Republican sex scandals again (so what's new?)
In recent months, more Republicans get caught in sex scandals and are losing power and reputation for themselves and their party.
Will recent GOP sex scandals affect upcoming races?
It has been a rocky couple of weeks for the Republican Party as high-profile, traditional-values politicians have faced embarrassing sex scandals.
First it was Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, who admitted in a news conference two weeks ago to having an affair with a former staffer.
Then, last week, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford trumped Ensign.
After days in which his whereabouts were unknown by his wife and staff (who thought he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail), Sanford held a tear-filled and rambling news conference to admit to an affair with an Argentine woman, and to apologize to his staff and the voters of South Carolina for not disclosing where he was.
Republicans and Democrats panned the scandal. And for social conservatives, who stand on principles of traditional marriage and family values, it was a hard blow.
Michelle Malkin, a controversial columnist, has in the past lambasted Democrats for unbecoming personal behavior. But she was especially harsh with Sanford's infidelity.
"Mark Sanford: Bastard," she wrote on her blog. "If you missed Sanford's rambling, surreal disaster of a press conference, consider yourself lucky. ... If you can't honor your marriage vows, how can you expect voters to trust you to honor your damned oath of office?"
The question going forward is: Will the recent scandals remain on the public's mind come November 2010, when voters go to the polls in congressional midterm elections?
Then again, sexual abuse, rape, corruption, and hypocrisy are what the Republicans are all about, as it has happened many times before, and will happen many times more.
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