They do all seem to blend together after a while.
Your point about Hart is a good one, though. I know he's become a very well respected security consultant since leaving the Senate. But all anyone remembers about him is that photo on the yacht with Ms. Rice on his lap.
He's a smart man. I think he'd be a good choice.. but the whole 'feet of clay' crap won't let go. I think it is funny that you can be a 'marriage is sacred' tool like Newt Gingrich, who actually pushed for divorce while she was in the hospital being treated for cancer, while folks like Hart are irrevocably stained by one affair.
It's annoying and irksome. Some men simply slide thru while others get hammered, even decades after. I guess being a lying facetious hypocrite is required over honestly admitting you did something. Whereas you can be a multi-affair, bed hopping tool with a history of bad mouthing/trashing your wives when you trade them in and expect them to crawl into a hole and vanish when you trade them in for the next model down.
My understanding is that Gary Hart is still married to Lee Hart, the wife he cheated on back in the day. So, clearly he learned from his mistakes. I've read some of his articles on the political situation overseas and he's always struck me as smarter than the idiots (on both sides) we have running for the White House today.
He strikes me as about as sharp and savvy as men like John Huntsman.
Shame that neither will never make it into the white house where they can do good.
Back to the person the OP is dealing with.. Anthony Weiner seems to have.. well some impulse control issues but has learned to handle them, as far as I can see he's never abused his political position/office in these encounters and the only person that was really hurt by them would be mostly himself and his spouse. He was abrasive, running through three chiefs of staff in 18 months, and ran his people hard. He had a mixed record but not too bad or good overall.
I think what keeps them media coming back is his name. Cause..damn.. it practically draws your eye when you see it.