The standard for liberal men was set long ago: Real, proven extramarital dalliances, even in the Oval Office, are none of our business. It's personal; has nothing to do with how they do their jobs.
That standard, set for Bill Clinton, has been reinforced in recent years: Until forced to, the mainstream media had no interest in presidential candidate John Edwards' affair and cover-up. He's a liberal Democrat and a man. Eliot Spitzer -- the scandalized former governor and attorney general of New York who famously frequented high-priced hookers -- walked away voluntarily, but was rewarded with a show on CNN. Of course! He's a liberal Democrat and a man!
Oddly, the standard is much different for conservative women. Unproven, reckless and likely imaginary allegations make the news in obvious attempts to smear and slander up-and-coming conservative women such as Nikki Haley and Christine O'Donnell.
Their fault, for being both female and conservative! What were they thinking?