Former West Virginia Congressman and Gov. Bob Wise handled an embarrassing sex scandal about as well as anyone in public life could.
When news of his affair with a married state employee surfaced in 2003, Wise admitted to it, did every press interview and dropped plans to run for re-election the following year.
Wise moved to Washington, D.C., with his family after his term was up and took a job with the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has spent the last decade establishing himself as an expert and opinion leader in public education.
It was a dignified response to an undignified act by a public official.
Contrast that with former congressman and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. The Democrat revealed this week that he continued to send sexually explicit messages and images to women on the Internet for up to a year after he resigned from Congress.
As the New York Times reported, "The revelation collides with the narrative Mr. Weiner has offered throughout the campaign, in which he has repeatedly suggested that he has spent time since leaving Congress rehabilitating himself and repairing his family relationships."
Notably, when allegations first emerged in 2011 that he had sent sexually explicit texts to a woman following him on Twitter, he denied it for several days before owning up.
So Weiner engages in salacious conduct, lies about it before eventually confessing, asks for a second chance when he enters the mayor's race - and then is forced to admit that the bad behavior continued even as the public story was that he and his wife were rebuilding their relationship.
It was a moment of clarity when, during one of his online sex chats where Weiner used the puerile nom de guerre Carlos Danger, he confessed, "I'm deeply flawed."
On that everyone can agree.