On Virtue, Personal and Public

I do hope you’ll read James’s discussion of public servants who can’t live up to their private commitments:

What I’m angling for here is simple: a basic public consensus that if you sleep around on your spouse you are a bad person, and to hell with your future in politics, because we still have enough talent in America to replace you with someone who isn’t a bad person and is nonetheless capable of being a “gifted” and “dedicated” public servant. [Quote marks Americanized by me]

I worry, though, that the peculiar demands and rewards of politics might filter out the sort of talent that James and I hope would be available.