Skip to comments.Sen. Ensign Admits Affair, But He Is Not The Bad Guy.
Posted on 06/16/2009 4:23:54 PM PDT by vaper69
We are already seeing Sen. Ensign being attacked by local liberals, and it is spreading to the national level. However, reserve your judgement for a moment. You must consider certain facts about the affair.
* Ensign was separated from his wife at the time. * One they reconciled, he ended the affair. * The husband apparently demanded money from Ensign to keep quiet.
So it will depend on your own value system as to whether he should really take heat for violating his vows. It would be understandable to hold scorn for Ensign since he slept with the wife of an admitted friend. Of course, it gets difficult to feel bad for the husband when he attempted blackmail.
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I for one am willing to forgive him.
There's a word for that.
Memo to Ensign: You had kept your manhood in your pants, you would not be in this moronic BS in the first place.
You get what you deserve.
Old, old political advice - never sleep with your staff. But if you do, never stop.
I'll forgive him too. But he needs to resign. We can't have politicians with top security clearance making themselves vulnerable to blackmail.
“Ensign was separated from his wife at the time.”
He was married, seperated is still married, when he slept with another man’s, supposedly his friend, wife.
He betrayed his marriage vows and his friendship.
He dumped the honey to reunite with his wife and his husband of his former honey who was his former friend wanted revenge so he threatened to go public and spill the beans. So if the former friend hadn’t tried to blackmail him, would he have confessed? No.
Do I feel sorry for Ensign? NO. A marriage vow is sacred.
I’m willing to bet that they separated BECAUSE of the affair and that they reconciled Because he decided he was tired of the other woman. Call me a cynic, but the whole truth isn’t being presented. His poor wife has suffer humiliation and embarrassment because of his selfishness.
Exactly, he has proven that his word means nothing. Why should we trust him for anything else?
I'd have to disagree. I see no point to him resigning. An attempt was made to blackmail him and rather than submit, he revealed the matter on his own. I question his judgment in having an affair, but I am not worried about blackmail. His constituents can determine next election day if his lack of morals should cost him his seat.
Why should he resign? Besides, he faced the blackmail by coming clean.
If he worked for my company, I’d fire him on the spot, no questions asked.
Fine, lets get the rat politicians that have cheated out first.
Let me get this straight ... We have a queer crack smoking Muslim anti American foreign born traitor in the white hit and he is given a pass BUT
Ensign has a girl friend while he’s separated and HE gets in trouble ... I’m sorry but I find the hyporicy stunning
And that would be your prerogative, although you might later find yourself the subject of a wrongful termination lawsuit. However, the only people who can fire Sen. Ensign are the voters of Nevada, and they will have their chance the next time he stands for election.
From my limited reading, it appears he did confess to his wife, the other woman and the woman's husband, in private like a Christian should. What he did was a sin and inexcusable, but he handles his sin in a Biblical manner.
All is forgiven, so long as he doesn’t turn into another invertebrate, Potomac sipping, moderate, wishy-washy wimp.
The wronged husband demanded money?
Didn’t something like that happen to Alexander Hamilton? He was another great Constevative, a revolutionary conservative.
So, is this his first affair or the first affair were he has been caught?
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But he wasn’t vulnerable! He went public as soon as he was threatened with extortion. That tells me that he will never be a victim of blackmail.
Ensign was separated at the time of the affair. He shouldn’t have gotten involved with a staffer, but this is a minor mistake. He ended the affair as soon as he reconciled with his wife and he cut off contact with the other woman (giving her a severance package).
I can understand why the cuckolded husband wanted revenge — but when he wants money for silence, he loses all sympathy. Almost makes you understand why his wife was wandering. Bet their marriage is in great shape.
Okay, I see. Thanks for the clarification.
So, while it appears that he was separated from his wife at the time of his relationship with his staffer, that staffer with whom he had the affair was still married and not separated.
So therefore, he simply had an affair with a married woman.
I don’t think it’s a good thing, but I’m less troubled by what he did as opposed to many other politicians. And he did own up to it rather than allowing himself to be blackmailed.
This is a far cry from the antics of Clinton or Kennedy or FDR or Spitzer or here in Michigan, Mike Cox.
And at least his wife didn’t do the stand-by-your-man thing at the press conference.
But can he simply fire an employee once he’s done having an affair with her? That might seem to be the basis for her demanding money.
She got severance pay, and she wasn’t demanding more money. Her husband was. I haven’t read whether he got severance pay too, but at one time, he also worked for Ensign.
Yes, but by what basis was the husband demanding money? Because it was due to him? to her? simply as a threat to go public otherwise?
Yes. If you, like the editorial writer, have no values, you will not think that he should take any heat.
Well, then, since the job of United States Senator does not require the exercise of judgment, there's no reason he should quit.
Did he confess to each and every one of the voters to whom he sold himself as an advocate of "family values"?
No, he did not. (Well, not until he knew he was about to be outed anyway, which doesn't count.)
Just once, I would like to see one of those performances turn into a proper and richly-deserved response from the wronged spouse -- an angry rant at the cheater, a kick to the nads, a public serving of divorce papers, whatever.
The person who put up the axiom that “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people” knew what they were talking about.
I remember being in an elevator back in 1995 with a young woman heading for some senator’s office. She was telling a friend she hadn’t yet met the senator, but she was apparently some sort of lobbyist.
This woman was drop dead gorgeous, and dressed to kill. That’s the type of temptations these people commonly face.
Why would you fire him..he did nothing illegal. His judgement comes into question...but if we fire everybody because we question their judgement, nobody would be employed.
A short term lapse is forgivable. If he had a history of repeated offenses’ that is a different story.
Have his votes been on favor of immoral positions? If not, he has not let a personal failing affect what he knows is right.
Have you always been this judgmental?
Keeping it in his pants would have been the best interest of the other woman and her marriage (not to mention his own).
Have his votes been on favor of immoral positions?
His hypocrisy is an aggrivating factor, not a mitigating one.
Have you always been this judgmental?
Yes, actually. Somebody needs to stand up for moral values.
I would guess you are unmarried, because no intelligent would put up with a guy like you if she had anything approaching a healthy self-image.
He’s a pig who betrayed both his wife and his Christian principles.
He’s not trustworthy and he needs to resign...