Straying politicians' five shades of gray
Much has been written about adulterous politicians and the public’s apparent willingness to look past their infidelity. This lumps very different kinds of cheating into one neat sin, equally applicable to all sneaks. But just as “theft” covers everything from armed bank robbery to lifting a bag of chips, cheating on one’s spouse may entail a wide range of misdeeds and gray areas.
Following are five shades of gray, a kind of scoring system for judging the political import of a politician’s extramarital affairs:
1. How they affect job performance. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitze...