And here we'd thought that politicians were finally getting used to the ubiquitous presence of video cameras and YouTube in their lives: a Florida news and politics site called Sunshine State News has posted a video online in which a state senator in a Senate hearing definitely has something open on his laptop that involves partially unclothed women.
Now, we realize that Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has made it acceptable for the words "senator" and "unclothed" to be used in the same sentence, but looking at risque pictures on the Senate floor is still a little bit gauche.
"On Thursday morning, Sunshine State News captured exclusive video of Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, looking at pornographic material on his state-issued computer on the Senate floor," the site explained breathlessly. "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a senator's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill...'because it disrespects too many women.'"
Bennett claimed to Sunshine State News that it was a link sent in an e-mail that unexpectedly popped up, catching him off guard. "I was just sitting there, bored as they were debating the abortion bill," Bennett told the news outlet. (Uh, great.) "I opened it up and said, 'Holy (expletive)! What's on my screen?' and clicked away from it right away." Then, according to the same news site, the senator grew a bit belligerent about the fact that someone had been peeking over his shoulder with a camera at the hearing.
To his credit, the video shows that he does close or minimize the window awfully quickly, but then oddly enough instead starts watching a video of a dog running out of a body of water and shaking itself dry, which means that the debate over the abortion bill really must have been a bore.
The story sounds a bit familiar: A few months ago, the background of a television news report showed an employee of Australia's Macquarie Bank looking at naughty pictures on his trading-floor computer. And a recent investigation showed that an unusual amount of time was spent on the job surfing porn sites.
Seriously, people, it'll still be there when you get home.