Scandals are always happening in Washington DC. Today, it was John Ensign on the hot seat for an extramarital affair with a former campaign staffer. You can read the full story here:
It’s pretty disturbing stuff. But I don’t think it will have any effect on the Republican Party as a whole. John Ensign is known by no one except for Nevada residents and political junkies. People aren’t still talking about Larry Craig and David Vitter anymore. This story too will fade soon enough.
Besides, there are more important issues right now. The economy and the debate over healthcare are dominating public discourse now as they should. People will spend more time worrying about their jobs this week than they will thinking about the details of Ensign’s affair.
This may however, have some effect on Ensign’s political career. He was seriously thinking about running for President and had made trips to Iowa. Something tells me the evangelical voters who dominate the caucuses there would be inclined to punish him for his conduct. The last thing the Republican Party would want is a scandal-plagued standard-bearer.
But then, if the economy is still a serious issue in 2012, perhaps no one will care. Moreover, he is not up for reelection in 2012 so the story will probably fade before anyone decides to vote for or against him.
So I don’t think there’s much effect to this story.