I'd like to see you sms your boss a photo of you shooting crystal meth and doing blow off a stripper's ass, just to see exactly how 'irrelevant' your private life is. I'm sure he won't mind.
And that's my point, what the hell does that have to do with my performance as an employee? Absolutely nothing, he/she would fire me because I would give the company a bad image.
I find that in politics, we are far more interested in someone's public image then we are with their actual performance - which leads to a bunch of idiots in power, who are simply good at hiding their secrets.
Tell me, when someone gets elected for a position, what is the main strategy their opponent takes advantage of to discredit them? It's not their policies or ideas, it's their personal life and so-called moral choices. They go for the personal aspect of their opponent, not the political. In the context of our double-standard vanity society, it's just far more effective to pull skeletons out of closets then it is to come up with a legitimate counterargument.
There is no doubt what he did was stupid, I'm not defending that. I'm just using it to make a point about how our obsession with a perfect artificial public image triumphs over reason, progress and results.