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In reality, men and women lie about this subject all the time. They brag about "conquests" they never made, or have affairs that they deny. They say they're working late when they're really having a rendezvous. Gay people marry someone of the opposite sex to avoid facing the truth about themselves. People secretly look at computer porn or have explicit extra-marital exchanges online. Women fake orgasms. Men hire hookers.
Personally, I'd like to keep on not knowing (short of violence, predation or extreme loathesomeness ala John Edwards) because I don't expect politicians to be paragons of virtue. I do, however, expect them to refrain from rubbing my nose in their private pecadilloes.
The president of the United States looked America in the eye and lied about Monica
When Mr. Weiner made his round of apologies, one of the calls went to the ex-president. This prompted Jon Stewart's best line in recent months: "He apologized to Bill Clinton? For what? Copyright infringement?"
Bad husbands can be good leaders, and good husbands can be a disaster. It's time to grow up and accept that reality. I wish more of our pols had more personal integrity, but as long as I don't have to live with them, I'll worry more about the policies they advance and the votes they cast