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Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith (D) succinctly summed up the republican presidential field for 2012 in a Twitter post:

Potential Republican 2012 presidential field: Vitter, Ensign, Sanford, Gingrich and Palin. Who says they’re not the party of family values? 29 minutes ago from txt

I wish I had thought that one up.

Today:

…In a strange and meandering press conference, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) explained this afternoon that he’d been “unfaithful” to his wife, after developing a “relationship” with a woman in Argentina…

Recently:

Sen. John Ensign today acknowledged an extramarital affair with a member of his campaign staff…

In the not so distant past:

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized last night after his telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the “D.C. Madam,” making him the first member of Congress to become ensnared in the high-profile case…

Setting the stage for his entry into the presidential race, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., gave a radio interview to be broadcast today with Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, in which Gingrich for the first time publicly acknowledged cheating on his first and second wives…

Family values?