"Transparency," in this context, is the notion that a person's innermost soul is revealed in each and every one of his or her acts. To believe in that kind of transparency is naïve, the French believe; it's more realistic to recognize that human behavior is murky and messy and, in the case of politicians in particular, often highly compartmentalized. So it's pointless to make sweeping judgments about a person's political valor by his or her private life - and it's none of the public's business, anyway."
I don't know about you, but when it comes to a politician's love life, less is better.
BTW, why is Judith Warner still employed?