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Updated, 3:05 p.m. ET: Sanford's very candid interview with the AP has the potential to derail what looked to be the increasing likelihood that he would hold on to his job.

The most problematic admission by Sanford in the interview is that he had strayed with other women but had not had sex with them.

Add that startling revelation to a number of odd quotes Sanford gave regarding his affair -- that his mistress "is his soul mate, but he will try to fall back in love with his wife" among others -- and you can see how Sanford has managed to pour fuel on a fire that appeared to be nearly out.

Not good.

In the aftermath of the interview, during which Sanford admitted meeting with his mistress on several occasions in New York, state attorney general Henry McMaster called for an investigation into the governor's trips.

Original Post

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's admission to the Associated Press today that he had five encounters with his Argentine mistress over the course of a single year including two overnight stays in New York isn't likely to fundamentally alter the resignation sweepstakes currently swirling around him.

Sanford had previously said that he had spent time with Maria Belen Chapur on four occasions over the past year and had not said that any of the encounters were in the United States.

While Sanford's latest admission is sure to keep the story churning in the state media and, to a lesser extent, the national media, it's hard to see how five meetings rather than four with his mistress will further imperil Sanford's chances of hanging on for his last 18 months in office.

For one, Sanford has acknowledged publicly that he weighed resigning in the immediate aftermath of the scandal but decided against it -- meaning that he isn't all that likely to re-weigh the possibility of resigning.

In an email to supporters yesterday, Sanford wrote that "I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm."

For another, there are considerable political repercussions on the 2010 governors race if Sanford steps aside.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (R), who is running for the open seat, would ascend to the governorship -- handing him a major leg-up in next year's primary fight. (Bauer's pledge that he would not run for a full term in 2010 if he became governor before then was greeted with a collective eye roll by consultants aligned with other candidates in the race.)

None of Bauer's 2010 opponents want to see him move up to the governor's office any time soon (or ever) and their desire for the status quo winds up strengthening Sanford's hand.

What could change that calculus? If other major revelations -- more affairs, further misuse of state funds, etc. -- emerge that turn public opinion overwhelmingly against Sanford. Politicians are, at heart, survivors, and if the sentiment for Sanford's resignation grew considerably, they would likely have no choice but to push him out.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2009; 12:59 PM ET
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The South Carolina Gov. is having a serious meltdown. One thing is for sure, he is telling it all.

Posted by: opp88 | July 2, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Aside from the titillating facts of this case (which Gov. Sanford insisted upon fanning himself), the overriding issue WAS the careless way in which the he abandoned his leadership position for five days. His more recent behavior, however, raises concerns regarding his mental and emotional fitness for high office.

Posted by: zephyr99 | July 2, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

His wife asked him to leave 2 weeks PRIOR his trip to Argentina. She has known of the woman since Jan.
He states: I have hurt her, my wife & my sons. His first priority is the mistress.
I have had a "handfull" of other women but no sex took place. Maybe he believes missionary is sex but no other positions are.
As for his "oppressive" life what do you know that no one else does.
He lives his wife but he is IN LOVE with his mistress/soulmate.
He needs to shut up. This is very hard for his wife & sons. If you are not happy in your marriage just leave. Oh, right, divorce is not approved by the [ a ] moral republican'ts.
I do not see why anyone thinls it his wifes fault. She ran both of his campaigns and does not need to have her dignity trashed because he is a fool.

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | July 2, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Go tell it on the mountain. "SEX DISCONNECTS INTELLECTS" editorialized front and back on T-shirts at
edushirts.com. No thinker about this subject should be without one, because this comment says much about it.

Posted by: JAYELOGAN2 | July 1, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Follitics:

Is that Bill Clinton didn't resign as well?

Posted by: JakeD | July 1, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The key to all this is that Mark Sanford is a classic narcissist with an insatiable lust for attention, which he has had in abundance these past months. First we had the stimulus drama, played out coyly in several acts, all with the theme “will he, or won’t he?” Then there was the Argentinian affair, with (to judge by the e-mails) an adoring mistress providing endless attention to her adolescent lover, who constructed an elaborate alibi (or two or three or a dozen) to conceal their cocoon of delicious secrecy.

Now there has been the astonishing last week. Every bit of it has been dramas in many acts, written, directed, and produced by its lead actor. The tearful press conference alone had three acts – the endless lead-up, the dramatic revelation, and lengthy chronicling of seemingly every moment of the eight-year relationship. Then there were the (many) televised demands for forgiveness. The visits home, duly reported to the press. And the minute the national attention shifted, a new drama was constructed in the AP interview, with yet more details guaranteed to grab national headlines.

This man is never going to resign. He needs his stage as much as he needs air to breathe. Pathetic.

Posted by: Follitics | July 1, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think Sanford is on the verge of a nervous breakdown or midlife crisis? I think his crying is for real, honestly. Why else would he come out and say these things? Most of these press conferences on these issues are handled very professionally. They write a script, take the podium, give a well reasoned speech & cry at the climax of the conference. Sanford's conferences have been wrecks without proper speech and downright honesty. This woman is his soul mate and he's trying to fall back in love with his wife? What the heck!? He said this is a sad & tragic love story! HIs comments are too real to be staged. Authors of love novels would have to think long & hard to come up with something this good!

Posted by: reason5 | July 1, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

This is just the most interesting story! On the one hand, he's more human than nearly any politician so afflicted. He clearly loves the mistress and doesn't love - or has at least fallen out of love - with his wife. On a human level, I feel more pity for the predicament this man is in. I really do pity him. I really think where is personal well-being is concerned, he ought to resign and move to Argentina to be with his "soul mate" (How can anyone NOT drop everything to be with their soul mate? She's his friggin SOUL MATE for pete's sake!) It would also be best for the Republican Party. On the other hand he's yet another raging hipocrite from the right.

I just love all the layers. Sanford himself might use this for a little introspection and realize the conservative movement needs to embrace humanity. How can he reconcile his retrograde positions with finding his "soul mate" without coming to the conclusion that human suffering and love need to be respected a bit more than modern conservative thought allows. The same goes for his followers and supporters: how can they view this man's pain and not see a need for more compassion in the world? So I think its a net plus for long term political discourse on that front.

I'm a liberal. I don't think his personal mistakes make him a sleazeball. I think they make him human. I think that in turn is what scares so many in the Republican Party.

Posted by: mulletville | July 1, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

His wife should divorce him and take him for as much as possible. What a slimeball. His "soulmate"....what BS. He'll "try and fall back in love with his wife"...you have got to be kidding me! This guys is a bad example all the way around: screws around on his wife, a pitifully weak example for his boys, deceitful towards the South Carolinians he was elected to serve, and so on and so on. A bad-actor who should resign or be recalled.

Posted by: skiloypet | July 1, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Obviously it would be good for Democrats if Sanford lingered, like Larry Craig, but it is better for South Carolina citizens if he goes. Forget the latest interview, he should have resigned based on going AWOL from his job and trying to cover the thing with a whole basket of lies. There used to be this notion of a gentleman's honor in the south, and honesty was a big part of it.

Posted by: tboyer33 | July 1, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Indubitably, Sanford would be better off - and so would everyone else, except the press - if he would disappear to Argentina, as some have suggested.

And indubitably, he and his wife are a serious mismatch.

And indubitably, who cares, other than the people and politicians of South Carolina.

Posted by: Ruffles1 | July 1, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Craig Melvin is on the list of Candidates 2012 at the New GOP, for coverage on "HOW WE WILL SIGN'OFF THE LGISLATIVE DENMONINAE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY" - Fed 47 'In SC, the Constitutionmaes the EXEC ELIGIBLE BY THE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT... AND GIVES THE TO THE LATTER OF THE MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY" Marks Supreme Sign Off On Federal, 'covers it all and ON THE INSIDER - VETERANS AFFAIRS used this meaningful expression to arodindite Uniformly That the eans and Ways of Politik between the Vocal and The Practicing ARE INDEED LESS DISTRESS to Jenny AND NO TRESPASS AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA, ITS IS INCENSE FOR AHAZ FOR THE NEXT G.O.P. Furthermore, Vetarans of Foreign Affairs would say that this common deluge in interlude to stormy pasts - not future bountiful reclaments of "GOOD SOUTH CAROLINIANS" and appointments to Main Duty to A legislature in need of Oversite. So we see. Eye, ado, support Mark Sanford, as now and in future endeavoures.

Posted by: RyanOfColumbiaSC | July 1, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

And I learned this as a kid back on good old Indian lake:

You get lines crossed by fishing on the wrong side of the dock.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

"What is this "genie back in the bottle stuff?" Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 "

Because if you use the word that begins with a p the WAPO's propriety checker gets flustered.

And he still ought to try to get it back in his pants, and keep it there.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

"I actually don't find it funny. Yes, "hiking on the Appalachian Trail" as a euphemism for sex is funny. But Sanford's public statements strike me as sincere and heartfelt. Posted by: Renu1"

Considering all the Freudian connotations of what you can do on the Appalachian Trail it is amazing that it didn't long since replace first base, ... home run in the American lexicon for sexual success in other than married states. For that matter it can as easily be a good replacement "wide stance".

Think of all the knobs, and the balds to climb and or explore, and the ultimate goal on the trail, go up into the White Mountains and climb Mt Katahdin. And you can also find the rivers used for Deliverance if you look around as you hike.

The whole concept was rite before it got its first sophomoric titters, (who were apparently out on the trail hiking as well).

Didn't we outgrow this stuff when they canceled Laugh In?

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Even with the latest revelations, Sanford maintains he is fit to govern and has no plans to resign.

''I've been able to do my job and in fact excel at it,'' Sanford said, while acknowledging he is a spectator at his ''own political funeral.''

Look, you all watched "functional" crazy people like Michael Jackson drop dead in slow motion. Do you want to watch this play out?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 30, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with you people? The entire Board is full of negative comments. Sanford deserves major credit on two grounds (1) he is being way more honest than almost all politicians; and (2) he is in love despite the rules of his culture. This is like Romeo and Juliet or West Side Story. Can't you people appreciate some from-the-heart feelings?

I understand the hyprocrisy angle. He needs to really lighten up on his support of a theocracy. I also can see that there are problems with misuse of public funds and leaving his post. But here is a person struggling to find true love, and isn't that wonderful?

Posted by: Renu1
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Kind of. But, it's dang funny, too! Come on: admit it--this guy is horrifyingly oblivious to anyone's best interests, including his own. It's just too funny.
Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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What's more, the story has been the subject of intense personal research. Read about this here asking Jenny if he could see the Argentine bombshell after getting forgiven for doing the nasty.

Asked the preacher lady if there was some kind of spiritual bank, you know, where you deposit forgiveness from those you sin against for future use. She said there's no such thing as Keynesian morality in that respect.

Then asked the wife what my survival chances would be if I asked her for permission to sleep around just one or two times with someone she'd forgiven me for having a fling (or two or three or four) with. Answer--zero, goose egg, nada.

Posted by: Martial | June 30, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

"Good grief, why is he sharing all this information? There is something very odd about it. Are we are part of his psychotherapy?"


No we are part of his conflagration.

A] Bonfire of the Vanities.
B] Andy Warhol's prediction.

Too bad for his kids.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 30, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

During 'the dream', maybe a wire got crossed...... somethin' about all fifty states.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | June 30, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I am sure he is crazy, but this is really not the place to say exactly why.

Here is a hint though, everybody is getting psychological.

This is different than the others. He is on his own. There are no handlers. He won't shut up.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 30, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

It is important for people like former governor Sanford to remain in the public eye for a certain period. During their time in the limelight the Sanfords, Ensigns, Frankens, and Craigs educate those of us who are paying attention about how foolish some of us appear much of the time. If we could only be that fly on the wall...

Charleston is certainly a fair city by the sea but a great deal of rural South Carolina in March and April of 2009 was pretty much unchanged since my family came through in the family station wagon in the late 1960s. A pity that the scourge of hundreds of years of slavery is taking so long to wash off...

Posted by: thw2001 | June 30, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

What women do you "cross lines" with, but never score? Not your neighbor's wife, surely; you get a lot of black eyes doing that. Not your Church Choir; them's reserved for other members of the the Church Choir, Choral sex being what it is, you know. Not the nurses; they become quickly disgusted and make your shot take three times as long. Not the local bar--you would cross, but then score. Phone sex does not sound reasonable, given Governor Sanford's willingness to go to another continent to be incontinent. He would not be one who opens the raincoat before women in the park because in South Carolina one seldom goes to the park in raincoats.

This leaves female employees and colleagues. Sanford is governor; he sexually harassed his female employees. This public matter booted Senator Packwood from the Senate. Sanford follows the example of another South Carolinian who was both Governor and a member of our national legislature:

http://socialistworker.org/2003-2/459/459_02_Thurmond.shtml

Posted by: Martial | June 30, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Somebody wrote in his/her comment:
"Latinos thrive on hot sexy love affairs and are bored out of their minds with a regular, run-of-the-mill tryst."
That is nonsense. Biased. What is his/her opinion about non-Latinos as if I or anyone else cares? Keep to the Gov. question. Cheers from Brazil.

Posted by: celindgren | June 30, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, why is he sharing all this information? There is something very odd about it. Are we are part of his psychotherapy?

I don't think he really wants to reconcile and I think his wife has too much self-respect to take him back. Maybe that's what's behind all this - make it so bad that he can just run away and live happily ever after with his soul mate.

Posted by: FauxReal | June 30, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

What's with South Carolina?

The state has been a mountain of pomposity since the administration of Andrew Jackson.

How do the people of this state put up with such losers?

Posted by: toritto | June 30, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I just cannot understand . . . the Governor of a US state can't "Buy American"?

Posted by: palmtree2001 | June 30, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

this is gotta be made into a movie.

Posted by: donaldtucker | June 30, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Now this guy is the swordsman.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 30, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

somebody wrote:
"People have sex, America, get over it. Give people a little privacy. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."

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

Sanford impeached Clinton ??????

"Did I not teach that he should do unto others the same as himself"?

You people never learned!

Signed
Gezuz

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 30, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I've seen "sorta strange" politicians but Sanford is deep in the Twilight Zone.

How can there be any debate? Get him OUTTA there.

Posted by: kls1 | June 30, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

GOV. Sanford fiddled while South Carolina Burned!


Posted by: ryan_heart | June 30, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

timsiepel@7:40 pm

"People have sex, America, get over it. Give people a little privacy. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."
********
Yup, people have sex. I have sex as often as I can with my partner of 11 years. We share far more than sex, and apparently far more than the Guv and his wife. Yet, according to the Guv, our love (and monogamy) threatens the sanctity of marriage; his Argentine adultery doesn't. He doesn't deserve privacy, he deserves scorn. If you want to cite proverbs, how about "you reap what you sow"?

Posted by: whamiam | June 30, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Adultery is a crime in South Carolina. So is using government funds and property for personal use.

In truth, I don't really care. But what kind of guy says he's found his soul mate but then says he's going to "try" to fall back in love with his wife?

Then he cites King David as an example, the guy who slept with someone else's wife, sent the guy off to be killed, and married the widow. The Lord disapproved and David's child by Bathsheba died a few days after birth and David's house would be cursed with turmoil. One of his sons revolted years later and had sex in public with ten of his father's concubines.

This is not a good example for present day activity. King David had numerous wives and concubines all through his life, even while married to Bathsheba.

Is this the example Sanford really wants to emulate?

I mean, there are also suggestions that, in addition to the multiple wives and concubines, David had gay affairs....so maybe homosexuality is okay too?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 30, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sanford is digging his own grave.More likely in a 6 X 3 plot.

One fact stands out, he has, he had extramarital relationship(or ships), whether same sex or otherwise. After all he is an American, relationship or not, more than majority of Men and women are embedded with the culture. Did he commit civil or crimonal activity like Spitpzer.Negligence of duty is another matter and Carolinens have a say in it.

Posted by: jayrkay | June 30, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, once Sanford is in a hole, he just keeps drilling -- over and over again.
__________________________________________

What's the old saying about having the sense to stop digging once you're in a hole?

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | June 30, 2009 8:23 PM |

Posted by: Bob22003 | June 30, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I have a strong feeling that Sanford's South American "Soul Mate" doesn't think of him in the same way. Latinos thrive on hot sexy love affairs and are bored out of their minds with a regular, run-of-the-mill tryst. The Governors days are numbered.

Posted by: kimL1 | June 30, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

What's the old saying about having the sense to stop digging once you're in a hole?

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | June 30, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Everybody in SC knows Andre has little regard for authority. I can't immagine him as governor. Sanford made a mistake. I'd like to see people give him a chance to turn it around with his wife and family.

Posted by: dgfields | June 30, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

It is disgusting that with all the problems faced by the state in this economy, this privileged man and his privileged wife continued this drama for months. Supposedly she was his governor-in-chief. He rejected stimulus from the Feds, but he certainly liked the stimulus from the Argentine! There are no heroes here folks, only a selfish, self-centered couple who puts their personal lives ahead of everyone else.

Posted by: paris1969 | June 30, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a nut. Why is he still a Governor? Resign and get it over with -- everyone will be better off.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 30, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

What's his problem with American women?

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An unwholesome power relationship .. they expect to be treated as equals

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 30, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm becoming a Republican politician so I can get laid ALL the time

Posted by: nmoses | June 30, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

This man is apparently having a very public and very embarrassing nervous breakdown. Someone please make him shut up. Forget his career, forget his marriage. What he needs to think about now is what he is doing to his sons with all this garbage.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | June 30, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Renu, but he advocated the oppressive social values. I bet you too that SC is abstinence only state.

Posted by: ualec1

Yes, he has. That is part of what makes this story so interesting and hopeful. I once read a story about a military officer who led a dutiful but very drab life. At about 50 he realized that he was gay, and he found a partner, and he described this experience as "for the first time, I saw the world in technicolor." Sanford is on the edge - he could go back to his dutiful and oppressive life, or he could burst out and learn to live freely with toleration and love of others.

Posted by: Renu1 | June 30, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

As long as Sanford did nothing illegal, like Spitzer in NY, he should not resign. But he should shut up already. It's simple say "no comment" and get to work.

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Leaving his responsibilities without any contact or delegation is one hell of lot worse than adultery. And if it isn't "illegal" it's pretty damned irresponsible.

Were this a Democratic governor you'd be leading the charge for his arrest, impeachment, and anything else you could think up.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 30, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"He said his experiences with other women took place outside of the United States while he was married, but before he knew Chapur, the AP reported."
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What's his problem with American women?

Posted by: edlharris | June 30, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

What is this "genie back in the bottle stuff?"

We resent being blamed for this governor's problems or being kept in a bottle. This is old-style discrimination, like keeping your women barefoot and pregnant, and black people picking cotton. Genies have rights too!

--- National Genie Anti-Defamation League

I Dream of Jeannie

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 30, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Told you so, this man is delusional.
Bone fide psychotic.

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I'm curious. You say you are employed as a forensic psychiatrist, implying that you use the lexicon of psychopathology with knowledge and precision, not the way most people do ("stop being paranoid").

Where do you get psychotic from Sanford?

Not disagreeing, mind you, but I'm seeing ordinary character disorder.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 30, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

An aside from South Carolina, but one 2010 gubernatorial election that doesn't get much pay is Rhode Island. Hear me out since I know Mr. Cillizza loves when family dynamics meets politics.

Bill Lynch is Chairman of the Democratic Party of Rhode Island and all-around politcal bigwig within the state. He wants to run for Attorney General in 2010 since the incumbent AG, his younger brother Patrick Lynch, is at his term-limit. Patrick Lynch announced this past May that he's running for Governor of Rhode Island in 2010 and his campaign staff was announced yesterday. When asked, Patrick Lynch doesn't believe his older brother Bill Lynch will run to replace him as AG. Guessing too many Lynches on one ballot is the logic and besides Bill and Patrick are no Jack and Bobby. Both don't want the other one to run since it hurts his own ambition.

This isn't the first time the brothers have publicly been at odds. Bill Lynch, himself a superdelegate, endorsed and campaign for Hillary Rodham Clinton during the primaries while Patrick Lynch was the second of only two RI superdelegates to support Barack Obama (first being U.S. Rep. Kennedy).

Anyhow, thought The Fix would like to know more about this.

Posted by: Corey_NY | June 30, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

This guy can't tell the truth. The people of South Carolina will be ill served by allowing a chronic liar to continue the next eighteen months.

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If they didn't know he was a liar by the (R) after his name then they probably deserve him.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 30, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Most people can't be no-shows at work for 5 days and expect to come back to a job.

Posted by: trace1 | June 30, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Renu, but he advocated the oppressive social values. I bet you too that SC is abstinence only state.

Posted by: ualec1 | June 30, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"Depends how you calculate values.

In 2008, $500.00 from 1880 is worth:

$10,862.92 using the Consumer Price Index
$10,035.58 using the GDP deflator
using the value of consumer bundle
$73,750.00 using the unskilled wage
$113,606.34 using the nominal GDP per capita
$688,329.31 using the relative share of GDP


http://www.measuringworth.com/calculators/uscompare/result.php
Posted by: Martial | June 30, 2009 4:38 PM "

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Thanks for the breakdown.

Posted by: edlharris | June 30, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Ok, now he's bragging. So he's an insecure midlife crisis victim. No problem, as long as he hadn't cut and run from his state duties. That's where the beef is. That and possibly using state money. That's what will hurt his career. He is done for even if he doesn't know it yet.

Posted by: bgormley1 | June 30, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The pain and cruelty this man has visited on his wife ie, true soul mate, try to fall back in love, makes him unfit for living among civilized people, much less be a "leader". What kind of a leader, the quickest to the sheets?

Boot him out and let his soul mate support him. I doubt he knows how to do much in terms of gainful work, other than marry well, but let him get some kind of jobs and pay lots of child support.

Posted by: catlady1 | June 30, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

timsiepe, I completely agree with you in general, except the real sin here is not sex, it is hypocrisy. Yucky, holier than though hypocrisy, Christian Family value hypocrisy.

Posted by: ualec1 | June 30, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Renu1 @ 6:33-
I was, like you, relatively sympathetic to Sanford's "helplessly fell in love" storyline until today's disclosure that he had inappropriate contact with other women. This is a guy with a wandering eye who for years tried to play around on the margins and finally got in too deep.

Posted by: keller1 |


Keller,

That fits too. Sanford is deeply disatisfied with his marriage and with his life. Sanford's story is compelling because it looks like his chance for true love and a full life; free of oppressive cultural values. He needs to sieze that chance for the good life.

Posted by: Renu1 | June 30, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

People have sex, America, get over it. Give people a little privacy. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

Posted by: timsiepel | June 30, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh Joy! I am waiting, holding my breath until some right wing loon will blame the whole Sanford affair on gay marriage! He is the victim of the "gathering storm" of committed homosexual relationships. Meanwhile, my girlfriend is not buying "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" line, can Sanford please give me a refund for my new hiking shoes?

Posted by: ualec1 | June 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I find it kind of sad that Cillizza continues to focus on the sex instead of with the true outrage of all this... that a sitting governor would abandon his state for 5 days, not tell anyone where he went, and still expect to keep his job. Most people who actually work for a living (that does not include politicians or members of the press) would not be able to keep their jobs if they went off for 5 days without a better excuse than...oh I had to spend 5 days with my mistress. Political reporters really are brain dead nowadays.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | June 30, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

The republicans need to remember they screw the whole electorate, not just the girlfriends

Posted by: pvogel88 | June 30, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with you people? The entire Board is full of negative comments. Sanford deserves major credit on two grounds (1) he is being way more honest than almost all politicians; and (2) he is in love despite the rules of his culture. This is like Romeo and Juliet or West Side Story. Can't you people appreciate some from-the-heart feelings?

I understand the hyprocrisy angle. He needs to really lighten up on his support of a theocracy. I also can see that there are problems with misuse of public funds and leaving his post. But here is a person struggling to find true love, and isn't that wonderful?

Posted by: Renu1
***********************

Kind of. But, it's dang funny, too! Come on: admit it--this guy is horrifyingly oblivious to anyone's best interests, including his own. It's just too funny.

abq,

I actually don't find it funny. Yes, "hiking on the Appalachian Trail" as a euphemism for sex is funny. But Sanford's public statements strike me as sincere and heartfelt.

Funny is when a public figure gets caught and makes an absurd lie. If you recall Reverend Ted Haggard got caught and he said he never used drugs, not even marijuana, but he did admit to buying crystal meth and said "of course I was tempted." That is funny because (1) no one starts with crystal meth, and (2) that is like buying a hammer and saying "of course I'm tempted to bash my head."

Posted by: Renu1 | June 30, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhhh! I am so glad to here it wasn't just one single BJ that caused all this trouble.

Good for you GOV!

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here is a top ten tune up for those who can't giggle enough, like me?

Sanford wrote that "I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm."
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top ten lessons gov sanford needs to learn?
1. Lying and stealing; are good learning experiences for a governor?
2. Practice more “Trickle Down” trust?
3. Argentina is not a part of the Appalachian trail?
4. 8 years of false witnessing qualifies for the king david award?
5. There is a little known “moral handicap law” keeping my job?
6. Voters need to have more Faith?
7. Use a private email encrypting key?
8. Impeach unto others – but not yourself?
9. Don’t tell the whole truth all at one time? Spread it out a little?
10. Don’t resign - just pray you don't get caught again?

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 30, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have become the laughing stock of politics.
The party of "family values"?
I don't think so.

Each week, these blithering hypocrites probably lose several thousands Independent votes.


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

"Why must I be like that? Why must the dog chase the cat? Nothing but the dawg in me! The dawg in me!" From the song called "Atomic Dog"

Governor Sanford has suffered a case of severe vaginal lashing! That Argentine hottie lashed him 'til Sanford gone crazy out of his mind!! And the GOP hacks like Steele says Obama is "out of touch" for taking his own wife to NYC to a Broadway play and dinner? Hey Steele (whose spine is anything but), who is clueless now? Enjoy the nuclear winter. One more score in the deep freeze for the GOP. (I can see Steele talking to Sanford, Snoop-Dawg style, "Drop it like it's hot!" LOL)

Posted by: meldupree | June 30, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse


He seems genuinely a victim of his love for his soulmate. One should never place work before love.

Posted by: blasmaic | June 30, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

My name is Gov. Sanford. "Help, I'm trapped in a Harlequin Romance, and I can't get out!"

Posted by: readerny | June 30, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Beingsensible wrote: "My goodness, what a pathetic creature...this man has been putty whipped, lol...she put that thang on him, lol...if I was his wife I'd stick it right to his soul...fall "back" in love--no can do if I were her...period."

Posted by: Beingsensible | June 30, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse
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This cat is INDEED p-whipped. She DAMN SHO' DID put that thang on him...This fool's spouting off about being "in love" and part of a "love affair"...for some A**?

That's called "tricking," Sanford. Slow down, fool, you're playin' yourself -- AGAIN.

It was no problem for his holier-than-thou a** to call for Clinton's impeachment/resign, though, was it?

Posted by: ntlekt | June 30, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Renu1 @ 6:33-
I was, like you, relatively sympathetic to Sanford's "helplessly fell in love" storyline until today's disclosure that he had inappropriate contact with other women. This is a guy with a wandering eye who for years tried to play around on the margins and finally got in too deep.

Posted by: keller1 | June 30, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what types of Government contracts, favors, etc he would offer up for a lil' poon.

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | June 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Can't Sanford simply shut up?

Egad, this entire debacle is beginning to read like a badly-written and poorly-performed play.

The only item that could be of interest now is Sanford's resignation.

Enough.

Posted by: rmlwj1 | June 30, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party - THE PARTY OF HYPOCRISY!!!!

The Republican Party - The party of "DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO."

The Republican (Sen. Vitters, Rep. Craig, Sen Ensign, Gov. Sanford, Rep. Foley) Party - The "Family Values Party."

Sanford did not only cheated on his wife, he also cheated on his "so-called soul mate."

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | June 30, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with you people? The entire Board is full of negative comments. Sanford deserves major credit on two grounds (1) he is being way more honest than almost all politicians; and (2) he is in love despite the rules of his culture. This is like Romeo and Juliet or West Side Story. Can't you people appreciate some from-the-heart feelings?

I understand the hyprocrisy angle. He needs to really lighten up on his support of a theocracy. I also can see that there are problems with misuse of public funds and leaving his post. But here is a person struggling to find true love, and isn't that wonderful?

Posted by: Renu1
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Kind of. But, it's dang funny, too! Come on: admit it--this guy is horrifyingly oblivious to anyone's best interests, including his own. It's just too funny.

Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

His wife should do the right thing and castrate this selfish narcissistic bastard.

Posted by: mcdcl2 | June 30, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, oh. Sanford said those magic words: "I never had sexual relations with those women."

Sounds like impeachment is in the offing.

OOPS! Never mind. Republicans only impeach democrat adulterers. They rally around republican adulterers.

And they wonder why no one takes them seriously these days. No one other than the 20% of Americans willing to declare themselves republicans.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | June 30, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sanford just wants to 'put the genie back in the bottle.'

AGAIN?

Posted by: thrh | June 30, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

...she seems a strong women..who can survive..leaving him behind..may be in her best interest...

Posted by: Kbrn
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Apparently, she's the one who brought the money. If she leaves, she'll have to give a substantial portion to him (unless they have a pre-nup). From the looks and sound of it, that thought probably irks her more than the thought of staying with him while he "finds himself."

Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

We can only hope and pray that one of Sanford's sportin' ladies is Sarah Palin.
Then we get a twofer Republican crash and burn.

Is is possible that Sanford can get any more interesting as a sleazebag?

I think that South Carolina needs to make the governorship a part time job. Sanford obviosly has a lot of extra time.

Posted by: roboturkey | June 30, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris, You're wasting your words on this guy. He's just a self-absorbed dick.

The lesson to be learned, though, is simple.

Sanford had a habit of jogging out of sight and away from his security detail, and ditching them time and agin. No doubt, he was setting them up for his "Big Adventure," a little at a time.

Any male politician who's got any doubts about his self-control (and heck, most all of the "God-fearing" ones who have no doubts), ought to assign security to be at his side at all times when he's not with the family, 24/7, under penalty of immediate dismissal.

Any of us who are so dumb as to think he can't be tempted isn't smart enough to hold office.

Posted by: jackson251 | June 30, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Religion and self-flagellation hasn't kept the Catholics from rutting whomever they please; Mr. Sanford thinks being born again should protect him from himself. So far, it has only shielded him from the truth about himself.
He's a horny rutter, relationship or not.

Posted by: kbtoledo | June 30, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse


Anyone old enough to remember John Profumo?

What he did is what an honorable man does when he shames his wife and family and makes a fool of himself in public.

Posted by: toritto
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Unfortunately, I am. But what Profumo had going for him was at least a modicum of self-awareness. Sanford appears to have none. I'm with the other poster here who suggested that if Sanford could only rid himself of his oppressive Christian contradictions and distortions, he might actually find real value and meaning in his life.

And I'm a Christian!

Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Update: Operatives for South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer had a brief but momentarily exciting false alarm that the Lt. Gov. may ascend and scramble up the barn ladder to the hay loft of being the Governor of the Great Palmetto State sans election when they heard South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford purportedly say that he may have 'crossed the line' with a handful of other women under his twenty years of marriage but mistakenly thought he said under eighteen and 'One toke over the line' twenty times. After an exhaustive Wikipedia search was performed, operatives determined that no violation of the Mann Act occurred and no reefer was smoked.

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 30, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey, leave this poor guy alone. He may be a liar and a sleazebag, but he's probably one of the most honest Republicans left in America.

At least he wasn't wearing diapers with prostitutes like Republican David Vitter, or picking up strangers for gay sex like Republican Larry Craig.

If every Republican who's a liar and sleazebag had to resign...there would be no Republicans left to keep us addicted to oil, get us into wars for Halliburton, ship all our jobs to China, or make sure the HMO's keep choosing our doctors.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 30, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Sanford wrote that "I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm."

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top ten lessons gov sanford needs to learn?

1. lie and cheat and steal? and you can be governor too some day?

2. i "learned" not to lie when i was five? but i thought it was ok as the governor?

3. there is a little know moral handicap law keeping my job?

4. 8 years of false witnessing qualifies for the king david award?

5. Argentina is not a part of the appalacian trail?

6. encrypt all your emails?

7. don't get caught using your stimulus?

8. SC is safe for republican hypocrites?

9. don't tell the whole truth all at one time? spread it out a little over the years?

10. don't resign - just don't get caught next time?


Posted by: ryan_heart | June 30, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Some very funny posts here today: thanks, guys!

Posted by: abqcleve | June 30, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

"he Democrats are screwing the American taxpayer........The Republicans...........you know.

Posted by: nobama2012 | June 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse"
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Care to substantiate that remark?

I'm enjoying the biggest middle-class tax cut in over 40 years.

Posted by: JRM2 | June 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with you people? The entire Board is full of negative comments. Sanford deserves major credit on two grounds (1) he is being way more honest than almost all politicians; and (2) he is in love despite the rules of his culture. This is like Romeo and Juliet or West Side Story. Can't you people appreciate some from-the-heart feelings?

I understand the hyprocrisy angle. He needs to really lighten up on his support of a theocracy. I also can see that there are problems with misuse of public funds and leaving his post. But here is a person struggling to find true love, and isn't that wonderful?

Posted by: Renu1 | June 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

In Nevada, we have two republican "Family Values" officials who decided "Family Values" means having sexual relations with multiple partners. Our Governor (Gibbons)and our Senator (Ensign) should resign; as should the Governor (Sanford) from South Carolina.

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

"South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he "crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his mistress — but never had sex with them."

How many women in a "handful"? Referring to women as if they were a snack food probably isn't going to get him much sympathy.

Posted by: freedom5 | June 30, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

He is trying to get everything out of his system. When that is over he (and the shes) can decide what to do. I love the fact that he isn't talking about how much he hates his mistress and wishes he had never seen her.

As for the wife...........she needs to quit preparing for the book tour.

Posted by: rusty3 | June 30, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

he Democrats are screwing the American taxpayer........The Republicans...........you know.

Posted by: nobama2012 | June 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse
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You are too pathetic for words. Join your cheap-screw-hungry clan jerk!

Posted by: hayden1 | June 30, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Update: South Carolina Governor Mark 'Silence of the Lambs' Sanford has been found alive and well but muzzled, apparently an act performed by his last remaining staff member for the good of humanity.

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Is this guy actually suggesting that all this is a part of God's plan to test and educate him?!!! In other words, he has no culpability or blame in this whole mess?

Yeah, this is just what we need leading the country, a born again dufus who sees the hand of God in all his failings. As far as his being governor of South Carolina, well it's probably an improvement over the Deliverance crowd, but for the rest of us? Thanks, but no thanks.

Posted by: jrw1 | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The selfishness of this man is astounding. He has no regret for the example he set for his sons and I think that his wife is awesome for not showing up for his "mae cupla". She should dish this self absorbed a.. h...! He is a liar and a cheat, and if you believed the "five times" and now the "more times" and the "other women but didn't have sex", then I have swamp land in Jersey I would like to show you. He is a compulsive liar and deceptive and shouldn't hold public office. What has he not been caught at?

Posted by: lndlouis | June 30, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Now here's a man who is desperately trying to keep his girlfriend in play.

Posted by: freddiano | June 30, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Proof enough that America has a NAZI-like left-wing press.........................and no one can dispute that FACT


Posted by: allenridge |

Ummm... that's not a fact -- half baked opinion at best. And if you think the only reason a Governor caught in a sex scandal is front page news, you might want to Google "Spitzer, Elliot." You know ... the FORMER governor of New York who just happened to be a DEMOCRAT you dimwit.

Oh, more to the point. PUhhhhleleeeasse Governor Sanford -- do NOT resign. I can't wait to read your daily humiliations ... better than the National Enquirer!

Posted by: Omyobama | June 30, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are screwing the American taxpayer........The Republicans...........you know.

Posted by: nobama2012 | June 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are screwing the American taxpayer........The Republicans...........you know.

Posted by: nobama2012 | June 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Jesus will only forgive bible-thumbing, Republican neo-cons, who con their people, and who engage in sex outside of marriage.

Posted by: Maddogg | June 30, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Update: South Carolina Governor Mark 'Love the One You're With' Sanford suddenly picks up on a bad vibe from what most commentators and divorce lawyers regard as his exceptionally brilliant comment that 'my mistress is my soul mate but I'm trying to fall back in love with my wife.' Apparently, the Governor thinks all men are from Mars Bluff, South Carolina and all women are from Argentina.

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 30, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Sanford pick one

1. HOT Soul Mate Maria madly in love with

2. Plain Jenny , I need to try to love her.

Posted by: Doctor_Evil | June 30, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Sanford wrote that "I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm."

So he wants to stay governor for his OWN betterment/improvement, not because it would actually help the State of South Carolina. What a self-centered, narcissistic egomaniac!

Posted by: juliaandrews | June 30, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

PULLEEZE give it up. Mark Sanford's after the fact musings on his libido do not qualify as news. Tintillating, maybe but another column on this meglomaniac and his sexual hangups and I am going to throw up.

How about devoting your time and space to something constructive and informative. Mark Sanford is yesterday's newspaper unless you are reading or working for the National Enquirer.

Posted by: bobfbell | June 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Forget Sanford's career.........if Al Franken can be a Senator.......Sanford can stay...........but more importantly.......speaking of family values........when is Playboy gonna step up and make the lovely Maria an offer she can't refuse........

Posted by: nobama2012 | June 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

A twelve year old beats me in court on the stimulus battle, DOH!
I was hiking on the Appalachian trail, (someone brings up the fact that the trail he was "hiking" on received stimulus funds) DOH! (someone brings up the fact that it was "nude hiking day" on that Appalachian trail DOH!! (someone brings up the fact that he was seen at an airport in Atlanta) DOH!

OK, OK!, I was driving the coast of Argentina (someone brings up the fact that there are about two drivable miles of the Argentina coastline) DOH!


Posted by: JRM2 | June 30, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Sanord is robbing the craddle, bible thumbing, and having a great time on the taxpayer dime all at once.

Dosen't Sanford realize his soul will burn forever?

Posted by: Maddogg | June 30, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

We-the-People are Sick and Tired of hearing so much about the perverted lifestyles of Sanford & Michael Jackson! End this CRAP NOW,- and get on with matters that Really matter!! The television promotions about these 2 creeps is unacceptable and despicable to All Decent U.S. Citizens!!

Posted by: jward52 | June 30, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I feel absolutely certain that within a week at a max he will be updating his confession with some more indiscretions.

Posted by: marecek | June 30, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Personally I don't care what he does in his personal life, but if he lies under oath, or, used public money to fund his liaisons then I think he should resign.

Posted by: JRM2 | June 30, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Update: South Carolina Governor Mark 'Why Don't We Do It in the Road' Sanford admits to a party in the Hamptons, which coincidentally is the same posh upscale locale as the party at which he met his soon to be former wife a long long time ago.

Stay tuned for further bulletins as the Governor just can't seem to keep himself from talking.

On a separate but related note, Governor Sanford's Press Secretary has just been voted as the Person Most Likely to do the Most with the Least over the past two weeks or so has taken an indefinite leave of absence to hike the Applachian and kayak down the Amazon.

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 30, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

And Sanford is a man who "would be king'? Well, President or Vice-Pres. anyway....?

Thank God we have learned about him now.

Has anyone asked Bill Clinton to comment on Sanford/Ensign or any of the others including Democrats????

Would be surefire reading...

Posted by: Spectator | June 30, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why so many of these fools are fundamentalist Christians. Because they believe that Jesus will forgive anything, over and over again. Ooh, that slippery slope is soooo much fun, and you can always be forgiven before you sin again.

Posted by: AnnArborGuy | June 30, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"The ONLY good thing this affair has done is remove Jon and Kate Gosselin from the front page for the time being."

Aw, but Sanford will never dethrone the KING, Michael Jackson. In fact, North Korea could bomb Hawai'i and Ahmadinejad could gas the Kurds, Hugo Chavez could take over Honduras...and it wouldn't dethrone the KING.

Posted by: jjedif | June 30, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

As long as Sanford did nothing illegal, like Spitzer in NY, he should not resign. But he should shut up already. It's simple say "no comment" and get to work.

Posted by: sovine08 | June 30, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The amazing intellect of an American politician:

Sanford adopts as his mentor King David and not Jesus who said "sin no more"!

Next Sanford will tell the public "I did not have sex with that woman"!

Bottom line, Sanford is a right wing kook-job.

Posted by: Maddogg | June 30, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"He strayed with other women but did not have sex with them" Now just what the hell does that mean? I want details, all the details.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | June 30, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Who was the "spiritual adviser" he brought with him to NYC to supposedly end the relationship with his mistress, Donald Trump?

Posted by: disunion | June 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY good thing this affair has done is remove Jon and Kate Gosselin from the front page for the time being.

Is it me or does this transcend political ideology and affiliation and come down to a stupid man, making a poor judgement and not knowing when to shut-up, further embarrassing his stepford wife. hmmmm...

Posted by: bigdp07 | June 30, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Governor Waldo must be trying to make his mistress jealous by admitting he had crossed the line with five other women.

Ms. Chupur is trying to make him jealous by mentioning her young lover was also a victim, not the one who hacked her computer and told The State newspaper.

Water finds its own level and these two deserve one another.

Posted by: disunion | June 30, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if any of Sanford's girls are BLACK! ROTFL LMAO!!!!

Posted by: demtse | June 30, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

so how many times did he fly to NYC on the state's dime to meet with his mistress. since she reportedly has an apt there, it would be interesting to check his hotel bills too.

Posted by: eomcmars | June 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina, this guy needs to be gone before tomorrow.
Clinton should never have been elected in the first place--if he had been a Republican, Paula Jones would have had a seat next to Rosa Parks.
Paging Oliver Cromwell.

Posted by: EliPeyton | June 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Like King Edward VIII, Sanford will eventually give up his throne for the love of his life.


Posted by: angie12106 | June 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Next revelation by the Luv-Guv.

"I wore Maria's underwear and perfume during the regular legislative sessions just so I can have her next to me at all times. I fantasize making love to her on the Capital house lawn under the rebel flag. Now that have confessed (even more) sins I will go and try to make up with my wife now and give it my best college try to fall back in love with her.. I mean I will really really try...I will try till I pee in my pants I will try..gosh darn I will try so hard...Really!"

Posted by: hayden1 | June 30, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

You certainly get the idea that if his wife and the governorship went bye bye tomorrow he'd be Argentina-bound and a very happy man.

Posted by: keller1 | June 30, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is an absolute joke now. End of story.

Posted by: shanemanning | June 30, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Bad enough to cheat on your wife and walk off the job, do we have to hear these trashy details ad nauseum?

Have these people no taste or sense of decorum?

Being a Bible-thumping hypocrite is bad enough. Shut up already! Have some pride! Spare your children the shame!

Posted by: ponderer | June 30, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

These republicans are just too potent for their own good.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | June 30, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

GET OUT!!!!!!

Posted by: askgees | June 30, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

He lied!!! OMG a man who cheats on his wife and goes overseas and doesn't spend Fathers Day with his children - shock me.

Posted by: rlj611 | June 30, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"odd quotes Sanford gave regarding his affair -- that his mistress "is his soul mate, but he will try to fall back in love with his wife"
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My goodness, what a pathetic creature...this man has been putty whipped, lol...she put that thang on him, lol...if I was his wife I'd stick it right to his soul...fall "back" in love--no can do if I were her...period.

Posted by: Beingsensible | June 30, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Drip, drip, drip, drip!

When will politicians learn its the constant drip of damaging information the doom your political career. Better to get all the information out at once, admit your mistake complete with no wishy-washy qualifications and then take your punishment based on the nature of the offense. This is now over two weeks that there has been a steady flow of bad news about Sanford since he went AWOL from his job to go "hiking." If more information is still coming out one has to ask why and what else don't we know. Even though he may have reached bottom this new bit of info gives the really big hint of something more. Stupid politician and stupid man!

Posted by: dre7861 | June 30, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"he had strayed with other women but had not had sex with them." How Clintonesque of him. Hey people, we're talking South Carolina here, where even the used car dealers have the eight commandments posted on their walls.

Posted by: slim2 | June 30, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is this another WTF moment from a guy who just keeps handing us WTF moments every day or two?


I AGREE!!!!,,,Doesn't sound like a man wanting to patch things up with his wife...does it...

Posted by: Kbrn | June 30, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

But, the conservative Evangelicals are soooo forgiving......if you are a "Born Again" Republican, that is. Whatever THAT is.
(LOL)

Posted by: abelito | June 30, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is this another WTF moment from a guy who just keeps handing us WTF moments every day or two?

Advice to Jenny Sanford: just file the papers, he's already handed you everything you need.

Advice to Mark Sanford: STFU already. Resign, check into a psych ward somewhere. If they give you a clean bill of health, sign your wife's divorce papers and head off into the sunset with your soulmate. Time to move on and let the people of SC have a Governor again.

Posted by: leuchtman | June 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I may have had intercourse with these woman ,but I never orgasmed .Honest !

Posted by: PIA9 | June 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

shrink2 wrote: "The Clintons taught us about politics being a "contact sport", Sanford seems to have taken the lesson to heart."

Oh for crying out loud, stop trying to blame Clinton for marital infidelity among politicians. It's always been there, just like it is in the rest of the population. The big difference is Republicans decided they needed to make something that should have been left private very public, and spent millions of tax payer dollars doing it. What Clinton did in terms of damaging his marriage was minor compared to what Sanford has done. There's a big difference between having a meaningless relationship for sex only, thrills, or whatever, and a full blow love affair with a woman you now call your soul mate. Sanford's wife would be absolutely crazy to take him back.

Posted by: ggwalt | June 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

A pathetic man, from a pathetic state, elected by pathetic people. No news here people.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I think the voters will forgive an affair, however sordid, before they will forgive leaving the state and misleading his staff as to his whereabouts.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | June 30, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons taught us about politics being a "contact sport", Sanford seems to have taken the lesson to heart.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 30, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"Chris, Can't you try to give this a rest?" Posted by: sverigegrabb

Since Sanford wants to keep it out there in the public eye, asking the press to give it a rest misses the point.

If Sanford wants to give it a rest, he should resign. He can't even use the standard Republican deer in the headlights response of, "Well, I didn't do anything wrong."

When Sanford gives it a rest, we probably will, too, because under normal circumstances he is an irrelevant twit.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

So, $500 in 1880 would be what today?
Maybe that's why he rejected Federal stimulus money.
He is going to cover it with his fine.

Posted by: edlharris | June 30, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

____

Depends how you calculate values.

In 2008, $500.00 from 1880 is worth:

$10,862.92 using the Consumer Price Index
$10,035.58 using the GDP deflator
using the value of consumer bundle
$73,750.00 using the unskilled wage
$113,606.34 using the nominal GDP per capita
$688,329.31 using the relative share of GDP


http://www.measuringworth.com/calculators/uscompare/result.php

Posted by: Martial | June 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Republicans just love their religion because it gets them off the hook , so matter how big the sin. They believe they can do just about anything, no matter how awful, so long as afterwards they feign remorse and ask for forgiveness, and claim that Jesus is their savior. How convenient. They make me sick and talk about lacking a moral compass. I think we should put Sanford, and any other cheating Rethug under oath, and then ask them some disgustingly personal questions about the woman they've been banging. Let's see how many of them will give an honest answer. Guess Sanford should have been put under oath the minute he got off the plane from Argentina.

Posted by: ggwalt | June 30, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Considering the rather bizarre nature of this affair, Is Sanford coming unhinged, mentally, the way Earl Long ended his Governorship of Louisiana?

Seriously, he is looking more and more like he has already gone round the bend and needs professional treatment on an inpatient basis.

Can he be removed from office for mental incapacity?

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

RECALL, IMPEACH -- SANFORD should get out of the bully pulpit provided by the taxpayers of SC.

Sanford's decision-making is obviously very impaired and his lack of integrity is stunning.

Whatever his 'spiritual advisor' is telling Sanford, it sure isn't helping the citizens of SC with their duly-elected governor's ability to govern.

GO AWAY already and let your family and your state have some peace!

Posted by: suzeq | June 30, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Can't you try to give this a rest? It's SO tawdry--both the storry itself and the comments which I TRY not to read. I'm not an ideologue on the subject of marital fidelity ('no human experience is foreign to me'), but there's falling in love with someone else and them there's...this.

I'm such an admirer of The Fix and your reportage. Couldn't you possibly confirm that admiration by directing your probing mind elsewhere? Must all the political sites march in such lockstep by covering the same stories?

Posted by: sverigegrabb | June 30, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse


Well folks, this is exactly how it goes.

We are going to have to continue to hear all the details of all of Sanford's mistresses until he finally resigns.

Geez!


Posted by: lindalovejones | June 30, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Governor Terry "Family Values for Everyone Else But Me" Sanford should resign TODAY.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | June 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse


Those Argentinas love backdoor men;

but who am I to accuse this Christian Conservative of giving his lady wants she likes?

Governor Sodom of SC--has a nice ring to it, don't it, y'all?

Posted by: lichtme | June 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes ggwalt, that is correct.

He is busy destroying his marriage, his relationships with his sons and his career. He is crazy (Bipolar actually); this is what happens when people weave grandiose religious delusions into their illnesses, rather than using a daily dose of, say, LiCo3. It is going to get worse. He'll probably need to be hospitalized.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I am wondering..does he really want Jenny to stay with him....Why does he daily say more to hurt her...maybe he is wanting it to be her..so he can't say he didn't try..to end the marriage....I can't see staying in a marriage..where the husband or wife..says I don't love you any more..but I will try to learn how again..but my heart belongs to another...He wouldn't be moving back in...

Posted by: Kbrn | June 30, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The guy just needs to step down. It doesn't matter about who is waiting in the wings, or the next election. He stole from the people of the state , lied about his being in the US, plus all of this personal business. Right now, the man can not be trusted. Enough said.

He can run for governor at the next go around.......but, only as a Democrat !!!

Posted by: richard36 | June 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Waiting for the other fifty shoes to drop--statements from the women whose lines Governor Sanford crossed.

Posted by: Martial | June 30, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Take heart, Republicans - at least it was a heterosexual relationship.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | June 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is a way bigger scum bag than I even originally thought. He seems to think that not crossing that sexual line (presumably meaning intercourse) is a-okay. I bet we still don't know the half of it, nor does his wife. He clearly thought a lot about "doing" many other woman, and allowed himself to fall in love with Ms. Argentina. He said they exchanged emails for 8 years. Come on people. Do you think his wife knew? Do you really think she'd have been okay with that? If I found out my husband had some kind of pen pal relationship with some woman in another country that he was hiding from me, I wouldn't be too happy about it. Once again, why is no one talking about Sanford's dereliction of duty, which was even more inexcusable? The guy needs to resign big time. The more I hear, the more I'm wondering if that's not what he really wants. Otherwise, why confide all these very intimate details?

Posted by: ggwalt | June 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"that his mistress "is his soul mate, but he will try to fall back in love with his wife" among others -"
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I'm aghast that he even uttered those words. To the world, no less. The he proceeds to blab and blubber more about the affair, indicating more lies and subterfuge. What an effing loser. Whoa. I'm sure Jenny Sanford is reading them and saying, WTF? You want to stick that diry thang in me after swishing it around that Argentine toilet bowl? H*ell, no, pal.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | June 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

100% of politicians who claim fundamentalist or conservative religious affiliations are un-christian hypocrites.

When they stop telling others how to live and end their sham I'll stop being pleased at their self-driven demise!

Posted by: onestring | June 30, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, with all of these Repub sex scandals, it reminds me of the Dr. Seuss line from HORTON HATCHES THE EGG: 'I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent.

Hardly....

Posted by: hypocritebuster | June 30, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

They say men are weak. That is quite true, weak in the head!!! He disgraced himself and lied about it and now he got caught. Anyway why should he forced to leave the governorship. If he is forced out, we should have done the same thing to Clinton, the NY govenor and any other person guilty of cheating. So stop judgeing him. Remembor, jesus said, "Let those without sin cast the first stone." It's none of your or our business. Let his wife deal with him.

Posted by: Salmon3343 | June 30, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Advertising idea for the Post:

"All new subscribers will be entered in to a raffle. Prize: free trip from anywhere in the US to NYC to spend a wild weekend in the same room Governer Sanford and his Argentine bombshell slept. He paid the price, but you won't have to."

Posted by: Martial | June 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

After seeing photos of Sanford's mistress and his wife, I must say Governor Sanford is a very "sick" man.

He is truly stupid!


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | June 30, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

He really reminds me of King David from the Bible.

Posted by: danw1 | June 30, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

So, $500 in 1880 would be what today?
Maybe that's why he rejected Federal stimulus money.
He is going to cover it with his fine.

Posted by: edlharris | June 30, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Told you so, this man is delusional.
Bone fide psychotic.

But at least he is sincere about teaching the lessons of failure to his children.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 30, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Somebody pick him up off the floor and stand him up so that we continue to whack him.

He's got an 18-month beating coming and he can't shut up about his indiscretions.

What a bum.


Posted by: Anadromous2 | June 30, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Somebody pick him up off the floor and stand him up so that we continue to whack him.

He's got an 18-month beating coming and he can't shut up about his indiscretions.

What a bum.


Posted by: Anadromous2 | June 30, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I think a change of the GOP symbol is in order, a flaccid phallus expresses their values much better.

Posted by: AverageJane | June 30, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I hope Mark Sanford stays Governor for a LONG time. I want everyone to be constantly exposed to "Republican Family Values".

Posted by: palmtree2001 | June 30, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

June 30, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's admitted extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina could cost him his job. It could cost him his marriage.

And, under an antiquated state law, it could also cost him up to $500 and a year in jail.

A state law that dates to at least 1880 says adultery is a crime, no matter where it occurred, and that adulterers "shall be severally punished."

But constitutional attorney John Harrell of Charleston says the law hasn't been used in decades, possibly not since 1907.

A spokeswoman for the State Law Enforcement Division says the agency can't waste limited money on trying to prosecute or arrest Sanford on such a charge. Jennifer Timmons notes there are murderers and other violent offenders to pursue.

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/49503357.html

Posted by: edlharris | June 30, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

this guy is not very bright. all he had to do is say i did not have sex with that woman.

Posted by: pofinpa | June 30, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. This guy is a weasel and an embarrassment to his state; the fact that he didn't tell the whole truth after he was first found out is almost unbelievable... WHY do these public figures think that they'll somehow be the one that isn't caught? You would think after watching (and condemning) Clinton that Sanford would have learned a lesson... I mean, at least Bill Clinton was at WORK instead of MIA "hiking the Appalachian Trail."

Posted by: ajguzz | June 30, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

AP news flash:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday that he "crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his mistress - but never had sex with them. The governor said he "never crossed the ultimate line" with anyone but Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine at the center of a scandal that has derailed his once-promising political career.

______


He he he. One can imagine being a sweet, young South Carolina intern, whose bra line was crossed by this Governer.

Posted by: Martial | June 30, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

This guy can't tell the truth. The people of South Carolina will be ill served by allowing a chronic liar to continue the next eighteen months. Further, I hope Ginny Sanford hires the meanest junk yard dog of a divorce attorney to get rid of the worm. Lastly, Maria has probably moved on from being involved with the worm.

Posted by: merrylees | June 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/30/AR2009063001581.html?nav=hcmodule

'He said that during the encounters with other women he "let his guard down" with some physical contact...'

Clearly Sanford subscribes to the Christian belief that infidelity is all the fault of evil women for tempting men.

'Sanford said the casual encounters happened outside the U.S. while he was married but before he met Chapur, on trips to "blow off steam" with male friends.'

So he planned to "let his guard down"?

Posted by: kevrobb | June 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, sounds like even Slick Willy could have learned a few tricks from this "stud"!

:)

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | June 30, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

He said that during the encounters with other women he "let his guard down" with some physical contact but "didn't cross the sex line." He wouldn't go into detail.

Translation, I did not have sexual relations with that woman! Hey Gov, didn't you impeach a president because of that line?

Posted by: AverageJane | June 30, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What does Jenny have to do...to earn his love back...and is it something she wants to do..and if she does it..how often in the future..does she have to repeat....
Posted by: Kbrn
=======================
Jenny has to do NOTHING.
She didn't do anything wrong in this situation.
All she has to do is decide if she can forgive him.

It's Sanford that needs to bend over backwards to atone for his sins and earn his self-respect back.

I hate the attitude that infidelity is somehow caused by the victim. Ridiculous.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | June 30, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

First, let me get this out.

Wow.

You get caught in an affair by your wife, and you ASK YOUR WIFE FOR PERMISSION TO SEE YOUR MISTRESS??

Sorry.

Wow.

While adultery amoung politicials seem to be a bi-partisan sport, the Republicans always bring their Holier-than-thou A-Game.

I mean, a $5000 call girl. Whoa.

A debate on the definition of "is". Jaw-dropping.

But asking your wife if its ok to see your mistress, and now regaling the press about the ones that got away? Priceless.

Well I guess at least, nobody got shot in the face.

Posted by: kban495 | June 30, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

His "soulmate?"
Spoken like a true, classic, dyed-in-the-cloth cheater.
I know, because I've been there, with me as the perp and my ex-wife as the victim.

Fortunately, I came to my senses before I completely ruined my life and realized that NO true love begins as an affair, no one finds their "soulmate" through lies and deceit of someone they promised to love and honor.

He may be apologizing up one side and down the other, but he has no true remorse, and he is still completely sick in the head.

He's unfit to remain in the human race, let alone run a state.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | June 30, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe he was having affair with this woman or any other. Just look at him!

He was paying for the service just like Limbaugh :-) Does anyone belive Limbaugh's girl friends are with him for anything other than money?

Posted by: SeedofChange | June 30, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

What does Jenny have to do...to earn his love back...and is it something she wants to do..and if she does it..how often in the future..does she have to repeat....

Posted by: Kbrn | June 30, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Soulmate my arse, she was his fluckbuddy plain and simple. This guy is a liar and how the folk in South Carolina put up with him?

Funny how when the shoe is on the other foot with these republicans Fox News labels them democrats.

Posted by: Sideswiped | June 30, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Who cares. He is a pathetic man, from a pathetic state, elected by pathetic people. Another hypocritical Rethuglican.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 30, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, but this Christian originally "counseled her into the night about her failing marriage." It was hard but, he got through with it.

Posted by: coloradodog | June 30, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Sanford should resign because he has been a disasterous governor. He initiated a state tax cut similar to the Bush tax cut for a state that was already in debt. His fiscal conservatism matches his family values. South Carolina is now drowning in debt with 871 Million deficit for the current year and a similar projection for the following year. Double digit unemployment, second highest crime rate, schools severely underfunded, and overcrowed penal system. Losing Sanford and the drama that he continues to foist on the public would be a big win for SC.

Posted by: xclntcat | June 30, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Given the latest flap regarding the geographical location of the So Carolina Governor…,
(Hiking the Appalachian Trail or hunting for some Argentinian Tail) ,
Can we all agree that human weakness it not an exclusive trait of Democrats……..
That said, I can’t tell you how much I love the smell of
“Clay Feet of the Self-righteous”

Posted by: pspurio | June 30, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the poster who says the governor should live by the law he advocates when he denies gays people have a right to be married. According to the Old Testament Sanford pushes to deny others their rights, he should be stoned to death as the "good book" calls for punishing adulterers.

Posted by: mdenny1 | June 30, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"I couldn't help it!! She made me sooo hot"!!!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | June 30, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse


There was a lot of investment in the marriage of Mark and Jenny. He committed himself to be a husband and a father. He left that behind for passion.

As governor of a state, he also committed himself to playing, in a sense, the role of a husband. It requires putting the welfare of the state before personal desire - or at least recognizing the responsibilities one has undertaken and making sure they are fulfilled before pursuing personal desires.

This is the lesson: Sanford showed no more commitment in his role as governor than he did as husband.

And this is the message underlying most of these sex-scandals by politicians: Do they reveal a person more driven to satisfy their personal desires at the expense of the commitments they make to their office and the voters?

Anybody who would vote for Sanford after this is asking to be abandoned at the ball as he goes home with someon else.

Posted by: j2hess | June 30, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"that his mistress "is his soul mate, but he will try to fall back in love with his wife" among others -"

Good God, the man is an idiot. He should resign because he's too stupid to run a state.

Posted by: drindl | June 30, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm."

Now THAT would make a great campaign speech, wouldn't it? Vote for me so I can learn on the job by screwing up.

Posted by: zenwick | June 30, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

While pundits debate a Governor's peccadillos, the rule of law is being subverted at the grassroots.

POTUS CO-OPTED INTO BECOMING ENABLER-IN-CHIEF FOR SECRETIVE MULTI-AGENCY VIGILANTE 'GESTAPO'

• Bush-legacy extrajudicial targeting/punishment network makes a mockery of the rule of law at the grassroots-- violating civil and human rights.

• Is Team Obama unaware, naive -- or purposely misled by Bush holdovers?


President Obama is being co-opted into becoming the enabler of a federally-funded and overseen "multi-agency coordination action" program of nationwide extrajudicial targeting and punishment...

...a vigilante Gestapo that is misusing federally-funded volunteer programs to subvert the rule of law -- deploying a civilian vigilante army that covertly implants GPS tracking devices to stalk, persecute, vandalize and harass unjustly targeted citizens and their families.

This secretive multi-agency "program" also misuses government surveillance operations to censor, and maliciously tamper with, the telecommunications of many thousands of the unjustly targeted -- and funnels surveillance data to citizen "gang stalker" harassers.

An array of "programs of personal financial destruction" decimates the finances of "target" families -- contributing to economic distress. And microwave "directed energy weapons" are being used to degrade their very lives -- a gross violation of human rights, government-enabled crimes against humanity.

And no authorities will investigate -- invoking the "Gulag" tactic of dismissing those who seek justice as "delusional."

Please, Team Obama: Wake up and smell the police state that is co-opting your administration and making POTUS a pitchman and enabler for an American Gestapo.


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 30, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

So just what is it with the republican penis? Is it as flacid as the republican brain? Is it attached to the brain? Does it hate the government, but loves to spend it's money on exotic trips to South America and bathroom stalls in airports? Just what is it? Is it because it wants to sin, then be forgiven by Jesus, who also had a penis? Is that the connection? What does the Bible have to say about this? Doesn't the Bible have something to say about everything, especially when a republican is quoting it? Lot's of questions and no answers, yet ....

Posted by: pookiecat | June 30, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

allenridge @ 1:58pm: I think there is a child involved here (maybe a girl). The reason he can't get her out of his mind is because she blew his mind. The best thing he could have done was seek a divorce from his wife, resign, and gone to his lover. However, he wanted it all (power, wife, lover) but in the end, he will lose it all.

Posted by: hadelaide | June 30, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Surely, there is something in the SC constitution that nails Sanford with respect to his dereliction of duties.

Posted by: EarlC | June 30, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"At that point I was very careful, everything was paid for in cash," Sanford said. "And you won't find a credit card record."


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He systematically, methodically, and unscrupulously worked to deceive his wife and his state.

and you still think he can lead?
and make decisions for YOUR future?

Posted by: vigor | June 30, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

So he had more "contact" with her? He should listen to the ads that say if you that if you more than four hours of contact you need to seek medical attention.

Posted by: axolotl | June 30, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I think he should resign, not because of the affair, but because he went missing for several days and abandoned his duties as governor without appointing anyone to cover them. That's just irresponsible, and the people of SC deserve better than that.

I do have to wonder whether his irresponsibility is related to his moral hypocrisy. People who judge others harshly for their human weaknesses seem more likely to flame out of control when dealing with their own.

Posted by: odi8amo | June 30, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

HaHa JakeD

Did he lie under oath?

Yes when he swore to be Governor and defend the laws of SC?

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 30, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

GOP = Hypocrisy, lies, adultery, obstruction, destruction and brainless politics; all pushed upon the public by bible thumping and make believe Christianity

GOP Followers = plain stupid

Latest act of one of the hypocrites will be Norm Coleman, the guy who said a long 7 months ago "if I would be behind in votes, I would concede". Now he wants to take his lost cause to the SCOTUS. Why? Only to keep Al Franken unseated and retain the "filibuster minority" in the Senate.

What honorable bunch of sorry looking mo*rons.

Posted by: mackiejw | June 30, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

If I was his wife..I would send him packing to his SOUL MATE...The soul mate didn't have to put up with him day on end...she saw him at his "can I" say best...I want to see how she loves him..if she had him permanently..and if his SOUL MATE...love would still be there after a year..and would he then need to fun another SOUL MATE...The man is eating up this publicity...I think he is sick

Posted by: Kbrn | June 30, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I am a Christian and I know God has opened many doors in my life. However, I don't recall Him ever opening a door to an extramarital affair. Sanford should not use God as the way out of an affair he began. Both parties knew what they were doing. I feel sympathy for his wife. They have 4 sons and she seems to love him.
All marriages are NOT made in heaven. Maybe a door has opened for Mrs. Sanford to leave. She deserves better, as do the sons.

Posted by: SomeoneWithABrain | June 30, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This guy stole, er,I mean borrowed(?)taxpayer money to fund his tryst(s) and yet the GOP hasn't demanded his resignation? Geeze, once again learning to spell hypocrite correctly without spell check has really paid off in the last 8 years.

Posted by: meowomon | June 30, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

All I can think of is that he's an idiot and has no real feeling for how politics work. (I guess his wife is the political brains and this guy really isn't ready for primetime.)

My second thought is that he's enjoying all this public confession (what a drama queen!) and must be egged on by Cubby, his spiritual adviser. Cubby also seems to enjoy public blabbing (not too cool to discuss the details re someone you're advising, is it?)

What a bunch of hicks.

Posted by: dadada | June 30, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

He should just disappear -- resign as Governor and disappear. If he hadn't thumped the "Family Values" drum near-to-death castigating President Clinton for his (admittedly lamentable) personal failings and moral lapses it would be one thing, but he was at least as bad in that department as Clinton while doing it. Now that he's unmasked himself for the two-timer that he is, he's become a pathetic laughingstock. The less-than-great State of South Carolina deserves a better man as its Governor, although one probably isn't close-at-hand given the way that place works.

I grieve for his long-suffering wife. She deserved better. What she might have seen in him before she agreed to marry him and bear his children is a complete mystery to me (and her, too, probably, at this point; what a let-down!).

Gov. Sanford betrayed those closest to him and the people of his State, so now he should go.

Posted by: hogsmile | June 30, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Please, I am a born again Christian and believe in forgiveness and all but the hypocrisy being displayed by this guy is nothing if not amazing. If he was bold enough to call on Clinton to resign for doing once (at least that is what we know) what he did at least five times by his own admission, then he should do no less. It is amazing how those who judge others despite being warned not to do so fail to apply the same principles when the get snagged.

Posted by: omoekun2000 | June 30, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

jeez guv. we all love hot brunettes...

but ARGENTINA?

frankly. i don't care if you have an affair: it's none of my business...

until you go AWOL and the whole state burns down. THEN I CARE. THEN IT'S MY BUSINESS. I say: you are done. get the hell out of here. PERIOD.

Good-bye, Governor Scumbag, R-SC.

Posted by: johnlindauer | June 30, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is Sen. Vitter in office when Spitzer immediately resigned? Didn't he essentially concede that he was using the prostitute's services? What was different?

Posted by: Babar1 | June 30, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sanford says that, "I would ultimately be a better person and of more service in whatever doors God opened next in life if I stuck around to learn lessons rather than running and hiding down at the farm."

Perhaps it's better that he learn those lessons while isn't being paid by the taxpayers of South Carolina. Resign, Gov. Sanford. Take whatever time is needed to determine whether you want to be with your "soul mate" or your wife, and then see if the voters of SC wish to elect you to office again.

I doubt that they will, but things are better that way... for all involved.

Posted by: JAJ1957 | June 30, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

One thing is pretty clear and that is Gov. Sanford is still not telling the truth about his past affairs. If you read between the lines, Sanford has a long track record of skirt chasing and like his nemisis Bill Clinton, someone is bound to come forward soon with the Gov's love child.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 30, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

One thing is pretty clear and that is Gov. Sanford is still not telling the truth about his past affairs. If you read between the lines, Sanford has a long track record of skirt chasing and like his nemisis Bill Clinton, someone is bound to come forward soon with the Gov's love child.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 30, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The gov's libido is in overdrive, just like Clinton's was, although Bill is the worst since he played around in the Oval Office...that's like desecration of a National Monument. Apologies are empty words. This gov's wife should file for divorce ASAP. Too bad for the four sons they had together; one day they'll comprehend that their Dad cheated on their mother and behaved as if he's some sort of Valentino-Don Juan on the silver screen. Unfortunately, the media won't let it go.

Posted by: poescrow | June 30, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

STILL WAITING for the South Carolina GOP to set the date for Sanford's public stoning execution. They rant all year long with garbage from Leviticus and Deuteronomy that "proves" some invisible Magic Spirit named Jehovah disapproves of homosexuality, but those same Bronze Age books set the penalty for adultery at stoning to death - which they conveniently ignore.

Again I ask the SC GOP: WHEN is the date for Sanford's public stoning, and WHERE are South Carolinians to show up with their hand-picked jagged-edged rocks?

Pathetic hypocrites. "God" wants Sanford to die in a bloody pulpy mess, and you guys are blaspheming "His" Word! Which is it? 21st century AD or the 5th century BC? Make up your little pea-brained minds, Taliban.

Posted by: B2O2 | June 30, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

jacked's got a new slogan for the Grand Old Perverts: "We never lie under oath, we only lie at press conferences, to our wives, our security details, the voters, state auditors, .......

AND FRANKEN WINS!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

He keeps opening his mouth to The Associated Press ...now he says he is trying to fall back in love with his wife...GO JENNY.GO...as far away as possible..He is a idiot...and I think he likes being in the news..if not..why does he keep putting his foot..or other part in his mouth

Posted by: Kbrn | June 30, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Why should anyone believe anything he ever says for the rest of his life?

Posted by: martin6 | June 30, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps he had to use the state money to pay for the trips so he could cover it up from his wife. But his God knows!

Posted by: dummy4peace | June 30, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm.....I wonder who the spiritual advisor was that went to NYC with him to end it...guess he did not have enough faith huh? Wonder what the THREE of them did, SOME story huh?

Posted by: nowhine | June 30, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

This probably means that Sanford will now be permanently labeled with a 'D' for Democrat every time his picture is shown on Fox.

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 30, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

He's a pig! He started this tryst eight years ago! This is no slight indiscretion. He deliberately initiated and pursued this relationship setting up remote rendezvous with his paramour, tramp. I hope Jenny divorces him, takes him to the cleaners, and eviscerates his career. I wonder if his Argentine sweetie will have him back?

Posted by: old_sarge | June 30, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The solution to this problem for the Republican Party is simple: Encourage the Governor to announce that he is now a Democrat.

Posted by: BillS1 | June 30, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey allenridge:

Nazis & fascists are RIGHT WING. What skool you went?

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | June 30, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sanford, Sen. Ensign, Gov. Spitzer, Pres. Clinton, Pres. Kennedy, Pres. Eisenhower,Sen. Vitter Mayor Giuliani.

The list is long and distinguished. The list of men who epitomize the "sanctity" of marriage which would be despoiled if same sex couples were allowed to marry.

Posted by: mickle1 | June 30, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Eeeewwww, enough details from this guy. It would be a lot easier to ignore his transgression if he'd stop shoving it in our faces. What's he hoping, that if he admits to enough womanizing he'll be as popular as Bill Clinton? Dream on, man. Now please, keep whatever's left of the story to yourself.

Posted by: csdiego | June 30, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Eeeewwww, enough details from this guy. It would be a lot easier to ignore his transgression if he'd stop shoving it in our faces. What's he hoping, that if he admits to enough womanizing he'll be as popular as Bill Clinton? Dream on, man. Now please, keep whatever's left of the story to yourself.

Posted by: csdiego | June 30, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Sanford's trusted spiritual advisor and court reporter have circled their two wagons in preparation for the upcoming 4th of July fireworks. Opponents political and otherwise see Sanford treading water and dog-paddling with his amazing adultery lust in my heart didn't connect the dot stories as chum on the water and envision full-scale shark attacks over the upcoming holiday weekend. They further view his attempts to use God, God's Laws and religion in general as a poorly used excuse by him after getting caught.

Now for the important news, Congratulations Al!

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 30, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 30, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Any politician who mentions God should have to resign, just like he would in any other civilized country. Sanford's invocation of God in his dodging speech is a despicable attempt at distraction. Religion is a private matter.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 30, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Man, that's the great thing about religion. No matter how badly you mess up you can convince your sheep that it's part of god's plan and just continue carrying on. Since it's all made up anyway it can be used to justify anything that strikes the fancy.

Though it is nice to see the old confederacy continue to provide justification for being the butt of generations worth of jokes. Since they offer so little else to the rest of country for all the federal tax dollars they suck up, it's comforting to at least get something back.

Posted by: screwyou | June 30, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

So now it's God's fault?

Posted by: gmcduluth | June 30, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Well it looks like the Liberal Fascists that run our corrupt MSM woflpack press and were responsible for installing Obama last November

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Better adjust your hat, the rays are getting through. And look our fer them black heely-copters.

The radical leftist collectivist mainstream press installed Obama? Silly me, I had thought it was the voters, and by quite a decisive margin, twice as many EVs as McCain got.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 30, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Please give me a break. Any fool knows that he has seen that woman more than he is saying. You don't get that "twisted" by 3 to 5 dates with someone that far away. A lie is only a lie if you can get someone to believe it and some people will believe anything that's convenient. They had best start counting the money he used from that state......SCRATCH A LIAR, FIND A THIEF.

Posted by: calethia_hill10 | June 30, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Sanford needs to throw off his oppressive religious beliefs and follow his path to love. Then get some psychotherapy. He could become a new person - thoughtful, sensitive, and free-thinking; not crushed by right-wing Christian beliefs. Break free from religious authoritarianism - like what we are hoping for the people of Iran.

Posted by: Renu1 | June 30, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

It is highly unlikely that this is the end of the story. Sanford bungled the news conference. There's no reason to suspect that he hasn't bungled the release of all the pertinent details. His end will be by a thousand cuts.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | June 30, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

More Franken news:


Supreme Court: Franken wins Senate case

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/30/supcoruling_senate/

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 30, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | June 30, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | June 30, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

If God opens the door to Hell for Mark Sanford, will he go in, so he can learn some lessons? That might be exactly what is about to happen.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 30, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse


As a partisan Democrat who's worked for moderate change in the south, I'd say Mark should continue trying to stay in office.

It's the best thing he could do for the GOP.

No. Really, it is. Heckuva job!

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | June 30, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

allenridge said:
"Well it looks like the Liberal Fascists that run our corrupt MSM woflpack press and were responsible for installing Obama last November can't get enough of the Southern Governor that nobody knows"
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Basically, your post translates as "whhhaaaa everyone else is doing it, why can't we? It's not fair!!" Throwing a verbal tantrum is pretty pathetic.
Throwing a verbal tantrum that doesn't begin to address the real issue here - that Sanford lied, cheated, used taxpayer resources to do it, and basically still hasn't really expressed an ounce of real remorse.

Why is it that you're quiet on that topic, AllenRidge?
Trying to deflect attention from the fact that one of your boys screwed up royally?
Pretty shallow attempt if you ask me.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | June 30, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Allenridge, you poor pathetic soul. Let's start with the fact that John Edwards wasn't in political office at the time that his affair was brought to light...as opposed to a governor who intends to STAY in office. Makes this a story with legs, don't you think?

As to the election, I'd be glad to point out to you that your premise that the "left leaning media" controlled the November election results comes with an interesting premise - that most Americans apparently believe anything that they are told, as long as it appears on TV. Do you really beleive that?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | June 30, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The news conference I watched showed Sanford saying he had 3 encounters with the Woman in the past year. He said she was a conserative friend he could exchange e-mails with about politics. This had gone on for 8 years.

He clarified later, "their first meeting in 2001 at an open-air dance spot in Uruguay...There was some kind of connection from the very beginning."

The State newspaper confirms his statement about the affair as "Sanford said he had seen the woman three times since their relationship became sexual."

Today the State paper reads, "...the governor described five meetings with Maria Belen Chapur over the past year, including two romantic, multi-night stays with her..."

The State News Paper reports, "His interview was the first disclosure of any liaisons with Chapur in the United States and contradicted a public confession last week during which Sanford admitted to a total of five encounters over their eight-year relationship."

The man lied. A little or a lot does not matter.

The most important thing to us in South Caroloina who care about its residents, is the harm he has done to South Carolina by denying unemployment for part-time workers which was earned (many full time people get part-time work before they are Rif'd). Unemployment is only based on full time employment in the past year. Many were harmed by this action.

Sanford delayed stimulus jobs which had to be over ridden by the State Supreme Court.

He disappeared from his job for 5 days and was found out by a reporter from the State Newspaper. The State with e-mails forced the Governor to respond with where he was.

No one has answered the many statements by the State newspaper and a former staffer that Maria is not the first woman. The State newspaper said by the time of the news conference, "more names of women were coming in over the transom. The total was at three and counting.

The Governor has promised to repay the State for his encounter with his mistress that we know about - no word yet. He has promised to have the non-profit associations he paid with Governor's association funds for his many appearances on TV to convince his illegal actions were right repaid...No word yet on repayment.

Forgive him...NO!!!

Posted by: SCVoter | June 30, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

For instance, this:

http://www.mncourts.gov/opinions/sc/current/OPA090697-6030.pdf

has far more relevance than the Sanford affair.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 30, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What is beginning to bother me about Sanford is how he is using religious terms to frame his own personal political power trip.

If you are sincerely religious and believe in God, this must appear as using God's name in vain and exploiting the religious feelings of his constituents for political points.

If you are not religious, then it shows how little interest Gov. Sanford has in representing you as his constituent.

Both of these perspectives do not cast a favorable light on Gov. Sanford. He should keep his religious feelings to himself and faithfully execute his public duties in a secular manner.

Posted by: AgentG | June 30, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone old enough to remember John Profumo?

What he did is what an honorable man does when he shames his wife and family and makes a fool of himself in public.

Posted by: toritto | June 30, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I love this quote from the CNN article:
"State Rep. Nikki Haley, another Sanford ally running for governor next year, said last week that the governor should stay in office because otherwise, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer would assume the top office. Haley said that would be a step backward for the conservative reform movement in the state."
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So basically, she's saying "the best way to advance the conservative agenda in our state it to keep a liar and cheat at the helm."

Well, that just about sums it up, doesn't it?

I wonder at what point in a politician's career they go from being a normal human being with common sense, to being a raving lunatic totally out of touch with reality.
The state of SC seems to be especially blessed with them.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | June 30, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

FRANKEN WINS!!!

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 30, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris, can you look into - and write a piece on - the legal aspect of Sanford's adultery? I understand adultery is illegal in SC, and his actions appear to fit the legal definition, but the acts themselves so far disclosed took place in NYC and Argentina. Does SC law apply?

Posted by: marnweeks | June 30, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

If I lived in SC, I would go for someone as hot as she is, fer sure!

Posted by: trenda | June 30, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I DON'T CARE!!!!! I'm sick of listening to this holier-than-thou hypocrite issue these whining apologies while lecturing the rest of us about what we can learn from his failure. I HAVE NOTHING TO LEARN FROM HIS FAILURE AS I'M CAPABLE OF HONORING A COMMITMENT! And I'm sick of listening to his goofy, self-serving babble about God this and Jesus that. GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: uh_huhh | June 30, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

If I lived in SC, I would be more bent out of shape that Sanford used taxpayer money to fund his trips to see his mistress than the affair itself. Oh, he paid the money back. Big deal. He only paid the money back because he got caught.

The other irony in this is that Republicans are all the time telling us that the Private Sector does things so much better than the Public Sector. Let's see. How would the Private Sector handle this? Well, it you knocked down on your expense account to pay for a personal trip with corporate funds, you would be fired. You would not get the option of keeping your job and paying the money back. Matter of fact, you'd lose your job *and* have to pay the money back.

Mr. Sanford is a hypocrite in more ways than one.

Posted by: msmith2 | June 30, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Mark Sanford.....the Republican joke that keeps on giving.

DAStubbs
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | June 30, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

This man is a pitiful mess; at 53, he should have gotten over his stupid fantasies of being a Lothario. He's like a horse who needs to be put to pasture.

Posted by: mstratas | June 30, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It is shameful that the SC Governor has picked up more support for not resigning from the State's two leading newspapers. This shows exactly the lapse in moral and ethical standards (along with integrity) that the owners and editors of the papers. Mark Sanford is a disgrace to the Republican Party. Politicians of both parties who preach piety while practicing sin do not belong in public service. Kick the bum out NOW!!!!

Posted by: kerryberger | June 30, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

*Did he lie under oath...*


Is that the NEW GOP Family Values Slogan?

If not, CONsider: "We Now Have Wide Stances... On Issues"

or "We're hypocritical ENOUGH to Still Impeach him and then go to an GOP Orgy afterwards"

or "I DIDN't support Obama's Plan because it ain't the Kind of STIMULUS Conservatives Prefer"

lastly, "Hiking up Foreign Skirts is INDEED a form of HIKING"

Posted by: MarkAntney | June 30, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

koolkat - Being impeached isn't a penalty, it's an indictment. The Senate chose not to convict.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Well it looks like the Liberal Fascists that run our corrupt MSM woflpack press and were responsible for installing Obama last November can't get enough of the Southern Governor that nobody knows.......

And We The People KNOW that the reason why this unknown governor is being covered so much is because he's a Republican.

Not even John$400 Edwards, who the entire country knew, and apparently has a child through his affair....wasn't covered this much...........

Proof enough that America has a NAZI-like left-wing press.........................and no one can dispute that FACT

Posted by: allenridge | June 30, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Heehee.

What a pitiful human being. He sounds more like a pimply faced dolt than the suposedly urbane leader of a state bigger than some countries.

While he's waiting for Jesus to open new doors, why doesn't he resign and wait at home?

:-)

Posted by: toritto | June 30, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh who cares anymore, the Huckabees* who voted for this guy in the first place just keep making lame apologies and excuses for this guy while spouting Leviticus 18:22 at the rest of us. South Carolina is a backwards, white redneck state where Southern intolerance is still stylish after all these years. They'll probably re-elect their "Christian" Governor-can't-keep-his-d!ck-in his pants, Leviticus 20:10 be damned.

*Huckabee (huck•-a-be) n.
1. One who claims to be “Christian” but is politically and/or religiously closed minded, hateful and intolerant.
2. One who cherry-picks Bible scripture to exploit voter wedge issues like abortion and homosexuality.
3. American seditionist whose intent is to change the Constitution to a theocracy.
4. See also Fox News O’Reilly Catholic.

Posted by: coloradodog | June 30, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The GOP in south carolina needs to think long and hard about the possibility of Sanford poisoning enough peoples views of the Republicans in that state that a democrat wins the Governorship in '10. I know it isn't very likely but it is well within the realm of possibility, especially if you get a big black turnout.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 30, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"JakeD: That is only illegal if you are a Republican. Democratic office-holders can lie under oath without penalty."

Yeah, being impeached is certainly not a penalty. Did your parents have any children who lived?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 30, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

God did open Maria's doors for him, she was, in fact, God's gift to him and to his
son's who can now be taught an important lesson by their father they might otherwise have avoided.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 30, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

He needs to stop twittering...and keep his mouth shut...every time..he opens it..he hurts his family more...I don't know if I was his wife..after reading ..everything that has been going on... and he wanted her to meet with his mistress...I wouldn't want him back...she seems a strong women..who can survive..leaving him behind..may be in her best interest...

Posted by: Kbrn | June 30, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"Did he lie under oath about it?"

Don't miss the reality. Clinton lied under oath while there was still a chance (he thought) that he might get away with it.

Do you really think that Sanford would have made his crocodile tear Jimmy Swaggart style confession if a reporter hadn't nailed him in Florida?
Nonsense, Both men betrayed their wives and family.
There is no such thing as a hormonally normal man who wouldn't like to have sex with a woman that he sees as beautiful and sexy. BUT some value their family relationships more than their sexual urges.
There is really no meaningful difference between Clinton's and Sanford's betrayals, except that Sanford wasn't stalked.

Posted by: lufrank1 | June 30, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is pitiful. He said he is Hanging around to see what" other doors God opens for me". Based on that theory then, God opened Maria's legs for him. He went right in. He not only lied and cheated on his wife, the man lied and deceived the entire state of South Carolina.

Most married couples at different times desire a different lover and sex partner. Some act on it and some don't. It's human nature.

This was not random. He carried on in a "I love you relationship", thus placing his respect and love for his wife on hold (maybe forever). The Republicans impeached Clinton for a random BJ. Blasted Hillary for staying with her marriage.
What a bunch of nonesense.

I personally want Sanford to stay in office, quoting the bible, sucking to the religious right, continue lying to his wife. This is great, free advertisement for the Democrats.

My 30 year career investigating, reading, watching and interviewing people tells me he is lying about the length of the affair, sex meetings and then "let's follow the money". He admits paying in cash to cover his tracks, this is not his first affair and not his last.

Posted by: COWENS99 | June 30, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"JakeD: That is only illegal if you are a Republican. Democratic office-holders can lie under oath without penalty."

Yeah, being impeached is certainly not a penalty. Did your parents have any children who lived?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 30, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Is this really an important enough political story that The Fix couldn't find something else to write 373 words about?

A justification for ranking Tweedy above Farrar would be far more compelling & worthy of discussion. The Sanford affair is old news.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 30, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

JakeD! Did you get out from the rock you were hiding under? I guess you still believe the Luv Gov was hiking the Appalachian trail..taking some time off..writing.. and this affair thing was all Obama's concoction.

Posted by: hayden1 | June 30, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If he met with his pastor and Maria in NY to say goodbye, why was he in Argentina except to resurrect his affair? This isn't a mistake. It's a life choice and he owes it to be honest now to his wife, his children and his state.

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

JakeD: That is only illegal if you are a Republican. Democratic office-holders can lie under oath without penalty.

Posted by: lolson1 | June 30, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

jaked must be some sort of spambot. No sentient being could post such nonsense so regularly.

Only some sort of brainless cretin would try to defend a guy who lies during a tearful "confession."

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 30, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Did he lie under oath about it?

Posted by: JakeD | June 30, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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