Republicans are refusing to comment on GOP Senator John Ensign's (Nevada) family-values hypocrisy - but not to worry, many are praying for Ensign's sins.
Whew - it's still okay to legislate family-values while porking a campaign staffer's wife -that's a relief....
"It would be intellectually dishonest for me to comment on it," declared Chuck Grassley of Iowa, pausing on his way to lunch with GOP colleagues.
"I'm late," announced David Vitter of Louisiana, brushing past a knot of reporters.
"I'm not going to say anything," vowed Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Senate Republican, pausing briefly beneath a portrait of John C. Calhoun. "Byyye!" he called, waving back at his questioners as he walked into lunch.
The party's 2008 presidential nominee, John McCain, pretended not even to hear the question about Ensign. "Whazzat?" he said sharply, sounding like the duck in the Aflac commercial.
"Whazzat?" McCain repeated, still walking.
"Senator Ensign --"
"Whazzat?" McCain quacked for a third time before disappearing into the lunch room.
Way to go, Senator McCain - we can always count on your leadership abilities...
"I'm not going to comment on that," said Jim DeMint of South Carolina, developing a sudden interest in his BlackBerry. "I just have to try to absorb it myself -- heh, heh," he added with a mirthless chuckle.
"It's a personal matter," said Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, not breaking stride. John Barrasso of Wyoming hurried past with a cellphone to his ear, waving. Mike Crapo of Idaho jiggled the keys in his pocket and announced that "I'm going to reserve comment." Susan Collins of Maine flashed an uncomfortable grin. "Um, I don't have a comment right now, thank you," she said.
Yeah -- let's just ignore the hypocrisy, while committing more of the same...
Others, approached for comment, sought the help of a higher power. "I'm praying for the Ensign family," said Vitter, ignoring the other questions as he walked away.
"Thoughts and prayers are with his family," said Jeff Sessions of Alabama, doing the same.
"I haven't done anything except say a prayer for him," contributed Johnny Isakson of Georgia.
"There's a lot of praying going on," observed Roll Call reporter Jessica Brady.
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