Vicky Mabry interviews Jesse James on 'Nightline'

Pop-ed: If you watched the 'Nightline' interview with Jesse James this week, you probably came away with the impression that James is not the mouth-breathing idiot the tabloids have made him out to be. Indeed, the man that broke Sandra Bullock's heart seems like a sensitive, intelligent man who knows that he ruined the best thing in his life and is trying to take steps to -- at least partially -- repair what he broke.

That doesn't mean that the public is going to let him off the hook, though.

No matter how well-reasoned James came off in that interview, he is still the guy who sat at a number of different awards ceremonies this spring listening to his wife say that he had her back, all the while knowing in the back of his mind that he didn't. It's a big reason why, when news came out of his affair with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, his treatment by the public and the tabloids felt even more vicious than what the much-more-famous Tiger Woods received.