You’ve all heard the argument: “What I do with my private life is nobody else’s business. it doesn’t affect anybody else.”

Well, I can think of one recent instance where private immorality affected the world greatly.

Just a few years ago, a man took his wife to sex clubs in Europe and asked her to engage in sexual activity in front of other patrons. He called them “romantic getaways.” His wife at first refused to go in the first but finally went at his insistence.

That’s man’s name was Jack Ryan. He was running for Senate. Because his private peccadilloes were made public he had to drop out of the race and the Republicans lost their majority, thus transferring the power of Congress to Democrats.

And the Democrat who was set to run against Ryan and cruised to victory after he dropped out was Barack Obama.