While violating provisions of the Torah or the Sermon on the Mount does not by itself constitute grounds for driving someone from office (even in the hive-mind of 24-hour cable news), reactions to the Weiner scandal tended to borrow their moralism from these sources. Voices from inside politics and out, and across the political spectrum, were quickly raised in indignation. Even [Congressman Anthony] Weiner’s defenders tended to criticize his actions while insisting that they were private, legal and ultimately a distraction from serious public issues.
One prominent pundit went considerably further in defending Weiner: “Weiner does not have a problem. He has a computer. The whole world has Weiner’s problem: same old horniness, brand new box.” This incredulous voice of moral realism belongs to Dan Savage….Preachers, teachers and counselors who aren’t listening to Dan Savage should be””he is one of the more interesting church substitutes in American culture. He started in the 1990s answering questions on rarely discussed sexual practices, but he has since come to address a much wider range of concerns (including the moral and political implications of online affairs, whether by politicians or private citizens). When it comes to answering the ethical dilemmas and disappointments that persist even among those with knowing and disenchanted attitudes toward the how-tos of intimate life, Savage’s authority has no peer.