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One By One, Republicans Say Good-Bye to the Presidency


Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), left, and Gov. Mark Sanford (S.C. )
(Photos: Ensign -- AP/Lauren Victoria Burke; Sanford -- AP /Brett Flashnick )

UPDATE, 6:47 p.m., ET: The State newspaper has exclusive e-mails between Gov. Mark Sanford and his mistress in Argentina.


UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. ET: Well, it doesn't get much crazier than this. Governor Sanford made a stunning admission at his news conference this afternoon -- watch the video -- that he has been having an extramarital affair with a "dear dear friend" in Argentina. The affair, he said, began "very innocently" but blossomed into "something much more than that."

"I've been unfaithful to my wife," Sanford said. "And as a consequence, I hurt her. I hurt you all. I hurt my wife. I hurt my boys. I hurt friends like Tom Davis. I hurt a lot of different folks. And all I can say is that I apologize."

Sanford said he will resign as chairman of the Republican Governors' Association.

Original posting follows...

How quickly they fall. Last week it was Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.); this week it's South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

With the bizarre revelation that Sanford was AWOL for five days in Buenos Aires -- and not hiking the Appalachian Trail, as his staff had said -- we think it's fair to say today may mark the death knell for two 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls. (Both of them, incidentally, were members of what Sanford at his news conference today called the "C Street" Christian fellowship group on Capitol Hill.)

Compared to Sanford, Ensign's crime was so pedestrian: he had an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer who was a longtime friend of his wife and married to another Ensign aide. And the senator came forward to admit the affair only after his ex-mistress's husband approached a TV network to expose the scandal.

Sanford, on the other hand, is guilty of disappearing for days on end without disclosing his whereabouts, leaving his entire state leaderless and his family wondering where Daddy was on Father's Day.

And now we know he's also guilty of committing adultery.

While his wife said she had no clue where her husband was, Sanford's spokesman Joel Sawyer said the governor was hiking the Appalachian Trail. And he stuck to that story even after Sanford's chief of staff reportedly got a call from the governor -- who was really in Argentina -- on Tuesday. So it would appear Sawyer either lied about Sanford's true whereabouts, or was misled and passed that lie along to the public. (Asked this morning at the Atlanta airport why his staff thought he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, Sanford said, "I don't know.")

The Sanford drama is a screenplay that writes itself. Please give us your thoughts on who should play the governor, his wife, his chief of staff and his lieutenant governor, who -- bless his heart, as we say in the Carolinas -- was left completely in the dark.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 24, 2009; 11:43 AM ET
 
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This is guy is an "end of days" freak, like most of the "R" party these days. That puts him right there with dangerous radicals who want to trash the Constitution, replace it with their version of the Bible, and turn the nation into a theocracy. Unlike the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES, who knows how to raise a family and do what bests for his children, these "R" people, always blabbing about "family values", either have no sense of moral code or they are just plain stupid, and in this guy's case, it's probably a lot of both. He is one of a gang of poster children for the radical right, with Palin, Bunning, Jindal, etc., who remind us every day why OBAMA won the election by over 5 million votes last fall. They are unstable, unreliable, and out of touch. By the way, South Carolina, why not plow under your tobacco fields and grow food to help feed people? The whole state is a wacky repository of secessionist morons, with Sanford their leader. Loser.

Posted by: pookiecat | June 24, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is such fun. I look forward to hearing more about his anonymous visit to the preeminent prostitution country in the Western Hemisphere.

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

Staunch conservatives know and share the need for occasional off-the-record daliances. "Do as I say, not as I do," is the motto. The only trouble is that the local gents' clubs have either disappeared or the "housekeepers" start to demand lavish gifts, jobs, or palimony. He did SC taxpayers a great favor: the round-trip Atlanta-BA-Atlanta flight, plus cash "tips" were less than the expense of local travel and security. He also spared the state audit department of any burden of paper receipts for "services." Now there's a true conservative!

Sanford's prospects for 2012 remain undimmed. He could share the GOP ticket with Newt, Ensign, or Larry Craig. Conservatives can forgive one of their own, who sins merely in the flesh; but not a lie-bruhl whose very soul is consumed with such evils as public health insurance.

Posted by: jkoch2 | June 24, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I say Woody Harrelson plays Gov. Sanford. He would get the right degree of weirdness and goofiness into it.

Posted by: bgormley1 | June 24, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"This is guy is an "end of days" freak, like most of the "R" party these days. That puts him right there with dangerous radicals who want to trash the Constitution, replace it with their version of the Bible, and turn the nation into a theocracy."

pookiecat, hammer meet head of nail.

Posted by: republican_disaster | June 24, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Time for predictions as to what he says at 2PM:

- I changed my mind and went to BA to relax. My family and staff knew it but kept it a secret at my request. So no news story here...

- I went to BA to have secret meetings with companies doing business in SC who did not want the meetings publicized. I was doing the state's business there. So no news story here...

-I was hiking the Appalachian Trail and got lost, found a road and hitched a ride to the nearest town so I could get back onto the trail. I was tired and fell asleep. When I woke up we were pulling into Buenes Aires but I thought it was Greenville, so I started heading to the mountains to continue the hike. I should have realized it wasn't Greenville but the SC accent is so similar to what they speek in BA. I just realized yesterday where I was. So no news story here...

Posted by: bevjims1 | June 24, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Steve Carell to play Sanford of course. In fact, get the whole writing staff from "The Office" on this.

Posted by: Dale8 | June 24, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

And the new South Carolina state song is "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina."

Posted by: thrh | June 24, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Argentina, what a romantic place for a secret rendevous with Palin. Drill baby drill.

Posted by: barnardj1 | June 24, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

SNL's on summer hiatus, isn't it? DAMN!

Posted by: nicekid | June 24, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I do believe that Stephen Colbert already has the character down pat - and he's a native South Carolinian to boot! Jim Carrey as the Lt. Gov., Kathy Bates as Mrs. Sanford and bring in Steve Carell as the chief of staff.

As a native South Carolinian, myself (albeit one that has migrated to the Tar Heel State), I'm dissapointed by the negative attention that Gov. Sanford has brought to the state.

Posted by: TarHeelCP | June 24, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, people, bash the Rethuglicans all you want, but leave my beloved Argentina alone. 10 to 1 most of the commenters talking about Argentina being full of drugs, prostitutes, etc. have never been there. I have many times, and loved the country and the people. Believe me, contempt prior to investigation is not an attitude monopolized by Rethuglicans!

Posted by: ChicagoJim | June 24, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

No, Dale8, Steve Carrell needs to be reserved to play Tim Pawlenty in a movie when he does something monumentally stupid.

I think Bob Saget for Sanford, just because I assume the skeeviness level is about the same.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | June 24, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't help but notice that the Tiddily-Wink World Championships were held in Argentina over the week-end.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 24, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

What's the fuss about? The guy is a Republican. Isn't that enough to explain his zany behavior? It runs in the party.

Posted by: vicsoir | June 24, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

He was down in Argentina with Larry Craig. They wanted to see if it was true that toilets in men's airport bathrooms flushed in the opposite direction south of the equator.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | June 24, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Another sanctimonious "Christian" republican bites the dust. What a pack of hypocritical liars.

Posted by: annegreen | June 24, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Cast of Charactres for "Cry for Me, Argentina (or Appalachia)"
Governor: Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean)
Governor's Wife: Madonna (already familar with the country)
Governor's sons: The Jonas Brothers
Chief of Staff: Wilem Dafoe
Lt. Governor: Steve Colbert (SC native)

Posted by: rogden71 | June 24, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

It takes 2 to tango and 52 governors to muck up the country. From Arnold on the West Coast to whomever in the East.
This guy is only the latest to earn the title "Mr. Mal Feasance."

Posted by: Water45 | June 24, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

He had an affair with Ensign?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

OK - All you Defenders of the (Republican) Faith who have spent the morning condemning your Leftist Conspiracy Theorist Brethren...eat it!

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

so was the 'dear, dear friend' a woman or a man?

Posted by: HardyW | June 24, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Sarah...one less competitor, good news.

Posted by: Carlpaguy | June 24, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Well at least Gob Sanford didn't kill anyone driving across a short bridge on a dark night in Cape Cod. And July 19 will be the 40th anniversary!

Posted by: wagtdn | June 24, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow..........

hahahaahaahahahahahahaahahhahaa

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. Once the GOP gets done respecting the "sanctity of marriage", there won't be much left of it.

Posted by: BushCrimeFamily | June 24, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Sanford sure is a patriotic, all-American Republican- he couldn't find an American woman to have an extramarital affair with. Face it, South American women are much hotter than fat American women!

Posted by: bushisacrook | June 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

HMMM HMMM HMMM
Yet another moralistic judge of all others on earth slips and falls.

The repubs are going to be standing in a long line at the PEARLY GATES and I look forward to strolling right on past them.

After all

God don't like UGLY - or hypocrits.

Posted by: kare1 | June 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Harry Dean Stanton is the obvious lead. David Lynch should direct. That news conference had all the classic awkwardness of a Lynch flick except for dancing midgets.

Posted by: citykid | June 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Am I mistaken or did he say he met her at a Bible Study group for Christian Conservatives? If so, I'm not too surprised.

Posted by: kind671 | June 24, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Why is it now that all the Republicans are no good and sleezes. Has the nation forget about one certain Democractic President who had his fair share of extra marital affairs - or does that not count now since he isn't the president. He who is without sin ----- cast the first stone. I do not agree with the action of those men, but I bet you are not lily white either.

Posted by: donnaarneson | June 24, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Oy Vey! What's with these Republicans?

And here's an economics lesson for women: If women don't like being cheated on, don't stand by your man after it happens. If people who commit behavior that someone doesn’t like don't get penalized for that behavior, then those that commit bad behavior have no "decentive" to not keep doing it. When will women get this? Ladies, if you don’t want to get walked on, don’t let these dogs back in.

Posted by: ratsmoker | June 24, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow! 40 Years since Teddy drove off the bridge! And this is relevant to our current political landscape, how?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | June 24, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm - yet another Republican hypocrite surfaces. And it's not clear whether the Governor's 'dalliances' (if you will) were with a woman - or with a man...

Posted by: cathysampson1 | June 24, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think the reason more conservatives have affairs is because they have sexually repressed marriages. They probably only do it in missionary position -- same bed, same time, same day of the month. So they get their rocks off with prostitutes, bimbo secretaries, desperate cleaning women, h*rny neighbors and Brazilian wh*res.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he and Ensign will blame gay people wanting to get married, for their affairs? But hey South American women are pretty darn hot!! Of course maybe really he went to the other side of the border for fun.

Posted by: nowhine | June 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Well at least Gob Sanford didn't kill anyone driving across a short bridge on a dark night in Cape Cod. And July 19 will be the 40th anniversary!

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"Cept, of course, his refusal to work for the poor or even for a public health insurance will kill, or has killed, many more.

Get it?

I mean, murder is murder.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Just how bad does one have to be in bed to need to fly 8,000 miles to get laid?

Posted by: lahhtims | June 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I suppose you could say he was telling the truth when he said,

"I'm going away to clear my head!"

Posted by: OleLadySquawking | June 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

... and the south will rise again.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

He disappeared for a week to go see his mistress. Breaking news from AP:

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he's been having an affair with a woman from Argentina and will resign as head of the Republican Governors' Association.

The married father of four emotionally apologized to his wife, staff and others at a news conference after returning Wednesday from a trip to Argentina that followed a dayslong absence. His staff had said the Republican was hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Sanford says he met the woman about eight years ago and it became romantic about a year ago. He says his wife and family have known about it for the past five months.

Sanford says, "I've let down a lot of people."

Posted by: HP11 | June 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

He should apologize to the family of Eva Peron too.

Posted by: pfoconnor | June 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Who *didn't* know the affair was what he was up to? His tone of voice was repentant toward his office and his friends--not so much his boys and wife.

What a horrible example of a father he has been to his boys.

Posted by: jmc2 | June 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is actually some improvement from bathroom affairs, or looking for oral sex in highway rest stops.

The Masters of hypocrisy get caught again!

Posted by: canilor1 | June 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Where was "dear, dear friend " Gov Palin last weekend?

Posted by: jmsbh | June 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

any republican can play the role of the governor, they're good in cheating roles.

Posted by: oldahmed | June 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Could it possibly get any worse for the Republicans? The Party of moral uprightness, born-again religiousness and practitioners of the big tent philosophy is reeling once again, as their faithful members forget to practice what they preach. Truthfully, nobody could ever make this kind of thing up. Is it just possible the GOP has a strange sense of humor? Or is it also possible we have been transported into another dimension? What goes around has come around so often, Republicans, especially O'Reilly, can no longer boast about the 'spin-free zone.'

Posted by: Diogenes | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Here Sanford's quote regarding Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky:

“I'm sure there will be a lot of legalistic explanations pointing out that the president lied under oath. His (Livingston's) situation was not under oath. The bottom line, though, is that he still lied. He lied under a different oath, and that's the oath to his wife. So it's got to be taken seriously.”

Sounds to me like an clear invitation to resign his governorship.

Posted by: maggots | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Ha! LOL

Lawd, what IS going on?

These men simply cannot keep the madness going.

After a minute, being untrue for the sake of greed, what somebody else wants, or to keep other people down, wears thin.

Po' baby. Well at least he looks "refreshed!"

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

This guy is as big a loon as a Democratic politician. Time to get rid of both parties and their self serving goofs.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how the Republicans can ever campaign on "family values" with a straight face again.

So that leaves their economic policies and their foreign policies.

Oh wait....

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

He probably wasn't happy with his wife.

You don't think he would do this if he was happy, do you??

OR

Da Devil Made Me Do It !!!

ROFL!!!!!!

Posted by: captn_ahab | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Stanford needs to be stripped of his office immediately. His inability to tell the truth places discredit on the office he was elected to. How can he be expected to serve the people? In my opinion he can not and need to be remove.

Posted by: khdawson | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The oh so moral Republican's just can't keep it in their pants. They point fingers and then do the same thing they claim to be against. They should all just shut up and go away.

Posted by: MrGrinch464 | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Was the "friend" a man or a woman? So much for the "family values" myth that the GOP brags about so much.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | June 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

You know, pretty soon having an affair is going to be normal - the abnormal ones will be those who aren't. In a sense, it's sad, because I really think that Republicans truly THINK they're morally superior. However, they're not. Perhaps this will humble them, but I doubt it.

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | June 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust,
Another one bites the dust!
Yeah!

Posted by: IndianaPearl | June 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Wish I had placed a bet. Could have won $50 bucks on this one. Guessed it from the moment it broke he was Argentina and after reading his wife had no idea of his whereabouts. Lesson learned...political "mysteries" like this are sure bets.

Posted by: wendy6 | June 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHA... In another post someone accussed Dems of picking on this turkey because he is a Repub. My reply was that one would expect something like this to happen with a bone headed Republican but to go off for 7 days and not tell your wife where you were going sounded suspect. I also said that he wanted to go someplace "exotic" because he had met an exotic woman. Wow was I correct!!!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | June 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Another member of the "family values" party bites the dust. Seems they are only human and not the chosen of God.

Posted by: kycol2 | June 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

At least Clinton stayed in the DC area for his oral presentations...

Posted by: straightboy | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The Governor had to have had assistance from his staff. Carefully leaving a car at the Airport in Columbia and carefully leaving another car at the airport in Atlanta takes two or more people, and lots of planning. The plan was to leave via one and return via another so as to keep the story hidden. Amazing how these guys cannot keep that faith-based thing going.

Posted by: Pachc | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Real question is was it "John Ensign" or "Larry Craig" deal going on here :-)

Equally important, who would date this guy :-)

Apparently his kids did not like him enough for him to stay with them on fathers day :-(

Posted by: SeedofChange | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

bevjims1: That is one of the funniest postings I've ever read. Thanks for a long-overdue belly laugh. Right on point.

Posted by: October10S | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I used to be a Goldwater Republican. Now I wouldn't vote for one of those sanctimonious hypocrites unless a gun was pointed at my head. Come to think of it....

Posted by: dlcd | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

An affair? No way! I thought he was secretly sight seeing in South America.

Posted by: billy8 | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

So how many bad apples does it take for the Republicans to realize that their own elected officials aren't really contributing to the sanctity of marriage?

SEPARATION OF BEDROOM AND STATE!

Posted by: DWinFC | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Is it anybody really surprised?

The GOP family values crew makes a habit of sticking their noses in everybody's else's business.

Why are we surprised when they decide to stick something else in somebody's elses?

The hypocritical family values crowd have no shame, and a lot less commonsense.

Posted by: Continuum | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, I don't see how much lower our political party can go. It is time to throw out these right-wing conservative hypocrites from Congress to the State House level. Please do not think that most honest Republican are proud of our current Party. I want my Party back that I have supported for many years....if not, my votes will now go to Democratic candidates. Rush Limbaugh--how are you and your ignorant ditto-heads going to try to white-wash this immoral behavior?

Posted by: gwduncan | June 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

bushisacrook: I understand why you are so bitter toward fat women. I understand this is a photo of your 'wife': http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/922415/

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It still bugs me what these same people and same types of people did to Bill Clinton, touting their "values". If these "values" we see from the republicans are any indication of what these people represent, it is no wonder that they are about to become extinct. Nothing left of them except for these radical religious control freaks. This is a country of the center. Only reason Bush got away with as much as he did is because most people have little depth of understanding regarding real politics and believed the BS he put out, like giving tax "breaks", which were tantamount to borrowing money from you to buy your vote. Many fell for it.

Posted by: cbenedon | June 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious.

Posted by: alarico | June 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Can WashPo please publish a continuing list of all governors, senators and reps who have had affairs, and/or interesting alcoholic or other drug episodes, and/or molested children or animals. The list is so long its hard to keep track over time. You can add fns. for indictments and convictions.

Posted by: pioneer1 | June 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it goes without saying, but he has not identified this affair as with a woman.

he says: "he has been having an extramarital affair with a "dear dear friend" in Argentina. The affair, he said, began "very innocently" but blossomed into "something much more than that."

Sounds like word parsing to me.

Posted by: jeffstei | June 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh Nation...

We can handle the scandals. It's the self righteous way you asswounds tell the rest of how to live that really gets us riled up.

I've got your family values right here.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Look at his face! Tim Blake Nelson ('O Brother,' 'The Good Girl', 'Holes') IS the governor! He's got that weasel thing down, too.

Posted by: imisssiskel | June 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't get all the hoopla. Find me a politician at that level that hasn't had an extra-marital affair and you can officially change your screen-name to "Naive1." The affairs go with the power trip that consumes 99.99999999% of all high-level politicians. I figured that once Clinton got caught with his cigar in a compromising ashtray, the public would lose fascination with this regular occurrence. Please wake me up when something happens…

P.S. – the important part of this story was that he went AWOL and that’s a huge problem!!

Posted by: BigDog1231 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Wanted to do something exotic...

How about not cheating on your wife and not lying...

For republicans telling the truth would be exotic.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

What's up with these right wing pols? Not knowing the individual circumstances this may be unfair: but how can these men treat their loved ones this way; forget about the public trust. That's less important than the pain they're so capable of inflicting on the people who love them and depend on them. Where's their conscience? The hypocrisy is mind blowing.

Posted by: enviroman | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

You gotta feel for his wife. Knowing he has been having an affair for 5 months and he leaves for a week. You know she knows he was Fin someone for a week.

What a POS this guy is.

Posted by: dcp26851 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The GOP said goodbye to Christian, "family" values and any sense of Democracy and humanity a long time ago. Does this really come as a surprise to anyone?

There's a special place in hell for hypocrites and I'm sure Sanford has a reserved seat.

Posted by: topwriter | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Glad Republicans are so good at DESTROYING themselves.

Why can't the party of NO keep their pants on.

Talk about MORAL values. Yeah Right!

Posted by: K2007 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I could ever get myself to vote for a Republican, but the comments posted here are extremely mean-spirited. How about some compassion for a fellow human being, flawed like the rest of us!

Posted by: MamaPajama | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires here I come
I'm going to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires here I come
They got a crazy way of loving there
And I'm gonna get me some.

I'll be standing on the corner
On the corner of Twelfth Street and Vine
I'm gonna be standing on the corner
On the corner of Twelfth Street and Vine
With my Buenos Aires baby
And a bottle of Buenos Aires wine.

Well I might take a train
I might take a plane, but if I have to walk
I'm gonna get there just the same
I'm going to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires here I come
They got a crazy way of loving there
And I'm gonna get me some.

I'm gonna pack my clothes
Leave at the break of dawn
I'm gonna pack my clothes
Everybody will be sleeping
Nobody will know where I've gone
Cause if I stay in town
I know I'm gonna die.
Gotta find a friendly city
And that's the reason why,
I'm going to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires here I come
They got a crazy way of loving there
And I'm gonna get me some.

(Mucho apologies to Wilbert Harrison)

Posted by: jbowen431 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

And this pathetic horn toad was touted as the GOP's "best and brightest" and on the short list for Republican Presidential nomination. Family f'king values!! HA! Loser.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The facade of the Jesus Party is falling apart everyday..One by one they are biting the dust. I hate it when they invoke the name of God as a shield to say well I am all good because I am a believer..it's just this one time that I let my peter rule my senses but other than that I am a "good Christian" All I have to say is God don't like ugly..and these people have tried to exercise their power to keep the stimulus money out of the hands of the needy and now they are being exposed for the fake MF's that they are. Tears are not going to help you now..you should have thought about that before you made a wrong turn on priorities list.

Posted by: sabrina2 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

This story is far to banal to make a good movie. Politician has affair? Exactly who cares?

Posted by: pgr31 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

This golden lab shows up on a couples porch. It is hot in SC so they let him in, he gets a drink of water and then curls up in a corner and sleeps for three hours. He has a collar but no tags or identity.
This goes on every day for three weeks.
Finally, they pin a note to the dogs collar, explaining what the dog has been doing and ask the owner to contact them.
The next day, same time, the dog shows up and has a note pinned to his collar, it says "The dog lives at a house with four boys and a husband that likes to take exotic trips without telling anyone where he is going! Frankly, the dog wants to get away from the insanity and get some rest. Can I come with him tomorrow?" It is signed Mrs Mark Sanford.

Posted by: NobleDog | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I respect him for coming out with the truth early, I am also jealous because I'm sure it is one fine piece a** to go all the way to Argentina for. Also alot of are bashing Argentina but haven't been there, it is a lovely place with kind people with good morals not a drug infested brothel filled nation, lets stick to bashing the Repulitards not the beautiful country of Argentina.

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess that is why Sarah Palin keeps resurfacing, at least at the moment.

Posted by: janecolby | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Dang! I can't decide between:

"What a dufus! Must be a Republican"

or

"Another one bites the dust!"

At this rate the Party of "NO!" will not have anyone to run in 2010. Limbah anyone? Perhaps that bastion of "Family Values", Newt?

Is this the way the lights are going to go out the the GOP?

Posted by: jrw1 | June 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

100% of politicians who wrap themselves in the flag and bible are HYPOCRITES.

This is why the American electorate has rejected them at the ballot box. Only a rump 20% of the nation support them. Mostly in the deep south.

Sanford and Ensign are HYPOCRITE FAKES that made a LOT of money pretending to be FUNDAMENTALISTS!

Posted by: onestring | June 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, this story writes itself...hilarious!

And, to donnaarneson, no I'm not lily white, but I don't preach to others how they should live their lives. The problem with these Republicans is their hypocrisy. They stand on their pulpits preaching about everyone else's bedroom habits, while cheating on their own families.

Posted by: greatscott47 | June 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Who cares??? I don't. This is a family matter - not a publis one. I don't care if my politians have affairs, gay -- whatever!! He shouldn't step down.

Posted by: tomsheahan | June 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Bill Clinton could play him and Monica Lewinsky could play the mistress... oh yea... been there done that right you holier than thou libs? Grow up. He's not God and neither are the Republicans. They just have a few more morals than others.

Posted by: pd3450 | June 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Somebody tell me how their minds operate . . . all these moral-certitude, "values" politicians that go off the rails:

(1) Gay or straight, is there some deep sexual "tension" that they hope to keep in check by binding themselves all up in a conservative straightjacket?

(2) Or are their politics just cynical?

. . . really.

Posted by: Sophie2008 | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

This is too rich.

"donnaarneson:He who is without sin ----- cast the first stone."

Well Donna, I could put some weight behind your words if I had heard them ONCE from a Republican when they were trying to crucify Clinton for his infidelity. So far, along with every other thumper, your words ring hollow, judgmental and meaningless.

Posted by: glacy3 | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse


If you, like me, have a self righteous friend or neighbor, who thumps the bible and the Bush types...

and decries my change to Obama...

Let it all out. Let it all out, while
nearly suffocating in laughter. Sputter, carry, dance a jig. Do it.

And...wonder why? These repubs are so unattractive. Who could DO it?

Posted by: whistling | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

From the Wikipedia article "Prostitution in the world today"- a) "In Argentina prostitution itself is legal"- that's presumably a point in its favor for a potential GOP customer, b) "Several studies show prostitution rates in Argentina to be the fifth highest among major countries.", which means it's probably inexpensive, another plus for a penny-pinching governor out shopping. So there you have it, a governor careful not to break any laws and looking out for the taxpayers. Forget family values, Gov. Penny-pincher for pres in 2012!

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me what man is willing to sacrifice for a "taste of the forbidden fruit." What a huge disappointement Mark Sanford brings to us all!!! I truly feel for his wife and children, and to think that he chose "Fathers Day," of all days to go off and fornicate. He sets the worst example for men.

Posted by: LouisianaKingfish | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I love reading comments from the now-sanctimonious libs. How quickly they forget their illustrious leader, Bill Clinton. I mean, Clinton lied under oath and they still hold him up, until this day, as one of the best President's, ever.

While Stanford betrayed his family and has therefore lost the public's trust, at least he'll do the right thing.

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we just admit it.. Men want strange... And it's both parties.. i guess we can argue who are the biggest horn dogs.. personally i like NY Gov Spitzer who 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???

But Sanford is the latest, I'm guessing no one is happier than Ensign. All I know is it leaves Romney as the most respectible Republican out there to run in 2012.. Figures.. it's the Mormon who is sleeping with just one woman.

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Mark Sanford, oh why did you wander?
Your aides said you're hiking out yonder.
If you just can't be seen
With a young Argentine
At least you could bring a transponder.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8
http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

So he had an affair...I don't condone the activity, but infidelity does not discriminate between Democrats and Republicans. How soon we forget - in my lifetime from John Kennedy to Bill Clinton.

Posted by: robin854 | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

This is just further proof that dancing the Tango leads to fornication.

Take this as warning. Repent now.

Posted by: jp1954 | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

This is Governor Sanford and his family's private matter, and should not be reported on or discussed. Governor Sanford is an honorable public servant who has a long record of genuine concern for the nation's public fiscal deficits. In fact, when in Congress he did not even take a housing allowance in order to save the taxpayer money. Like all men and women in world history, he is fallible. This has nothing to do with his role as public servant.

Posted by: Dellis2 | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Even though I am a conservative Republican, I had to laugh when I read bernardj1's crack about Sarah Palin and "drill, baby, drill." It used to be Democrats in the 1980's and '90's getting caught doing this (Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, etc.)--I guess we're trying to make up for lost time. But bernardj1 illustrates the left's fascinating obsession with Sarah--and their continuing efforts to smear the beautiful Alaska governor . . . you guys are really SCARED of her. She almost pulled out a win for the "Democrat Lite" candidate last fall (John McCain)--she would have if the economy hadn't tanked in September and October. She energized the entire Republican party--and continues to rate very highly with us. And that scares the bejeebers out of you left wingers . . . !

FRANK "NITTY"

Posted by: fchenoweth | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust. For all you potential presidential candidates on the Republican side drop the family values preaching, it won't float. If you have any "dear dear friends" in Argentina" assume you will be found out and your political ambitions will be toast. By the way, no explanation about the ruse about coastly driving in Argentina.

Posted by: merrylees | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Sanford to drag his betrayed wife out in front of the cameras to stand by her cheatin' man. It seems to be the norm for adulterous politicians of both parties. Their wives are stupid for allowing themselves to be humiliated for the sake of their husbands' political careers.

Posted by: windrider2 | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Is this really news? I mean anybody with a little common sense would have realized that this was the result of him disappearing without a trace on Father's Day weekend. Just the response his wife gave led me to believe even she knew what he was doing.

The G.O.P. is just eating themselves alive over and over again. The Dems are ripe for picking but the GOP is so arrogant and out of touch with the reality of America they just don't get it. The Party of Values?

Posted by: rmattocks | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Reading through these comments, I have the following thoughts:

Christian or not, temptation is everywhere. People make bad decisions regardless of religious affiliation. Same goes for the Republican/Democrat debate. If I remember correctly, Billy Clinton had a little issue with liking the young interns he worked with - oh, and he was a Democrat, right? Yes he was.

Stop throwing stones. ANYONE can lie. ANYONE can cheat.

It is more about people realizing there are grave consequences to these bad decisions. Families are broken, reputations are ruined for life, they will always be the person who lied and cheated - and will be seen for the fool they are!

Posted by: exwife2007 | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Funniest press conference I have ever seen!

10 minutes of apologies ("to the Tom Davises of the world") before saying what he did. Crying, pleading, begging forgiveness, not begging indulgence, bible thumping, an Argentinian affair, running from the podium when overwhelmed by questions, saying "you can never tell anyone what you really believe when you are in politics" it had it all.

Lighting himself on fire would have been less self destructive. Oh, to be a fly on the Daily Show writers' room wall this afternoon!

Posted by: jpmcad | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Big effing surprise.

Posted by: molsonmich | June 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

quote from Henry Fairlie;
In 1980 he wrote, describing members of the Republican Party as;

Narrow-minded, book banning, truth censoring, mean spirited, ungenerous, envious, intolerant, afraid, chicken, bullying, trivially moral, falsely patriotic, family cheapening, flag cheapening, god cheapening, shallow, small, and sanctimonious.

He missed a few.... you can fill in the ones he missed.

Posted by: cbenedon | June 24, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

God, I can't stand to look at this train wreck anymore! Time for the principled, and HONEST segment of the GOP to seriously consider a party schism. It will be a generation before American fully trust any leader running under the Republican banner again.

Posted by: bidalah | June 24, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse


Instead of Republi-Clown Senator Ensign and Republi-Clown Governor Sanford resigning from one of their committees or from one of their chairmanships, ...

HOW ABOUT THEY RESIGN FROM THEIR OFFICES COMPLETELY!!!!

What is it with all these Republican 'family-values' hypocrites?
They keep telling us that the gays can't be legally married because that would destroy the sanctity of marriage!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

See all you republicans (all 19% of you) at the polls in 2010 for another shellacking!!

f'n idiots.



Posted by: chasemonster | June 24, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me it was with a woman !!!!

Posted by: jaymane | June 24, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I do not glorify in anyone's troubles but I am so sick and tired of our elected officials acting like they can do what they want to do but everyone else has to do the right thing. They pontificate all the time about moral and family values. Any man who has an affair is not anyone that I would choose to lead the country. If you lie to your wife, you will lie to anybody!

Posted by: ewood1 | June 24, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the "R' appearing by many politicians names stands for "Restricted - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older."

Posted by: erstanley | June 24, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

What's new? The is the GOP, extramarital, hypocrite, fake-conservative, family-valueless, cheating, boner of de jour. The GOP is disintegrating faster than they can patch it up. These guys who hate the air Obama breathes, and the leather he walks on, need to clean up their own houses. Their Supreme Court appointed, fake, President screwed this all up over the past 8 years and in 5 months they (Rush, Fox, et al) expect it to all be fixed.

They are conservative in every way except the one that counts; family.

Posted by: DougH1 | June 24, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Your lies and those of your staff are consistant with those who always want us not to know the truth. You have deceived America as well as your family and the political establishment.When we will all learn that people such as you stand before us everyday without the truth, without compassion, without any concern at what you are doing to AMERICA.You have now contributed to a further breakdown in the Republican Party and frankly I don't think you really care.Your stand on not taking stimulas money---what a farse! What were you really trying to hide? Now we not only have a state that is broke--we have a broken state, thanks to you.

Posted by: texaswilliesbcglobalnet | June 24, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

It is such fun to watch the most visible of the GOP go down in flames. Perhaps they need a new plank in their platform - at least one affair - or arrest - necessary to qualify for any higher office. He never did say that his 'dear, dear friend is a woman. Keep this up and it will be Newt by default in 2012...won't that be fun.

Posted by: jimchia | June 24, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with the posts.

Sanford's behaviour is so different from Spitzer, Frank, Dodd, Murtha and the other Democrat miscreants.

It's nice to know Democrats don't care about morals or ethics. That way, if your one of their reps you can do anything you want with impunity.

I guess when the expectations are zero its easy to placate the masses.

For those pouring invective upon these two Repubs note: the tone of the arctle is the expectation of future offices lost because of the immoral behaviour.

But thanks to his Democrat pals Spitzer is quietly waiting to get "rehabilitated" and then reenter public life instead doing time in prison like he should be.

And we all know Burris is completely innocent!

Posted by: krankyman | June 24, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Remember Orange County John Birch Society member Rep. John G. Schmitz (R-CA.), who not only had a second family (mistress, kids) on the side, but when it became public he defiantly invoked his supposed "manly" right to do so? This all must have taken a traumatic toll on his first family, because one of his daughters grew up to become convicted pedophile Mary Kay Letourneau.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Geez, I thought lying well was a favored trait for politicians. But then again, Mr. Clinton wasn't so good at it as well. Doesn't seem to have hurt his career so much either. I think the good governors have as good a chance as anyone given the Democrat's short memory. Bon apetit!

Posted by: LieToMe | June 24, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Weird.

He has a bad, a killer session, suffering huge blows to his undoubtedly weak and narcissistic ego, and the first thing he does is flee to his mistress (and he says mistress, I'd like to know whom else he's seeing, and we don't know that yet).

So, he's looking for a comfort object, a security object, a Mom or a Dad, and he's going to Argentina for it, not suspecting others are on to him?

Very interesting. I guess the stress is too much for him.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are such paragons of virtue, Mark Foley, David Vitter, Larry Craig, Jim Bakker, Ted Bundy, Roy Cohn died of AIDS, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Henry Hyde, Rush Limbaugh oxycontin, Joe Scarborough his intern was found dead in his office, Strom Thurmond, Randy Cunningham, Jack Abramoff, Ted Stevens bridge to nowhere, John McCain, Levi Johnston. Ted Bundy, Timothy McVeigh, Dennis Rader BTK killer, Dr. W David Hager Focus on Family had an affair, Jeffrey Ray Nielsen Ties to Dana Rohrabacher gay porn, Stephen Linnen The Naked Photographer ambushed women in nude and photographed them, Nicholas Morency his computer filled with child porn, John Ensign (Promise Keeping adulterer), ), Mark Sanford adulterer

Posted by: reljal | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's a member of that new Republican group, Promise-Breakers.

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

We here in Tampa just had a "family values" Republican physically assault his two sons, resulting in his arrest. Now we have two more "family values" Republicans that see nothing bizarre about cheating on their wives......and all of these "family values" Republicans rail against those of us that are gay and want to marry and have a stable - MONOGAMOUS - relationship - with our Partners. How truly sad.

Posted by: seabri4 | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sad on a human level that these things are happening. Interesting politically since the GOP are not traditionally the Christian party so the alliance of convenience and deception was bound to fall apart eventually. The GOP is the party of business & money, period.

Now the Christian groups should withhold their support and see what impact it has on the GOP movers and shakers.

Posted by: Matthew_DC | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Freddie Mercury said it best..."Another on bites the dust".

Posted by: iley_dohn | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, does Sanford intend to do the honorable thing and resign or just follow the script of a l-o-n-g list of his Republican colleagues who have fallen under the spell of the Devil and assume that an apology gets him right with God and the good people of SC?

Posted by: ccoble2 | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"

Wanted to do something exotic...

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse "

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Well he certainly DID DO something exotic.

Posted by: dcp26851 | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

OK I get it. Sanford wanted to do "someone exotic."

Posted by: jellybean1 | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Pookie,
Your insight to ALL of the residents in my state is impeccable. Thank you for that.
Sincerely,
Moron

Posted by: dorebelle | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

More information from Sanford in 2006 on how the Bible guides him:

But I think the Bible says, “Let your light so shine be fore men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father that’s in heaven.“ Hopefully, by the way in which you act. The way in which you make decisions. They’re going to see that some thing’s there. I would also say the Bible says in Revelation, “Be hot. Be cold. But don’t be lukewarm“ [Rev. 3:15]. And there’s too many political candidates who walk around completely in the middle—completely in neutral. With regard not only to faith, but with regard to policy. And that’s what people are sick of. Everything’s gotten so watered down. So I have people come to me frequently saying, “Look, I voted for you. In fact, I completely disagree with you on these different stands over here. But at least I know where you stand.“

I guess if Sanford is feeling hot, he flies down to Buenos Aires.

Posted by: maggots | June 24, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This is the same nitwit who wanted to turn down $700K+ federal bailout money for S.C. education because of his strong conservative beliefs but got resoundly defeated by the more intelligent lawmakers in his state. I guess party core beliefs don't apply to personal morals.

Posted by: bruincat | June 24, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I demand a recount of all Republican governors over the weekend.
Also members of Congress, come to think of it.

Posted by: wobudong1 | June 24, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of hearing about all the affairs going on. 1 the private life of people be they public citizens or not, is no one's business but theirs and their family.2 There are so many really important problems to be solved some one's affair doesn't even make the list. 3. Why don't people get a life of their own and stop trying to tell the rest of the world how to lead theirs?

Posted by: ceecee1 | June 24, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

A lot of stuff goes on down south. I read a story about an Argentinian babe that caught the fancy of a bachelor up in the US. After presents and things he pulled out his savings to get married down there. He was promptly murdered and the money stolen by the long time boyfriend and the girl They were living it up and the cops got suspicious.

Clearly something motivating took place in Sanford's case.

Posted by: Beacon2 | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

You just can't make this stuff up. Why is it that the Republicans seem to cave into the very vices they claim to be fighting? Gotta love human nature.

Posted by: CNY-DC | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Incredible how these guys are so completely self destructive....and what a pitiful wimp of a man, as they all seem to be. Relentlessly conservative and republican....the preachers of morality just crumble under the weight of their hypocracy.....if it were'nt so sad for their families, it would be laughable and a positve step to eliminate the compulsively destructive Republican party once and for all....

Posted by: seakeys | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I should have bet money on this from the minute his wife was quoted as having no clue where he was. Good old family values (Manson Family of course).

Posted by: Lemon7221 | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

HardyW: as it happened in BA, my guess is that the "dear friend" was a TS.

Posted by: traverjc | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

So he had an affair...I don't condone the activity, but infidelity does not discriminate between Democrats and Republicans. How soon we forget - in my lifetime from John Kennedy to Bill Clinton.

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So he had an affair? The man had promised voters that he believed in family values!

Posted by: maggots | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, I wasn't far off. When it came out that he was in Buenos Aires, I figured he'd caught the latest episode of SEXO URBANO BUENOS AIRES on late nite cable and immediately booked a flight. That could still be the case. You know, we don't know what he means by a 'dear dear friend'. He could be a dear, dear repeat client.

Posted by: hypocritebuster | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah it's all about choosing the worse of 2 evils... Republicans sleep around and have affairs, Democrats have kicked the smoking habit by cutting down and not inhaling!!!! LMAO... Get real people he's not the first to sleep around regardless of his political party and he definitely won't be the last. Just like Clinton didn't inhale, Obama just cut back on how much he smokes and who he does it in front of. I must say the image of Barack hiding behind the bushes to have a smoke amuses the heck out of me......lol

Posted by: AirmansGirl06 | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Some husband; some father. Sets a terrible example for his children and children everywhere.

Posted by: susandykhuis | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This man has never shown any compassion for the poverty-stricken people in his state. There is a corridor along I95 with some of the worst schools in the US. He wanted to refuse the stimulus with the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the country.

Meanwhile he is getting his freak on with a "dear friend' of unknown gender or age in another country...

Compassion?...Burn in hell self-righteous hypocrite.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse


LOOK at them!

Now, there are two obvious Lady-Killers.

Guffaw.

Posted by: whistling | June 24, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The only victim here is the great country of Argentina!

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Do we have any interns in the White House? I will await their deliverance with baited breath.

Posted by: jerdjon | June 24, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

For the Sanford role, Woody Harrelson would be good, but Billy Bob Thornton would be even better. Madonna could reprise her Argentine accent to play the mistress, and maybe Elizabeth Hasselbeck could be the jilted wife.
And while I am a died-in-the-wool liberal, we should not delude ourselves into thinking this is a conservative disease. For those people, I have only one word: Bill Clinton. Or perhaps John Edwards. Yes, the hypocrisy factor is much stronger when members of the Family Values Crowd "do it," but that is hardly a basis for self-congratulation.

Posted by: WahooRicky | June 24, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Um, conservatives...tell me again why gay marriage is such a threat to the institution of marriage?

Anyone with honesty and common sense knows that infidelity and divorce are the real 'threat', and neither party nor sexual preference has a monopoly on that.

Posted by: Prophet1 | June 24, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Please....no whining.White male Republicans have the right to do whatever they want,whenever they choose to do so.There's no question that Sanford's actions were Clinton's fault.Clinton is
singularly responsible for all the shenanigans that Newt was accused of.So what if he dropped the divorce bomb on wifey #2 when she was allegedly "recuperating" from "cancer".I forgot Ensign......Bill brought him down as well.In 3+ years we'll take back the Senate,the House and 1600 Penn Ave as well.

I long for the pre-Nixon days when journalists kept their mouths shut.But the Kennedy's messed that up when they brought Saint Richard down for his minor peccadillo.

Posted by: wahoomurf | June 24, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

While I certainly don't condone his behavior - don't label this as republican vs democrat - it has NOTHING to do with his politics.

If that was the case the Democratic party should be dead after Bill Clinton...

Posted by: ngg426 | June 24, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, lots of comments seem to think this is a "Republican" thing. How these last couple of Republicans shamed their high office. Oh, almost forgot, wasn't there a big old Democrat in the friggin' White House dropping his drawers for an intern? And weren't all you commentators the least bit ashamed that a guy you voted for was clearly sexually harrassing a subordinate and then lied about it under oath? And a Presidential candidate that knocks up his mistress while his wife is undergoing cancer treatments and then doesn't even have the courage to step up and admit the child is his and part with a small portion of his ill-gotten wealth for the child's well being? And let's not forget that bridge-drowning-abandoning a dying woman thing with that patriarch of the Democratic Party. Laugh about "Republican Family Values" all you want as I do but don't forget where your moral standards come from and how often the lapses occur. Politicians in this country have a zipper problem, disregard for morals and a complete misunderstanding of economic principles but hey, you can look down your nose at the Republicans and in true Orwellian fashion completely disregard your own gods. Oh yeah, don't be thinking Mr. Obama is any different - he just hasn't been caught yet.

Posted by: calditz | June 24, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse


Dave Letterman jokes incite republicans to act immorally! No news here.

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 24, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

One option is to change parties.
My guess is - since it wan't oral sex in the Oval Office and was apparently a heterosexual relationship that didn't involve the death of a young girl, he could beat out all the Barney Franks and run for presidency.

Posted by: thornegp1 | June 24, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's see Spitzer resigned. Clinton was impeached and Hart dropped out of the presidential race. Which do the wing nuts think would be appropriate for Mark Sanford who not only had an affair, but abandoned his post?

Posted by: jbowen431 | June 24, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The Governor: Michael Richards ('Kramer')
His Wife: Catherine O'Hara
Chief of Staff: Jeremy Piven
Clueless Lt. Governor: Jim Carrey

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Hugh Grant (after some accent coaching) to play the "lost" boneheaded governor of SC. He wouldn't need any coaching to play the part of cheater but at least he stayed in the state to stray on his hot girlfriend.

What is it with these GOPs (pronounced "gawps")? Will Newt turn out to be having an affair with a Bill Clinton impersonator? Has Sara been playing around with Ellen? I'm pretty sure Mike Huckleberry won't be accused of any of this nonsense now that he's managed to pack on all that weight again.

What does the GOP Bible-thumping crowd say about all this philandering? Is it OK because they're good, God-(not so)fearing GOPs?

Geesh, makes you long for that nice, clean drunken drug-abuser from Texas with his dreams of world conquest, doesn't it?

Nah! This is more fun and a whole lot less bloody.

Posted by: gerrysvt | June 24, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The poverty in the South is just horrific...corrugated tin shacks still in some quarters, which isn't to draw away from the poverty in the North, but, just wow, how can one ignore the suffering, the hunger in one's own state, the lack of health care, traveling to Argentina for god knows what on the government dime, but refusing aid to the citizens one is supposed to protect and advocate for?

Why I became a democrat 101 -- the hypocrisy is a killer, here.

Oh, corrugated tin shacks -- maybe that's why he went to BA, the poverty reminded him of home, but yet "not home."

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

In general, I've noticed that Democrats are ruined by scandals involving money while Republicans are ruined by scandals involving sex. (Yes, the Clinton-Lewinsky thing was a sex scandal but the Dems still love him if the comments above are any indication). Whatever the particular sin, hypocrisy rules in politics. Given a choice - I'd rather have a Republican sleep with my husband than a Democrat steal my money.

Posted by: ndriscoll1 | June 24, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

It is rather obvious that this is all a Republican ploy to show how gay marriage is ruining the sanctity of marriage. These Republicans, at great sacrifice to their career and family are purposely having affairs now that gay marriage is legal in some states. Ensign, now Sanford. They are really taking one for the team.

Of course Republicans seemed to do this a lot before gay marriage was legal??? Must have been the very idea of gay marriage back then that was destroying their marriages.

Posted by: scotttemple | June 24, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse


BWAAAAAAAA HAHAHAHAAAAA HAHAHAHA!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Look at the bright side. Sanford now has the necessary credentials to join the culture of corruption and run as a democrat.

Posted by: Straightline | June 24, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I find this all too immensely entertaining. What a complete and utter tool.

Posted by: JenAZ | June 24, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I feel quite sad for the hurt that their selfish behaviors has caused to their wives and families. I realize that with position comes increased temptations, however, if you aren't going to respect your wife then you also aren't going to respect the citizens of your respective states. I guess in a way it is better that their behaviors were exposed.

Posted by: westcoast4 | June 24, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I love the idea of a Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert team for the Gov and Lt.

Posted by: chiquita2 | June 24, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I thought we stopped caring about what elected officials slept with whom back in 1997. What a refreshing CHANGE.

Posted by: MsMrPs | June 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

What moral guidelines do these people follow? They should learn from their partners in crime (fellow politicians). If you are inspired to decieve the public, cheat on your wife, and careless about your children; then have a well thought out plan and cover story. This is almost the norm with our state leaders and I am disgusted.

Posted by: Smithy630 | June 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

To put it in language you moral republicans can understand...GOD IS TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING! And it ain't good!!

Posted by: minco_007 | June 24, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Dellis2 wrote: "Like all men and women in world history, he is fallible. This has nothing to do with his role as public servant."

Are you kidding me? The man was AWOL with no one knowing where he was for a WEEK! What "public servant" does that. The sex just makes the reason for being AWOL worse. But I still think there is another shoe to drop.

I feel sorry for his wife, but if she knew for 5 months and has done nothing about it, well, that's a shame. I just hope she stayed silent for the children. But now that its out I hope she gets it all in a divorce.

A failed politician, a failed husband, a failed father, a good republican who just made a mistake.

Posted by: bevjims1 | June 24, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow....what an ineptly handled extramarital affair. He's not some anonymous, everyday "Joe". He's the governor of a state. You can't just leave the country without telling anyone where you are....you run a WHOLE STATE. People tend to notice things like that. I bet Mitt Romney is happy..his competition is dropping like flies all around him. Even Palin has lost some of her luster. I guess Pawlenty is his main competition at this point.

Posted by: linz2 | June 24, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's been misunderstood all along and is planning to run for president of Argentina.

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 24, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

RE: "I love reading comments from the now-sanctimonious libs. How quickly they forget their illustrious leader, Bill Clinton. I mean, Clinton lied under oath and they still hold him up, until this day, as one of the best President's, ever.

While Stanford betrayed his family and has therefore lost the public's trust, at least he'll do the right thing.

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | June 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse"

If that's the strongest defense of Sanford you can mount, then all I can say is: What a fitting screenname you have!

You don't spell out what you consider to be "the right thing," but I hope you mean that he will resign his governorship and slink away. However, I suspect the ONLY reason he'll do that is because he's already exhausted all the other options!

Posted by: DCSteve1 | June 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

New Republican Slogan = "PASSIONATE PERVERT-ATISM"

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's stick with sex scandals in this millennium. We don't have to go back to the 90s (seeing as the 2000s are almost over) to find sex scandals. Repugnicants give us plenty of fodder this year alone. We can hardly get past one until another appears.

Posted by: DougH1 | June 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

calditz wrote: 'Politicians in this country have a zipper problem, disregard for morals and a complete misunderstanding of economic principles but hey, you can look down your nose at the Republicans and in true Orwellian fashion completely disregard your own gods.'
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No, see that's the point. We don't disregard the sins of other Liberals. We condemn them vehemently. See, we are able to do that. We are able to see the foibles of anyone regardless of their ideologies.

It is only when folks promote themselves as the gatekeepers of American virtue and condemn the other party as being the party of moral permissiveness, but then find themselves hopelessly mired in the sins they have denounced...that's when we gloat and we laugh and laugh and laugh.

You also wrote: 'Oh yeah, don't be thinking Mr. Obama is any different - he just hasn't been caught yet.' You obviously have not noticed those muscles on Michelle.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It takes so much energy to be as hateful and anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-poor, anti-environmemt, anti-evolution, anti-gay marriage, anti-equality that these bozos just MUST become anti-social and betray their wives, family and constiuents. Behind every sactimonious bigot is a cheater, who hopes no one ever finds out who he really is.

Posted by: Lbbowker | June 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Could this infidelity be a biological/psychological response to intense political pressure?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enantiodromia

`Enantiodromia (Greek: enantios, opposite + dromos, running course) is a principle introduced by psychiatrist Carl Jung that the superabundance of any force inevitably produces its opposite. It is equivalent to the principle of equilibrium in the natural world, in that any extreme is opposed by the system in order to restore balance.`

In other words the super straight arrows will need to bend in order to maintain equilibrium. Republican conservatives who insist on never
compromising on principles have created the largest national debt, almost bankrupted the economy, stolen 2 presidential elections, can't trace $2.3 trillion, are involved in 2 wars overseas, revoked habeas corpus, advocated torture and want to secede from the Union.

What would you call that?

Jung used the term particularly to refer to the unconscious acting against the wishes of the conscious mind. (Aspects of the Masculine, chapter 7, paragraph 294).

Enantiodromia. Literally, "running counter to," referring to the emergence of the unconscious opposite in the course of time. This characteristic phenomenon practically always occurs when an extreme, one-sided tendency dominates conscious life; in time an equally powerful counterposition is built up, which first inhibits the conscious performance and subsequently breaks through the conscious control. ("Definitions," ibid., par. 709)


Posted by: terabot | June 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Straightline whined: "Look at the bright side. Sanford now has the necessary credentials to join the culture of corruption and run as a democrat."
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Uh-huh. Suuuure. Hey I guess childish sarcasm and denial is all you have left when you are the party of corruption & hypocrisy, no ideas, no values, no leaders and no chance of winning elections.

How many former Bush officials are in prison again? 8? 9?

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"It is my personal view that the largest proclamation of one's faith ought to be in how one lives his life."

-Mark Sanford (R-SC)

Posted by: vigor | June 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

MsMrPs wrote: "I thought we stopped caring about what elected officials slept with whom back in 1997. What a refreshing CHANGE."

So you're calling for his impeachment, right?

Posted by: bevjims1 | June 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

DON'T CROW TO MUCH DEMOCRATES IT HASNT BEEN TO LONG SINCE YOUR N Y GOVERNOR COULD'NT KEEP HIS PANTS UP AND HOW ABOUT YOUR LAST PRESIDENT SLICK WILLIE.IF YOU GUYS WANT TO SHOVEL S##T YOU BETTER CHECK TO SEE WHITCH WAY THE WIND IS BLOWING OR IT COULD LAND BACK IN YOUR FACE.

Posted by: goodeedward | June 24, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Driving along the coast in Argentina....
Please all you "family values" Republicans mind your own business, literally. We don't need your hypocritical preaching.

Posted by: merrylees | June 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The party of family values eh?

That was the pounch line.

:)

Posted by: vance1 | June 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Spin this...GOP

Posted by: mcdcl2 | June 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Sanford pulled a John Edwards? I wonder if he did a Bill Clinton and got a Lewinsky?

At least he wasn't operating a pedophilic gay prostitution ring from his apt so... we know it he wasn't doing a Bawney Fwank.

Posted by: Straightline | June 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

So, all you amarmy liberals, answer this one: Does the failure of some conservative politicians to live up to their ideals mean that those ideals are wrong? Are YOU proud of everything you did? Have you lived up to your ideals at all times? I remember that when I bought a house, my first house, in a neighborhood that was becoming mostly Hispanic, it was my conservative friends who said "Congratulations on getting your first house," and the liberal ones who said, "You bought a house THERE? Near THEM?"

Part of the problem is that along about the 1960's, the word hypocrisy was redefined. Properly, it means that you profess ideals that you do not really believe to be correct. In the post-modern world, it means you do not live up to your ideals--however, if your ideals are sufficiently liberal, you get a pass if you sometimes fall short.

Posted by: GKWarren | June 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Look at the bright side. Sanford now has the necessary credentials to join the culture of corruption and run as a democrat.

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No.

The difference between a Blago and Sanford?

About 500 IQ points...see, Sanford never questioned the Rovian pap he was fed, Blago, while still corrupt -- did.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

You left wings make me ill - did you forget about JFK or Bill Clinton - at least these Republicans are doing the right thing for the party in these instances.

Bill Clinton insists he did nothing wrong....wonder if Hillary agrees?????? And I guess you Dems agree he did nothing wrong... but when a Republican cheats on his wife, it's a whole different ballgame.

Posted by: ngg426 | June 24, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse


Old Republican Slogan = "COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM"

New Republican Slogan = "PASSIONATE PERVERTATISM"

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

I grew up at a time when the Appalachian Trail Conference was housed in a couple of cramped rooms in the third story of a building near Dupont Circle.... Of a total of eight people who'd hiked the whole Trail, I'd met four. Can you imagine what this story will do to anyone from now on who announces he/she's going "to take some time off to hike the AT"? It's too sad. Shame on you, Governor, for besmirching the good name of the Appalachian Trail!

Posted by: VieuxDeLaMontagne | June 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina is no more poverty stricken than any other place in America. We now have a President who can't keep his mouth shut about an Election in a Country that doesn't concern us. Are 2 wars not enough for the American's to be engaged in? We need to get our Country in order before we start concerning ourselves with something that is none of Obama's business. Iran can decide who they want to run their country. Sweep behind your own back door Mr. President before you go sweeping around the rest of the world's.

Posted by: AirmansGirl06 | June 24, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

For those who mention Chappaquiddick, I should remind them that our former Republican First Lady (who I don't particularly dislike) killed a friend while driving recklessly? Sen. Kennedy has spent half his life atoning for his sin, by working tirelessly and unapologetically for the weak and poor. (Kind of a Christian notion, isn't that?) I believe most prominent Republicans today need to visit our president for lessons on "family values" and how to treat your spouse and raise children. I wonder -- will Engsign and Sanford double date now??

Posted by: lilysouth1 | June 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow....what an ineptly handled extramarital affair.

Posted by: linz2 | June 24, 2009 3:18 PM
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Yeah he could have handled it like Clinton. Go on TV, wag his finger at the American peoples face and lie...I did not have sexual relations with..that woman.

Posted by: Straightline | June 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

So, all you amarmy liberals, answer this one: Does the failure of some conservative politicians to live up to their ideals mean that those ideals are wrong?
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We're speaking of the Rovian-Cheney-Limbaugh crowd, here, not necessarily the McCains or the Hagels.

If you don't know the difference, you really don't understand the arguments, do you?

And if you aren't intellectually capable of understanding the arguements, while, that's like expecting a rational arguement from an Alzheimer's patient -- it just won't happen.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse


I love these desperate conservatard idiots whining about Democrats when their perverted politicians get caught with their pants down. Typical.

Obviously, the difference is that Democrats are far less likely to prance around and lecture about "morality" and "family values" "the sanctity of marriage." Look in the mirror instead of pointing at everybody else.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

There once was a governor from Carolina,
Who went to BA to play with a vagina,
He said he was on the 'The Trail'
Not out getting some tail,
And the GOP has now bought him a ticket to China

Posted by: PLOY | June 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is sad for his boys. They didn't ask to be the children of a public figure. I don't know their ages -- but even young adults don't want to see their parent's indiscretions played out in the media. It has to be painful.

I also fear, for them, that he's going to announce that he is in love with the woman he visited. The way he talked about what was to come seemed ominous. His disregard for his state had to be fueled by some kind of obsession -- a want transformed into what felt like a need.

I do think we put politicians and others in an unrealistic 24 hour fishbowl. And Ds have not been w/o their bombshells. But, the Rs are too frequently self-righteously espousing moral codes and values that they don't adhere to themselves.

Posted by: weareone | June 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

A student of "foreign affairs"?
Heck, when they can't screw with the electorate (or elections), Reeps gotta screw with something!

Where's Larry Flynt in this harvest of humor? I remember when he offered a reward, to oppose this hypocrisy -- now we get the dirt for free.

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | June 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh the conservative apologists are out in force. Nice to have a laugh. I especially like the comparisons with Clinton. But I don't remember Clinton dropping his duties as president for a week to go jetting off without telling anyone (and I find it hard to believe no one knew what was going on. His wife surely must have known).

The main issue is the governor dropped his duties. That he did so for a sexual liason just makes it less excusable. Clinton just went to a nearby cloakroom. Duties before pleasure for Clinton. Pleasure before duties for Sanford.

And where are the apologist's calls for Sanford's resignation and impeachment? I mean, if you're going to make comparisons to Clinton shouldn't your comparison be complete?

Posted by: bevjims1 | June 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

A student of "foreign affairs"?
Heck, when they can't screw with the electorate (or elections), Reeps gotta screw with something!

Where's Larry Flynt in this harvest of humor? I remember when he offered a reward, to oppose this hypocrisy -- now we get the dirt for free.

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad, he would have made a great losing/defeated republican candidate for the POTUS guaranteeing no more repubs in the White House for years to come.

Posted by: sc29403 | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I think we now have enough candidates to establish the "Philandering Politicians Hall of Fame." My pick for the initial inductee is the late Wilbur Mills [D-AR]. Congress needs to move quickly and attach a rider to the cap and trade bill to fund construction of, say, a 200 foot plastic external male sexual organ on the Washington Mall in order to honor all the inductees.

Posted by: johnson0572 | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Sanford kills more by not addressing health care and poverty and by mindlessly supporting Bush/Cheney in their illegal war than Ted did that tragic evening.

And those lives are worth something, too, even though they remain anonymous.

And Sanford types just.don't.get.it.

Ted does.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If a reporter hadn't caught him returning at the airport does anyone think we ever would have gotten the truth? Good of the Post to run with the Appalachian cover story right up to the last minute; in fact that story's still posted right now ("For the Gov, A Little 'Me Time'", http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/23/AR2009062303325.html ).

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't you just love the hypocrisy of it all? TV evangelists, right-wing conservatives, bible-thumping preachers, and other self-righteous moralists love to impose their proclaimed beliefs on the rest of us, but are the first to unzip their pants.

What's frightening is the fact that so many folks repeatedly vote for such scripture-quoting, wrap-themselves-in-the-American-flag politicians.

Posted by: NickNaym | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

AirmansGirl06 whined: "We now have a President who can't keep his mouth shut about an Election in a Country that doesn't concern us."
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Obama is handling the Iran crisis perfectly. I thought you dummies were hysterically outraged because he wasn't saying ENOUGH. Now he's too involved. Typical.

GW Bush murdered 500,000 people in Iraq and you're whining about Obama's wise, cautious, hands-off approach to Iran's election. Mmmmmkay.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"You left wings make me ill - did you forget about JFK or Bill Clinton - at least these Republicans are doing the right thing for the party in these instances.

Bill Clinton insists he did nothing wrong....wonder if Hillary agrees?????? And I guess you Dems agree he did nothing wrong... but when a Republican cheats on his wife, it's a whole different ballgame."

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Um, that's because the GOP is allegedly the party of "family values" that places so much importance on the "sanctity of marriage" and using that as an excuse to deny basic rights to a large portion of the population. It's not the act we're disgusted by, it's the blatant hypocrisy and this "do as I say, not as I do" behavior. It wouldn't be an issue if he weren't such a blatant hypocrite.

Posted by: sasquatch78 | June 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Crocodile tears and all. Don't you feel sorry for this sorry b a s t a r d. A wife and 4 children waiting to see him on father's day, and he's out d i c k i n g some woman he was supposedly counseling to stay with her husband. My friends, the G.O.P. is finished, if the intellectual midgets they fool day in and day out finally realize what type of persons they really are, i.e., morally bankrupt fools, who don't give a d a m n about family values as long as those values don't restrict their trashy behavior. That's the G.O.P. for you, a bunch of old white trash males with the morals of a Roman Emperor like Caligula.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | June 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

MamaPajama: I heartily empathize with your point, but a lot of the mean spiritedness driving this is _directly_ the result of hypocrisy of the players involved. Not only is the Republican party the supposed one strong on family values, but both Sanford and Ensign where -highly- critical of President Clinton during his little incident.

In short, this is the natural price to pay for being a hypocrite.

Now, in the tin-foil-hat category, Sanford confessed to this really fast - makes you wonder what he was really doing down there that adultery was the easier confession?

Posted by: nullconnect | June 24, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

My pick for the initial inductee is the late Wilbur Mills [D-AR]. Congress needs to move quickly and attach a rider to the cap and trade bill to fund construction of, say, a 200 foot plastic external male sexual organ on the Washington Mall in order to honor all the inductees.
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You mean a bunch of closeted, embittered men walking around Washington, worshipping a giant if intellectually vacant D*Ck?

They already did that -- 8 years of Cheney, remember?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse


Repugnant-cans campaign on better moral fiber vs. Demi-gods know their closets are full. Alex; I'll take - who is more stupid here? - for $100.

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

from sequoianeaux:
Straightline whined: "Look at the bright side. Sanford now has the necessary credentials to join the culture of corruption and run as a democrat."
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Uh-huh. Suuuure. Hey I guess childish sarcasm and denial is all you have left when you are the party of corruption & hypocrisy, no ideas, no values, no leaders and no chance of winning elections.

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did you forget about Bill Clinton and JFK???

Posted by: ngg426 | June 24, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

hmmm,
I'd still vote for 'em.

Posted by: tyrell_corp | June 24, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

hmmmm...

I'd call 'em st*pid, and tr*ll them.

HTH.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse


Good thing we have Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, Diaper Dave Vitter, Mark "Page Stalker" Foley, Mark "Horizontal Tango" Sanford, John "Didn't Stay in Vegas" Ensign and so on protecting the sanctity of marriage for us.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Straightline wrote: "Look at the bright side. Sanford now has the necessary credentials to join the culture of corruption and run as a democrat."
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sequoiaquenesux spewed: Uh-huh. Suuuure. Hey I guess childish sarcasm and denial is all you have left when you are the party of corruption & hypocrisy, no ideas, no values, no leaders and no chance of winning elections.

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LMAO Like the democrats have any moral high-ground to stand on. At least he was just having an affair.

Elliot "I am gonna clean up prostitution in NY" Spitzer,

Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy, William B J Clinton, John "won't claim my own baby" Edward, Gay prostitution ring Bawney Fwank and on and on.

Difference is ...this kind of behavior and worse ...is totally acceptable by the democrats.

Posted by: Straightline | June 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

As a lifelong Republican, I am stunned by the behavior of idiots like Sanford and Ensign.

The only crime for which politicians are held accountable is hypocrisy. Seriously, most democrats are given a pass for similar behavior--not because democrats are protecting their own--rather because most democrats are smart enough not to assert moral superiority.

Republicans need to learn from this--get off the high moral horse--if you want to set an example of a moral life, live it, don't preach it to others condescendingly.

On a humorous note, I now understand why Sanford refused federal stimulus. He was obviously getting enough stimulation elsewhere.

Good grief.

Posted by: jshaver001 | June 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Straightline wrote: "Difference is ...this kind of behavior and worse ...is totally acceptable by the democrats."

I assume you're a republican. If so why are you accepting this and not calling for Sanford's immediate impeachment so we can return honor and integrity to the Governors Mansion?

Posted by: bevjims1 | June 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

ngg426 wrote...
"You left wings make me ill - did you forget about JFK or Bill Clinton"

Somehow I don't remember Clinton, or the Democrats for that matter, dictating morality to others and cloaking themselves in false religiosity.

I'm real tired of the GOP telling me about their "family values" or "patriotism"...

Boss Limbaugh rode his pilodinal cyst as far from Vietnam as he could ride it. "Five-deferrment Dick" Cheney had "better things to do" while brave kids were dying. This month a former Southern Baptist officer prayed for Obama's death.

You Republicans are beyond the pale.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what is worse:

1.) Watching the country slide down that slippery slope.

2.) Watching the mighty falling one by one.

3.) Opening the news everyday and public officials being exposed just like everyone else in America, including many of the bloggers.

4.) Trying to find something decent to read or watch.

5.) Listening to Republicans denigrate Democrats and Demoncrats denying they ever do anything wrong.

6.) Wondering what did we all do to deserve that bunch of goofballs on the hill?

7.) Or, just how far do we have to fall as a nation, before people GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER.

Sign me: disgusted with the whole bunch!

Posted by: jakesfriend1 | June 24, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Aren't we fortunate to have the GOP defending the sanctity of heterosexual marriage?

Posted by: HydeParker | June 24, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now he can go back to running that junkyard in Watts with his son Lamont. Oh wait, that was Fred Sanford...

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


Straightline whined: "Difference is ...this kind of behavior and worse ...is totally acceptable by the democrats."
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Says the dummy who is desperately trying to justify this behavior by Republicans by pointing to everybody else? Mmmmkay then. Try again.

The reason Republicans are being mocked relentlessly is because of their hypocritical posturing and moral crusades while they screw everything in sight and blame gays for destroying marriage.

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

oh, I don't know. the man has a penis, give him a break. we've become a nation af nuetered she-men. europe must be laughing. don't you guys on the left like europe?

I bet the woman was a hottie. he'll take this memory to the grave with a big smile on his face. the angry repressed pitch-fork and lesbian crowd can only stew.

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

Welcome to The Republican Sex Club, Gov. Sanford!

Posted by: patriot76 | June 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

So he had an affair...I don't condone the activity, but infidelity does not discriminate between Democrats and Republicans. How soon we forget - in my lifetime from John Kennedy to Bill Clinton.

Posted by: robin854
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It's atypcial to see Democrats tossing rocks in regards to people's personal lives. Those cheating Dems were there to govern not to run their fat mouth from the bully pulpit. If the majority of Republicans were interested in governing and not legislating morality they might get to keep office or not be scorned as badly. When you make your platform less about real policy and more about being a family man then the fall is much harder.

Thanks for giving another opportunity to clarify the difference between the 2 parties. It'll lead to even bigger majorities in 2010.

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

what's wrong with good old AMERICAN adulteresses?? Too good for the southern belles eh?

What a great crash and burn! Yay Republicans! More! Bravo!

I guess this is what leaders of Palin's REAL AMERICA do on their days off: let their staff lie and twist in the wind for five days while they go jump their international FWB's.

oooooo...when will Palin have a presser like Sanford's ? Yeah. THAT'S the one we want to see.

Posted by: roboturkey | June 24, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

See, you posters accusing Dems of "forgetting" Clinton just don't get it.

WE are not hypocrites. WE never held Clinton to private morality standards and WE didn't wave flags touting how moral and righteous we are.

That's YOUR side. The people posting here don't care that he had an affair; they're just reveling in the hypocrisy of a party that has wrapped itself in the holier-than-thou flag, only to have it unravel a strand at a time with these politicians (and media - ahem, drug-addled Limbaugh criticizing drug addicts).

Of course you'll conveniently ignore posts like mine, making straw-man arguments no-one's interested in hearing anymore...

Posted by: nagatuki | 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 3:56 PM | Report abuse


I like playboys in the Whitehouse?
Why do you repugs always resign when you get some?

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 24, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republicans just lost their patent on family values. They can't ever preach that to me again.

Posted by: fasm7700 | June 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Any republicans out there ready to call for Sanford's impeachment? Anyone? Ya know, like was done to Clinton? Ya know, to return honor and integrity to the White House? Come on guys, who'll be the first to call for impeachment?

(crickets chirping at the RNC...)

Posted by: bevjims1 | June 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

(sighing contentedly)
Ah, the Republicans. They never disappoint. The party of "personal responsibility" is just a wreck. I cannot wait for the 2012 presidential race.

Posted by: marciamac1 | June 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Now that they are no longer in power and the majority and F_ _king the American people. They have to find someone to F_ _k!

Posted by: llerehs | June 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

sequoiaqueneaux , I am not whining and as far as Obama keeping his hands off Iran he needs to keep his mouth wrapped around that cigareete behind that bush and let Iran handle Iran. It is none of his business and if he wanted to run that Country he should have entered into the Election there. We have enough men and women dying in Iraq and Afghanistan do we really need to piss another country off. We aren't welcome in the 2 countries we are in now. Will the blood of our troops help him not hide in the bushes for a smoke??As far as whining I don't, I know what is sacrificed each and everyday from our galant men and women of the Armed Forces. Do you and if so do you even care?

Posted by: AirmansGirl06 | June 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Typical member of the GOP, gooddeedward, offers this caps-locked comment: "DON'T CROW TO[sic] MUCH DEMOCRATES[sic] IT HASNT[sic] BEEN TO LONG SINCE YOUR N Y GOVERNOR COULD'NT[sic] KEEP HIS PANTS UP AND HOW ABOUT YOUR LAST PRESIDENT SLICK WILLIE.IF[sic] YOU GUYS WANT TO SHOVEL S##T[sic] YOU BETTER CHECK TO SEE WHITCH[sic] WAY THE WIND IS BLOWING OR IT COULD LAND BACK IN YOUR FACE."

Well, I guess that says it all. Perhaps this unfortunate soul was educated in SC under some other equally uncaring governor with or without a sordid affair with some person of unknown gender.

This is the other face of the Repuglican Party; the sheep who follow their religiously corrupt leaders and excuse their dalliances even though these guys were the loudest voices condemning the equally fallen Dems.

This speaks loudly for the many of us who profess no allegiance to a political party but cannot bring ourselves to vote for the Bible-thumping hypocrites and war-mongers of the GOP.

Bad Karma, eh, GOPs? What goes around, comes around (no pun intended).

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

Sanford had a Dirty Little Secret:

http://tinyurl.com/aukh38

Posted by: caraprado1 | June 24, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Yep, hey, have we all forgotten about Senator Edwards? Or as you all recollect - JFK, Clinton, - cheating is not just something done by Republicans.....it's the good ole Democrats too. So, you Democrats trying to sling the mud toward Republicans - just forget about it. Democrats have presidents that were caught with 'their pants down'.....and well, seems with power comes the attitude that affairs are deserved...or, my wife is too busy to take care of my needs. Whatever....he needs to leave office. What needs to be looked closely at is he was not 'at the helm' for 5 days, off fooling around. Who wants someone like that running the state? What a slimebag....now that he has taken a dive off the cliff, I pity the wife and his sons....sad state of affairs!

Posted by: Cybergal55 | June 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Straightline whined: "Difference is ...this kind of behavior and worse ...is totally acceptable by the democrats."
___________________

sequoiaqueneSux spewed: Says the dummy who is desperately trying to justify this behavior by Republicans by pointing to everybody else? Mmmmkay then. Try again.

The reason Republicans are being mocked relentlessly is because of their hypocritical posturing and moral crusades while they screw everything in sight and blame gays for destroying marriage.

-----------------------------------------

Not trying to justify anything. Sanford should resign and if he doesn't he should be impeached. I am just saying that the democrats have NO moral highground to stand on.

Elliot "I am gonna clean up prostitution in NY" Spitzer, Elliot "I am gonna clean up prostitution in NY" Spitzer, Lt. Gov NY "I like hookers too" Davy Paterson

Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy, William B J Clinton, John "won't claim my own baby" Edward, Gay prostitution ring Bawney Fwank and on and on.


Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy, William B J Clinton, John "won't claim my own baby" Edward, Gay prostitution ring Bawney Fwank and on and on.

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

JShaver, I do believe you're the first Repub I've seen who gets it! I am thrilled to read your post, and I hope you can pass on this conclusion to the others.

Because seriously, this is not about affairs; it's all about making 'morality' the only thing you campaign on - it never works in the long run...

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

Men cheat, women cheat, President's cheat, Preacher's cheat,Democrats cheat, Republicians cheat, deacon's cheat, fireman cheat, whats the big deal anymore.
Honesty is lost...

Posted by: Sealanie | June 24, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sanford is one of a legion of Republicans who have a real love hate relationship with sex. They really hate it if you or anyone else gets any sex of any kind. They run their political campaigns against it, they go into mind numbing sordid detail about it and even pass laws against it, but they so love it when they get sex themselves. Mr. Sanford is proof they will even go so far as to travel to foreign country to get it.

This is another worthless Republican presidential hopeful who fought against fiscal stimulus in his home state. The suffering people off South Carolina have some of the highest unemployment numbers in the US. They need the money. That doesn’t mean he is against all kinds of stimulation altogether, far from it. I am sure he was very stimulated in Argentina. The Governor was happy to spend his money in Argentina where he was probably followed around by Argentina’s domestic intelligence services, along with some other interest, recording every stimulating moment of Mr. Sanford’s visit. Obviously information about this would be very useful to Argentina when negotiating with the US in the future if we were ever dumb enough to elect Mr. Sanford president.

Mr. Sanford took the trip because he was sure he would not be caught. Perhaps he thought he could sell us on the idea he was actually walking the Appalachian Trail and it starts in Buenos Aries?

What an example he is setting. I have just seen him on the news has a man wiping away tears as he tries to ask forgiveness of a spouse. It is all for show. He has abused his family, his staff, and the office he was elected to and the State of South Carolina. Let’s see if he is man enough to resign. I doubt it.

Posted by: bfc1949 | June 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

5.) Listening to Republicans denigrate Democrats and Demoncrats denying they ever do anything wrong.

I dispute #5...
I'm a Democrat. Poor judgement and immoral acts: Clinton, Frank, both Keneddy's and any other you can name...All guilty and indefensible.

The dramatic difference between Democrats/Liberals and Republicans/Conservatives is the absolute STENCH of sanctimony from the right. It's a sickly-sweet smell like a corpse in the summer heat.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's ask the REPUGNICAN Leadership for comments?

1. Rush to failure? Take a pill
2. Bush Wackin? No bodies home?!
3. Newt GiggleRich? shut down the whole gov !
4. el Chaeney? mopping up water in his basement?!
5. Poulson? Tarp leftovers anyone?
6. Rice? (busy)) teaching waterboard legal defense.
7. Mit Romulin? I'll ask my wives
8. Boehener? he refuses to use a "Trojan" to fix H-care.
9. Scarah Palin? Supports diplomatic abstinence programs!
10. (_____ ) ? Sorry ran out of leaders at #9

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 24, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

At least democrats are smart enough not to throw stones in glass houses...maybe we just need to be more like France...they expect their politicians to have mistresses and lurid affairs...Until then, WHEN WILL OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS FIGURE OUT THAT THERE ARE NO MORE SECRETS AND THEIR EXTRAMARITAL LOVE LIVES WILL BE EXPOSED EVENTUALLY.

Posted by: lance_dc7777 | June 24, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Pretty soon we are going to have to come up with another initial to put after all the politicians caught cheating.

R-F -(Republican Fornicator)
R-A - (Republican for abstinance that were't abstinate)
R-W (Republications who take wide stances)

D-N (Relatively normal Democrats-Hard to find)

D-O (All other democrats)

Posted by: kare1 | June 24, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

OH and don't forget

L - Not libertarians but all politicians to take liberty with the truth

That should leave very few unclassified polittitans

Posted by: kare1 | June 24, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

OH and don't forget

L - Not libertarians (sorry - we will find you another letter-- but all politicians to take liberty with the truth

That should leave very few unclassified polititions.

Posted by: kare1 | June 24, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

to sort of quote the band queen:
"mark walks warily down the street,
with the brim pulled way down low
ain't no sound but the sound of his feet,
machine guns ready to go
are you ready, are you ready for this
are you hanging on the edge of your seat
out of the doorway the bullets rip
to the sound of the beat

another one bites the dust
another one bites the dust
and another one gone, and another one gone
another one bites the dust
hey, i'm gonna get you too
another one bites the dust"

Posted by: w04equals666 | June 24, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh, maybe we need all women at the helm.....at least they would be more discreet LOL.

Posted by: Cybergal55 | June 24, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Does everyone remember when Bill Clinton was having repeated affairs and all of the liberals who are now attacking Republicans said it was just sex, a personal matter, and was irrelevant to job performance and really should not be discussed. I guess they no longer consider it private when it is a Republican having the affair.

Posted by: rsh1 | June 24, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

An Argentinian woman sleeping with a quasi-powerful married man......isn't that Eva Peron get started?

I wonder if she will leave sleepy Buenos Aires for the cosmopolitan urbane lifestyle that comes from living in South Carolina.

This gives a whole new meaning to the term "South of The Border". Anyone who has driven on I-95 between DC and Florida will know the meaning of this!

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

Was it not predictable that the sleazy Republican Party would damage the Christian brand with all their Newt like leaders, perverts, pedophiles, and fake preachers? It is time for real Christians to get out of politics and mend their church. Ronald Rip Off Reagan was the first to effectively use them and laugh about how easy it is. Bush II had to lie a little harder, quote a few more scriptures, and squeek a few tears. But the bottom line is Republican's use Christians to purpetrate the biggest crimes in history and make them into mean, gullible, foolish, accomplices who diminish their savior.

Posted by: mdenny1 | June 24, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

He learned it all on the family plantation.

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

I am a life-long Republican. However, I have classified myself as a "raging moderate" for years. Both of the 2 major parties in this country, and their representatives, have become more that an embarrassment to me, and to a great many Americans. I vote based on the candidates' qualifications, and the issues, not the party, or the candidate's "charisma". And I get along with all of my friends, whose political beliefs run from the extreme left to the extreme right, even if they can't get along with each other. It's called respect. We all need to be financially responsible - and that should start with our Government. I believe in Choice (decisions of that magnitude belong to the mother-to-be, her doctor, her God, and perhaps the father of the baby, NOT a handful of Congressmen who've never met her). How can a man, who will never be faced with the decision, even think he is qualified to legslate on the subject? Those who are so vocal against abortion should put their money where their mouth is: when an unwed 13-year old, drugged out girl understands she cannot posibly raise a child herself and makes the decision to abort - how about adopting her? Bring her home, pay for her medical care, be loving "grandparents" to the child when it's born, and right through college....NO? Too much? If you aren't willing to be a part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. I also believe if gays want to marry, let them. How does it hurt anyone else? We are not on the earth to judge, that's God's job. He's much better at it, and he's on the side of love, not hate. Just because it's not the way I would choose for myself, it doesn't mean I have the right to say it's not for someone else. I believe in the sanctity of marriage, which should be between 2 people who are in love and committed to a life together. I know some gay couples who've built much more stable, loving homes than many of the couples I know in heterosexual marriages. And what business is it of the handful of Congressmen? And while we're at it, economic pressures aside, why have we become so tolerant of people "shacking-up", rather than taking responsibility and making a real commitment? Both parties are guilty of these indescretions and finger-pointing. If we are to point fingers, let's be fair about it. There have been many, too many, embarrassing exploits. Neither party can gloat, and there are plenty of exposed skeletons on both sides - so STOP!

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

""Christian or not, temptation is everywhere. People make bad decisions regardless of religious affiliation. Same goes for the Republican/Democrat debate. If I remember correctly, Billy Clinton had a little issue with liking the young interns he worked with - oh, and he was a Democrat, right? Yes he was.

Stop throwing stones. ANYONE can lie. ANYONE can cheat.
""

Yeah, and remember that these are the same people who go around judging the morality of others.

WE WOULD NOT BE MAKING THESE COMMENTS IF THOSE WHO WERE STICKING THEIR NOSES INTO THE PEOPLE THEY DISPPROVE
IF
Those SAME PEOPLE WEREN'T PUTTING OTHER BODY PARTS OF THEIRS INTO PEOPLE THEY SHOULDN'T


DO YOU GET IT NOW

Posted by: kare1 | June 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Quite frankly, I do not care what he does with his you know what or who he does it with, as long as he votes against amnesty, against the global warming myth and against the wholesale raid on the pockets of productive citizens that is being conducted by the current administration. You can say what you want about the Bush administration but they tryed to reign in the Fannie and Freddie mess that the democratic party created but were blocked in doing so by democrats in congress. Can you say Frank, how about Schumer? Everyday, events in the middle east are making Bush look better and better. Lets face it. Both parties and the people that lead them are trash. The only real answer is term limits. Instead of hurling half wit insults at each other, why don't we work on that goal. I have been a lifelong democrat and am totally and completely confused by the irrational behavior of my own party.

Posted by: thor41 | June 24, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"Conservative Family Values"? What a laugh! At least the right-wing Republicans have finally a way to actually be useful to the country, they're providing a comedic break from the current rigors of making a living for most people! If there's anybody around that's still a true believer of the Rupubs' "traditional family values" shlock, they're just getting what they really deserve. And if they're naive and gullible enough to buy into Sanford's latest heart throb hypocrisy rap, then they'll deserve what else they're going to be getting. News Flash! Sanfords wife has known about his "infidelity" for at least six months. The creep was still going off and boinking his chica in Argentina. And if you're thinking he had wifey's approval, then you've obviously never lived in the southern Baptist Bible belt! These characters are inveterate hypocrites. It's that simple. Sanford is an especially insidious example of the genre, because he's been a big Bible thumper. He's built a career portraying homosexual people as "Sodomite" and generally characterizing normal human sexuality as some kind of "sin". All the while he's wearing his Bible belt notions of "morality" like a Gucci suit. So, is it really any wonder that these people finally crack up? It's not to me, and not to anybody else with a normal ego and some good sense! And anybody who feels sorry for that guy is a naive, gullible fool. An old hippie girl friend I had back in the sixties, who grew up in a typical southern baptist family, explained it all to me back then. She said, "to them it's only a "sin" when they get caught". Although I've occasionally wondered since, if they've already screwed up and then been "born again" once, do they get "born again", again, each time they screw up? It's like she said, they're inveterate hypocrites all, they just can't help it.
You can stick a fork in the Republicans, because they're done for the next two decades!

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

I want to see a picture of the Hotty South American! Larry Flint where are you?

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

All y'all look alike.

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


Motion on the floor

Republican Slogan change;

From: "COMPASSIONATE-CONSERVATISM"

To: "PASSIONATE-PERVERTATISM"


Posted by: ryan_heart | June 24, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

argentina beckoned the gov
to come dilly with his secret new luv
"responsibilities be damned,
i gots to get slammed!"
but repubs still support him..well, sort of.

Posted by: KenFromCalifornia | June 24, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

You left wings make me ill - did you forget about JFK or Bill Clinton - at least these Republicans are doing the right thing for the party in these instances.

Bill Clinton insists he did nothing wrong....wonder if Hillary agrees?????? And I guess you Dems agree he did nothing wrong... but when a Republican cheats on his wife, it's a whole different ballgame.

Posted by: ngg426 | June 24, 2009 3:24 PM
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It's a whole different ballgame because the Dems don't claim to be the party of "Family Values" and "Moral Conservatives".

Priceless Hypocracy!!!! Could it get worse for the incredibly shrinking GOP?

Yes.

Posted by: martin6 | June 24, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pookiecat:
"They are unstable, unreliable, and out of touch."

You left out stupid.

All of tghe above applies to those that did vote and will vote for these GOP morons.

Posted by: plaza04433 | June 24, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Tom Davis must've loved being singled out by name as being a friend of Mark Sanford.

Posted by: vasstlee | June 24, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue. It's the common scenario of powerful men thinking they can get away with anything. It doesn't disqualify them from performing their jobs - they have to deal with the hurt of their families and coming face to face with their hypocrisy.

Male politicians have done this for centuries. We can't keep track of them all. Women politicians, on the other hand, name 2 who have had similar peccadillos. Can't do it? Of course not. Again, this isn't a question of political party - it's gender and a sense of entitlement that [mostly] white males walk around with.

Posted by: carol58 | June 24, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

wagtdn,

You're saying a car accident forty years ago is the same as the Gov of a state committing adultery and going AWOL for five days? Now I know why Repugs have a reality deficit.

Posted by: trudy41 | June 24, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

REPLYING TO: Posted by: rsh1 | June 24, 2009 4:13 PM

bill clinton never left his white house responsibilities for 5 days without telling anyone just so he could get his hook-up.

it isn't "just sex" when your constituents don't even know where the heck you are. that not a red state/blue state issue, that's a job performance failure.

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

Leslie Nielsen as the Lieutenant Governor, who they have to turn to in a crisis when the governor can't be found despite the cops locking down the trail, and who nearly declares war on Russia, Iran, North Korea, and San Marino before Sanford returns (yes, I know a state can't do that, try telling him that)

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

Yep. As I said - put all women at the helm....we would not have this problem. It's not the fact that this is happening, it is the people that preach about how wrong it is to have affairs - yet feel entitled to do it. It is not the affair - it is spending the state of S.C. money to run off and have the affair, leaving everyone to wonder where he is (and lying about where he is). That is irresponsible. Who wants an idiot like that running their state. And to think he was being considered for president? I do not care - Democrat or Republican - who cares about the party - it is the person, not the party! Mud slinging at the parties - get real!!!!! What is so sad is that he left his sons and wife on Father's Day. He obviously does not care about family - he needs to GO. Get rid of the bad egg!

Posted by: Cybergal55 | June 24, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Evidently he believes the Republican Governors Association is entitled to focused, untainted leadership, but not the citizens of South Carolina.

Posted by: bcamarda2 | June 24, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Those who haven't sinned let them cast the first stone But if this man tells you that he always has had faith he is a dam Hypocrite I do not have to forgive him that is Gods job But a man like this the Governor of South Carolina AND criticizes the values and policies of this President Stanford has got the brains of a twelve year old on the Internet has the American people had enough of the GOP yet they have always thought of themselves and greed never about the American people Man I hope that his wife takes him for everything he's got how in the hell could you forgive a Ahole like this so much for the GOP

Posted by: mernatti123 | June 24, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

How do we really know that the Argentinian was a woman? On Gov. Marky Mark's say-so? I think the media should double check to see whether or not this was down-low gaucho love. I hear there's some serious beef in Argentina!

And while they're at it, maybe the media should ask Lindsay Graham what he's been up to lately.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | June 24, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse


hmmmm ....4 days in Argentina. Why didn't I think of that?

signed Bill Clinton

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

How quick we are to condemn someone just because they are from an opposing political party. Has everyone forgotten the indiscretions of the "Kennedy" brothers? Have we forgotten about Senator Hart or Bill Clinton? Need I say more?

The morality issue here is about a society of diverse people who have lost the understanding of absolute right and wrong. That don't want a God that would hold them accountable for their actions. There is no man or woman living that won't eventually be adversely affected by it.

When society (Satan) encourages us to give in to our personal feelings, desires and lusts (sexual, monetary, violence, etc) because everybody is entitled to their own view of right and wrong, then you must expect a loss of goodness (which includes good family values).

Our politicians are only acting out the values that they see around them and that we in society act on ourselves. They have become numb to lying, cheating, greed, lust, etc.

They, like most self-centered people, want to be the masters of their own destiny. They just don't want to be accountable for the destruction caused by their own actions.

It is so easy to put-down a person for doing things that most of us have to struggle with also. If you say you are without sin, you are a liar. So don't be so quick to take a pious attitude toward others. We need to focus on "finding a solution" to the morality issue, not elevate it or dwell on the perpetrators of it.

Posted by: voice2u | June 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Nev. Gov. gets a break on his adultry for a while, as Sanford takes the helm to breaking God's laws.Next GOP, please step up and take your turn. Remember what they did to edwards and clinton on this? Lets wait and see how Shawn Hannity, and the Fox folks report it! Bet Ya, wink,wink that they cover it over with surger.

Posted by: abbytreadway2 | June 24, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Not that i am defending or necessarily support Sanford but why should this wreck his chances in 2012. After all didn't Bill Clinton win in 1992 after having a 12-year affair with Genifer Flowers as well as numerous other trists? He not only won in '92 but was re-elected in '96 and remains the darling of his party.

Posted by: Ci2Eye | June 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Nope - I'm watching FOX and they are hitting it head on. It is FOX that is always fair and balanced. I watch FOX, CNN and HLN. So I am not partial to one or the other.

Posted by: Cybergal55 | June 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is just TOO precious! What is UP with these "do as I say, not as I do" GOP officials? In the "olden days", you could get away with this kind of B.S., because no one would find out about it. Hey 'Pukes: WELCOME TO THE INTERNET AGE! Your hypocritical, sneaking around behind the outhouse behavior has come back to bite your royally on the butt! As for the rest of the party? Spread peanut butter on them: they're TOAST! (I'm sorry, did I giggle too loudly while typing that? BWAAA-HAAAAA-HAAAA!)

Posted by: NYCBruce | June 24, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Did you guys hear that sound?

No not the sonic boom, it was more like a collective "sigh"....from the 20% of people who identify themselves as Republicans....

They are happy that the Governor did not do it with a child or a man

;-)

Posted by: Roism007 | June 24, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

When you remove God from society, you are left with inferior peoples view of right, wrong, love, hate, justice, punishment, etc.

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want my actions judged by someone else’s standards.

Our Creator gave us a set of rules to follow that would protect us all from harm if we would just follow (obey) them.

It is so easy to see that all evil comes from the "ignoring" of God’s righteous ten commandments.

But everyone has a choice. To obey them, or to ignore them. That is why we have so much evil and sickness in the world today. Too many people have chosen to ignore these commandments. Too many people want to do it their way, no matter who it hurts.

Posted by: voice2u | June 24, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

But voice2u, the Dem's are not claiming to be the christian value party leaders. That is the Republicans tittle. Dem's already knew they weren't perfect, and remember what they did to Clinton an Edwards? Republicans been pushing family values for as long as I can remember. Is this the family values you want your kids to follow?They had a big GOP meeting where he told them he cheated on his wife, and they clapped and praised his honesty! Where did that leave his wife, or the woman he cheated with? Come on now, honestly, quoted the good Lord,and how many times does that quoteing the good Lord on one adultry after another work for the party of family values? Did it keep the next one from committing adultry, and are you ready to quote the throwing of the stone on the next GOP who does it? Ya didn't give the Dem and Clinton or Edwards that break, did ya!

Posted by: abbytreadway2 | June 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's not shed a single tear for either of these corrupt, dishonest Republicans. They are both utterly typical of the sort of morality that reigns supreme in the Republican party today. Now they are feeling sorry for themselves and trying to apologize for their many sins. Adultery is still a moral crime. If they feel so bad, let them each take a pistol and use it as a lollipop before pulling the trigger.

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

UPDATE - Just on the news - his wife (Sanford) - wife asked him to leave 2 weeks before he came out and admitted the affair. She obviously knew. What a slimebag....Governor Sanford. Makes me sick.....

Posted by: Cybergal55 | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Argentina, what a romantic place for a secret rendevous with Palin. Drill baby drill.

Posted by: barnardj1 | June 24, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse
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Hahahaha!
GREAT!

Posted by: hayden1 | June 24, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Ci2Eye
"Not that i am defending or necessarily support Sanford but why should this wreck his chances in 2012."

What is being missed here is that Iraq, Katrina, the economy, torture, etc, -all exposed the Republicans as incompetent.

Now they are adding fuel to the fire by exposing themselves as hypocrits, liars and demagogues to boot!

It will take a generation for the Republicans to recover from their self-destruction.

The GOP and Republican brand is now a joke, a dirty joke, and will remain so indefinately.

The Republicans can dream about 2010, 2012, 2016 all they want...but it is merely an extension of the delusion they have been the victims of since 2000.

Posted by: plaza04433 | June 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse


Well, since SOMETHING needs to be done,

hows about a seminar for the GOPers about

how to keep your pants on? Placed to start.

Thin about Sanford, he seems to be so sure he'll just walk through this.
Is he insane?

Posted by: whistling | June 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Get in line, Gov. The list is tirelessly long. Politicians and celebs who have screwed around could fill a few books.
FDR,Kennedy,Eisenhower,Reagan,Craig,Gingrich, Livingston,Sanford,Spitzer,Guiliani,McCain,
Jefferson, Harding, Clinton, etc. It is not the party or the sin that raises eyebrows so much as the hypocritical behavior of these characters who publically profess to raising the moral standards of the nation while stepping outside of their marriages for sex.
Sanford should do the honorable thing and resign. He has lost all credibility from the public's perspective, and people in that sphere cannot effectively govern.

Posted by: cy31b | June 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

cybergal55, I can't believe you actual call Shawn Hannity or Bill O'Reilly on fox fair and Balanced. Every night, Shawn Hannity has a bone to pick with A Demacrate. He's never fair an balanced. I got to give a Bill his due, as I have heard him give some republicans heck, as well as Dem's, But, he to tilts Republican. And deary, I watch them all. It's a laugh a minute to see news turned into the Jerry springer show. When Colmes was On Hannity to keep it honest, it was a good watch with both sides of the story, and Hannity tried to run all over Colmes, like Hannity does all his guest these days.Cnn sticks with the Dem's side of it all, while MSMBC does them all. The networks are jokes for real News. BBC or C-span is the best if it's reality ya want, and not a good laugh a minute.

Posted by: abbytreadway2 | June 24, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Sanford doesn't deserve a movie. Let the movie be about the poor folks in South Carolina who have to put the pieces together after all the damage he's done.

He absolutely needs to resign and get out of the way. He went AWOL from his job for a week, broke his oath, abandoned his family (Over Father's Day! Incredible!), lied to multiple people in multiple settings, and may have authorized his staff to lie for him. If he were an appointed official, he would be placed on administative leave and fired as soon as due process requirements were met.

Posted by: tboyer33 | June 24, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

cybergal were did ya get that sanford was ask to leave by his wife, two weeks ago. Was it a read sight or one of the fair and balance news net works?

Posted by: abbytreadway2 | June 24, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue."
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Everytime a Republican makes a mistake, they never just take responsibility for their actions, they always want to spread it across the isle.

Posted by: moonbat23 | June 24, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to this high profile politician (a Governor), one more thread in the moral fabric of America is shredding. No wonder we humans are racing to destroy this planet via global warming. Look around you at the 70% of the Energy we WASTE in the name of AMERICAN hedonism !

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

Please cry for me Argentina....

Posted by: patboyle | June 24, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Instead of a litmus test about taxes and abortion, the Republican Party should be asking candidates if they’ve had an affair.

Posted by: jpt51 | June 24, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

potus candidates? repubs once had plenty
strong choices from 1 up thru twenty
but ensign/sanford's insanity
make even sean hannity
fear a scandal will next nab tim pawlenty.

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

These conservative Republicans certainly must've learned their Christian values well from the fiery televangelists, like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggert. Hallelujah, PTL!

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 24, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Having an affair does not disqualify him from being governor. Not being able to come up with a better story than going for a hike shows that he is too stupid to be in charge of anything. Did he plan this out? Doesn't he have one friend who would cover for him? Now we know why he turned down the stimulus money. Stupid.

Posted by: bairdlaw | June 24, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Craig. Foley. Haggard. Gingrich. Limbaugh. McCain. Palin. Ensign. Sanford. What a weird, crazy, bunch of clowns you Republicans are!

Posted by: euroguy | June 24, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

CNN and Fox News both stated the wife asked him to leave 2 weeks ago. I guess she knew for about 5 months. But knowing he was 'emailing and confiding in the friend' for over 8 years...hmmmmm wondering just how long this affair has been in the works. They are supposed to be working it out. Maybe they need a reality show like Kate and Jon plus 8 or whatever - LOL. Hmmmm new idea, South Carolina and reality show.....should help their marriage or 'kill it' for sure!!!!

Posted by: Cybergal55 | June 24, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Once again - blaming antics on the party (Democrats or Republicans) - just indicates stupidity! I vote for the person after researching their background, and what they stand for. I do not vote for the 'party'......

There is enough bad behavior from individuals that are Democrats and Republicans.

Posted by: Cybergal55 | June 24, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

seems like chris rock needs to go back to south carolina for some more, "man on the street" interviews!

youtube "chris rock south carolina" for reference

Posted by: KenFromCalifornia | June 24, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Probably there is another lie here also-or at least one-no doubt he was making use of prostitutes in Argentina-I am sure this will come out soon enough-

Posted by: yodcha | June 24, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Must give the guy credit. He flew all the way to Argentina for some action as opposed to having an intern crawl under the desk or doing the toe tap in a men's stall.

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

Don't cry for me Appalachia.

Argentina, Appalachia--it's easy enough to confuse the two.

This is so funny that I feel giddy.

Posted by: aguy7 | June 24, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Nobody in this Carolina is blessing the heart of that plane crashing, habitual speeder, scariest state politician runner-up (Free Times) Andre Bauer. Sanford's shown he doesn't have the decision making skills to be SC governor, much less president of the US, but Bauer's not a step up.

Posted by: WorstSeat | June 24, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear "Republicans":

You are hereby requested -- no, make that COMMANDED -- never to mention your g_ddamn "family values" to me ever again.

Got it? Enough already! Put away your bibles and let us be a country again.

Posted by: goldengateview | June 24, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

What a horses a--. Who's next? Vegas should keep odds on which neocon gets caught with his/her pants down, or double dipping on the old family values lecture circuit. Un-be-liev-able, again!

Posted by: DontGetIt | June 24, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

The persons who could best play the parts are:

governor: Bill

wife: Hillary

chief of staff: anyone

lt. governor Al

Since some in the media have taken it upon themselves who shall be dismissed, on the basis of adultery, as possible contenders for high national office, why did they absent themselves from this self-annointed role when Bill was a candidate in 1992?

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 25, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

SO MUCH wishful thinking here, Ms Akers!

Well, enjoy Obamamania's waning days, I guess- his poll numbers are headed south in a hurry. Humiliation by Tehran and Pyongyang, coupled to a comprehensive defeat on Obamacare will deal this arrogant montebank a harsh blow.

The paucity of GOP co-conspirators for the Porkulus and other reckless spending exposed Obama politically... and looks to be a huge gamble. When all this pork and welfare fails to generate any real economic gains, the Democrats will face a bloodbath in 2010.

By the time 2012 rolls-around, people will cringe at the mere mention of his name- and the GOP could take 40 states running Gilbert Gottfried.

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | June 25, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Clearly thinking with his "small brain". So many rhetorical questions come to mind and they all deal with how a guy, no wait, not just "a guy", but a sitting Governor of a state.....could "F" up his family like this. He's done politically...but that ain't the most important thing...it's his family and his beautiful wife! I cannot imagine what POA he was enjoying in BA, but she COULD NOT POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN THAT GOOD! And he's part of a fundamentalist christian men's group? Just a bit hypochritical for a "values" guy to dabble in adultory, ain't it?

Posted by: skiloypet | June 25, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Is Joaquim Phoenix just not weird and erratic enough to play Sanford? Too bad Sen. Vitter didn't have a chance to tutor Sanford on how to cheat on your wife and still be forgiven by the wife, God and, according to some recent polls, the voters. Are we sure Gov. Palin wasn't somehow behind the leaking of the e-mail messages to the newspaper, in order to torpedo Sanford's chances for 2012??

Posted by: Sutter | June 25, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Bill Clinton could play him and Monica Lewinsky could play the mistress... oh yea... been there done that right you holier than thou libs? Grow up. He's not God and neither are the Republicans. They just have a few more morals than others.

Posted by: pd3450 | June 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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Did you bother to read your post before you submitted it ?

"He's not God and neither are the Republicans. They just have a few more morals than others." That's a joke, right ?

Right ? Republicans and morals ?

Posted by: dennissuper | June 25, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Take it easy on this guy. Come on, have you been to Argentina? Have you seen the women there? He should not have come back. Republicans, who are fair-minded and religious people will forgive him because he is a Republican. The Republicans think it is wrong to be unfaithful if you are a Democrat. I look forward to his impeachment.

Posted by: randy-texas | June 25, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, I can identify with Governor Sanford. I once made a private proposal to a girl which became public, in the same vein as the thoughts expressed by the Gov. After it got out, I had to read it in public, in front of my SECOND GRADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASS. That is how juvenile that man is. At least he is not part of the party of NO! He said YES!

Posted by: jncbishop | June 25, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately indiscretion is not exclusive for Democrats or Republicans based on the examples already sited. We knew of "Slick Willy" while he was still in Arkansas and I guess chose to ignore it. Hypocrisy? I hope the Democratic message is not "well we don't promote family values therefore you can't burn us on it". I think once we stop electing human beings these issues will begin to go away. Has anyone kept a running tally on the Obama nominees who didn't pay taxes? A shining example for a share the wealth platform.

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

This is not in any sense a "real story." All we have discovered is that this man is a human being with flaws, as we all are.

The problem is, these conservatives set themselves up as the arbiters of morality for all of us, when they can't even live up to their own standards. They are preaching abstinence only education, but they certainly can't practice it. And they are wailing about how gay marriage would 'destroy the sanctity of marriage,' when they are the ones destroying it.

I don't condemn the man for what happened; perhaps he truly cared for this other woman. Life is complex.

What I do condemn is the way the Republicans seem to believe they are above the law, in so many ways.

Posted by: julir7 | June 25, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The difference with the Republican party vs. the Democratic party is that the Republicans actually have a moral conscience. They admit when they have done something morally wrong! Unlike legislators who actually held a brothel at his house and denied it....Mr. Barney Frank. Democrats are just better at covering up their nasty little indiscretions because they deem political power much greater than morals...

Posted by: Rhonda5 | June 25, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Great posts (e.g.) Sabrina, jkoch, pookiecat, whistling, annegreen etc AND what momapajamas & wearedoomed1 & robin854(e.g.)& their ilk fail to realize is that it isnt simply a case of 'libs' now being 'holier than thou!"--far from it! You sad folks-who-dont-get-it must realize its coz weve been preached at so long with lies and abuse & hypocrisy via Innanity Hannity & Limbo Limbo & Creepy-Coulter -the 'right-swingers' favorite mouthpieces with their ridiculous & pathetic attacks on Obama recently-- so that now all these 'meanspirited' folks as moma pajamas (e.g.) calls us are now exhultant! We are justifiably reveling in the appaling hypocrisy of those preachy puffed-up idiots & boneheads who have been running this country for FAR too damn long & VERY BADLY in EVERY WAY--so washing ouselves clean of them at last with the ballot box gives one the same exhuberent joy I wish the Iranians in their majorities wisdom could have also experienced!!! What a sad & sorry bunch Boehners boneheads have become!!!

Posted by: neilo1 | June 25, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

It is not just that paragon of mental health, Gov Sanford, who owes the nation an apology, but the entire Republican Party, whose blatantly political ploy of using divisive, social "wedge issues" (e.g., gay marriage) has fostered a climate of mistrust & a lack of civility in our nation's political discourse. Their message of an oppressive, heavy-handed personal morality, carried by spokespersons who personify the very vices they so sanctimoniously condemn in others, has been an affront to the dignity of this country. For that, the GOP owes America a serious apology & a fundamental change in its orientation. Otherwise, the voters will be more than happy to push the GOP further into oblivion.

Posted by: DoctorB | June 25, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The comments are just full of hacks from both sides. What Sanford did was wrong, regardless of what party he belongs to. He had an affair, something democrats are just as guilty of as republicans. He has flaws, and has shown that he strays from his own moral code, something democrats are also guilty of. As for leaving the state without a leader, that should be the real story; that should be the real issue.

Posted by: matthewpaulino1 | June 26, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

This is a sad thread. The only defense for an adulterer seems to be to have no values or at least keep your mouth shut.

King David (1 Samuel 12) also committed adultery. Nathan told him,
"But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt"

That seems to be the main theme of this thread. That is truly sad.

Posted by: lynn110 | June 26, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I remember a friend laughing about the Clinton/Lewinsky brouhaha, and saying, "No surprise - Democrats mess around, and Republicans steal!"
Clearly, the Republicans have gotten more versatile since then and are now equally proficient at both...

Posted by: JarheadShrink | June 29, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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