Nevada senator John Ensign has had a tough time recently. When first running for the office of U.S. Senator in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, then Representative Ensign had this to say when calling for Bill Clinton to resign:
I came to that conclusion recently, and frankly it’s because of what he put his whole Cabinet through and what he has put the country through. He has no credibility left.
So, it was a bit of shock that Ensign forfeited all his credibility so he could cheat on his wife with the wife of his chief of staff. The hypocrisy is fantastic, but the real crime might be the man law he violated by bringing his friend and current Oklahoma Senator, Tom Coburn into the scandal.
It’s one thing to go to your buddy for advice, but that’s where it ends. You take the advice and either use it or don’t use it. What Ensign apparently did, though, was akin to when a guy argues with his girlfriend and bust out with, “well, Tom thinks you’re just on the rag.”
In this case, what the Nevada Senator actually did was disclose Senator Coburn’s advice to the cuckholded husband, who naturally didn’t feel any reason to keep it a secret. According to an interview Doug Hampton, the wronged man, gave to a Nevada television station and attributed these words to Coburn:
‘Listen, you’ve got to deal with this. Make these folks whole. Let them get out of your life. And let’s move on.’
Actually, that’s pretty good advice. The problem came about with the way Ensign interpreted the advice. He started writing Hampton checks. And Hampton, playing the role of pimp for his wife’s services, thought this was a fair way to, as Coburn put it, “make (them) whole.” In his defense, the wife is apparently a floozy, and the Nevada politician reportedly gave him over six-figures.
Now the matter is going before the senate ethics committee and Coburn, obviously, wants his advice to his friend John to be privileged. Unfortunately for him, there is no “Mano y Mano” (edit: As a result of Randy Terrill’s “English Only Bill”, the phrase used here must be amended to “Man-to-Man”) privilege recognized by senate rules. So, Coburn is reaching to find a way to hide his involvement from investigators. He says that if asked, he will invoke patient/doctor privilege.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Coburn was a physician. On the other hand, he was an gynecologist. So, that can only mean one thing: John Ensign has a vagina.
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