With all the “Fuck You’s” the administration has been giving us (See: “Obama defends DOMA in federal court. Says banning gay marriage is good for the federal budget. Invokes incest and marrying children“; or “Obama Can Halt DADT Discharges With Executive Order (But Doesn’t)“; or “Hate Crimes Highest In Ten Years, Senate Pushes Vote Back Again“), it looks like Joe’s wish came true:
Sen. John Ensign acknowledged Tuesday that he had an affair with a campaign staffer — an admission that stunned his colleagues, hurt his chances for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and called into question his future as a leader of the Senate GOP.
The Nevada Republican admitted in Las Vegas Tuesday that he had “violated the vows” of marriage by having an affair with a staffer. He did not identify the woman except to say that she and her husband were both “close friends” who worked for him, and that “the closeness” of their relationship had “put me in situations which led to my inappropriate behavior.” (Politico)
I don’t think extramarital affairs – in and of themselves – are a big deal; I think monogamy is a goal not a guarantee. That all changes, of course, if you’re beating the “sanctity of marriage” drum to deny others basic rights. (You see where this is going, right?)
In 2004, John “Sanctity Of Marriage Unless I’m Work Closely With Someone” Ensign issued this press release:
Senator John Ensign took to the floor of the United States Senate today to defend the sanctity of marriage and urge passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment Act.
“Marriage recognizes the ideal of a father and mother living together to raise their children,” Ensign said. “Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded. For those who say that the Constitution is so sacred that we cannot or should not adopt the Federal Marriage Amendment, I would simply point out that marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution and the founding of our nation. Marriage, as a social institution, predates every other institution on which ordered society in America has relied.”
Ensign, in his comments, noted that Nevadans had amended the state constitution to guarantee the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Ensign emphasized the need to preserve the will of Nevadans who voted overwhelmingly to preserve marriage as well as the need to preserve the will of the majority of Americans.
“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.” (Official Senate page via Joe.My.God.)
The FMA, as you recall, would have MODIFIED THE COUNTRY’S CONSTITUTION in order to ban gay marriage. Zealous much?
Ahh… there’s nothing like Republican hypocrisy to start your day out right.
PS: Ensign has three children.
Update (3:36 PM): Dan Savage: “Diddling underlings? When Bill Clinton did it, Ensign called on Clinton to resign, saying he had “no credibility left.” Humiliating public sex scandal? When Larry Craig got swept up on in one, Sen. Ensign called on Craig to resign, saying the scandal was “embarrassing.” Ensign even lead the GOP’s unsuccessful effort to drive Craig from office before his term expired. So will Ensign be stepping down now? Of course not. … Resigning in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal? That’s for Democrats and fags.”
More: Short clips of FoxNews and Rachel Maddow covering the story after the jump.