Of course, all of us are flawed because we are human.
But not all of us persistently seek the public trust while consistently violating it. And Weiner, while occasionally contrite, cannot resist the verbal contortions so pervasive among lifelong politicians
"I hope they (the voters) are willing to still continue to give me a second chance, and I hope they realize that in many ways what happened today was something that frankly had happened before, but it doesn't represent all that much that is new," Weiner parsed.
After the news conference, Weiner rushed to a forum on HIV and AIDS where at least it was evident that he was aware of the irony.
"I admit it; there are a lot of people who probably listen to me and say, 'You know what, you're not a very good messenger for these things.' I admit it," he said.
Some career politicians must be wired differently.
Their identity is defined by public life to the degree that they never see themselves as disqualified. They explain away election defeats as a "failure to get their message across."
Humiliating personal failures that raise legitimate character questions are packaged as opportunities for public redemption.
The one question Weiner did not get from any of the 100 members of the press at Tuesday's hastily called news conference was, "Have you no shame?"
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.