It should come as no surprise to anyone who has lived, worked or interned in Washington that the city has been named as “America’s least faithful city,” according to a poll conducted by an online dating website tailored for “married dating.”
Infidelity has always been rampant in the nation’s capital. Who can forget the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Gary Hart’s “Monkey Business” or former Sen. John Ensign’s affair with the wife of one of his top staffers?
This form of Potomac fever strikes members of both parties, but Washington’s real infidelity is typically not between politicians and their wives, but between politicians and the people they purport to represent. Many lawmakers view commitment as nothing more than a marriage of convenience that lasts only through Election Day. Where else can a presidential candidate run for office proclaiming “Read my lips: no new taxes” and within months of assuming office, support a massive tax hike on the American people?
Politicians including President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania pledged fidelity to the Second Amendment during their campaigns, yet now these Democrats propose and support the most comprehensive attack on gun ownership in generations. The National Rifle Association gave Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, an “A” rating for his support for gun rights, but he had a dalliance with the idea of banning guns in a December appearance on MSNBC.