The Adultery Wars

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News Story Source: nytimes.com By JANNA MALAMUD SMITH
What I love about the eulogy is that it manages empathy and morality at once. Adultery is a very human desire, as well as an all too human failing.

So now we know that Bob Livingston, the new Speaker of the House, ''strayed'' in his marriage. Such confessions and revelations seem to be daily events, and what a miserable spectacle they are. Who knows what sorrows lie behind the public fronts and what the family members suffer?

Most of Mr. Livingston's Republican colleagues — loyal, angry, defensive — lined up behind him to show their solidarity and moralize about the Democrats' bad behavior. Meanwhile, some Democrats feel equally furious and hurt, blaming the Republicans for setting the whole mess over politicians' sex lives in motion.

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