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For a politician like Clement, a $100K gazebo is bad, but a sexting/extortion scandal is the end: Robyn Urback

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This business is easier on the conscience when the players, however bruised and battered, get to leave the ring with some dignity. Politics is a blood sport, yes, but it tends to leave one's personal character intact, even if his or her political reputation is damaged.

Tony Clement has endured all kinds of blows to his professional reputation during his decades in Canadian politics, and often deservedly so. He was reamed for misrepresenting the position of Statistics Canada during the Harper government's campaign to eliminate the long-form census. He was pounced on for misleading Canadians about millions of dollars worth of G8 spending, which conveniently went to "infrastructure projects" in his riding, including one very expensive gazebo. He was chewed up and spit out by three failed party leadership campaigns.

Those blows were all survivable. But the trouble Clement now finds himself in — of sending "intimate" photos of himself to women he met online and facing not one, but two extortion attempts as a result — is different. This time, the scandal is profoundly, devastatingly humiliating.