NBC News reports that "Ensign told other senators earlier today that the reason he decided to go public about the affair is that his ex-mistress was indeed trying to extort money out of him."
See! That woman was evil all along. Just like that temptress Eve in the garden of Eden. Why did we ever give them the vote? Poor little Johnny Casino. He got seduced by a siren in the Big City.
Meantime, in the reality-based community, I'll reiterate what I just told the teevees, which is a point that lots of others have been making as well: Apart from the hypocrisy vis-a-vis values, Goddy McGod, etc., which is hard to overstate, Ensign has also committed a serious breach of professional ethics. Whether you're a U.S. Senator or the manager of the convenience store on the corner, the rule is you don't schtup the help. That this woman's husband was also employed by Ensign makes the Hairdo's conduct all the more disturbing. And creepy. Readers of this little corner of the cyberwasteland already knew that Ensign's judgment as a U.S. Senator was atrocious. Now we know that goes for his judgment as an employer, and as a human being.