I didn't say this guy was a regular Joe, only that a regular Joe doing these types of activites isn't even worth a yawn. As to higher standards for elected officials, I agree in part but not in this case. We elect this guy to do a job. Often when elected officials get caught in this kind of situation they are abusing their positions; maybe using public funds to pay for liasons, using their "power" to provide encouragement to their partners, getting sex for access, etc. It is reasonable to say that we give this guy great power and he must not abuse it. This guy didn't do that. He's trying to cheat on his wife on his own time, using his own resources. To me that is deplorable, but it's his business as long as he continues to function at a reasonable level in his job.
Nowhere did I say that you said he was a regular Joe. You must have misread my post.
I disagree that he should not be held to a higher standard. How do you know that he was not doing this while on the job? How do you know that he doesn't enjoy this type of activity in the luxury and privacy of his office? How do you know it was his own resources and not a government computer?
If he is deceitful in his private life, why should we expect him to be any different in his professional life?
You seem to be making too many assumptions in your defence of this guy.