Chris Lee Scandal Falls Short

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
Feb. 10 2011 10:43 AM

Chris Lee Scandal Falls Short

Rep. Christopher Lee ( sadly, no relation ), the newest entry on the ever-growing list of "family values" conservatives not living by the rules they hold for everyone else, will mainly be noted for the short length of time between scandal and resignation .  And for the humor value of seeing a congressman strike the "half naked in a mirror" pose that's mostly associated with high school girls on Facebook, though he honestly doesn't have too much to feel bad about.  He works out, for one thing, and he didn't pull his penis out or pose in Spandex , which makes his picture look quaintly dignified next to the competition.

But c'mon, this barely counts as a sex scandal in the annals of conservative sex scandals!  Where are the prostitutes?  The diapers ? The meth use with gay prostitutes ? The teenage boys The mysterious disappearances The anonymous sex in airport bathrooms ? The Viagra-and-dildo sex kits ?  Cheating on your wife on Craigslist is amateur hour when you're a hypocritical conservative making a boneheaded mistake. Lee probably shouldn't have resigned.  If David Vitter can survive wearing-diapers-while-banging-a-prostitute-with-the-same-name-as-your-wife, then this garden-variety cheating shouldn't be a big thing.

Amanda Marcotte is a Brooklyn-based writer and DoubleX contributor. She also writes regularly for the Daily Beast, AlterNet, and USA Today. Follow her on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

The World

How Canada’s Shooting Tragedies Have Shaped Its Gun Control Politics

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?

Science

“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 6:30 PM The Tragedies That Have Shaped Canada's Gun Politics
  Business
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
  Life
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 4:10 PM Skinny Mark Wahlberg Goes for an Oscar: The First Trailer for The Gambler
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.