Watergate it isn’t. Heck, it’s not even Weinergate.
Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz, on Tuesday was caught playing video poker on his iPhone during a weighty — albeit long — Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
After a Washington Post photographer snapped him playing with his phone, McCain quickly copped to it on Twitter, posting: “Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing — worst of all I lost!”
McCain joins a long list of politicians from around the world who have found themselves in hot water for doing things on their smart phones and on the Internet when they should have been at work, though his transgression pales in comparison to the significantly seedier things done by other pols.
Soon after McCain’s tweet went viral, the IT office at Britain’s Palace of Westminster revealed on Wednesday that members of parliament had made nearly 300,000 attempts to access porn — or 800 attempts a day — over the past year.
Those guys are in good company. In 2011, an Indonesian lawmaker named Arifinto (many Indonesians have just one name) was caught browsing porn on his iPad during a hearing. The icing on the cake? Arifinto was the author of the country’s draconian anti-pornography laws.
Not all politicians are so pervy. Some of them, like McCain, are probably just bored.
In 2009, two Democrats in the Connecticut House of Representatives, Barbara Lambert and Jack F. Hennessy, were caught playing solitaire on their computers during a $37 billion budget debate.