of Representative Chris Lee is unsensational, as Washington sex scandals go. Unlike other straying legislators, he was reportedly looking for
, consensual, and
sex—and he didn't even get especially close to consummating his would-be affair. The only really good part is good because its banality is in a different register. What would a member of Congress choose as a profession for his online sex searching? What did Lee come up with when he tried to invent an alter ego who was basically himself, only a little younger and more available?
By email, Lee identified himself as a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist.
he did. And he might end up really being a lobbyist, after the dust settles.
(A salute to Alex Pareene, who
noticed this detail
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