Chris Lee Sex Scandal Reveals Common, Dirty Washington Fantasy


speedy resignation

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.

Naturally he did. And he might end up really being a lobbyist, after the dust settles.

(A salute to Alex Pareene, who noticed this detail too.)