08/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hardball Panel Debates Why Politicians, And The Public, Can't Stay Faithful (VIDEO)

The recent string of marital affairs conducted by high-profile politicians, such as Senator John Ensign and Governor Mark Sanford, has left the public wondering why so many politicians just can't seem to resist the temptation to cheat. TIME magazine's latest cover story examines the state of marriage in America, and concludes that the two-parent family in general is under assault.

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker and TIME's Richard Stengel joined "Hardball" to analyze why cheating seems to be so much more prevalent these days. For Parker, a main factor is that "the temptation that's always been in place is exaggerated. There's more opportunities." That, combined with a politician's heightened sense of narcissism, probably explains a lot.


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