richard Nixon....

Posted by: teammugs | June 16, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

When you hear Republicans/conservatives go on and on about family values and see their attempts to destroy those they don't like because of their transgressions (Bill Clinton). When you hear Conservative vilify unwed minority teenage mothers (and Jamie Spears) but hold up Bristol Palin's unwed teenage pregnancy as a blessing. When you applaud Sarah and Bristol Palin for choosing to have their babies but do everything you can to deny other women the same choice. When you do everything you can to deny same sex marriage claiming the harm it will do to heterosexual marriages while you heterosexual go on to damage your own marriage and family as well as someone else's. Republicans have to wonder why it matters? Right!!!

Posted by: catmomtx | June 16, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm normally a progressive Democrat.

But I do feel that the hypocrisies demonstrated by some members of both parties deserve some reasoned discussion over what is fair game and what is not. Over what is privacy for a publicly elected official and what is not. Over what is the basis for recall or impeachment in these areas of sexual behavior and what is not.

There's far too much at stake otherwise in this country to be making so much of another politician's shabby conduct and hypocrisy-unless nonconsensual or under age involved.

Posted by: Spectator | June 16, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Before we condemn this man, can we please see what the staffer looks like?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | June 16, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Why do these people always say they are sorry and regret the affair? They only hope to save their careers. I never said I was sorry and regretful and am still married after forty three years. Of course I am not a government leader. I am sixty five now and life changes. I do admit I was wrong. Indio

Posted by: bsr_mono | June 16, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

logcabin1836:

Truth hurts, ey?

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 16, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

EricArthurBlair.....another angry white former McCain supporter...so sad, so very sad.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 16, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: starina | June 16, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

it'll be news when ensign acknowledges he's been wrong about his politics, not learning he's another right wing hypocrite.

Posted by: cattheanimal | June 16, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

He can FORGET 2012 OR 2016 his political career is OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PERIOD LIKE EDWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND HE WAS ON OF JOHN EDWRDS BIGGEST CRITICS AND CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IT OVER FOR THE REPUBLICANS!

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | June 16, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Whooee Aunt Bea, cover up Opie's ears!

Ensign's behavior threatens the sanctity of marriage -- the sacred bond between a man and a woman. That's not "men" and woman, nor is it man and "women." That's one man, singular, and one woman, singular.

Even beavers mate for life y'know. That's the natural way the Maker intended it -- no beaver on the side. Next thing you know the whole dern trailer park will wanna get married to each other, barnyard animals and all. Now that ain't right.

Posted by: dgblues | June 16, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

How come you Republican bloggers are soooo sympathetic to Ensign, yet when it came to Bill Clinton you wanted to crufify him?
Its not that Ensign and so many other Republican politicians got caught with their pants down, its simply that they are the exact same ones who rushed to point fingers themselves. Get it?

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 16, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Big deal.

If our reckless, radical, incompetent president can launch his political career in the home of a terrorist, sit in the church of a racist Black Liberation theologist for 20 years, purchase his home at a steep discount in a crooked deal with a convicted felon and grow up a crackhead, then leftists have little room to complain about an extra-marital affair.

Especially considering the kooks, criminals, klansmen, killers, pimps, plagiarizers and tax cheats that populate the Democrat leadership.

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 16, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

BTW, let any husband who has NOT had an affair throw the first stone!

Posted by: IIntgrty | June 16, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: starina | June 16, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Ensign.."..it's absolutely the worst thing I've done in my life"...no, second. The first was condemning someone else (Clinton) for the same seedy behavior. The only difference was that Monica was single, Ensign's mistress is married.
What a slime ball.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 16, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

How does this man's screwing around affect any of you sad, bitter people, who I've seen crowing for him getting caught? Can't you tell that it's just more tabloid garbage, to distract you from the real problems facing all of us? Leave his personal failures where they belong...in his own home, with his own family. Unless he was trading votes for sex with this woman, I don't care if he mounted her on the Senate floor. As long as we are more concerned about digging up dirt about these people, we will never have the time to hold them accountable for serving this nation. Tell me what his voting record is, and I'll be interested. Meanwhile, stop behaving like a couple of old ladies, gathered at the back fence, swapping gossip. - truck9009
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Your point would have {more} merit truck9009, if these people had just a voting record, but they don't. They talk and follow sound bites and set their standings on what they say to the camera. He decided to bring it to the public and now the public is giving it back to him.

Posted by: amcphaull9999 | June 16, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that "politics by scandal" has poisoned American political debate since Watergate.

Everyone searches for the large or small "gotcha" moment, and no one engages in a serious, sustained debate about the issues of the day (such as health care, at the moment).

This is aided and abetted by the mass media, which sell more newspapers and get more "hits" with "gotchas" than with the sort of in-depth coverage of issues that would outlast the attention span of every Republican poster in these comment boxes.

In fairness it should be said that the mass media don't do this because they have a perverse distaste for informing the public. They're operating a business, marketing a product which must appeal to the taste of its consumers - the American people.

A little less about whose genitals strayed where, and a little more investigation as to why the AMA opposes the president's health care system would surely be better for the nation.

Again, I don't mean this as a criticism of The Fix, who is just one exceptionally informative tweeter embedded in the vast mass media machine, which in turn is embedded in an American public whose attention span, according to my recent unscientific measurements, is approaching zero.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 16, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"Marriage is an extremely important institution in this country and protecting it is, in my mind, worth the extraordinary step of amending our constitution."

John Ensign, in 2004.

I suspect that him keeping his vows would have protected his marriage more than the rest of us amending the Constitution.

Posted by: mypitts2 | June 16, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Considering this is the jerk who forced the withdrawal of the DC Voting Rights Act, I will be enjoying these massive karma points. I know it doesn't bring us any closer (probably), but it feels good, especially with another member of the supposed "party of morals" being hit with this.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | June 16, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm bored. I really would not have cared, had Ensign not referred to the Dems as the Democrat Party. He's one of THOSE Republicans.

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Oh, OK, between that and the antigay stuff, let him lose his seat in disgrace

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Ensign is yet one more on a list of scores of Republican "family values" hypcrites who condemned President Clinton on his affair while pursuing the exact same behavior....Ensign, Gingrich, Vitter, Craig, Livingston, Hyde, Barr, Bauer, McCain, Limbaugh, Guiliani, DeLay, George H. Bush, etc.etc.etc.etc.etc. The great GOP Leader Newt Gingrich haggled over divorce papers while his wife was laying in a hospital bed recoving from uterine cancer. In 1999 his second wife divorced Newt when she discovered his affair with a Congressional intern....imagine that...an intern....what hypocrites!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 16, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: starina | June 16, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

well at least he didn't get a bl@w job

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Maybe he gave one though

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Another Rethuglican sexual deviant, is anyone surprised. I guess the silver lining is that he was not caught cheating with another man.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 16, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Newt Gingrich was having an affair while investigating Clinton for having an affair.
Posted by: beenthere3"
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TO: sovine08 who wrote:

"NO Ginrich was investigating Clinton after he committed PERJURY!!! You know the thing Scooter Libby was convicted of and you ALL thought should go to jail for it.
Having sex was NEVER the issue with Clinton.. lying UNDER OATH was..."
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You need to just stop! Repubilcans worked hard and long to find ANYTHING on Bill Clinton. They took Whitewater apart, and still couldn't find anything.

So Republicans started investigating Bill Clinton's sex life and made Bill Clinton lie by beating to death the word "sex" when Bill Clinton said he did not have sex with that woman.

When the Repukes defined sex as not just penetration, but anything sexual, the Repukes finally won.

Everybody in the world who was alive at the time Bill Clinton was President knows the Repukes were after him.

I loved it when Larry Flint, Publisher of "HUSTLER" Magazine started revealing all the Republicans who were having affairs WHILE THEY WERE INVESTIGATING BILL CLINTON."

That's why Republicans are hypocrits!

Look at Republican Larry Craig who staunchly opposed gays, and was gay himself.

Please, give us a break! Isn't it time for you Repukes to start telling the truth, instead of staying stuck on "hypocrits"?

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 16, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm bored. I really would not have cared, had Ensign not referred to the Dems as the Democrat Party. He's one of THOSE Republicans.

Posted by: columbiard | June 16, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

An extra-marital affair should not impact this guy or any other guys political career or that of the average joe. Men can't have affairs if women are not willing. It happens AMERICA. It's part of the American fabric. Powerful leaders sleep with less powerful staffers all the time. If you believe that he's the only, then wake up! He's the only one who admitted for his transgressions. Most of these politicians are bedding folks left and right as they keep 2 households: DC and their home state. Guess where the wives live? Go figure...

Posted by: 40acres | June 16, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

well at least he didn't get a bl@w job

Posted by: teammugs | June 16, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Hurts when the shoe's on the other foot, doesn't it?

--Bill Clinton

Posted by: columbiard

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Catch no ball.

What do you mean?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

tk995 wrote:

"ps - when will sarah palin's infidelity come out?"

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And when will tk995 stop beating his/her significant other?

Posted by: furtdw | June 16, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"The only difference between the R and the D is that when one of ours screws up we make him leave, ... .

Posted by: jaimo | June 16, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse "

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Two words -- Vitter, Republican.
Also,
Gingrich, Republican.
Craig, Republican.
Burton, Republican
Hyde, Republican
Livingston, Republican
McCain, Republican
Dole, Republican
Guiliani, Republican

There are more, of course.

When you try to spin something "Jaimo", it doesn't begin to work when you forget those pesky things known as FACTS !!!

How's that hypocrite thing working for ya NOW, Bubba?

Posted by: phoenixresearch | June 16, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

You can see a video of him and the woman kissing from last year over at http://vostuu.com/ensign.html ... kind of gross if you ask me..

Posted by: karenakarson | June 16, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Whole lotta blah blah, but the only interesting question is, can we pick up this seat?

Posted by: citizenjane | June 16, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

A frog in the middle of my scum-covered pond sings all night; its ribbit sounds suspiciously like "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

Must be a Republican frog, by the sound of it.

I'd better shoot that frog before it drives me completely crazy.

Posted by: hogsmile | June 16, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

DRILL, BABY, DRILL

Posted by: PercyKution | June 16, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

"About the only married men who don't ever cheat are the ones who can't find someone to cheat with. As a man goes deep into middle age a kind of panic sets in and cheating is one way they often fight it."

Speak for yourself. (and my earlier post was in jest)

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Oh. I'll speak for myself just fine thanks for your concern .. but go read the statistics on infidelity. It's not exactly like murder. It's pretty common.

Spare me the eye-rolling about The Childrun please. That one's was overused to death in the 80s

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Ensign voted for the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage. So he thinks I shouldn't be allowed to marry. And he thinks he can have a wife and a mistress too. He is a disgusting human being.

Posted by: homer4 | June 16, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

abqcleve wrote, "I think the salient point here is indeed the issue of hypocrisy. If Ensign really wants to defend marriage, why doesn't he propose a bill outlawing infidelity?"

Yup. As happens on an editorial cartoonist's good days, Tom Toles nailed this one on June 7, 2009. Have a look at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/opinions/tomtoles/index.html?name=Toles&date=06072009 or http://tinyurl.com/nxs6qn

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 16, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

truck9009:

Amen to that. It's like we are living in a high school locker room - Who's sleeping with who and what does that mean?

It means people are having sex. Get over it.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | June 16, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Defense of Marriage Amendment should include something like "Adulterers should not be able to remain married or ever marry again". That should really help maintain the sanctity of marriage and promote Family Values. This would be the place to start Defending Marriage.

Posted by: gs4220 | June 16, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Cue the partisan, nonsensical postings!

Posted by: thebone | June 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

---------------------------------------------

That w/b VirginiaConservative, reisrrk, mongoose1, et al, pretzeling to spin this around "well, it's not as bad as ..."

Oh, yes it is ! Hypocrites.

Posted by: phoenixresearch | June 16, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

There's a frog out back in my scum covered pond that sings to me all night long; chirps words that sound suspiciously like "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

... "FAMILY VALUES!"

.... must be a Republican frog by the sound of it.

I think I'd better shoot that frog before it drives me completely crazy.


Posted by: hogsmile | June 16, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

And? So?

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | June 16, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

So Ensign's like Senator Geary from "Godfather Part II" ... guess he now has to deal with the consigliere ...

Posted by: dw438 | June 16, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

You can bet that he wasn't regretting it the first dozen times he plugged her.

Posted by: redrider26p | June 16, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"About the only married men who don't ever cheat are the ones who can't find someone to cheat with. As a man goes deep into middle age a kind of panic sets in and cheating is one way they often fight it."

Speak for yourself. (and my earlier post was in jest)

I agree with Computer_Forensics_Expert earlier on... is it worth it?

No, it isn't. How does a man look at his kids after something like this?

Posted by: hitpoints | June 16, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

How does this man's screwing around affect any of you sad, bitter people, who I've seen crowing for him getting caught? Can't you tell that it's just more tabloid garbage, to distract you from the real problems facing all of us? Leave his personal failures where they belong...in his own home, with his own family. Unless he was trading votes for sex with this woman, I don't care if he mounted her on the Senate floor. As long as we are more concerned about digging up dirt about these people, we will never have the time to hold them accountable for serving this nation. Tell me what his voting record is, and I'll be interested. Meanwhile, stop behaving like a couple of old ladies, gathered at the back fence, swapping gossip.

Posted by: truck9009 | June 16, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Where the hell are you all coming from? Did Kos link here or something?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 16, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The guy is from Nevada and he is apologizing for having an affair? One? So what? And, what's wrong with that, Mormon faithful? Why do people pretend there is lifelong fidelity for everyone? How medieval.
Why doesn't he just say he had a hot affair, loved every minute of it and is now extremely embarrassed it was discovered.

Posted by: jmf3210 | June 16, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

OK, if Ensign hasn't been out beating the social conservative drums, I say cut him some slack. About the only married men who don't ever cheat are the ones who can't find someone to cheat with. As a man goes deep into middle age a kind of panic sets in and cheating is one way they often fight it.

Nothing to see here.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:22 PM

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Hurts when the shoe's on the other foot, doesn't it?

--Bill Clinton

Posted by: columbiard | June 16, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

oops but a Republicon having an affair no surprise but with a woman wow what a shock
Republicons the party of family values..........

Posted by: lildg54 | June 16, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I used "they" as a singular. Someone please shoot me before I do it again.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

He is/was considering a presidential run? He's a light weight.

Posted by: columbiard | June 16, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's "marriage has become stronger" and added: "I love my husband."

Hmm... I've been feeling like my own marriage has been drifting lately... we don't have much to talk about, it's like we're in the same house, but single people.

Guess it's time to take a cue from the Republican marriage and family values guide and go have an affair with some hot younger woman. That way, I'll strengthen my marriage!

Posted by: hitpoints | June 16, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

OK, if Ensign hasn't been out beating the social conservative drums, I say cut him some slack. About the only married men who don't ever cheat are the ones who can't find someone to cheat with. As a man goes deep into middle age a kind of panic sets in and cheating is one way they often fight it.

Nothing to see here.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Tsk tsk, this is why heterosexuals should not be allowed to marry. The congress should act immediately to ban heterosexual marriages in order to protect our families. Bloody hypocrites, the Republicans are!

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | June 16, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Be carefull guys in power or have $$$.. Lot of Bimbos out there waiting to flease you.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | June 16, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Be carefull guys in power or have $$$.. Lot of Bimbos out there waiting to flease you.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | June 16, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Re: the 6:55 update –

Apparently Ensign was willing to betray his spouse AND his close friend. What a guy.

Posted by: FlownOver | June 16, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if HER husband can "get to him". Probably not. He's probably got special security.
The press will smoke her out and the whole thing will be public.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 16, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

AH HAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHA!!!

(Cue Mickey D's----

I'm lovin it!

Posted by: columbiard | June 16, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Paying for sex isn't any worse then getting some freebies.

One can only imagine if a woman in politics admitted she was schtupping some married guy or someone other than her husband.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | June 16, 2009 7:10 PM
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Actually, in the eyes of the law in every state except his (at least, in certain buildings), paying for it is illegal and that's why Spitzer resigned and Vitter should have.

I think the salient point here is indeed the issue of hypocrisy. If Ensign really wants to defend marriage, why doesn't he propose a bill outlawing infidelity???

Come on, "John." Do the right thing if you have the guts.

Posted by: abqcleve | June 16, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Views like yours, though, Tim, aren't trivial. They're symptoms of a personality taken over by evil, or, more precisely, sociopathy. Not mental illness, mind you. A sick person is not evil by virtue of being sick. A sociopath, on the other hand, is simply evil.

==

It's too stupid to be evil. I mean, really, the Jewish Banker Cabal troll? How boringly nutty.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

An Extra-Marital affair is bad. Doing it with a friends wife is just unacceptable.

Posted by: Digital_Voter | June 16, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I lived in Vegas for a couple of years, during which time Mr. Ensign was elected to Congress. He has a good reputation, and is not, to my knowledge, a right-wing-fringer. I never saw him as Presidential material, in part because his dad is Mike Ensign, a casino exec, and casino ties are still viewed with suspicion in many quarters. This is obviously newsworthy, but I hope Sen. Ensign (which is, BTW, a veterinarian by training, so at a minimum, he's kind to puppies and kitties) survivies this personally and politically.

BTW, however hypocritical Ensign may be, I'm pretty sure he's not as hypocritical as the legions attacking him here. As if none of you ever cheated on _your_ wife or broke a vow or had sex outside of marriage.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 16, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I mean, it's HIS wife, HIS girlfriend, and HIS problem!@!! Why tell ME about it>??????????

Posted by: IIntgrty | June 16, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Hee Hee Hee!!!

Posted by: safmmail | June 16, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Views like yours, though, Tim, aren't trivial. They're symptoms of a personality taken over by evil, or, more precisely, sociopathy. Not mental illness, mind you. A sick person is not evil by virtue of being sick. A sociopath, on the other hand, is simply evil.

Posted by: douglaslbarber
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Well said; thank you.

Posted by: abqcleve | June 16, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I live in Las Vegas and could care less about anything involving Mr. Ensign's personal life. It just does not matter to me. He is a fine senator with a good mind and a true advocate for all Nevada citizens. --------

Yeah, well, not surprising given you are from that cesspool.

Eliot Spitzer resigned because of his indiscretion. He has far more substance than this skankk Ensign, who should have the grace and class to resign. Paying for sex isn't any worse then getting some freebies.

One can only imagine if a woman in politics admitted she was schtupping some married guy or someone other than her husband.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | June 16, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I DON'T KNOW WHO CARES@!!! I mean, we have more important things to worry about!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: IIntgrty | June 16, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh please more of that "sanctity of the fammully" BS?

Did he have to consult Rick Santorum before delivering that spiel?

I might have more respect for the idea if it had any use other than a club to beat people over the head with.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

timsz247 wrote, "A small group of very wealthy jews control the two US senate seats from Nevada."

I'd rather be caught with my pants down in a public park at Larry Craig's knees than type what you just typed.

This sexual stuff is trivia, and fodder for the Goebbels of the world to use to manipulate public opinion.

Views like yours, though, Tim, aren't trivial. They're symptoms of a personality taken over by evil, or, more precisely, sociopathy. Not mental illness, mind you. A sick person is not evil by virtue of being sick. A sociopath, on the other hand, is simply evil.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 16, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Who want to bet he is telling the truth when he says he regrets it? Ha! The good Senator joins the great republican family value club that includes Newt Gingrinch, Henry Hyde, Jimmy Swaggert, Larry Craig, David Vitter, Robert Bauman, Jim Bakker, Andrew Buhr, Paul Crouch, Ted Haggart, Laura Schlessinger, JC Watts, Randall Terry, Bob Barr....What a club of honors!

Posted by: fudador | June 16, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Good on him for coming clean. I can only wonder why it has to be public though.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 16, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Patriot3!

The thing that makes this so juicy is the "moral authority" that the GOP say they have. I couldn't care less about someone having an affair personally, but to yell and scream about the morals of the Democrats/Liberals not being as good as the Republican - That is what makes this juicy.

As far as I can see the GOP have ZERO morals even if they say they do.

Posted by: glacy3 | June 16, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

No Pics of the woman??

Posted by: FrankAdair | June 16, 2009 6:54 PM
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I'm guessing she's the one standing behind him in this picture:

http://blog.press.org/NPC/Wordpress/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/102108_ensign-schumer_blog1.jpg

Posted by: abqcleve | June 16, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Come on, is this news? Maybe if the president but even that should be handled like in France, a (not so?) funny detail but nothing which causes any political problems, religious maybe but fortunately that was separated from state, etc in US a long time ago! Or was it?

Posted by: tuomo1 | June 16, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

My gosh, what a bunch of schizophrenics.

Posted by: smizgala | June 16, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Everyone makes mistakes and moves on. But when you claim that you represent god it is one strike and you move out.
Insane Ensign, kiss the WhiteHouse good by.

Posted by: aattallah | June 16, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Ensign:
“Marriage is an extremely important institution in this country and protecting it is, in my mind, worth the extraordinary step of amending our constitution.”

Why? So you can continue to stroke your ego and boff your way through all the girls you can get to spread their legs for you? You think you have a leg to moralize from now??? You sick twisted little 5th grade punk bully. It's time someone beat the krap out of you.

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 16, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Ensign is an idiot to be sure, but two words for you liberals relishing in his "hypocrisy": John Edwards

Posted by: mongoose1
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John Edwards was a liar in his initial attempts to deny his own affair, but to my knowledge never a) attempted to "defend" the sanctity of the institution by denying it to others or b) condemned others' faithlessness or used the "family values" banner to make himself appear to be above reproach.

Therefore, Edwards is no hypocrite on this issue.

Posted by: abqcleve | June 16, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

When Republicans behave like Democrats we all suffer.

Posted by: bonzai90210 | June 16, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

He's now qualified to be governor of Nevada judging by the GOP's and Nevada's criteria. I say that as a twenty year Las Vegas resident. At least he didn't accost her in a Casino parking lot.

Posted by: Frigistan | June 16, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I am offended by you or your editor's choice of photo. Why did you have to choose a photo of a woman (most likely a reporter or one of his staffers) and him? We don't know that this woman is the mistress nor should she be placed in the unfortunate situation of looking like she is.
I am a big time Democrat, but whether a Republican, Democrat or some unbiased journalist...I can identify blatant sexism when I see it.

Posted by: southwestgal | June 16, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Who?

Posted by: dennisl591 | June 16, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

How arrogant are these guys to think that they can get away with this stuff, that the media somehow will not find out. This is the kind of repubican "leadership" that we do not need. Of course, this only gets elevated in the media if the one in question is a repubican. When democrats do this stuff, they close ranks around him/her. Congress is full of hypocrites.

Posted by: martifr | June 16, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

It's OK, he's a Republican.

Posted by: meade1 | June 16, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

It does not matter if he has an R, D or I after his name, wrong is still wrong. Vote out ALL incumbants that are up for re-election in 2010. We may not stop the corruption, but we can disrupt it every election cycle.

Posted by: Jay2009 | June 16, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

The weird thing about the GOP people having affairs is that they usually do it with other married people, thereby breaking up two families.

The hypocrisy is immense. Newt Gingrich was having an affair with a staffer while leading the impeachment of Clinton.

In contrast to Clinton, Gingrich divorced his wife and married the staffer. It was his second divorce.

The "family values" bunch breaks up families regularly with impunity.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 16, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Another hypocrite from the self-annointed "pro marriage" party. What a surprise. And he's the one who publicly upbraided Larry Craig (himself a hypocrite) - how rich!

Posted by: B2O2 | June 16, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Mrs. Ensign and Elizabeth Edwards can form a support group.

Posted by: mongoose1 | June 16, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans = hypocritical vermin who would pretend to lecture us on our behavior.

Yep. And they just LOVE to chastise anyone other than them. Repubicans. The party of hypocrisy, sex scandals, big hair, and moralizing to others. Gives them the cover they need to act out their hate, homophobia, neo-nazi proclivities, and their love of killing other people.

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 16, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

A small group of very wealthy jews control the two US senate seats from Nevada. They give campaign cash to both Ensign and Harry Reid to purchase their unconditional support for Israel. The same story is repeated all over the US, where pro-Israel groups pump $$$ and media backing based on the politicians support of Israel.

While Harry Reid at least pretends to be fair balanced, Ensign is the certified crook. Watch how various jewish controlled media will be very mild in rebuking Ensign for the affair, because so long as a politician professes fealty to Israel he can do anything.

Posted by: timsz247 | June 16, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Are these stories still news? McCain cheated on his crippled wife with a hot, young millionairess and he was the GOP nominee for the presidency.

Posted by: trace1 | June 16, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

No Pics of the woman??

Posted by: FrankAdair | June 16, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

anybody from either party must admit that it's not one party or the other that's the problem, it's the POLITICIANS. if you won't admit it, you're just not being intellectual honest.

Posted by: djblue54 | June 16, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

As for those that keep posting what he did was not so bad, look what your side has done, you need to grow up. I don't care about his politics. Nor President Clinton's, Senator Vitter's, Senator Craig's, etc. What they all have in common is an utter disregard for the trust they betrayed that others had given to them. All because they thought they could get away with it. Schmucks. I would say the same for any of the women that violate the same trust.

Gingrich, he is just like the rest of them, only worse - serving divorce papers on his wife just after she had cancer surgery? What a low life putz.

And for Congressman Frank, while he may be gay, at least he did not violate his spouse's trust.

Finally, maybe we are worse than all of these people - we are so stupid that we keep electing and re-electing these miscreants. Craig, well, while he should have resigned, at least he had the decency not to run again and spare the good people of Idaho.

Posted by: misfit614 | June 16, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Family Values Republican is an oxymoron. Another hypocrite is exposed. If it weren't for the moralizing from the right wing, I would normally say this is a private matter and none of my business. But as it is, just deserts for the party of family values moralizers.

Posted by: jswallow | June 16, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Ensign on the "sanctity" of marriage:

“Sadly, the effort to redefine marriage against the wishes of a majority of the people is, with help from activist judges, succeeding,” Ensign said. “In order to defend the institution of marriage, uphold the rights of individual states, and maintain the will of the people, I believe we are compelled to amend our country’s constitution.”

“The effort to pass a constitutional amendment reaffirming marriage as being between a man and a woman only is being undertaken strictly as a defense of marriage against the attempt to redefine it and, in the process, weaken it,” Ensign said. “Marriage is an extremely important institution in this country and protecting it is, in my mind, worth the extraordinary step of amending our constitution.”

“I am deeply concerned that a few unelected judges and some locally elected government officials have taken steps to redefine marriage to fit their own agenda,” said Ensign. “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.”

What's that about re-defining marriage, John? Does Elizabeth get a say in that?

Posted by: abqcleve | June 16, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

So now I understand the progressive logic. If you have no morals then it's pretty much ok to do anything you want with no consequences and nobody can say anything because they know you're a dirtbag before going in, but if you have morals, and try to live by them and you screw up because everyone does, you're a hypocrite for having standards to begin with. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I just wish he had been a Democrat, then Pelosi and Reid could have included him in the "at-a-boy" party they throw for all the tax cheats, fags who run brothels in their basement, cheating spouses, draft dodgers, and all around crooks that litter the Democratic party and get away with it because the state run media has no balls. The only difference between the R and the D is that when one of ours screws up we make him leave, you idiots elevate them to lofty positions in the Senate or House to give them credibility.

Posted by: jaimo | June 16, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about this Senator and on general principles am utterly uninterested in his personal sexual accidents and failings.

If he's a neb-nosed Puritan finding fault with others for their sexual accidents and failings, I could become interested, but as I said, I know nothing about him.

In general, we in the USA pay far too much attention to these titillating irrelevancies and far too little attention to serious matters that endanger the rights of citizens - things like prosecutorial misconduct, police brutality, and government secrecy coupled with eavesdropping on citizens.

That said, if the man was contemplating a run for the White House at the very time he was engaging his member in ill-considered missions abroad, best we scratch him from the list of potential commanders in chief. We don't need any more presidents sending soldiers on risky and ill-considered missions ;)

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 16, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Ensign is an idiot to be sure, but two words for you liberals relishing in his "hypocrisy": John Edwards

Posted by: mongoose1 | June 16, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

====So now having extra-marital affairs for ten months makes their Republican marriage "stronger" ===REALLY??? Do you advocate it for everyone Mrs. Ensign???

I wonder if this means that another wife will be standing by her man at a news conference saying they need a little more family time together to sort it all out?

One of these days, one of these wives/political widows will at least stand up, walk up to the microphone, look at their stupid husband, and say, "You no good sonofab*tch, pack your bags, and hit the road." And quite frankly I don't care if it's a democrat or republican that finally does that. Let's see if she's the one today to give him hell.

Nahhh... she'll probably get a book deal and go on tv talk shows too. Or at least she should get together with Mrs. Edwards and start a new "Political Wives Reality Show" that can be called "The Wives of John and John--Infidelity Crosses All Party Lines."

I still think she should stand up and lambast him, and then tell everyone she is going to run for his seat, kick his ass, and leave him in the dust.

Posted by: benighse | June 16, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Tell me again how gay marriage threatens the sanctity of straight marriage?

Posted by: trace1 | June 16, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

From the Congressional Record:
Mr. ENSIGN. Mr. President, I rise today to speak on a topic that is very important. That is the preservation of the most important structure in our society. I rise to speak on the topic of marriage and the need for the Federal Marriage Amendment...marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution. 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."

Pretty much says it all, eh? Just another total hypocrite, any way you slice it.

Posted by: FlownOver | June 16, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I just love the people who critize others for the same thing they're doing. I will be my breakfast that this isn't the first time just the first time caught. Morality so abudant in the Republican Party.

Posted by: rlj1 | June 16, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Congress is nothing more than a taxpayer paid brothel. I swear. I mean ....can't these guys keep it in their pants? Or is it just that this is all our government cares about is getting laid?

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Another corrupt old GOP dog. How many blows can a political party sustain without shattering to pieces? The Repukes are at the point of no return. I would gladly give them the final push, but they no doubt will do it themselves.

Posted by: heuristic77 | June 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

John Ensign is a fraud, backed by zionists like Sheldon Adelson. Ensign gets support from the jewish controlled media by bootlicking zionists, and gets campaign $$$ from right wing jews. The people of Nevada should kick this scum out.

Posted by: timsz247 | June 16, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

GOP morality strikes again. Let's see, if it isn't David "Diaperman" Vitter, or serial adulter Newt Gingrich, or cousin-marrying Rudy Guilani, it's any of a number of other holier-than-thou, I'm-more-righeous-than-you-are Repubs who step out of marriage or into a men's public bathroom stall.

Republicans = hypocritical vermin who would pretend to lecture us on our behavior.

Posted by: reporter1 | June 16, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza,

What do Ensign's comments about Larry Craig have to do with anything? Are you trying to create a moral equivalence between what Craig did and what Ensign did in a lazy attempt to make Ensign look like a hypocrite? Because to me, that's exactly what you're trying to do.

Larry Craig committed a crime. Ensign, as far as anybody knows, has not committed any crime. Big difference. Not to mention the fact that what Craig did involved a homosexual act in public, while what Ensign did is a heterosexual act in private. Again, there is a big difference.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 16, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Never trust a guy who looks like he spends WAY too much time on his hair.

Was Ensign not paying attention when this happened with John Edwards???

Posted by: bookpeddlers | June 16, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

To JaxMax.....

The DIFFERENCE is that the republicans mislabel themselves as the party of family values.

When you use morality as a sword sometimes you die by that sword.

Posted by: cbearsfan420 | June 16, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich was having an affair while investigating Clinton for having an affair.
Posted by: beenthere3
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NO Ginrich was investigating Clinton after he committed PERJURY!!! You know the thing Scooter Libby was convicted of and you ALL thought should go to jail for it.
Having sex was NEVER the issue with Clinton.. lying UNDER OATH was...


Posted by: sovine08 | June 16, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Traditional marriage strikes again.

Posted by: chall11 | June 16, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Very clever response, Patriot 3. I chuckled aloud the whole time I read your comment. Thanks for humor!

Posted by: marmac5 | June 16, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

He's been cheating on the voters who elected him too.

Posted by: tncdel | June 16, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

He's been cheating on the voters who elected him too.

Posted by: tncdel | June 16, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Just another politician who says one thing while doing another. So, he's joined the David Vitter Club and his wife says their marriage is stronger now. So, it takes an affair to make marriage stronger? Is this what the GOP means when he talks about the "Defense of Marriage Act"? And he had an affair with a woman married to one of his staffers. Shameless hypocrisy!

Posted by: paris1969 | June 16, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Everybody in D.C. owes Bill Clinton an apology.

Posted by: rogden71 | June 16, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about Senator Ensign's mistake. He needs to step down and let someone else fill his position in the Senate. The Republicans don't need him in the party. I suspect to keep his job he'll do a "Specter".

Posted by: richard36 | June 16, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Chris is my hero.

love, toby knapp

tk@hot995.com

ps - when will sarah palin's infidelity come out?

Posted by: tk995 | June 16, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Senator, make her say "Huckabeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" owwww!

Posted by: johng1 | June 16, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

At least he didn't run a homosexual cat house in his basement (like Dem. Barney Frank), or fire an IG for reporting the truth about a friend of his who was diverting federal funds (Democrat Obama), or kill a girl by driving off a bridge and leaving her to drown (Democrat Kennedy), or . . . just keep adding, the list has no limit.

Posted by: Reisrrk | June 16, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Haggart and Ted Haggard rush to the defense of the flag boy knowing that the evidence against him has got to be simply blue dress overwhelming for him to call a pre-emptive press conference even before being found guilty in the eyes of his fellow Republicans.

Sarah Palin criticizes Ensign for degrading wives everywhere and mandates that no women would be safe around him. Demands and will accept his apology on behalf of the troops serving overseas. Demands that Letterman apologize for other guy's affair and Letterman agrees to do so.

Newt pontificates that he would never do anything like that.

Rush takes a pain pill, relaxes and orders his minions to continue with the never-ending quest to find the non-existent birth certificate of Obama who Rush is convinced is a Zulu or Watusi tribesman who can play really really good basketball and books a flight to the Dominican because he needs a little break every now and then with the boys from keeping the rabble roused.

Steve Doocey and his bleach blonde chick say well, it's okay, the pressures of keeping America safe from the Democrat party will drive some to a little strange every now and then and as long as it protects America, who can argue with that.

Romney still glad to be a Mormon.

Huckabee still glad to be a hardshell Southern Baptist.

RNC says at least he's not gay.

Bobby Jindal says, hi, I'm from Louisiana, I like exorcisms and I'm really not as bad as I appeared in my rebuttal to Obama's speech. Really, I'm not and I sure would like to be your president.

Cheney says had Obama done what Ensign did it would endanger the safety of the United States of Corporations and done away with all the good things his years of torture did.

Bush asks Laura if he could do what the other guy did and she responds who cares, get out of the house you're driving me crazy why don't you get a job like your brother Jeb and good luck finding a chick anyway. Bush puts on hockey goalie helment, cinches it up, and pedals away on bike on the lookout inside the gated Dallas neighborhood.

Cantor from Virginia says I like Britany.

Boehner says where's my spray tan. Now with Ensign gone, I'll be the most George Hamilton guy around here.

Lindsay Graham promises that he never ever would do anything like that and nation responds, no kidding.

McCain says where am I?

O'Reilly looks for loofah.

Beck works himself up, cries, blames Obama for Ensign's affair, wails and then Glenn tries to choke himself on the air.

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 16, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

get it senator. owwwwooooo. get it! YEA MAN!

Posted by: johng1 | June 16, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Give it six months, dromero234!

Posted by: hillkeith | June 16, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Ensign demanded the resignation of Larry Craig? Just like Newt calling for the impeachment of Clinton. Open mouth, insert foot, what a bunch of hypcrites, LMAO.

Posted by: saralorenz | June 16, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ensign should be happy that the GOP lost control of Congress and the White House. Another eight years of their leadership and adultery would have become a prison offense. Sterling Greenwood/Aspen Free Press

Posted by: AspenFreePress | June 16, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

When will the Washington Post act adult-like and treat the Ensign affair for what it is: a peccadillo which is worth a bottom of the page item?

Posted by: sagereader | June 16, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich was having an affair while investigating Clinton for having an affair.

See how the GOP works? The more the GOP condemns something, the more the Repugs are doing it themselves.

America has wised up to the GOP, that's why the Repugs are losing with no end in sight.

Posted by: beenthere3 | June 16, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

What would Jesus say? Oh, that's right, he had sex with a prostitute also, so it's all forgiven, right?

21st Century New World Dictionary definition for the term:

"Family Values"

"A 20th Century lie perpetrated by numerous memebers of the Republican Party, a former organization of known hypocrites and traitors that finally collapsed under the weight of it's own fraud in 2012."

Posted by: pookiecat | June 16, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? What does any of this have to do with genuine political issues? For the mea culpa I say throw the bum out. A real man would've said, "Tell me how it's any of your business first and then I'll consider an apology."

Posted by: v4virile | June 16, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sad Day for Nevada The Republican Party and The United States of America

Posted by: wtomany | June 16, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm from Nevada and went to see Ensign in his Washington office in April 2008 to discuss his opposition to funding health insurance for children. Of course, he was "too busy" to see me (now I know what he was doing), so I spoke to an aide who lectured me on the evils of providing government funding to make children healthier. When I asked what Sen. Ensign thought was the biggest problem facing the nation, the response was "gay marriage." It's great to see he's such a defender of "opposite marriage." Family values my foot!

Posted by: NNurse | June 16, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

DEPT OF EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIRS OUTS ENSIGN

(WASHINGTON DC) The Department of Extramarital Affairs announced the outing of Congressman Ensign for an extramarital affair.

Democrat leaders expressed outrage and contempt, noting that no Democrat ever has had an extramartital affair, not even with interns in the Oval Office.

Congressman Barney Frank expressed virulent disgust, noting that Ensign had an extranarital affair with a female of the opposite gender.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 16, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Doncha love family values?

The GOP is in a bind. As long as the insignificant other was a woman and not another guy, they'll forgive him. What a bunch of yahoos.

Posted by: moninga1 | June 16, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Ensign and Vitter also have announced the formation of a new Republican senatorial coalition, Republican Adulterous Senatorial Hypocrites (RASH)

Posted by: dean_adams99 | June 16, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Cheating husband. Forgiving wife?

I don't think there's much of a story here except that he's also a hypocritical, posturing, sanctimonious weasel and hopefully his constituents will realize they can have better than that.

I think that's what Carolyn Hax would say.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 16, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

OK.
So ethical standards have slipped to the point that we will excuse this one because it was hetero. Actually it must be kind of a relief to the GOP survivors.

Let the people of Nevada decide, he's their dog. The Republican'ts even suck in Nevada.

Posted by: roboturkey | June 16, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

::Say - your wife isn't dying of cancer, is she? Newt

Was your extra-marital partner a guy? larry craig

A high priced hooker? david vitter

Bummer. That sort of stuff is really in vogue on the left.::

see how easy that was... lol

Posted by: VirginiaConservative |

Posted by: mycomment | June 16, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Great. It is true that you should make love with as much _________ as you can before you pass on. Get as much as you can senator. Life is short. Right on, my man!

Posted by: johng1 | June 16, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The religious right needs to post their definition of family values. So far:

Molesting underage pages - Foley

Soliciting in public restrooms - Craig

Economic stimulus for prostitution - Vitter

Adultery - Spin and point

And Gay's are fighting for the right to marry! Whatever are they thinking.

Posted by: xclntcat | June 16, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Another immoral fundamentalist hypocrite.

All fundamentalists seeking office are hypocrites.

Posted by: onestring | June 16, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Great now the republican hate machine can now gear up and impeach him like they did to clinton and vitter...Right???

Posted by: b381willi | June 16, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Every one of them is a presidential prospect once they become scandalized.

Posted by: blasmaic | June 16, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

If you want to be a member of the Party of "Family Values", it might be helpful if you had some.

Posted by: pali2600 | June 16, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Okay, thank you to LosGatosCA!

Nothing says no family values like a BJ. Great stuff. LMAO.

Posted by: teoandchive | June 16, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ensign - switch parties and kill an aide - you will go straight to the top! On the way, pick up a sheet to wear at night and farm out your quarters for a gay prostitution ring.

You are a guaranteed success.

By itself, the adultery thing is sort of passe. Say - your wife isn't dying of cancer, is she? Was your extra-marital partner a guy? A high priced hooker?

Bummer. That sort of stuff is really in vogue on the left.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 16, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

On the one hand, what hypocrisy. On the other hand, does this really have anything to do with how well this person has represented their State? Probably not, and that's another form of hypocrisy. Crap, even the French think we are silly.

Posted by: torroid | June 16, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

If he paid her like Vitter did - he's ok.

If she's a staffer, like Gingrich's third wife - he's ok.

But if s\he gave him a BJ like Monica did - watch out.

Nothing says no family values like a BJ.

Posted by: LosGatosCA | June 16, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Another conservative Republican hypocrite.

Posted by: elmanoblanco | June 16, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Man, woman or beast?

Posted by: GimmeABreak2 | June 16, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh give a guy a break. Vegas has more hookers than the crochet club. An extramarital affair is Las Vegas's answer to a New England drinking problem. It's just one more nail in the coffin of the GOP's moral credibility, but there's no need to draw and quarter this guy.

Posted by: CraigBettenhausen | June 16, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

more than once i betcha.but his wife will stand by him on the stage like vitters and the governor of n.y.they like the power that comes with the office also.

Posted by: donaldtucker | June 16, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh the so called "Moral Majority." And these guys still have the stones to criticize others about "conservative values?" The hypocrisy STINKS to high hell!

Posted by: Desert_Fox | June 16, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

more then once i betcha.

Posted by: donaldtucker | June 16, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Are gay's sure they want to be "married"? It doesn't seem to be all it is cut up to be.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 16, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Ensign's wife, Darlene, said that the couple's "marriage has become stronger" and added: "I love my husband."

--She'll be serving him divorce papers by the end of the month.

Posted by: dromero234 | June 16, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Is the GOP still calling itself 'a family values God fearing party'?

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | June 16, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget, this is the guy who singlehandedly took down the DC Vote bill with an amendment about guns.

Posted by: eml35 | June 16, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

To any and all who would demonize a Democrat for such an act but would forgive this Republican, go choke on your own hypocrisy. I really could care less what these folks do in their private lives, whether straight, gay, whatever... just don't go playing moral police to me and we'll be just fine.

Posted by: SteadyState | June 16, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

First response: Ensign Who?

Second: How novel, a sex scandal from Vegas.

Third: Gee, adultery really derailed that turd Newsom in San Fran, right? Or isn't he running for Senate or Gov?

Maybe this is just a po-mo checkbox to fill in.

Posted by: Clio1 | June 16, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

He lives in Vegas? What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens in DC is international headline news!

Soon the GOP will be left with a potted plant to run against Obama. Its not good for the country no matter your politics. Competition makes america great, in politics, business, or sports.

Posted by: mikey999 | June 16, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

If the Republican's did not take public pride in their virtue, especially sexual virtue, this would be a non-story. But, Republicans do make a big deal of virtue etc. and so when one of them falls of the wagon it is a big story. Sorry, Senator Ensign, no Presidential run for you.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | June 16, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Is it okay if you're a Republican?

Posted by: hbreit | June 16, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Not important - we have bigger fish to fry. Let's focus on our ecomony and foreign affairs and leave the personal affairs to the people involved.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | June 16, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I thought what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?!

Posted by: lovinliberty | June 16, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Nothing says conservative/family values like being a hypocrite!

Posted by: BabeLaufenberg | June 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse
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I truly could not have said it better myself.

Posted by: sinforosa | June 16, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Do we have 60 yet?

Posted by: georgethornton1 | June 16, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Between him and his wife.
On the other hand, given his stance on "family values," Clinton and Craig, a man of honor would resign. We can judge him by whether he does that or not.

Posted by: djah | June 16, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Ensign is a moral hypocrite, but bear in mind that he's a David Vitter-type, not a Larry Craig-type (i.e. his transgression appears to be a heterosexual one). So, Ensign will be fine - remember Newt Gingrinch admitted cheating on both of his first 2 wives, and he's considered a front-runner for the GOP/Family Values Party in 2012 (!).

Posted by: bpai_99 | June 16, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Big Deal.

We have other things to worry about than Sen. Ensign's personal issues, like Obama-Care, the price of gasoline and foreclosures.

If anything, I'd hate to be him since he is going to be catching Hell from his wife.

That is punishment enough.

The moral to the story, Guys? A few minutes of indiscreet pleasure can bring a lot of misery for a lifetime. You have to ask yourself, is it really worth it?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 16, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I live in Las Vegas and could care less about anything involving Mr. Ensign's personal life. It just does not matter to me. He is a fine senator with a good mind and a true advocate for all Nevada citizens. Doesn't the Washington Post have anything else to talk about?

Posted by: rmoonin | June 16, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Great. This is just great! LMAO. Spin this one!

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 16, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Cue the partisan, nonsensical postings!

Posted by: thebone | June 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Tsk, tsk. By GOP standards, or what's left of the GOP, this guy has to fall on his sword doesn't he? Isn't that what Chuck Grassley said that AIG executives should do for taking $$ bonuses?

Screwing around on your wife is a lot worse than that, isn't it, Chuckles?

-Wexler

Posted by: WWWexler | June 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Nothing says conservative/family values like being a hypocrite!

Posted by: BabeLaufenberg | June 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Oops, another rising GOP 2012 candidate bites the dust.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 16, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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