Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another Hypocritical Christian Republican

He is a key religious right operative on Capitol Hill, a lawmaker with possible presidential ambitions, and a deceitful hypocrite.

Meet Sen. John Ensign, a Republican senator from Nevada, and a sanctimonious blowhard with a staunch "family values" voting record who opposes abortion rights, wants to re-instate teacher-led prayer in public schools, and steps up to the nearest podium to denounce other public officials who engage in private sexual misconduct.

He is also active in the Promise Keepers movement (chuckle), and according to one news report, "resists temptaation" by not being alone in a room with a woman other than his wife. Now, the spotlight is on Ensign who admitted Tuesday that he engaged in an extra-marital affair with a woman who had served on his campaign. staff. According to a spokesperson, Ensign and the unidentified staffer carried on their tryst between December 2007 and August 2008. Her husband worked in Ensign's Capitol Hill office at the time.

"Last year I had an affair," declared Sen. Ensign in a statement to news media. "I violated the vows of my marriage. It is the worst thing I have ever done in my life. If there was ever anything in my life I could take back, this would be it."

Ensign's wife, Darlene, dutifully released her own spin-control statement, saying that she and her husband had "come to a reconciliation." The couple have three children.

It is not clear why the Senator, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential race, admitted to the wrong-doing, although there are unconfirmed reports of a blackmail threat. What makes this latest revelation of misconduct by a leading public official noteworthy, though, is Ensign's staunch social conservatism and penchants for denouncing others who have committed similar peccadilloes. In the midst of the imbroglio over Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, for instance, the Nevada Republican loudly denounced the president's actions and describe the affair as "an embarrassing moment for the country," adding "I think we have to feel very sad for the American people and Hillary and Chelsea."

Ensign demanded that Mr. Clinton resign from office and said "I came to that conclusion recently and frankly it's because of what he put the whole Cabinet through and what he has put the country through..."

At the time, Ensign was in a hotly-contested race with incumbent Harry Reid. The brash challenger said that the Clinton affair "could have a dramatic effect on Democrats like (President Nixon's resignation following the Watergate break-in) had on Republicans in 1974." During the campaign, Ensign hammered away at the Clinton scandal, and accused Mr. Reid of weakness when it came to denouncing libertine politicians and sexual hanky-panky.

Despite losing to Reid, Ensign later won a seat in the U.S. Senate where he quickly established credentials as a water-bearer for religious right groups. The Christian Coalition "voter guide"
gave him a 100% favorable rating; and at the congressional well, Ensign was quick to denounce any hint of sexual misconduct, even when it involved fellow Republicans. He towed the line on hot-button political issues, voting against abortion rights for women, opposing same-sex domestic partnership benefits, and coming out strongly in defense of teacher-led unison prayer in public schools.

Sen. Ensign also emerged as a supporter of Sam Alito and John Roberts for confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States.

When it came to legislation having to do with the Establishment Clause separation of government and religion, Ensign earned a zero percent rating from the state-church watchdog group Americans United.

John Ensign is also a key member of a shadowy, Washington, DC religious cult that over the years has operated under a battery of names and disguises. They include, according to a March 2003 expose by Harper's Magazine reporter Jeffrey Sharlett, National Committee for Christian Leadership, the International Foundation, the Fellowship Foundation, and Fellowship House. To members and informed outsiders, the group is simply "the Family," and maintains a sprawling house/retreat in a quiet Arlington, Virginia neighborhood. There is much praying, and much talk about what amounts to theocratic government. The group's $10 million annual budget comes from a handful of wealthy donors, and its only public activity is the National Prayer Breakfast. The group also conducts "prayer warrior" meetings in the Pentagon. The Harper's expose lives at

This certainly is not the first time that a leading politician --especially one with impeccable religious-right credentials -- has engaged in hypocritical conduct that speaks less to their public religious sensibilities that it does to the slogan, "Do as I say, not as I do." Mr. Ensign joins the ranks of Rep. Mark Foley; "Larry "wide stance" Craig; "Crusader Eliot Spitzer, the former New York Governor who made his political career as a foe of corruption in high place; and, of course, a retinue of philandering preachers including Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart and Rev. Tim Haggard along with an undisclosed number of pedophile clergy.

No doubt Sen. Ensign, who loudly demanded the resignation of Bill Clinton, will now engage in a media rain-dance that we have come to expect whenever public figures -- celebrities, politicians, super-star athletes -- stumble in their careers. He will "seek counseling," give lip service to apologies, engage the assistance of a "spiritual advisor" and then once again step up to the pulpit or podium talking about "the healing process." Indeed, the American people are a forgiving folk. We insist on this ritual of self-humiliation, asking for that very forgiveness, and then smile when the former wrong-doer basks in the bright light of redemption.

The only problem is that no one mentions the hypocrisy. Sen. Ensign is full of prescriptions, prohibitions and rules that others must follow lest they slip into the clutches of sin. In his case, though, this is just another example of being a hypocrite, and living by a credo that declares: "Do as I say, not as I do."



How much do ya wanta bet this fucker goes to church on Sunday, gets his sins absolved and then feels much better. Much, much better because the Lord died for his sins. Fucker.

When are we going to get politician's wives who have got a spine? From Lady Edwards and Clinton to the current Ensign, they need to throw the fuckin' bums out.

Lou said...

Never heard of the guy but why does this even matter? He broke no laws. He is a hypocrite like most Americans to some extent. If only this was the only problem in DC. We have no less than 10 politicians as I type under investigation and it is doubtful any will be removed in the near future and some guy cheating his wife is news?

A men who cheat on their wives are hypocrites. It is the John Edward's/Bill Clinton syndrome. Some hid in bathrooms and put on disguises and some are squealed on but they ll leave a mark. It is sort of a given.


I am going on vacation(some vacation, I am painting the outside of my house up north)for the next week so you guys enjoy yourselves(I am sure with this information that won't be a problem)and raise some written hell!

csm said...

Enjoy your vacation Bawdy... and where were you when all the Clinton outrage was going on, Lou? Oh, that's right, the jackass Republicans and right wingers wanted us to believe it had nothing to do with a blowjob... Ha hahaha hahaha ha ha ha, ho ho, hahaha ha haha hahaha hahahahaha... ha


csm said...

Ahhh, now it makes sense. Someone was demanding money from a Republican - and we all know that Republicans like money more than anything... even more than their family and jeebus!

Lou said...

Where was I CSM? I thought Bill was a sorry pig and Repubs were opportunist. In other words he was a horn-dog and Repubs were politicians. I' sure the Dems, in the same case would have taken the high road. (psyche, not really ha ha ha ha!)

So CSM were you equally outraged at Bill or you only outraged when your nemesis the Repubs run afoul?

Everyone knows the Clinton fiasco was political. Geez, where have you been man? It is ALL about politics.

I mean, you still believe anyone not supporting your party in a Repub. When you grow up, you too will realize the Dems are nothing more than Repubs in blue.

csm said...

Refreshing (sort of) to hear that, Louie. Most right wingers and Clinton haters come up with a mock hatred story about lying.

Anyway, I'm on record as saying that sex life (actually, anything to do with personal life) should have nothing to do with the abilities of a politician. Hell, I'd favor creating a cabinet post called Secretary of Blow Jobs whose sole job is to orally pleasure the president...

That said, it amuses me when high-profile hypocritical fuckers like Ensign take a fall. And yes, most of those folks who go around spouting off about "family values" and hating on folks are on the right. For example, John Edwards is a pathetic fuckwad, but it ain't as amusing cause he was not on any religious crusade against what he did...

Lou said...

If I read you correctly you are not FOR family values? I think every politician ought to do whatever possible to foster solid family values. If not, he shouldn't be running in the first place. I don't take any pleasure is seeing a man fall into the trap of destroying his family with another man or woman. It is a mistake all of us could fall into.

Its not the same as accepting bribes and other crimes against the people of the US. I might suggest you stop attempting to label everyone as either Left wing or Right wing. Believe it or not there are a lot of moderates.

csm said...

Oh, I believe there are a lot of moderates. Based on your postings here, you are not one, regardless of what you may think.

Regarding family values, I don't give a flying fuck whether any elected official promotes, supports, or talks up "family values." So, yes, I'm against "family values" as the right wing defines them. I am all for people living up to their words and actions and supporting their families, but I don't need a pasty-faced Republican shit head telling me to do it!

And I do take GREAT JOY in hypocrites being unmasked. Personally, I do not see how it could "happen to any of us." It won't happen to me - ever. I love my wife and would never cheat on her. And anyone who would is not giving their marriage or partner the respect they deserve.