Governor Spitzer apologized yesterday for acting "in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my - or any sense of right and wrong." But he did not resign.
By last night, the "should he resign" debate was in full swing. And there are voices - James Carville among them - who think he should NOT. That as long as the scandal is about sex, he should ride it out, hold onto the governorship, and continue his political career.
Does that surprise you? It doesn't surprise me. Men have a different way of seeing the world of misconduct than women. In sports, we see it all the time. Michael Vick is in prison for his illegal activities, but sports pundits have accepted as probable that when he is released, he'll be back in the NFL.
That is why Spitzer may remain governor, despite the outcry for his resignation, unless he is charged with a crime. And if he is tried and acquitted, no one should be shocked if he is back in public life.
In the world of men, it is the prostitute that gets jailed, not the john. If men cheat on their wives it is tut-tutted about, then filed under "boys will be boys".
That is the surreal life for males in the curious world of men.