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Governor Sanford Tangos Alone

At least Gov. Mark Sanford faced the music alone -- and I’ll bet the music running through his head was one of those dramatic, sweeping tangos that provide the perfect soundtrack for a visit to Buenos Aires. Tango lyrics are, essentially, blues lyrics in Spanish: somebody did somebody wrong. And that’s what happened.

The only commendable thing Sanford has done lately was to stand before the television cameras by himself as he admitted that his mysterious five-day absence was in fact a trip to Argentina -- to see the woman with whom he has been having an extramarital affair for the past year.

He didn’t follow the lead of Larry Craig, Eliot Spitzer and all the others who somehow induced their aggrieved wives to literally stand by their men. That always seemed to be the ultimate betrayal, and I wondered why on earth those women would go along with the act. Humiliation is bad enough when it’s endured in private. It must be excruciating when it’s made into public display -- for the benefit of the offending husband’s career.

Enough about Sanford’s wife Jenny and their children, who did nothing to deserve all this. As for Sanford, if ever he deserved to be considered a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s out of the picture now. For good. As he said today: “End of story.”

If you want to be president, you can’t be seen as flaky and erratic. You can’t disappear from your job -- as governor -- without telling a soul where you are. You can’t have your staff say you’re “hiking the Appalachian trail” when that’s clearly not credible. You can’t claim you decided on a whim to go to Buenos Aires and drive along the coastline when there’s no real coastline to drive along in the city. You seem like a bit of a loon.

And maybe you are. Sanford, remember, waged a battle all the way to the South Carolina state supreme court to avoid taking $700 million in funds from the stimulus package -- money intended to keep many of his constituents from losing their jobs. The high court had to order him to take the money, and the experience of losing that fight was apparently so stressful that he had to dash off to B.A. to see his amiguita.

Sanford is an ideologue, not a politician. Yes, it’s natural to feel some compassion for him -- but no one should lament the passing of his political future. He’s too weird to be a governor, much less a president.

By Eugene Robinson  | June 24, 2009; 3:18 PM ET
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First Rule
Dont Mess with Rep. James Clyburn.

Posted by: stomsdaughter | June 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now the Republicans will admit that sanctity of marriage is NOT their forte!

Posted by: DWinFC | June 24, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

the party of 'family values' needs justice based on values. Would someone call the ayatolla!

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | June 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is a Libertarian. Not a moralist. I'd still vote for him, fact my opinion of him just increased. At least he's actually been to a foreign country, unlike "W".

Posted by: tyrell_corp | June 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The phallus symbol has just replaced the elephant in the GOP... It was announced that it is a better reflection of what drives us.

Posted by: OleLadySquawking | June 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

WOW another Republican in a Weanie Roast..

AND of course
FOXsN00ws and NEWSMax
blame the Clintons.

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | June 24, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

No wonder current American kids are third class...girls want to have sex..boys want to impregnate girls..half the marriages in America end in divorce.. and the American Dad is missing from the picture so the kids dont learn the strokes

kids always suffer in these things for no fault of their own..just bad upbringing

And Baby boomers keep apologizing in graduation ceremonies all over America

Makes perfect sense to me!

Posted by: asharma21 | June 24, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, this is part of the Obama spin machine. Focus on affairs and odd behavior so the public won't notice our nation's future being spent and borrowed away....

Posted by: Revcain777 | June 24, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust. I concur that it was good for him not to have the mother of his four boys by his side. Both parties politicians need to learn to get divorced and then go on the prowl it is better for all involved and cheaper when it comes to divorce court too. The moral outrage by the party of so called family values is hypocrisy at its core. Our President may smoke a cigarette every so often if that is his vice then he is a saint compared to the rest of the loons. Obamanos!

Posted by: pedraza1 | June 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton, John Edwards, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (numerous times) Bobbie Kennedy (with Marilyn Monroe no less) FDR, Eisenhower, but not Reagan, Nixon, or Truman. How about a story about the 90 thousand dollar freezer man William Jefferson for a change? He cheated on the taxpayers and the government.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: When the President, appeasment is on him, smokes in the toilet on Air Force One is he breaking Federal Law?

Posted by: mharwick | June 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Eliot Spitzer is a democrat so the question in my mind is why did you mention his name.

Posted by: johnbowers | June 24, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Sanford had a Dirty Little Secret:

http://tinyurl.com/aukh38

Posted by: caraprado1 | June 24, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Another day, another lying Republican hypocrite. Move along, nothing to see here. Ha ha ha ha ha!! Marky Mark Sanford, we hardly knew ya!! Don't cry for me, Argentina!

Posted by: MagicDog1 | June 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

No matter how many tears this man sheds, no matter how contrite he appears to be, I have no sympathy for a man, so self-serving, that he could be absent from his four children on Father's Day. His invoking the name of the Lord, asking His and our forgiveness, is all theatrics, and fails to appease an already disgusted American public. I weary of these displays of weakness. At least Eliot Spitzer had the good sense to quit.

Posted by: m8roth | June 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Eliot Spitzer is a democrat so the question in my mind is why did you mention his name.

Posted by: johnbowers

-- Eugene clearly fell down on the job this go-around.

Posted by: enaughton27 | June 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how the fundies at Bob Jones University feel? I take it they disapprove of Argentinan and Caucasian dating.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | June 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

A poster-child for DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and social conservative hypocrisy

Posted by: kenngc | June 24, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, this is another conservative know-nothing poster who will believe what he/she wants to believe, despite the evidence before their eyes. Obviously you inhaled.

___________________________________________

Clearly, this is part of the Obama spin machine. Focus on affairs and odd behavior so the public won't notice our nation's future being spent and borrowed away....

Posted by: Revcain777 | June 24, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dewdrop2 | June 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Eugene,
I usually agree with what you say. But you've missed the point about Gov. Sanford. This is really about instant communication and its distribution. The world now knows what you do. Okay, you may have to be, for now, a public figure, major or minor. But Big Brother is watching, Orwell was right. I'm nostalgic for the day when privacy...was possible.

Posted by: dudh | June 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don’t pretend to be the party of “family values” and talk about the “sanctity of marriage”. If these Repubs. are examples of the “sanctity of marriage” I’m confused as to why gays can’t participate in this “sanctity”.

Also, every single Republican, who has been caught, had previously lambasted former Pres. Clinton and even some in their own party while cheating themselves.

Cheating during Fathers Day. The shame, the shame.

Hypocrisy to the nth degree.

Posted by: rlj611 | June 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

So the 'Bill Clinton Clause', that it's OK to lie about sex, doesn't apply to both parties?

Curious, that.

Posted by: NeverLeft | June 24, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I like Marc Sanford and I like his politics. I don't care is he was bangin a busload of cheerleaders, I would still vote for him for president if he ran. Not all conservatives are wrapped around the moral axel ready to toss our leaders over the side if the stray form the moral high ground! I wish MORE governors had refused the federal BRIBE money ,that ,by the way, will bankrupt our children's children in taxes!

Posted by: killerm | June 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

His wife probably wasn't there because she knew that her goofball, narcissist husband had already dumped her. I feel very bad for his sons. Happy Fathers Day, you poser. Posing as a leader, posing as a father, posing as a man. We need a third party, pronto. These D's and R's have a lock on power and they are absolutely corrupted. But the GOP we were always told, by the GOP, held themselves to higher standards. Anyone who still believes that needs to kick the FOX habit.

Posted by: curtb | June 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

G(reedy)OP-Republicans the party of corporate coruption, greed, and hypocrisy.
Voters for bush/cheney unable to admit mistake, just like bush/cheney.

Posted by: jama452 | June 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

So the 'Bill Clinton Clause', that it's OK to lie about sex, doesn't apply to both parties?

Curious, that.

Posted by: NeverLeft

-- You can, but you can't lie under OATH about it. Thus, the Bill Clinton clause.

Posted by: enaughton27 | June 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Tango lyrics are, essentially, blues lyrics in Spanish"

Love it. Thanks for the music lesson.

Posted by: martymar123 | June 24, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What a great country! Republicans are finally having to face up to what hypocrites and liars they are!

Posted by: gtinla | June 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The right-wing press hammered John Edwards who was out of office on his affair, let's see how they handle the dereliction of duty by a sitting Republican Gov. who abandoned his post, and left no one in charge so he could jet off to see his mistress in a foreign country.

Posted by: Hold_that_tiger | June 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is counting this Republi-crite out too quickly, I think. Look at Newt -- cheated on at least two wives. He even went to the second wife's hospital room after her cancer surgery to announce he wanted a divorce. But the Energizer Gingrich Bunny is still going and going...

As long as the Argentinian dalliance was in fact with a woman, Sanford will remain in good graces with the "family values" crowd.

Is there any way home-schooling can be outlawed? These people are getting dumber than a box of hair with each successive generation.

Posted by: eed017 | June 24, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Good thing he isn't gay, because that would offend the sanctity of his marriage.

Posted by: grashnak | June 24, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, what else is new, another fading older man acting like a randy teenager. How incredibly stupid!! I am so sick of these creeps who dishonor their wives and their whole families......and who cares which side of the "aisle" they sit on.

As for the wives and people who wonder why they stay with these men, all you have to do is look at the offender's net worth and it will give you a pretty good idea, whether it's John Edwards, Elliott Spitzer, of Mark Sanford.

The world would be a far better place if all these people simply fell off the face of the earth!

Posted by: OregonStorm | June 24, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Republicans...Listen carefully.

We don't care if he's into bestiality, it's the hypocrisy of you people that infuriates.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You know, I wouldn't be enjoying this so much if he hadn't played the (pick one or more)
1. God / religion stands
2. conservative
3. anti-gay
4. anti-choice
5. marriage sanctity
6. I'm right, you're wrong
7. driving his state into the dirt financially and education wise..... there are more but...

Lucy

Wenie roast........LMAO Thanks for that!!

Posted by: LuckyLucy48 | June 24, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So much for the sanctity of marriage, eh GOP...I yearn for the day when rational thought, humanity and good old common sense prevail and America collectively realizes the fundamental myopia and hypocrisy that drive the Republican platform.

Posted by: spongekill | June 24, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

These are questions that Gov Sanford maybe can't even answer.

Why do politicians think they can get away with this stuff? Is it arrogance - that they are smarter than the rest of the world?

This isn't the 1960s anymore, they're not JFK and the press won't hush it up like they did for that pinhead.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | June 24, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sanford 's story in the news of an affair with a woman in Argentina is his personal problem . Many families in the U . S . deal with an issue like this every day . Gov. should be left alone to deal with it . Why should Governor 's affair become a matter of public discussion ? GOP ' s supporters have in the past made this as a 24/7 issue of public policy . What has happened today , should be a reminder to the GOP torch bearers of moral standard ? I hope conservatives will use this as an opportunity to hang their head in shame , and promise on cable channels and other media outlets never to make personal weaknesses of public officials e. g. , abc and the likes a big political football . It is not !

Posted by: dmfarooq | June 24, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"Focus on affairs and odd behavior so the public won't notice our nation's future being spent and borrowed away...."

WOW... you mean like, when the whole country ground to a halt when Clinton got a BJ? Or maybe John McCain's entire presidential campaign from March 2008 onwards? Or maybe everything that is aired on Fox News?

Republicans aren't just the masters of distracting the public with nonsense, it is practically their lifeblood. Just about all their political strategy is based on exactly that, in fact.

Posted by: spongekill | June 24, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

all will be forgiven if, and only if, she's super hot.

Posted by: millionea7 | June 24, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

You seem like a bit of a loon.
******

sort of like being a member of Jeremiah "those jews" Wright's church?

If Obama was able to come back from that longstanding transgression, im sure Stanford will come back from this.

Posted by: dummypants | June 24, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is an ideologue, not a politician.
*********

sort of like Obama???

Posted by: dummypants | June 24, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

He need to be removed from office. He can offer no acceptable excuse or apology. Maybe there are some new things under the sun. Maybe he wanted to create a new record. For sure he is on his own, this a case where even the family dog is mad with him.

Posted by: alwaysalabama2 | June 24, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse


Hey,

What's the big deal?

Appalachian, Argentina, and Adultery...they all start with the letter "A".

Let's move on to the "Bs"....But Be careful!

Posted by: thomaswlott | June 24, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

You've got it, Mr. Robinson -- he always was too weird to be in public office. He does not work and play well with others in state or federal government. Apparently, he doesn't do so well otherwise, either, but that concerns me much less.

Posted by: Teague_L | June 24, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The BIG QUESTION to ask....Did Gov. Sanford use public money to pay for his flights to Argentina or pay for his stay there? If that turns out to be so, then Sanford has to resign as Governor. It's one thing to be flaky, secretive, lie to your wife or even your constituents. It's another to have the South Carolina taxpayer paying for his trists abroad. One more "family values" Republican hits the dust.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 24, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

GOP now also stands for Great Obscene Party.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 24, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Tell me again how gay marriage is threatening the institution of marriage...?

My only surprise is that it was (allegedly) an adult and a female whose coastline he was driving. I was betting he was on a date with Larry Craig.

The lying bastage has the cajones to say earlier today that he's trying to reconcile with his wife. Since when is porking your mistress (probably at taxpayers' expense no less) a method of reconciliation? Tell me again how the GOP is the "family values" party? I didn't know running off to your mistress was a family values kind of way to celebrate Father's Day. Silly me.

Posted by: MinArlington | June 24, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey GOPers, let's hear the latest excuse, rationalization, conspiracy theory, etc. You and your party are a bunch of knuckle dragging, phoney Christian, hypocritical rubes. Quit worrying about Obama in 2012 and starting looking for pant zippers that work on GOPers! Another fascist, moralizing Redumblican bites the dust~! I love this so much....

Posted by: vagator | June 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

So Robinson doesn't write anything for 3 weeks and this is what brings him out? To slam someone over an affair.

Still taking on the important issues I see, real hard hitting erudite stuff, lol.

Frankly we should have an island we send all the useless partisan hacks from both Parties to. Robinson can go spend time with his intellectual equals in Rush Limbaugh, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman and Sean Hannity. They deserve each other, lol.

Posted by: DCDave11 | June 24, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

affair aside what about the state of s.c. did the lt.gov have power in case of some state emergency that require governors presence and or signature? if not he should be out of a job tonight.

Posted by: donaldtucker | June 24, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I would hope most would leave out the family, the jokes, and simply report the the news that came out of the press conference.
The Letterman type remarks will only hurt Gov. Sanford's family.
This is sad for his family. He is human and he hurts -- so do they.

Posted by: pjcafe | June 24, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Look at the bright side. Sanford now has all the credentials he needs to run as a Democrat...

Posted by: Straightline | June 24, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

QUESTION OF THE DAY: When the President, appeasment is on him, smokes in the toilet on Air Force One is he breaking Federal Law?

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ANSWER OF THE DAY: When the President does it, it's not illegal. --- Richard M. Nixon xoxoxoxo

But how about that Michele Bachman .... She announces that she intends to break the law by not filling out the 2010 census. Doesn't seem quite right the Republican from Minnesota things she's above the law ... but then she's a born again Christian ... no doubt we'll hear she answers to a higher authority.

Posted by: James10 | June 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I wondered why on earth those women would go along with the act. Humiliation is bad enough when it’s endured in private. It must be excruciating when it’s made into public display -- for the benefit of the offending husband’s career.

Robinson, it's very simple. These women are worse than their husbands. They are only looking at the money side of what the outcome could be. They want to milk the guys as much as they can and, obviously, they need their men not to be damaged enough that they would not be able to support them at their current status.

Posted by: RIVASF1@WESTAT.COM | June 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This is not news worthy of the front page of any newspaper. It is certainly not worthy of a press conference. Who cares what he does or where he goes? What hubris.

Posted by: cz6family | June 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Another week, another Republican scumbag outed.

But hey, at least Engin and Sanford were messing around with females, and females over the legal age of consent.

Seems the morals of the party have improved since the glory days of Mark Foley, Ted Haggard and Larry Craig.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | June 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hypocrisy aside, the real reason he should resign is that he let it interfere with his duties as an elected official. So what if he cheated on his wife? From the perspective of morals, it is definitely reprehensible, but it's still a private matter. The really unforgivable breach is that he literally went AWOL from his responsibilities as an elected official. The governor of a state doesn't get to go incommunicado. Having run on "moral" issues he has completely discredited himself, but that is really the least of the issues.

Posted by: jrzwrld | June 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

If we get lucky in South Carolina, maybe the governor will resign his post, but then again look who we would be getting. ANDRE!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: golfer6 | June 24, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe at long last the GOP will drop its holier than thou family values & moral majority crap. That parties over and thank God for that because no party can or should claim the "moral" high ground, that high ground does not exist except to those people who think so much of themselves that they think they know the mind of God. They don't,
they can't, nor should they. It really burns me up that the same people "defending" marriage from the "godless" hordes do not practice what they preach. How about letting the voters decide whether or not adulterers should have the right to remarry?

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | June 24, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

if it was Sanford's decision, he does indeed deserve credit for not appearing with his wife. but let's not dismiss the possibility that she was the first spouse in a good while to say "hell no, I won't go." If so, the kudos belong to her.

Posted by: JoeT1 | June 24, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama did NOT cause this. He has no reason to cause a distraction, for what? You Republicans are the ones that do the SPIN, you and FOX NEWS!!!!!!!!!! IT'S JUST NASTY THE WAY YOU PEOPLE GO ON.( THE REPUBS AND FOX NEWS)

Posted by: DARKCHOCALATE1946 | June 24, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

" like Marc Sanford and I like his politics. I don't care is he was bangin a busload of cheerleaders, I would still vote for him for president if he ran. Not all conservatives are wrapped around the moral axel ready to toss our leaders over the side if the stray form the moral high ground!"

Although, to be clear, Sanford did toss Bob Livingston over the side for his departure from the moral high ground.

Posted by: HardyW | June 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Senator Ensign didn't have his wife at the press conference either. But what we didn't know in that case or this one either was whether that was the call of the Ensign and Sanford or their wives told them to shove it --- alone. Sanford's wife wasn't even in town if that's a hint.

Sanford wiped a tear from his eye... that was a nice touch that Ensign couldn't manage to come through with. Remember the Speaker of the House for a day that replaced Newt .... what's his name ... Livingston ... Bob Livingston ... he did that teary eyed thing on the House floor. Very well done. Of course Newt was banging away at his staff so to speak. Then we had the Impeachment trial Headed up by that nice guy Henry Hyde who had a "youthful indiscretion" in his 50's ... at least that's the way Henry relayed it. I hope Senator Ensign remembers that. He's in his 50's and can now look back at it as a youthful indiscretion.

Anyway, any pick out on the Argentinian woman. I hope she's better looking than the woman that Sen Ensign had. ... woof ... woof ...

Posted by: James10 | June 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

From now on I will not listen to blue or Tango. I will only spend my time on Italian opera. Italians seem to have a different view on their politicians with extramarital affair.

Posted by: dumbanddumber | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Another sanctimonious Republican bites the dust! And the governor of that "highly advanced" state, South Carolina -- by far the worst state in the union!! Bye bye Sanford -- be banished to the Republican no man's land with all the other hypocrites! Freud sure knew something when he talked about projection and reaction formation.

Posted by: Bluestategirl | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

After Larry Craig, Bristol Palin, Mark Foley, David "Diaper" Vitter, Ensign, Ted Haggard, Newt Gingrich and Sanford, can anyone say the words "Republican Family Values" without snickering?

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | June 24, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

You bunch of stupid liberals! Instead of saying something intelligent, you continue with your regurgitated rhetoric! You libs, of all people, calling someone a hypocrite, just shows what retards you actually are! If you were any more shallow, you would completely disappear! Why is it so difficult for you to call it like it is? Does the truth hurt that much? This man committed adultery! He was wrong and hurt several people. Promiscuity, dishonesty, loss of integrity, lying, etc., is a by-product of the Liberalism that has creped into our society over the years! (Ouch, that hurt, didn't it?) Instead of Liberals condemning the act of selfishness this man has committed, you libs again, just use it as an opportunity to show your ignorance! Liberalism is an evil the US can do without. Gay marriage? Yea, just what the U.S. needs, even more disgusting behavior being condoned by society. There are enough deadly diseases spread by homosexuals into the main stream society. (Ouch, that hurt too, didn't it?) But everyone knows this is the truth, they are just too afraid to say it, well I'm not!

Posted by: jonesrocket777 | June 24, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is a Libertarian. Not a moralist. I'd still vote for him, fact my opinion of him just increased. At least he's actually been to a foreign country, unlike "W".

Posted by: tyrell_corp | June 24, 2009 3:55 PM
**
I don't know about the Libertarian label for Gov. Sanford-

S.C. Governor OKs Allowing Commandments in Displays and The Lord's Prayer

AP
First Amendment Center Online staff
06.12.08
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer could be part of displays at public buildings soon under a bill Gov. Mark Sanford signed into law last night
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20160
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S.C. Drivers Can Profess Faith With New License Tags

AP
First Amendment Center Online staff
06.06.08
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A measure permitting South Carolina drivers to show their faith with "I Believe" license tags became law this week.

The new law allows people to buy license tags with a cross and a stained glass window and the words "I Believe" on them.
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20139
**

So which of the these, the Christian license plates with I Believe and a cross, prayer in public meetings, or the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer in public display back up your assertion that Gov. Mark Sanford is a Libertarian?

How about a hypocrite Republican of the usual sort?

Thanks Mr. Robinson, I always cringe when these pols drag out the wives and even sometimes the kids.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | June 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I predicted a mea culpa this morning on another blog. It is too bad that Republicans have made such a big deal about family values, abortion, gay rights, and so forth. Their house of cards is crumbling.

As Jesus said, "Take the beam out of your own eye before trying to take the speck out of your brother's eye." Unfortunately, the Bible belt is now becoming the laughing stock of the whole country.

What really makes this episode in morality particularly amusing is that you could not make it up. Imagine a governor vacating his family on Fathers' Day weekend to be with his mistress without so much as telling anyone that he was out of the state, much less out of the country. There must be some S.C. law that addresses the fact that a governor did not pass the reigns of government to the next in line while he was out of the state. The Republicans are in self-destruct mode. As with the Iranians, it is time to stay out of the way and watch history happen. Truly unbelievable!

Posted by: EarlC | June 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Ego in the service of libido strikes again!

Posted by: atmanman | June 24, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Eliot Spitzer is a democrat so the question in my mind is why did you mention his name.

Posted by: johnbowers

-- Eugene clearly fell down on the job this go-around.

Its not hard to understand the point that Eugene was making...if you can read! He wasn't talking about Republicans in general, he was talking, as the sentence clearly states, about those "who somehow induced their aggrieved wives to literally stand by their men." It doesn't matter whether they are Republican or Democrat, because that wasn't the point.

Although this issue will obviously be used as political ammunition against the Republicans, this type of behaviour is something that clearly transcends party affiliation.

Posted by: mgt1 | June 24, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

What do we Know? Another GOP hypocrite caught with his pants around his ankles.

Bible thumping, forcing their wrong core values and family values on the rest of us and what are they really.

HYPOCRITES, liars, cheaters, mo*rons,

Simply put: Mentally challenged, hateful and racist scum

Posted by: mackiejw | June 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, there it is: the sound of the GOP crumbling.

If any republican has the gall to stand before us and preach "family values," "sanctity of marriage" and "god's laws," we'll all be laughing at them.

Sure, both democrats and republicans break their marriage voes.

But republicans are the filthy hypocrites.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | June 24, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

You bunch of stupid liberals! Instead of saying something intelligent, you continue with your regurgitated rhetoric! You libs, of all people, calling someone a hypocrite, just shows what retards you actually are! If you were any more shallow, you would completely disappear! Why is it so difficult for you to call it like it is? Does the truth hurt that much? This man committed adultery! He was wrong and hurt several people. Promiscuity, dishonesty, loss of integrity, lying, etc., is a by-product of the Liberalism that has creped into our society over the years! (Ouch, that hurt, didn't it?) Instead of Liberals condemning the act of selfishness this man has committed, you libs again, just use it as an opportunity to show your ignorance! Liberalism is an evil the US can do without. Gay marriage? Yea, just what the U.S. needs, even more disgusting behavior being condoned by society. There are enough deadly diseases spread by homosexuals into the main stream society. (Ouch, that hurt too, didn't it?) But everyone knows this is the truth, they are just too afraid to say it, well I'm not!

Posted by: jonesrocket777 | June 24, 2009 5:05 PM
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You truly are mentally challenged, to say the least. What planet did you escape from? Just asking.

Posted by: mackiejw | June 24, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious from the comments coming in from the left that call Republicans hypocrites that the left is proud of the fact that they do not have any moral values. It is hard to call someone who is amoral a hypocrite isn't it.
The Republicans do have moral values as a standard. Sometimes some of them do not live up to the standard. The Democrats do not have any standards so they have nothing to live up to.
Isn't that how it goes?

Posted by: nychap44 | June 24, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Reminder:

The words hypocrisy™, hypocrite™ and hypocritical™ are all copyrighted trademarks of the Republican Party.

Posted by: pali2600 | June 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The writers who are mentioning Edwards, Spitzer, Kennedy, and Clinton are correct when they suggest that it is as repugnant when self absorbed Democrats cheat on their wives as when Republicans do it. The difference is: the Republicans, including Sanford, insisted on running on a platform of "sanctity of marriage" and moral values, so they have to add hypocrisy to their list of sins. Also, weren't they the ones that said they were only going after Clinton because he lied, and not because he committed adultery? Shouldn't there be some Republican outrage, then, when a Governor absents himself from duty (which the others did not) and makes his staff lie to cover for him?

All of this suggests that we need more women of both parties in public office.

Posted by: fmjk | June 24, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

but not Reagan, Nixon, or Truman.
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If you were/are a woman, would YOU sleep with Reagan, Nixon, or Truman? eeewww...

Interesting that you left W off your list of moral Republican presidents.

Posted by: swmuva | June 24, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Now, I am starting to understand why Republicans have such hatred towards Mr. and Mrs. Obama.

The Obama's love for one another and love for their children, make Republicans look like hypocrites.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 24, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Boy - the discussion board is where wing-nuts go to rant today. Where's the news here? A politician has an affair. Has this happened before? (Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, JFK...)

Posted by: mwcob | June 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

no doubt it was the latest state to legalize gay marriage that caused the Sanford's marriage to crumble.

Posted by: eomcmars | June 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

What I do noticed is when Spitzer was caught having his affair it was headlined all over the national news

Ensign had a mediocre press alert

And baggy-eyed Sanford gets the pity card from people like....Howard Fineman and Wolf Blitzer

THANK GOD KEITH OBERMANN WILL BE ON SOON TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS!!!

Chris Matthews been hanging with Pat Buchanan too much! he's out there trying to make this like it's more a sad day than calling it what it is

Irish Catholics are hypocrites! and their wives are taught to be submissive.


I still can't get over how he (Chris Matthews) shouted his wife name most embarrassing while on live television during Tim Russett funeral.
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Posted by: danders5000 | June 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Good clear the field NOW.. Better than having him run for President like Edwards did and have it come out then. Looks like Romney is going to get a clear shot at the nomination in 2012. Figures.. the Mormon is the guy with only one woman.

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

It's the hypocrisy that galls so many of us not the affair. Men of all parties cheat on their wives. But when Republican politicians preach family values and moral superiority to get votes and then turn around and betray their family and constituents - well they deserve all the bad that comes their way.

Posted by: kimL1 | June 24, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Gene,
Your last line was unusually harsh. Man the potential republican presidential nominees are falling faster than my 401k.

The only thing that is funny here is the fact that republicans are the party of the Christian Right and day after day we learn just how wrong they are.

Humans are flawed and some are more flawed than others, but when a party pretends to be the party of family values and mock the rest of the world you just have to take comfort in their pain.

Posted by: Brigadere | June 24, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

This story just gets crazier by the minute.
The woman that he met in Argentina was Sarah Palin's daughter. LOL

Posted by: rkerg | June 24, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The difference is: the Republicans, including Sanford, insisted on running on a platform of "sanctity of marriage" and moral values, so they have to add hypocrisy to their list of sins.
Posted by: fmjk
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Eliot Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years while he was Attorney General, and later as Governor. Meanwhile as attorney general, he once broke up a call-girl ring and locked up 18 people on corruption, money-laundering and prostitution charges.

You want to talk hypocrisy???

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes - another misstep from the party of "Family Values"

Just another hypocritical slimeball

Posted by: jgwlaw | June 24, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

mharwick

Yes, lets count all the politicians that had affairs and compare which party had the most. Thats a real mature debate. And the GOP wonders how they lost control of government. Because they are too busy thinking like you.

Posted by: ged0386 | June 24, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

You bunch of stupid liberals! Instead of saying something intelligent, you continue with your regurgitated rhetoric! You libs, of all people, calling someone a hypocrite, just shows what retards you actually are!
Posted by: jonesrocket777 | June 24, 2009 5:05 PM
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Liberalism allows us to bring all of SINS out of the closet. It allows us to be who and what we are and the freedom to do what we want to do without hiding behind our religious and political propaganda.

Conservatives try to hide their SINs behind their religious and political propaganda, while preaching the sanctimony of marriage and family values to the masses, while hiding their SINs in back alleys, public restrooms, motel rooms, and Argentina.

Go Figure?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 24, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Both parties have their share of misfits but the GOP always fashions itself as the party that is morally above the rest. Hiding your less than moral bahvior does not make you any more moral than the kennedy's or clintons. You just look like bigger idiots when you are caught.

Posted by: ged0386 | June 24, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!

Another GOP "presidential hopeful" drowns in the toilet! The trainwreck within the Republican Party is almost as bad as the one in DC!!

What a mess! What liars! What cheaters! What hypocricy! What an egotistical arrogant, sex-crazed bunch of MEN, all thinking with their lower brains!

Hey Sanford...... Good Riddance! You,
Ensign, Foley, Craig, and Vitter, can all go applaud each other and then join that exclusive club of other GOP adulterers..... Gingrich, Livingston, Burton, Haggard, McCain, Barr, Hyde, Hutchinson, Foley..... I'm sure I've forgotten a few!

GOP = HOP...... Horny Old Party!

Posted by: cashmere1 | June 24, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

BBBBBWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHAH!!!!

Posted by: JudgeAlan | June 24, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Last week it was Ensign, this week it's Sanford.
Dang! I'm beginning to feel sorry for Jon Stewart and Ed Letterman who have their work cut-out for them.
(LOL)

Posted by: abelito | June 24, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

His family should have known better than to be related to him. Bad luck.

Posted by: tomcanick | June 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse


Thinking about Sanford's sons who probably had Father's Day cards (and gifts) for their absent dad, not knowing where he was....

What an incredibly irresponsible act for a father, much less a governor.

Posted by: tperry1 | June 24, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Merv Griffin couldn't have dreamed this show up. Irony is best served...in the newspapers.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | June 24, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

When will our political system finally get it? Politics, money and power do not mix well. If our elected officials are put in office to "serve", why do they need six figure salaries and political assistants and handlers at their disposal? Cut the salaries, ego maniacal power and perks; and we will have decent, intelligent people running for office.

Posted by: Sleek1313 | June 24, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't cry for me Carolina...

Posted by: aeschwartz | June 24, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

vagator asked:

"Hey GOPers, let's hear the latest excuse, rationalization, conspiracy theory, etc."

Obama made me do it, because he's a socialist, and really wasn't born in Hawaii. And we just know that ACORN is involved somehow.

Posted by: Frazil | June 24, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

How long before Fox News starts referring to him as "Gov. Mark Sanford (D-SC)"?

Posted by: mattintx | June 24, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Argentina, Appalachia--the two are easily confused.

Did he return to the States wearing his "hiking" outfit and a knapsack with his affair outfit stuffed inside?

Posted by: aguy7 | June 24, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Now, Sanford can definitely afford to get an approval sign from Ensign!

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 24, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama did NOT cause this. He has no reason to cause a distraction, for what? You Republicans are the ones that do the SPIN, you and FOX NEWS!!!!!!!!!! IT'S JUST NASTY THE WAY YOU PEOPLE GO ON.( THE REPUBS AND FOX NEWS)

Posted by: DARKCHOCALATE1946 | June 24, 2009 4:59 PM
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I agree Obama did not cause this but you are wrong about the "distraction; for what?"

Evidence in the Walpin IG situation is showing more and more it appears to be a personal/politically motivated firing.

3400 google news links to this; 60 for the Walpin situations pretty much none of them in MSM outlets.

from cns
"A letter signed by a former Republican U.S. attorney general, a former Democratic White House Counsel, and 144 other prominent lawyers is challenging the White House’s claim that fired AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin was “confused” and “disoriented."

“We have known Gerald Walpin as a leading member of the New York bar for many years,” said the letter signed by former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former Clinton White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum. “Many of us have seen him and heard him speak, including at this month’s meeting of the Second Circuit Judicial Conference and last week’s meeting of the Board of the Federal Bar Council.”

Posted by: Cryos | June 24, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

What a mess! What liars! What cheaters! What hypocricy! What an egotistical arrogant, sex-crazed bunch of MEN, all thinking with their lower brains!

Hey Sanford...... Good Riddance! You,
Ensign, Foley, Craig, and Vitter, can all go applaud each other and then join that exclusive club of other GOP adulterers..... Gingrich, Livingston, Burton, Haggard, McCain, Barr, Hyde, Hutchinson, Foley..... I'm sure I've forgotten a few!
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You have and may I say the Republicans are pretty BORING compared to the Democrats..

Eliot Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years while he was Attorney General, and later as Governor. Meanwhile as attorney general, he once broke up a call-girl ring and locked up 18 people on corruption, money-laundering and prostitution charges.

Hypocrisy anyone???

Then of course there's... NJ Governor McGreevey.

In August 2004, McGreevey coupled the announcement of his decision to resign with a public declaration of his homosexuality and an admission to having had an extramarital affair with the man he had appointed homeland security adviser. McGreevey was criticized for appointing as homeland security adviser Golan Cipel, because he lacked experience or other qualifications for the position. In addition, Cipel could not gain a security approval from the Federal government, as he was Israeli and not a U.S. citizen.

So let's see.. he cheated on his wife, that's one. It was with a GUY, that's two. And he made his unqualified LOVER responsible for protecting N.J. Wow a TRIFECTA!!!

But I think the winner has to be...

Kennedy was married on November 29, 1958. By the mid-1960s, their marriage was troubled by his womanizing and her growing alcoholism. On the night of July 18, 1969, Kennedy was on Martha's Vineyard's Chappaquiddick Island. Leaving a party, Kennedy was driving with 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, as his passenger, when Kennedy drove off Dike Bridge into Poucha Pond. Kennedy escaped the overturned vehicle and swam to safety, but Kopechne died in the car. Kennedy left the scene and did not call authorities until after Kopechne's body was discovered the following day.

Now that's what I call a SCANDAL!! Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving a scene of an accident (the fact he left a woman UNDERWATER at that scene and not bothering to tell anyone till the NEXT DAY I guess wasn't that important because Ted got 2 months in jail SUSPENDED). On a side note...

Kennedy easily won re-election to another term in the Senate later in 1970, getting 62 percent of the vote. Guess a little thing like leaving a woman trapped in a car underwater doesn't mean a lot to Democratic voters in MA...

I don't know but to me after hearing these stories some guy having a little affair with a WOMAN who LIVES kind of pales in comparison...

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Both parties have their share of misfits but the GOP always fashions itself as the party that is morally above the rest. Hiding your less than moral bahvior does not make you any more moral than the kennedy's or clintons. You just look like bigger idiots when you are caught.

Posted by: ged0386 | June 24, 2009 5:47 PM
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The religious portion of the GOP does. Not all republicans.

That would be like saying the democratic party is all extreme environmentals and PETA members.

Posted by: Cryos | June 24, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

How about letting the voters decide whether or not adulterers should have the right to remarry?
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LOL! I love it! These social conservatives are so pathetic...

Posted by: pjglazer | June 24, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Another politician takes the dive. I don't understand why there is any sympathy with this man. He left the country to pursue his liasion. That takes more planning than say making out with an intern (Clinton) or visiting your wife in the hospital and then visiting your mistress (Gingrich). The hypocrisy of the Republicans gall me. Still, the Democrats haven't been good posterboys for the sanctaty of marrige. On common element - these politicians are all men. I'll bet Rep Pelosi doesn't step out on her husband. And she has a plane all to herself.

Posted by: sander | June 24, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Good clear the field NOW.. Better than having him run for President like Edwards did and have it come out then. Looks like Romney is going to get a clear shot at the nomination in 2012. Figures.. the Mormon is the guy with only one woman.

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 5:35 PM
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Yeah it would be nice to have someone with a clue about economics and running a business at the helm right now.

Instead of someone who thinks that mandates, taxes and a bully pulpit will somehow make business logic and human nature conform to a far left ideology.

Posted by: Cryos | June 24, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

More media gullibility. Yesterday with all certitude it was reported that "Finally, Sanford's disappearance is explained: he's on the Appalachian Trail." And today the evidence points to an alleged woman in Argentina. Don't y'all get it. This is all contrived. He's hiding an even darker secret. It is safer to float a story that he's had an affair with a married ("dear,dear friend") in Argentina, than reveal the real truth. But sooner or later "the truth will out." His explanation is preposterous.

Posted by: NYSkeptic1 | June 24, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

revcain777 wrote: Clearly, this is part of the Obama spin machine.
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Sanford left town. Sanford had an affair. Sanford returned to town, and when confronted, Sanford admitted to having an affair.

You are right. This is all obviously Obama's doing.

Posted by: carlaclaws | June 24, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

new name for the Republicans:

Hypocretins...

Posted by: jalehw | June 24, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Gene says, "At least Sanford faced the music alone" as if he had a choice!

His wife, when asked where he was, while she was at home with their four sons, said essentially, "I don't know and I don't care."

Good for her.

Posted by: jhbyer | June 24, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"Bill Clinton, John Edwards, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (numerous times) Bobbie Kennedy (with Marilyn Monroe no less) FDR, Eisenhower, but not Reagan, Nixon, or Truman. How about a story about the 90 thousand dollar freezer man William Jefferson for a change? He cheated on the taxpayers and the government.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: When the President, appeasment is on him, smokes in the toilet on Air Force One is he breaking Federal Law?

Posted by: mharwick | June 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse
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"...but not Reagan" ?? are you serious?? it was well covered at the time, but since known that Nancy Reagan was 3 MONTHS PREGNANT, when Ron Reagan (aka: Mr. Family Values) married her! Go read your history, your party is full of liars, sneaks and cheats. Sanford just continues the saga.

Posted by: scraigbass | June 24, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"...but not Reagan" ?? are you serious?? it was well covered at the time, but since known that Nancy Reagan was 3 MONTHS PREGNANT, when Ron Reagan (aka: Mr. Family Values) married her! Go read your history, your party is full of liars, sneaks and cheats. Sanford just continues the saga.
Posted by: scraigbass
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Ummm we are talking about ADULTERY here. Reagan was divoiced in 1948 and married Nanny in 1952!!! Heck if we start going after politicians for premarital sex.. there won't be one left in either party in Washington...

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"If you want to be presidents, you can't be seen as flaky and erratic."

LOL. Unless you're Bill Clinton.

Posted by: justthefacts08 | June 24, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Sanford faced the music alone because he had separated from his wife two weeks ago.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I'LL BET HIS UNDERGRADUATE BA DEGREE WAS IN 'FOREIGN AFFAIRS.' LOL

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | June 24, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Republican politicians claim "family values" for purpose of identity politics. Polls show the average voter disagrees with the fiscal and foreign policies of the GOP. On other hand, almost all voters value fidelity. Hence, Republicans try to win on at least one issue. It's not hypocrisy: It's a con.

Posted by: jhbyer | June 24, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Response to killerm's comment: "I like Marc Sanford and I like his politics. I don't care is he was bangin a busload of cheerleaders, I would still vote for him for president if he ran. Not all conservatives are wrapped around the moral axel ready to toss our leaders over the side if the stray form the moral high ground! I wish MORE governors had refused the federal BRIBE money ,that ,by the way, will bankrupt our children's children in taxes!"

Posted by: killerm | June 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Putting the inappropriate affair aside, do you not think Sanford showed extremely poor and reckless judgment when he left the state and the country on the sly to see his mistress or for whatever reason. For six and a half days the governor's whereabouts were unknown to his staff, state officials, and his family, and no one was left in charge or in control of the state. The question is not about him having an affair or any other moral indiscretion, the question is can he handle the affairs of the office of the governor. It does not appear that he can make sound judgments in the best interest of his constituents. Sanford is a man in personal and emotional turmoil and that has obviously interfered with his ability to perform his duties as governor. While many SC citizens may not care about his morality, or have sympathy for his situation, they should not be obligated to suffer through his personal demons by him remaining as governor. He should step down.

Posted by: seachele99 | June 24, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

she's gotta be hot, because his hormones must have fried his brains if he thought he could get away with it. Complete idiot.

I know, he was really crying for help.

yeah right

Posted by: DrWho2 | June 24, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Talk about being "Whipped!"

I hope someone has some pictures of this Señorita, because she must be something!


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | June 24, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Boy there sure a lot of sad Republicans now days.

Posted by: theo1 | June 24, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if there's a little sanford somewhere in argentina?

Posted by: nellie3ster | June 24, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The GOP can't get out of its own way. Everytime they get up from one beatdown, they are slapped silly and beatdown again... It no wonder the GOP has been usurped by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and OReilly. They all have skeletons in their closet. Some more out of the closet than others...

Posted by: demtse | June 24, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for an article discussing why Obama, a former coke head and drug dealer, who has now been exposed as having deliberately lied to the American people, just to get elected, on many, many occasions. Who has taken hundreds of millions of dollars from Wall St., and gave them billions in return. He's appointed Wall St. crooks, whose machinations created the financial crisis, to the seats of power. His "tech czar", Vivek Kundra, has a felony arrest record, and his former office is under federal investigation for skimming millions and other serious crimes. Kundra is also affiliated with the same Indian contractor that has the contract for the DC, Los Angeles, and goodness knows how many other poorly run metro systems, that have suffered from terrible collisions and losses of life, because said Indian contractors are corrupt and incompetent. Just as the Indian contractors who have been in charge of our naval security and communication systems and we suddenly have 2 nuclear submarines that collided some months back.

Obama, whose so called "stimulus" and auto take over have forced more jobs overseas, and just signed a fast tracking of more outsourcing to India. We have citizens, in each of our fifty states, who are living in tent cities, formerly employed, but they and their children are now destitute. Obama, who doesn't care about civil or human rights, and his wife, who outsourced the health care of the poor on the south side of Chicago, causing poor and helpless citizens, like Dantae Adams, who had to bus her son overnight to another faciitly just to get help when her son's lip had been bitten off by a pit bull, to be dumped. That's Michelle Obama's idea of service. She takes money and is willing to screw over the citizenry, so she can buy more gaudy, tacky clothes and luxury items.

But don't worry, Mr. Robinson, I don't expect you to write about these things, you'd have to actually care about civil rights and human rights considerations. You're just a sick, twisted old man, who hates, just like the sick twisted old men who facilitated the nazis, the fascists and the communists. Your sort will be remembered in history, as the cowards who were in part responsible for this new fascism, who will later attempt to pin the blame on others, but no one will be fooled.

Posted by: jenn3 | June 24, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for Richard Cohen to weigh in.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 24, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for an article discussing why Obama, a former coke head and drug dealer, who has now been exposed as having deliberately lied to the American people....blah blah blah

Posted by: jenn3 | June 24, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

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If you want to read garbage, go dive into a dumpster.

Posted by: maggots | June 24, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

This is a man who was clearly in over his head and wanted to be caught.

Posted by: donaldeasley | June 24, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Response to comment Posted by: jenn3 | June 24, 2009 8:20 PM:
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Wow, I voted for Obama, but I have never given him the credit for the super powers some anti-Obmamites attribute to him. I just thought he was a down to earth young man with some good ideas. One would think that President Obama started growing magical tentacles at a very young age to be as far reaching and entrenched in the evils of the world as some people seem to suggest. "Oh great day, Obama is the great evil boogyman." It still amazes me that too large a percentage of people believe that our previous president who was in office for 8 years is responsible for none of the economic or social problems we are facing right now. No, it is the current President who has been in office for less than 200 days that is responsible for all the ills of the world. Come on Jenn3, just think about what you wrote in your comment. On a side note, this comment thread is about Governor Sanford's press conference from this afternoon.

Posted by: seachele99 | June 24, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Republicans are going after the Supreme Court Nomination based on EMPATHY!

Do they have the same EMPATHY for Sen. Vitter, Sen. Ensign and now Gov. Sanford?

Posted by: jrubin1 | June 24, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Good summation, Mr. Robinson. I was trying to tell a friend
and I ended up sending her your article. These guys, one after
another, betraying their families and their constituents. Really a bad bunch of actors.

Posted by: MILW | June 24, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey it's okay, he's just a hypocrite repub.
It's his right to be a hypocrite. Happy Fathers Day, Gov! I know your family and constituents must be so proud of you.
I say you get what you deserve. AND ANOTHER
REPUB BITES THE DUST. So, don't cry for Milarkey-Mark ARGENTINA! He's all hat, no saddle.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | June 24, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Well governor, you may have ruined your political career, but look on the bright side. The only thing you'll be missing is hanging around with a bunch of corporate owned, lying gutless cowards. Take my advice, enjoy Argentina.

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | June 24, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

His wife probably told him he had two choices:

#1. Stand there alone.

#2. Stand there with my divorce lawyer along side of you.

Posted by: mehrenst1 | June 24, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Governor Sanford is not very different than many democratic or republican politicians before him caught in inappropriate situations. However, he is different in the fact that he walked away from his responsibilities as governor because of his inappropriate personal actions. Would a ship captain be kept on the job if he jumped ship for a week without putting someone else in charge?

Posted by: seachele99 | June 24, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

While it's amusing to watch the party of family values hoisted on their own petard, I do wonder if those of you who are carping about "the debt left to our children and grandchildren" understand that the stimulus packages passed under the current administration are a very small percentage of the projected deficit?

Most of the deficit had already been rung up by the previous occupant of the Oval Office.

Just so you don't think that I'm picking on President Bush, the stage for this kind of deficit was set under President Reagan, who insisted that we could cut taxes and significantly increase defense spending with the expectation that we would not run into deficit spending. Thank God at least that Reagan's people realized that "supply-side" economics was a farce and at least partially reigned in the tzx cuts before the end of the administration.

The question I would ask anyone who is a Republican, (not a conservative, per se) - Is your damn ideology so important that you continue to vote for people who do things that are NOT in the best interests of the country, yet convince you that they are becuase they support whatever your silly pet cause of the week is?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | June 24, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is a Libertarian. Not a moralist. I'd still vote for him, fact my opinion of him just increased. At least he's actually been to a foreign country, unlike "W".

Posted by: tyrell_corp

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Sorry to burst your bubble braniac. Sanford is a Republican

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | June 24, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I could care less is Stanford cheated on his family. What I do care is the huge hypocrisy. When a politician trolls about preserving the sanctity of marriage, or how they need to "protect" marriage, then goes off to commit adultery, well then, you have absolutely no credibility.
Same thing goes for Clinton, Vitter, Gingrich, Livingston and all the other holier than thou jerks.

Posted by: chasemanlv | June 24, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, in SC, the top, most aggressive state prosecutor, Jennifer Evans, is found dead Sunday somewhere in NC from an "unidentified illness. Sanford may have had more on his hands than a sexy Argentinian. Evans had taken down a share of corrupt politicians, gangs and financial schemers. Whether Sanford cared about his kids during Father's Day may pale to whether he cared that the best prosecutor in the state is now mysteriously dead and her boss, Henry McMaster, a gubernatorial hopeful, was realing from dealing with an idiot supporter who likened Mrs. Obama to an escaped gorilla. Like they said, it's been a hot summer, and it'll only get hotter.

Posted by: mahayar | June 24, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

revcain- check facts- the newspapers that led the story in South Carolina are fairly conservative- what a twisted reality to claim that those papers were part of an Obama spin machine-

Posted by: lancepcope | June 24, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

When conservatives talk about family values they are talking about high value behavior. It is worth working toward that goal but humans are subject to temptations. Perfection across the board is not possible.

To set the record straight, Bill Clinton was not impeached because of the sex.

Posted by: hipshot | June 24, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

The republicans have put this loon up as a likely future candidate for president. This is a party of rubes, they are full of hate, hypocracy and survive only by fear mongering. They represent the worst in America and are seen as freaks by the rest of the world. They deserve no respect and should follow the whigs to extinction. The democrats need competition from an intelligent, thoughtful and constructive opposition.

Posted by: Bowerguy1 | June 24, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

What's with you guys (Robinson, Matthews, at least) giving Sanford credit that his wife was not standing with him. I hope and assume it was HER decision not to be there.

Your assumption seems to be that, if he had wanted her there, she would have been. For all you know, he begged her. You're giving him credit where there is no reason to believe any is due.

Posted by: CAlady | June 24, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

The GOP base can forgive adultery, they can certainly forgive hypocrisy, but they will never, never forgive a man who leaves his WASP wife for a Hispanic woman.

Posted by: kevrobb | June 24, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Gee Oh Pee
Party of He-Pock-Russee

yes democraps are weak-willed dishonest sniveling greedy narcissistic power hungry disingenuous liars too

but they don’t go around claiming to be the party of god, god’s chosen ones, ‘family values’, so on and so forth — proclaiming their moral superiority over all others while indulging behind doors (or in argentina or a bathroom stall or….) in exactly that which they sneer and snivel about.

sanford: what a tool and sc voters are equally stupid

this kind of schadenfreude is sweet sweet sweet
— danke shoen for schadenfreude

Posted by: flacan | June 24, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Lots of moronic partisan drivel here from both sides. What a surprise . . . .

No party has any monopoly on vice OR on virtue. No news there. Dems trying to make political hay out of this sad (mostly for Sanford's family) episode is about as infantile as Repubs regurgitating Monica Lewinsky or Mary Jo Kopechne.

Word of caution to Dems: stop your damn gloating, because a similar scandal involving one of you is coming--no question if, just when . . . . who's the next Eliot Spitzer?

Word of caution to Repubs: if you wrap yourselves up in the "family values" mantle, you had better keep your pants on/zipped up. When you do a Sanford/Ensign/Craig/Vitter caper, you commit two sins (sexual misconduct/infidelity AND hypocrisy) while other transgressors commit only one (the sex part . . .). Sanford's new nickname? "Toast."

Why are so obsessed with the private lives of our politicians??

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | June 24, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I find it odd that people are pouncing on Sanford has hypocritical, sanctimonious, etc., etc. Of Republican politicians in the national eye, Sanford was one of the less holier-than-thou people out there. He'd get in people's faces on budget issues, but unlike Ensign, he was never out there as forcefully campaigning as a moralist.

But, hey, if you want to kick a guy when he is down, then go ahead. I'm sure that Eliot Spitzer and Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich and others will enjoy a few kicks for old time's sake while you're at it, too.

Posted by: blert | June 24, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

"Because the name of God is blasphemed among the nations because of you, just as it is written." (Romans 2:24)

Posted by: abelito | June 24, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Maria, I've just met a stimulus package named Maria.

Posted by: rkerg | June 24, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh great Republican Party, time and again you demonstrate to us your great wisdom and judgment in the area of MARRIAGE and MORALITY. Please deign to share with us infidels who are not fortunate to be a member of your fine Taliban organization your DIVINELY INSPIRED GUIDANCE on this difficult subject. Since we foolishly believe that what it takes to make a marriage is devotion, constancy and honesty, we need you to correct us. Obviously two men or two women who are devoted, in love, and dedicated to making a partnership work do not have what it takes. PLEASE reveal to us the "special magic sauce" required.

And please, let Mark Sanford, Rep. Ensign, Newt Gingrich, Mark Foley, Larry Craig and all the other Guiding Lights of your party lead the way in enlightening us. We'd be so grateful.

We are so indebted to you for your most mature wisdom on this difficult subject.

Posted by: B2O2 | June 24, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Jenny Sanford has issued a formal statement available here:
http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/24/sanford.statement.pdf
She quietly and calmly shreds the governor.
Relative to Mr Robinson's topic, she says that the governor had moved out of their home two weeks ago at her request.
oldswede

Posted by: biblioid-ctblogs | June 24, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"The Gift, that keeps on Giving". Last week, Sen. Ensign, this week Gov. Sanford. Next week, should be a real "Dozzie" I can't wait to see a Picture of that Tall, Sexy, Smooth-Skin "TAN" Argentinean "CUTIE". The Right=Wing Nuts are going to go "NUCLEAR." Don't go no way to soon folks, "The Best is Yet to COME".

Posted by: austininc4 | June 24, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

eomcmars wrote:

"no doubt it was the latest state to legalize gay marriage that caused the Sanford's marriage to crumble."

Absolutely. Where is Jerry Falwell to blame it on the gays when you need him? Cuing Rev. Dobson in 3-2-1-...

Posted by: B2O2 | June 24, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Last Tango in Buenos Aires. Soon appearing on your television screen, whether you want it or not.

Posted by: thrh | June 25, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

"But don't worry, Mr. Robinson, I don't expect you to write about these things, you'd have to actually care about civil rights and human rights considerations. You're just a sick, twisted old man, who hates, just like the sick twisted old men who facilitated the nazis, the fascists and the communists. Your sort will be remembered in history, as the cowards who were in part responsible for this new fascism, who will later attempt to pin the blame on others, but no one will be fooled.

Posted by: jenn3"

Quite a rant from another sick mind! Got your panties in a twist, Jenn3? I'm sure Governor Sanford is picking up the scent.

At least you're not a "sick, twisted old man." Just sick and twisted. And senile, whether old or not. And maybe a man, too: sex change operation, Jenn?

What a barge of garbage!

Posted by: thrh | June 25, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Sanford showed astoundingly bad judgment. It's not just that he abandoned his job (try disappearing from work for six days without emailing in and see what happens). There is more here than an affair, there is some psychological disorder happening and it's serious. Bipolar? Narcissism? Whatever, he's not a guy who can be trusted with, oh, command over nuclear weapons.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

If he really is a libertarian then that explains it: he's a sociopath.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Funny, funny that Fox news has already given him to the Dems!
Today, God's truth they said Sanford was a Democrat. The fair and balanced can't face the truth.

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | June 25, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Two, maybe three weeks and then goodbye mansion.
Going incognito did him in.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | June 25, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson said it so well; the affair is really not good but the manner is which Stanford proceeded is just to insane for anyone holding public office. If he isn't accountable to his family, than he certainly should be accountable to his elected office. How does he disappear for 5 days and then cover it up! Amazing and horrified!

Posted by: OrindaCA | June 25, 2009 2:03 AM | Report abuse

i knew the repugs would blame this prez for sandford's flight of fancy.this hypocrite should have given his starving state the stimulas $ ,should have remained quiet on clinton's problem and stop knocking everything the prez offers to the people to make their lives better and help the economy.if he funded his long distance love tryst on taxpayer money, he should be kicked the hell out of office.
i know the worst thing about this whole fiasco to the repugs is the lover is hispanic and brown-skinned.

Posted by: ninnafaye | June 25, 2009 2:27 AM | Report abuse

It is such a turn off (not that I was ever turned on) to see these men cry while admitting to having had sex. What kind of man is that and what kind of sex does he generate? And please don't give me the sensitivity speech. He went after steamy and torrid and responds with pathos. LOL

Posted by: sellingpencils | June 25, 2009 3:07 AM | Report abuse

ttraub wrote: . . Why are Democrats silent when it comes to Bill Clinton's colossal indiscretions in the White House, yet they jump all over this Sanford affair so gleefully?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
ttraub, why is it that the only way Republicans can talk about an issue is to create strawmen to go against. . . . . . . . Just look at the Democratic posts on this site. They aren't condemming Sanford for an extra-marital affair.

Democrats are condemming him for being such a hypocrit. Sanford turkey stomped all over America condemming Bill Clinton and calling for his resignation. Sanford has feasted at the banquet of Biblical quotes condemming his rivals. . . . . . And now the turkeys have come home to roost. . . . . . . . . . . . . Americans have had Republicans excerise their "moral authority" all over us, like imprisoning private individuals for crimes against themselves. Also Republicans like Sanford have demonized private Americans like Dr. George Tiller until someone murdered him. . . . . . . . . I think it's high-time that Republicans got some of their due back. Sanford was one of those sticking the power of the state down our noses, and yes, I'm glad the venial, pernicious bum got burned.

Posted by: Here2day | June 25, 2009 4:35 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, perhaps you give Sanford too much credit.

Perhaps he DID ask his wife to stand by her (shared) man.

And perhaps she told him to go scr... wait, no, he already did that. Perhaps she told him to go take a hike. No, that's not right either.

Perhaps she told him that the woman whose tan-lined hips don't show the marks of bearing him his four children would look better on camera, and that therefore she'd just take a pass on this event.

Posted by: ankhorite | June 25, 2009 5:34 AM | Report abuse

I agree with m8roth. Who LEAVES HIS FAMILY Father's Day weekend to spend time with his mistress? Wow.

Posted by: catweasel3 | June 25, 2009 5:39 AM | Report abuse

Cheating husbands, including this one who abandoned his family for Father's Day weekend to be with his mistress, are more of a threat to the institution of marriage than gays could ever be. Would an amendment to the Constitution, as pushed by W and other Republicans, address this issue?

Posted by: Sutter | June 25, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Jon Stewart from last nights show, Sanford has a conservative brain and a liberal penis.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY! Hypocrite.

Posted by: edeckel | June 25, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Governor Sanford's transgression seems to me to be similar to that of President Clinton's so I will be interested in seeing if the response by either Party is consistent with their previous ones.

Posted by: markeig | June 25, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Robinson's rantings continue to rehash news. Pontificate on the sins of others Mr. Robinson and you come off as holier than thou. This is not the stuff of a Pulitzer. Where is the beef? Your article omits such stars as Cinton and Edwards. I am amazed how the left loves to paint libertarians and those on the right with a broad brush which has been dipped in the moral abyss of one Rep.

Posted by: ernest121 | June 25, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Funny how Robinson and others let certain politicians off the hook... such as
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman.... Miss Lewinsky..."

How is that for maturity, lieing under oath, leading the public along... and then having a group of numerous fellow politicians stand behind you in the Rose Garden to offer their moral support.

Where was the outrage about ultimate betrayal over that cowardice, and Hillary staying on.... (just to protect her future political career) Shame on all of you. You point fingers when it is not one of your guys, yet form a circle to protect your own when they stray off the straight and narrow. Hypocrites!!

At least this wasn't a lie that was kept from the press. He got back, was questioned about it, and confessed... all in the same day.

Posted by: alutz08 | June 25, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

For me, it's not nearly so much about the hypocrisy and infidelity as it is his dereliction of duty to the people he was elected to serve...

Remember when W had surgery and DeadEye Dick was (officially) in charge of the country for a few hours...? Chain-of-Command legally passes to someone who's not incapacitated (or otherwise indisposed...)

This guy goes to a foreign country without any security detail and the state is ostensibly without its Executive... What happens if a really big decision needs to be made...? And this guy was being considered to run for POTUS...? THIS disturbs me WAY more than the rest, but I guess they could've just gotten Ole DeadEye to run things again... Seems like he's raring to do just that...

Can you imagine the phone call that would go sump'm like:

"Uhm... Sir...? The CIA is patching in a call from Argentina... Seems Governor Sanford has been kidnapped and they want the South Carolina Stimulus money delivered in small bills or they're gonna cut off his (inaudible)..."

"Well, call Jenny and ask how SHE wants to handle it..."

Posted by: LeroyTheRoadie1 | June 25, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

alutz08:"where was the outrage..." referring to the Clinton scandal- were you in a coma? How could you have missed it? It was 24/7 in the media, worldwide. Oh that's right, it was Newt's wife in the coma when he served her with divorce papers, so he could marry his mistress while leading the charge against Clinton.
And that's where the outrage is, the hypocrisy of slamming someone for doing what you did or are doing. Since the GOP has pushed family values down the throat of every voter, the hypocrisy resounds with a stench that will take a long time to be gone. Were you outraged about Newt? I was, even more than about Clinton, because of the hypocrisy. didn't we all hate it when our parents said " Do as I say, not as I do."

Posted by: katem1 | June 25, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

“He’s too weird to be a governor, much less a president.”

Very true if it were only him. But it isn’t, the hits just keep on coming. To put it in context, we aren’t electing the Pope, supposedly we are voting for someone to represent us in the government-bureaucratic milieu one finds in the United States. So it is really the hypocrisy that is most demeaning to our form of government. How can someone like Sanford vehemently judge the behavior of others, boast about attending seminars, meetings, etc. ostensibly designed to strengthen the martial relationship and act as if he is morally pristine – all while maintaining a covert relationship the essence of which he describes as a situation where he was “unfaithful” to his wife? And for how long? 8 years?

Sanford should resign. If he doesn’t, he should be impeached. He should also be investigated to determine exactly what he was doing in Argentina while governor of a state. Who exactly was he representing there?

Posted by: BarryOR | June 25, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

He is another fine example of how our country has "historically" given leadership positions to those who did not deserve it, and who are not capable holding such positions.

Posted by: rayven-t | June 25, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

He should just apologize to his wife, no one else, and get divorced.

That being said, I would trade this embarassment in front of everybody if that is what it took to get out of a boring
relationship with a piggish American woman.

throw the wife half the money and move on. Men are not monagamous and all these people wringing their hands or
laughing are really jealous and hypocritical.

Half of them wish they could dump their gross spouses themselves.

Keep kidding yourselves. Sanford will have the last laugh when he is relaxing with a nice Argentenian babe while you are watching Shrek III with a dumpy wife and five brats.

Posted by: jackson641 | June 25, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Thinking about Sanford's sons who probably had Father's Day cards (and gifts) for their absent dad, not knowing where he was....

What an incredibly irresponsible act for a father, much less a governor.

Posted by: tperry1 | June 24, 2009 6:04 PM

Yes indeed. That is a genuinely sad image. It's always easy and funny to laugh when these self-sanctified bombasters show their human frailties, and I was enjoying that, but I had to stop reading the comments when I got to this one. As the father of two sons, I really feel for those boys. Thanks for the wake-up.

Posted by: AMac1 | June 25, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I love Eugene Robinson!! I'd do the tango with him any old time. I swear he's the only voice of reason at WaPo...and he's adorable, too!

Posted by: Karmicquickdraw | June 25, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

It is quite simple -- Gov. Sanford has been going through "the change" -- ie, male menopause.

Come to think of it, it used to be that conjuring the image of a "menopausal woman in meltdown" was cited as a reason why women couldn't possibly be placed in positions of responsibility & decision-making.

Well?????

Posted by: icyone | June 25, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Sanford is one of those politicians who is only too happy to have government regulate the sexual activity of all Americans. He would not only ban abortions (and send thousands of women to prison or to death row) but restrict access to contraception.

His hypocracy as a filandering husband only further reveals what a true danger he poses to our personal liberties.

Posted by: jp1954 | June 25, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I am an old woman (almost 80) and grew up with my beloved books that were written about love and life in words of beauty and romance. ALL THINGS political and moral aside, the e-mail to his mistress stands alone as an old fashioned love letter, the likes of which you never read today. Letters of John Adams to Abigale, Harry Truman to Bess, Henry VIII to Anne.

Anyway.....just write me off as an old romantic woman, but I would love to get a letter (one more time) from a man who expressed his feelings in such lovely words.

So, bash away at me people, I don't care. I'm old enough to way what I please! LOL!

Posted by: patischell | June 25, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, you have finally written an article with which I can completely agree. The posts by tyrell_corp and others supporting the govenor are, indeed, sickening.

Posted by: david-mckenzie | June 25, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Why didn't he just blame the people who obviously caused his marriage to collapse: married gay couples?

Posted by: uh_huhh | June 25, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

As usual, Eugene hits it on the head.

Posted by: lizgwiz | June 25, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Gay Marraige made him do it.

Posted by: ram_lopez | June 25, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

And now they're outsourcing affairs. Another potential job for an American mistress lost.

Posted by: cjwolf1 | June 25, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson - Another very fair article---the only ones that it is possible to feel sorry for are his wife and children, the people on his staff and the people from his state. Can't feel too sorry for someone like him.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | June 25, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I agree, Gilbert. I was so glad to see that both Mrs. Sanford and Mrs Ensign have finally bucked the standing-behind-the-cheating-husband-when-you-know-they-want-to-smack-him-with-a-skillet tradition. It was always creepy to watch.

Posted by: cjwolf1 | June 25, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I am still waiting for one of the wives to rush onto the TV set when their husbands are weeping and apologizing and bang him over the head with a frying pan.

Posted by: foxtrot1 | June 25, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm just wondering. Does the "Defense of Marriage Act" address this grievous attack on marriage? It's starting to look like an epidemic from which our white knight republican leaders promised to protect us.

I know my marriage is safe from homosexuals, but how about sleeze bag egotists like this guy?

Posted by: tmcproductions2004 | June 25, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

First Sen. Ensign. Then Gov. Sanford. Who's next - Newt Gingrich?

Oh, wait! That ship's already sailed.

Twice.

Posted by: topperale | June 25, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

It's stellar examples of the "sanctity" of marriage like these that make me wonder sometimes if gay people really want to buy into this institution. Maybe we're better off without it.

But then again, the married get all sorts of tax breaks no matter how sleazy they are.

Posted by: cjwolf1 | June 25, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Liberalism is an evil the U.S. can do without," or some utterly nonsensical rubbish was posted by a typical ignorant blathering repub idiot. Our country was founded on liberalism, dumb a@*. It is scary to read the posts of these reactionary morons, who post their opinions; opinions devoid of logic, history or any real thought. Incredible. I remember when republicans were maybe a bit misguided, but as intelligent as any one else. What the f#*@ happened?

Posted by: boricuaogun | June 25, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Boy, what a lot of judgement and blame in these comments. Are any of you without sin? We have to get off this Republican versus Democrat civil war. This is an age-old debate. Conservatives want the system to remain as it is, so the rich can continue fleecing the poor. Liberals want change, but don't know how to go about it. Truth is, as an old Tennessee pol said not long ago, America's been stuck on stupid for awhile now. We have been duped by Dems and Reps alike. We have to stop fighting each other and declare what we want from our government, set new priorities. If we weren't fighting two wars, for instance, we could have universal health care and repair our infrastructure and address global warming. Where are our values, indeed?

Posted by: shaman7214 | June 25, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The affair aside, as devastating as it was for his family and staff, being a Floridian and having to deal with hurricanes on an all too regular basis, imagine this scenario....
"The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for the coast of South Carolina..."
"We better mobilize the National Guard, get the Governor to sign off on this asap..."
Well, I would, sir, but we can't find him..."

Posted by: PeterPamZ | June 25, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else notice Fox News' "slip up," in having Sanford with a (D) after his name during the press conference? Saw it on dailykos earlier. Apparently it's a pretty common "mistake" over on FN.

Posted by: diesel4 | June 25, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR GOV. SANFORD IS POSSIBLE–REMEMBER DAVID AND BATHSHEBA

Gov. Sanford can have a bright future and even evict Obama from the White House.

Gov. Sanford's abrupt absence is consistent with a contemplated suicide, since there is no need to tell anyone where you are if you do not intend to return.

Lets ignore contemporary examples of recovery (Ted Kennedy) and go back in history.

In the Bible David not only committed adultery with Bathsheba–David had her husband killed.2 Sam 12.David took 3 acts Gov. Sanford needs to do:

1. Acknowledge this is sin. Adultery is prohibited by the 10 Commandments. No Dem moral equivocation of whether this is “sex” or what the meaning of sin is.

Realize Americans do hold Republicans to a higher standard than alleycat Dems.

2. But Sanford only sinned against God and his wife–not the Dems.

SHUT UP about this family matter in public--its NONE
of their or anyone elses business.

David wrote Psalm 51 after his affair:

Ps 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

Read the whole Psalm.

3. Trust that God can use you and wants to restore you. David wrote:

Ps 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Ps 51:11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Ps 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

David went on to became the greatest King of Israel, a man after God’s own heart. (I Sam 13:14).

Go and do likewise.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 25, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

.
"... and all the others who somehow induced their aggrieved wives to literally stand by their men. That always seemed to be the ultimate betrayal, and I wondered why on earth those women would go along with the act. Humiliation is bad enough when it’s endured in private. It must be excruciating when it’s made into public display -- for the benefit of the offending husband’s career."

I remember a 1992 TV show, Hilary Clinton going on the air to proclaim that the 40 or so women who claimed to be having sex with her hubby were all liars -- and if they weren't, then they were tramps.

Gene, sometimes it works out, lying to the public to preserve one's political viability.
.

Posted by: BrianX9 | June 25, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? The country has much more important problems that this.

Posted by: PghGuy | June 25, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing the Clinton/Lewinsky affair brought up in these discussions. That is a totally different dynamic in my opinion. That would be like a military general (or Commander and Chief)seducing or being allowed to be seduced by a private under his command. In the public sector, it's a fortune 500 CEO hitting on the secretarial pool, in other words a very unseemly use of position and power, that regardless of the feelings of the individuals involved, is detrimental to the smooth operation of the organizations which they are leading. It not only shows bad judgement on the part of the superior, but exposes the organization to claims of favoritism by the love interest's coworkers or an out right sexual abuse lawsuit if the affair happens to go south. I have seen this very thing happen in companies I have worked for, with ultimately the exact results, I mentioned above.

The Henry Cisneros and john Ensign or even the Clinton/Willey phenomena... having or attempting an affair with a major fundraisers wife is the opposite. This biting the hand that feeds you routine, is probably more either a cry for help, or a lets see how far I can go before anyone says anything deal.

The Sanford or even Larry Craig type of thing is the most ordinary and least harmful to the public good. It appears to be a straight up "I love you, not my wife" affair. No apparent political or power connection just an unhappy married man self-medicating.

Posted by: TheIggynoonewants | June 25, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"If you want to be president, you can’t be seen as flaky and erratic. You can’t disappear from your job -- as governor -- without telling a soul where you are."

That may be true, but what about being seen as arrogant, inarticulate, cowardly and hypocritical as Governor Bush was by those of us who had followed his career?
And after he became Charley McCarthy to Cheney's Edgar Bergen, we all prayed that he'd disappear from his job and not tell a soul where he was--and take the Vice President with him.

Posted by: hyjanks | June 25, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans commenting here are asinine.
They either go back 10 years to Clinton, or involve Obama in some odd way.
One even said "And isn't Obama breaking the law when he sneaks a smoke in the bathroom of Air Force One"?
You Goopers
never fail to amaze.

Sanford's platform included "sanctity of marriage" and DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). If Republicans didn't preach their high morals to the rest of us, it wouldn't be so thoroughly DISGUSTING when they're caught time and again, doing exactly the opposite of what they preach.

Just last week it was the Republican "Promise Keeper" from Nevada, Senator Ensign, and now this week it's Republican Governor Sanford.

The "family values" party is a laughing stock.
GOP.....going.....going.....GONE!

Posted by: ethereal_reality | June 25, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I, curious to see the nature of
the emotional outburst Sanford displayed,
sat down and watched the recording of his
speech. Unfortunately before it had ended,
and before anything had happened, we had
both fallen asleep!

Posted by: unknown9 | June 25, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What if the truth is that it is not a woman who Sanford has had sexual relations with, but instead a man? Does Sanford have the republican "wide stance"? Did he participate in the recent republican day of national "tea bagging"?

Posted by: db11232 | June 25, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Governor Sanford found a really good FWB. A spectacular Crash and Burn. Next up?
We can only hope that its Cantor or Palin.

Boehner would be the most fun name-wise.

Mitch McConnel would be the all time whizz-bang revelation. C'mon Mitch! What do you have in your closet?

Posted by: roboturkey | June 25, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Robinson, perhaps you give Sanford too much credit.

Perhaps he DID ask his wife to stand by her (shared) man.

And perhaps she told him to go scr... wait, no, he already did that. Perhaps she told him to go take a hike. No, that's not right either.

Perhaps she told him that the woman whose tan-lined hips don't show the marks of bearing him his four children would look better on camera, and that therefore she'd just take a pass on this event."
******************************************

Well done, ankhorite. Best post of the lot. I find I have little energy left for outrage - or gloating - over this sort of hypocrisy...and even less tolerance for the tear-stained 'confessional' style Robinson is criticizing. It's bitterly funny, it's pathetic, and the worst of it is that Sanford left his state without governance. As for some bizarre Obama conspiracy to distract us all, I haven't observed that Obama is terribly interested in hiding what he's up to, whether one agrees with it or not. And I'm still a little flummoxed over the fact that Clinton's activities - so very dangerous to our national security and well-being! - were cause for impeachment, but Bush's little war in Iraq, which has COST A LOT in lives and dollars and was not exactly based on truth-telling, just slides on by. We've been distracted, that's for sure.

Posted by: Philosophe | June 25, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is most certain a "moralist". In 1999 as a Republican Congressman he was one of the loudest shouting for President Clinton to resign. Sanford stated that Clinton has lost his "moral legitimacy" and had to go. So Sanford was one of the first to vote to impeach Clinton. We'll hypocrite...you've lost YOUR "moral legitimacy" and it's time for YOU to go!
Hypocrite!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 25, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Well written. Thank you.

Posted by: ghymes | June 25, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

tango?

I have one for you..
The Last Tango: Enron and Bush

http://www.cpusa.org/article/view/348/

Posted by: huj534op | June 25, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

All these boneheads who try to tell President Obama how to run the country cannot even run their own lives.

Posted by: edwinjones | June 25, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The worst example was the "I am a gay american" debacle.

Posted by: enaughton27 | June 25, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse


Eugene Robinson, that was the best laugh I had all day.

I hope Stanford does resign. Sometimes I wonder if some of these guys only become politicians because it tends to help them fund their extramarital affairs.

These holier-than-thou politicians brought all of this on themselves because they knew all along in the back of their minds when they were preaching, even to President Bill Clinton, that they were also guilty of hypocrasy.

You know what they say, "What's done in the dark, will come to the light."

Tee hee!

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 25, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Sanford is wierd. Plenty of men have fouled up their lives as he has, except usually less publicly. But, that doesn't make him weird.

The problem with Sanford is that he is a hypocrital right wing ideologue.

Blaming this incident on weirdness is like blaming it on dyslexia or diabetes. That would be an insult to everyone with dyslexia, diabetes and weirdness.

No, the problem here is that Gov. Sanford is a hypocritical right-wing ideologue who has no compassion for the people in his state who have lost their jobs and need unemployment insurance.

Posted by: francislholland | June 25, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

If he had taken the Miami instead of the Atlanta stop nobody would have recognized him.

Posted by: jw765 | June 25, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Good Coluumn. Guess what the Republican's new theme song is these days? Answer: Don't cry for me Argentina. The Governor of South Carolina is a joke. Anyone who would disregard a chance to help the poor and unemployed with Economic Stimulus funds awarded to every State is just plain stupid. Hopefully his wife is not and finds her own path to recovery from this situation. Y.Joseph

Posted by: YvetteJoseph | June 25, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, I guess if Sanford had simply had interns in his office performing oral sex on him, then lied to his wife and his staff and the media about it, including trotting out the cabinet to vouch for his honesty, and ordered a military strike on the eve of his impeachment in the hopes of deflecting attention and turning the vote his way, and, of course, if he were a Democrat, he could still be your hero.

Posted by: mr_bill_10 | June 25, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Its almost like he wanted to get caught. How else do you explain doing such an obviously stupid thing?

Posted by: jefferson63 | June 25, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"Family values" is a political slogan. You're not supposed to let it interfere with your life.

Posted by: Alexis3 | June 25, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Mr. Robinson, why did you omit Hillary standing next to Bill when you listed Craig and Spitzer's wives?

You are a kind of stilted writer. I understand it's opinion, but c'mon. It's the elephant in the room.

You're losing just a little stret cred each day.

Posted by: primegrop | June 25, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

OleLadySquawking says:
"The phallus symbol has just replaced the elephant in the GOP... It was announced that it is a better reflection of what drives us."

Well, then, I guess they're going to need some of those Democrat's White House interns.

Posted by: primegrop | June 25, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

This partisan storm in a teacup is becoming tiresome. We have a bumbling dweep of a man caught with his pants down and looking plain dorky with his fingers in his eye who could be from any walk of life and represent either party. Of all the Politicians caught in this less than sophisticated position he must be the one related to Clouseau.

Posted by: elizabeth6 | June 25, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was better that he did not force his wife to stand by his side. On the other hand, his confessions of love for his girlfriend must have been devastating to his wife and his children. For their sakes, he should have stated that he should have kept his pants on and left it at that.

Posted by: lynch1 | June 26, 2009 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Sanford should have lied about his affair like Bill Clinton. It seems like all the media and Democrats defended Clinton after cheating, lying to the public and lying to a Federal judge. They said that cheating was no big deal and a personal matter. I guess lying to a Federal judge wasn't either even though there are many serving time for that act.
Media, Democrats and WP parrots are all big time hypocrites, they like THEIR OWN cheaters, liars and law breakers. ROFL even Pelosi appointed the felon, Dem Jefferson, to the Office of Homeland Security after 90,000 in marked bills were found in his freezer. Obama appoints a tax cheat to head the IRS. Again, Obama pays millions to ACORN whose founder is charged with stealing organization money and the group is being indicted in 19 stated for voter fraud. Again Obama fires an Inspector General after he blew the whistle on one of Obama’s friends for using tax payers money for personal use.
Too bad for Sanford that he’s not a Democrat, he’s hiring value would have increased.
They are Hypocrites with no moral authority to point fingers at anyone.

Posted by: ekim53 | June 26, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I am hoping Jenny goes for a pound of flesh, and I know where I would start cutting!

Given her answers while he was missing, I doubt she would EVER have agreed to stand with him. "Big Boy" is on his own.

I hope if he doesn't quit, the good people of Sc will recall him immediately.

Posted by: catlady1 | June 26, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The weirdest comment was the one that blamed President Obama. Are republicans really that dumb in S.C.

Posted by: tplocki | June 26, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

After the mounds of major crap being produced and in the works by Obama/Pelosi/Democrats, All Americans effected will wish that cheating on their spouses was ALL this group of foolish incompetents was guilty of...please, please go cheat will pay for prostitutes, just get the hell out of our lives.

Posted by: ekim53 | June 26, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I second the motion.......

Bwwhaaaaaaaaa,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Oh, and those who think that "hypocrisy" has something to do with "morality", are the same ones who confused "empathy" with "bias". No big surprise. Low SAT verbals, I bet....

I'll write real slow so you can understand. Hypocrisy is criticizing someone for something and then doing it yourself.

Posted by: pricetheo | June 26, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot of jokes and glee over Sanford's misfortune especially on cable and the lefty bloggers. They don't realize that the next scandal could be one of their own. Have to burst your bubble but not every conservative is shouting about living up to perfect standards so don't blame the right. If the Left didn't have skimpy standards they'd have no standards at all.

It's especially hard to watch the sleazy David Shuster and Paul Begala with that smirk on their face every night. They can barely keep their unbiasness covered.

Posted by: gwalter1 | June 27, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Love the accusation that Sanford deserted his post as governer. What could possibly happen? Georgia invades? Attack Fort Sumpter again?

Posted by: glynnjp1 | June 29, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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