That’s a very interesting point. I tried to muster some arguments against it, but they don’t bear up under scrutiny.
- His behavior has just destroyed his marriage. Counterpoint: His actions demonstrate that he doesn’t value his marriage as highly as his hobby.
- He has destroyed any chance of having a political career. Counterpoint: That’s probably a good thing. Good for him, choosing something harmless over a life of sleaze and corruption.
I don’t think we can even know if he is suffering any emotional pain from his behavior. Even if he goes on national TV, beating his chest and sobbing mea culpas, that might just be another passionate hobby of his.