03/17/2008 12:32 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Spitzer Photo We've Never Seen

There's one photograph we've never seen -- a powerful woman standing at the microphone, confessing to the world her infidelity. She could be a senator or congresswoman, perhaps some other kind of highly placed civil servant. Through tears she talks of the damage she's done to those who love and support her. Behind her, her husband stands, head held high, his arm resting upon her shoulder, the expression on his face telling it all. Just try, in your mind, swapping Eliot and Silda's faces in this week's most famous photograph. Can't see it? Would the man be judged as less of a man for standing by his cheating wife?

Statistically we should have seen this by now -- there are enough women in high places, aren't there? And as Henry Kissinger so famously remarked, power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Men and women (if a quick google of the subject can be trusted) are unfaithful at about the same percentage (57% male, 54% female). So why have we never seen an image of the woman tearfully apologising for her bad behaviour?