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As the Ensign Turns

TPMMuckraker is characterizing it as an “ambush,” but any objective look at this CNN interview of scandal-plagued Sen. John Ensign (R-Appalachian Trail) will confirm that Ensign did nothing but stonewall and spin his way out of answering very simple, very direct, very legitimate questions about his ethical and perhaps legal troubles.

It’s bad enough Ensign cost Republicans eight U.S. Senate seats in 2008 while head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), thanks to the distraction of sleeping with his chief-of-staff’s wife and then trying to cover it up that year, but staying in office now will continue to hurt Republicans at the ballot box, especially the eventual GOP nominee who will be going up against Harry Reid next November.

Why won’t this guy just do the honorable thing and resign?