Many are saying that Congressman Lee could have survived this scandal politically - if there are no more shoes waiting to drop - because the public is ready to forgive men who prove fallible to the charms of lusty women. The public is still mighty intolerant, however, of men who prey on other men (such as Senator Larry Craig, also a Republican, of airport restroom fame) or on boys (such as GOP Congressman Mark Foley, an breathless aficionado of young male House pages.)
Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards is often credited (probably incorrectly) with warning a fellow politician that the only way he could lose the election was to get caught in bed with "a live man or a dead woman." Most sources credit that bit of political wisdom to Texas Congressman Joe Pool. Sadly, neither lived long enough to enjoy the depravity of the Internet!
But, whether there is more to the bawdy tale of Chris Lee or not, he is gone - and the morals police on Capitol Hill are down one more vote. One is left to wonder how long it will be until the Republican well of sanctimony and intolerance for the sins of others runs completely dry.
Drip, drip, drip.