Every day someone else comes out or is discovered to have been having an illicit affair. This week it's Barbara Walters, promoting her memoir and telling Oprah about her involvement with the married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke.
Making no effort to go after this sort of information, I'm aware that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom romanced the wife of his campaign manager, Rudy Giuliani was said to be messing with his communications director while married to Donna Hanover before hooking up with Judith Nathan, New York's new Governor David Patterson and his wife had both had affairs and that added a bit of irony to his replacing Governor Spitzer after his call girl scandal forced him to step down, New Jersey Governor Jim Mc Greevy fooled around on his wife with a male employee, Gary Hart was doing monkey business with Donna Rice, Gary Condit had been seeing Shandra Levy before she was killed, John Mc Cain is on record as having been unfaithful to his former wife, and both Newt Gingrich and Rep. Henry Hyde were involved in Bill Clinton's impeachment process though they'd also had affairs. And that's just what I know...and those are just the politicians.
Clinton explained his Monica Lewinsky mishap by saying, "Because I can." Many people can...and do. A conservative estimate is that 30-60% of all American married men are unfaithful, which means in some states more men cheat than vote. We can also assume more men cheat than do their share around the house.
When you include coverage about the personal indiscretions among sports figures and entertainment personalities, there's little space left for real news. I think we should follow the model of President's Weekend and combine all infidelity admissions to one day a year, which will free up our air time and unclutter the crawl space.
By making Infidelity Admissions Day a national holiday, kids who may be facing the instability of a marital break-up as a result of the disclosure will get a school holiday and postal workers, too, will be rewarded with a break. This new holiday should get the enthusiastic support of greeting card companies.