It's the excuse you hear every time a politician gets caught doing something he - and it is almost always a he - knows is stupid, immoral and/or illegal: Powerful men get used to doing what they want.
Anyone who has paid attention to what goes on in Albany says it's the confluence of that power and being away from family that leads to problems and sex scandals like the one in which Assemblyman Sam Hoyt - and countless others before him - finds himself.
So is this what we expect from our leaders? Should we care if they take advantage of their power for personal satisfaction as long as they don't break a law? Is it too much to ask that they understand that with great power comes great responsibility?