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Sanford Adviser: Resignation Not An Option

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Embattled Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) has acknowledged meeting with his mistress during a state-funded trip to Argentina last year.

"While the purpose of this trip was an entirely professional and appropriate business development trip, I made a mistake while I was there in meeting with the woman who I was unfaithful to my wife with," said Sanford in a statement released by his office moments ago. "That has raised some very legitimate concerns and questions, and as such I am going to reimburse the state for the full cost of the Argentina leg of this trip."

Original Post

Although some in South Carolina -- and nationally -- are calling for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign his office in the wake of his six-day hiatus from the state and his acknowledgment of an extramarital affair on Wednesday, a close adviser to the Republican governor told the Fix that Sanford is not considering such an option.

"Mark is firmly focused on reconciling his marriage, and on fulfilling his duties to the people of South Carolina for the remaining eighteen months of his term," said a senior adviser to Sanford who was granted anonymity to speak freely. "Jenny is a full partner in both of those desires."

The source added that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a major voice in the state GOP, has publicly voiced his support for Sanford to stay on as governor and plans to actively advocate for that position over the coming days.

Sanford is term limited out of office in 2010 and there is already an active race to replace him. In fact, that race may play a part in Sanford's seeming desire to stay on as governor as his lieutenant governor -- Andre Bauer -- is running for the seat and 2010. The two men are not at all friendly and the prospect of Bauer ascending to the top spot would be very tough for Sanford to swallow, according to South Carolina politicos.

If Sanford does decide to resign and Bauer becomes governor, he would still almost certainly face a primary from Rep. Gresham Barrett, state Attorney General Henry McMaster and state Rep. Nikki Haley who are already in the GOP field.

While Sanford clearly has no plans to resign, these sorts of stories often take on a life of their own and spiral out of control on the person at the center of the controversy. Stay tuned.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2009; 1:46 PM ET
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Why does Governor Sanford have so many spiritual advisors?

It takes a village to raise a libido.


See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/sanfords-spiritual-advisor

Posted by: MikeLicht | July 2, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

How funny is it that Sanford was big into the Teabag Tax Protest at the same time he was making bootie calls to Argentina on the taxpayer's dime?

He really has taken hypocrisy to the next level.

Posted by: BrawleyHall | June 26, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay Graham Mr. Holier than thou Republican himself. Another member of I can do anything, why because I am a Republican club.
I guess Michael Jackson's death has given Mark Sanford a temporary reprieve at least from the National Press.
I have heard from some people I know in SC that they want him to step down. Step down he should. Not so much because he had an affair but the fact that he neglected his duties as Govenor. You cannot leave the state without people knowing where you are. What if there is an emergeny that requires your immediate attention? They should of learned that from his behavior when they had those fires in North Myrtle Beach. Anyone who puts his principles above the people of his state needs to go period. He not only did that, but he also put his own personal needs before the state and even used state funds to do so.
Isn't one of the Republican Mantra's fiscal Responsibility. They must mean fiscal and personal responsiblity for everyone else except them.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | June 26, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

He's going to pay back the trip money!! Ha Ha. Let a person low down on the food chain pull a trick like this guy's and he would be fired and hauled into court for stealing. Impeach him.

Posted by: pfeichenlaub | June 26, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

We don't have all the pieces yet. Sanford's behavior was simply crazy, psychosis or dope or something. He'd known Maria too long to be infatuated. He went completely spla and threw everything away on some irrational whim.

There's more to come here. Sanford has had some serious sort of breakdown.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 26, 2009 3:39 AM | Report abuse

bobsnri: there really isn't anything funny about gay Republicans. They are a tragic comment on the allure of destructive and toxic ideologies. I used to post heavily on gay mailing lists (and the people here who think of me as some sort of arch lefty would be rather astounded to learn how I was regarded there) and there were always a few gay goopers. Google what Capt. Williard (Martin Sheen) had to say about Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) in "Apocalypse Now" because I really couldna seddit better.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The "Never Married" Lindsay Graham is defending Sanford because

everyone knows "Lindsay" has something in his closet too.

And it ain't his clothes!

As every gay man knows, "Lindsay" pings the gaydar screen.

Posted by: bobnsri | June 25, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

We democrats never claimed to be the Party of God.

The GOP was always claimed to be "The Party of God"

God is not amused.

Posted by: bobnsri | June 25, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

South Carolinians are fools not to impeach him. And fast. More is going to come out on this Bozo.

Posted by: Pitt_Muscle | June 25, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, JaxMax: GROW A BRAIN

Anyone could have spotted him and phoned the paper.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or why hasn't anyone stated the obvious. Let any average citizen abandon his job without calling in sick, or just giving some semblance of an excuse, would be immediately terminated upon return. Talk about elitism and entitlement issues, you abandon your job where millions of people are affected directly by decisions that come out of your office, and you have the nerve to say a resignation is not an option. I must say I do agree it shouldn't be an option, he should be terminated. The dereliction of duty and the deception that took place to perpetrate it is enough justification alone. I could care less about him being a adulterer and hypocrite, it has become common place that these right wing christian politicians are revealed for who they truly are. They can quote the scriptures but tend to forget that they also apply to them. "Be not deceived, God is not mocked, that, that a man soweth, he shall also reapeth". Just like he has wreck havoc in the lives of his, he has done the same in the lives of millions of South Carolinians. Both political parties should acknowledge the fact the he has violated the terms of his contract with the state of SC, put politics aside and terminate him.

Posted by: jvirgo59 | June 25, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, not resign? Fat chance. I give him three days at most. The guy has shown himself to be an unfaithful husband, a lousy father, and a total nitwit on national TV.

Posted by: jeburke242 | June 25, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

It is said that the Devil disguises himself as a beautiful woman to entice the rightous. The love juice is wasted on the floor as the devil disappears. Only the Devils laughter and the juice remains.

Posted by: melvin_polatnick | June 25, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

HOMELAND SECURITY--PASSPORT NOTICE

The AP story in todays Wash Po states:

"The paper then received an anonymous tip that Sanford had been spotted on a flight to Buenos Aires, but had no idea when he might be returning. Acting on a hunch, Smith staked out the airport"

RESPONSE:

Homeland Security has real time passport info on departing and arriving flights.

How did the reporter know which flight, and even which airport to ambush Sanford on arrival in Atlanta???

Are there no flights from Buenos Aires to New York???

Napolitano is a political hack.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 25, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else would have been charged with improper use of other peoples' money, sent to jail,....and THEN be made to repay their ill-gotten gains.

Posted by: abelito | June 25, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Someone said: “You and this website seem amiss. Why no mention today about Obama's [blah blah blah] … Health care is a far more important issue than Mark Sanford's sex life.

“More important? Yes.
More fun? Most certainly NOT!
And don’t change the f-ing subject! (apropos quote from Braveheart)

Posted by: Ichristian | June 25, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

EarlC wrote, "Is this the same Lindsay Graham who found it very difficult to accept the apologies of Bill Clinton? Right and wrong knows now party. Genuine responses reflect no party bias."

The bad news about the US government is that it's now composed of members of two parties, each of which hopes to prosper by bringing about the other's failure - not in elections, but in governance.

There is no more "loyal opposition".

If a citizen wanted to become informed about any of the controversial issues of the day, the very worst place they could turn for information would be to their elected representatives.

Is this a great system, or what?

That said, I'd rather be governed by the worst USA president since the founding of the nation than by any individual who has ever ruled Iran or Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 25, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

So is Lindsay also getting something on the side? Is that why he is defending this slimebag?

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 25, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same Lindsay Graham who found it very difficult to accept the apologies of Bill Clinton? Right and wrong knows now party. Genuine responses reflect no party bias.

Sanford should resign if he has made disparaging remarks about those involved in similar circumstances.

The Bible belt is coming unraveled.

Posted by: EarlC | June 25, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

You and this website seem amiss. Why no mention today about Obama's performance on ABC last night and the decision by key conservative Senate Democrats, as reported in "The New York Times" to further dilute health care "reform" with lower subsidies?

Health care is a far more important issue than Mark Sanford's sex life.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 25, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

As a cynic when it comes to democracy, I'm fond of a crack I've seen several places today:

Republicans who tout their family values and demonize gays as a threat to heterosexual marriage seem to have an inordinately hard time keeping their private parts private, while Democrats from Wall Street who tout their love of the common folk and the need for a more progressive tax code, and demonize money-grubbing profiteers, seem to have a terrible time paying their taxes honestly the way ordinary wage-earners must.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 25, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Off Topic

Michael Jackson dead in L. A.

Posted by: toritto | June 25, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I wish Sanford and Blogojevich would develop the hots for each other and ride off into a Pampas sunset. Blago would be the top, I'm guessing.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 25, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that is rich, lichtme! I'd always heard that to be true in S. Carolina, thanks for verifying. So now I join the ranks of those wondering if he will be indicted according to S. Carolina "law". Seems they don't take a fancy to them but opt for hypocrisy instead. If it were you or me we'd be behind bars already. Jail that varmint!

Posted by: elleyeyegreen | June 25, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

This is a personal matter? NOT. After calling the press conference himself and announcing it to the entire nation and world it is hardly a "personal" matter. Add the fact that he is a public figure and supposedly a "public servant" and it really slaps down the brain addled repubicans whining about this being a personal matter. There is nothing personal about it as a governor abandoned his post and his state and not only lied about about it, but had his aides lie too. Typical repubican behavior, along with bible quoting conservative mumbo jumbo. He really should dump that bible fanatic of a wife and his governorship as well. But once again, the typical and arrogant, yet repugnant GOP attitude has that S.O.B. refusing to resign. What a pig. From what I see, South Carolina should just be given to Mexico, after all, it's the closest thing to Mexico we have in the U.S., chuck full of ignorance, bigots, and violence. Funny how those three always go hand in hand...

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

Sanford: I can't resign because Bauer would then be Gov. I can't stand the idea of him being Gov.

Well it seems that once again Sanford is not working for the greater good of the people of South Carolina. What a miserable hypocrite he truly is.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | June 25, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

By the way, when do they charge him and sentence him to jail for five years for his crime?

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!

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

South Carolina law:

Any man or woman who shall be guilty of the crime of adultery or fornication shall be liable to indictment and, on conviction, shall be severally punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than one year or by both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court. . . . “Adultery” is the living together and carnal intercourse with each other or habitual carnal intercourse with each other without living together of a man and woman when either is lawfully married to some other person.

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

What about refunds for all the OTHER trips to Argentina or places he met her?

My mom lives in SC - she needs the refund from the America-hating lying weasel.

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

I wanna go on a trip!!!! awwwwwwwwwww man this is tooooo gooood to be true!!!! the man that didn't want any stimulis money, got stimulated by a latina at the tax payers expense...hahahahahaha

Posted by: herealongtime | June 25, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

mntent: Yeah she sure was!! Unfortunately for Profumo she was also sleeping with the Soviet Naval Attache in London! Oh well....:-)

Posted by: toritto | June 25, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Jaysus, JaxMax, here I thought King Of Poofs was the only nose picker to find excuses for Sanford...now he's mentally unstable and poor widdle him? LOL!! No wonder your party is going the way of the dinosaur...

Posted by: LABC | June 25, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

toritto:

Christine Keeler was totally hot. Wonder what the Argentinian woman looks like ...

Posted by: mnteng | June 25, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Sanford can set an example for his kids of a life truly fulfilled, or at least an honest struggle to be happy, rather than a drudgery-filled duty-bound existence with no hope for a real life."

Can you tell us more about the wife and kids here Renu? I mean, how did you get this kind of insight? If it is true that she is so awful, then the matter is only another example of how not to marry.

But then again, Sanford yesterday said, "I just needed some strange..." finally hearing himself and realizing no one wanted him to finish that line. He also mentioned the concept of desiring the "exotic".

So you are sure this is his wife's fault?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

This is typical Dem liberal disparagement of mental treatment, emotional counseling, and crass exploitation of a private family matter for political gain.
Posted by: JaxMax

Wow there is so much BS in that sentence that I'll just let it lay there where everyone can enjoy the aroma.

That the fact that you also equate this self-centered loon with a famous King from history tells me that you better keep your head down because the boys with the nets are out looking for you.

If your that desperate to brown-nose a fellow GOPer, Rush needs his pilodinal cyst serviced.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 25, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

...Go for love Mr. Sanford! Then drop the religious mumbo-jumbo, get some therapy for yourself and your kids and start a new life.

His wife makes me sick. She just wants to settle with a life devoid of any love or anything of interest. Yuck, let her go read the bible and waste her own life. Sanford can set an example for his kids of a life truly fulfilled

==

Then when Maria gets bored with him and dumps him for someone closer to her own age, Sanford can go get a room and blow his brains out.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I am glad we all agree that he went crazy and that he needs treatment or he will get worse.

If he gets the treatment he needs, not only will he not need to resign, but he may be a far better husband and father first and a much better politician as a result.

Out here in the Oregon Territory, our (now unseated) Republican Senator had a terrible epiphany after his young adult son committed suicide.

From a nasty style "social conservative" a real prig, Senator Smith became an empathic, tireless advocate for human services. Jaxmax is correct to equate the damage of emotional suffering to that of the physical. But apart from the hypocrisy problem, there is no partisan issue here.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

By granting anonymity you've rendered the statement meaningless. I don't know who anonymous is, but I feel confident they don't speak for Sanford's wife.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 25, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

My long gone Italian grandmother had a sying about people like Sanford: "He has no face".

What she meant was that one should be able to appear in public as an honorable person - a person at whom people do not snicker and smirk.

A person such as Sanford, she would argue, who has embarrassed his wife and 4 sons and made a total fool of himself, should resign and disappear from public view.

It would be tehe honorable thing to do.

Anyone old enough to remember John Profumo?

John Dennis Profumo, 5th Baron Profumo CBE (30 January, 1915 – 9 March, 2006), informally known as Jack Profumo, was a British politician. His title, which he did not use, was Sardinian. Although Profumo held an increasingly responsible series of political posts in the 1950s, he is best known today for his involvement in a 1963 scandal involving a prostitute. The scandal, now known as the Profumo Affair, led to Profumo's resignation and withdrawal from politics, and it may have helped to topple the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan.

After his resignation, Profumo began to work as a volunteer cleaning toilets at Toynbee Hall, a charity based in the East End of London, and continued to work there for the rest of his life. Eventually, Profumo volunteered as the charity's chief fundraiser. These charitable activities helped to restore the fallen politician's reputation; he was awarded a CBE in 1975, and in 1995 was invited to Margaret Thatcher's 70th birthday dinner. Here was a man who restored his honor.

Posted by: toritto | June 25, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

After seeing the press conference, I like Sanford a lot better. I think he should dump his total loser wife and pursue the woman in Argentina. Obviously, he is in love with her and this could be his only chance to make his life worthwhile. Go for love Mr. Sanford! Then drop the religious mumbo-jumbo, get some therapy for yourself and your kids and start a new life.

His wife makes me sick. She just wants to settle with a life devoid of any love or anything of interest. Yuck, let her go read the bible and waste her own life. Sanford can set an example for his kids of a life truly fulfilled, or at least an honest struggle to be happy, rather than a drudgery-filled duty-bound existence with no hope for a real life. He can write a book and spend lots of time with his sons.

Posted by: Renu1 | June 25, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Who is Jenny? His wife?"

Si. Jenny is the wife.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 25, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

K o Z:
"I don't think this guy is in full control of his faculties. to beleive that he could jet off to Argentina and no one would would notice or miss him clearly indicates he has not a grasp of reality.

Perhaps he could join Jeffords and Specter in the party where he fits better."

Yeah, right. Sorry, sport, he's one of yours, and he's not alone.

Posted by: arielpoly | June 25, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

According to the Bronze Age artifact that conservatives model their lives after (or claim to, at least on Sundays), Sanford should not resign. He and his mistress are SUPPOSED to be stoned to death in the town center of Columbia, SC. But we all know that the Old Testament is only still valid in the parts that document God's discomfort with homosexuals. "God" was just having a bad day when "He" dictated the rest of Deuteronomy to whoever the anonymous human was who wrote it down.

See the Talibans believe in the Old Testament, but only the parts that suit their bigotry. Just like in the good old Jim Crow days!

Posted by: B2O2 | June 25, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Well, Sanford did hook up with an Argentinian woman. Now you can't call them racists anymore. Posted by: DDAWD "

You might ask Strom Thurmond's "youthful indiscretion" daughter about that.

By the way, an awful lot of Argentines are of fully European descent and can hardly be considered Latino.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 25, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Clearly he had temporary MENTAL distress, and his behavior is consistent with contemplating suicide by leaving with no notice.

(screed snipped)

Posted by: JaxMax

==

Any evidence to support "temporary?"

Nope. The press conference he delivered suggested pretty strongly that his mental incapacity is here to stay.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, Sanford did hook up with an Argentinian woman. Now you can't call them racists anymore.

Posted by: DDAWD

==

Speaking as someone who only dates outside his own race I have some inside insights on this.

It can go both ways .. sometimes to date a member of another race actually is to transcend racism, but it can as easily define racism. Someone who engages in sex tourism may very easily be someone who gets a thrill from screwing "lessers."

Did Sanford treat "Maria" as a peer? Or was he going on the "down-low?" Insufficient data.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

DEMS MOCK MENTAL THERAPY

If Gov. Sanford had been in a car accident and was PHYSICALLY incapactated for a week, no one would make the asinine demand that he resign.

Clearly he had temporary MENTAL distress, and his behavior is consistent with contemplating suicide by leaving with no notice.

This is typical Dem liberal disparagement of mental treatment, emotional counseling, and crass exploitation of a private family matter for political gain.


Posted by: JaxMax | June 25, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This hypocrisy transcends any party affiliation. It is the everyday, every minute, every second hypocrisy of Christians. Roughly 1/2 of all marriages end in divorce. Listen to this Christians, do not ever criticize anyone else because as Jesus said, "Let he who is perfect cast the first stone". That means none of you folks should ever cast a stone again.

Posted by: chopin224 | June 25, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"After the way they've savaged Sotomayor on the basis of his Latino heritage, that 33% has dropped to 8%, and she hasn't even had her hearings yet. In preparation the incorrigible racists are lining up and posturing against her."

Well, Sanford did hook up with an Argentinian woman. Now you can't call them racists anymore.

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

Who is Jenny? His wife?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 25, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

MARK SANFORD SAY'S..."WHEN OUR PRESIDENT KEPT REPEATING, REPUBLICANS OLD AND TIRED ARGUMENT, I THOUGHT HE WAS REFERRING TO AMERICAN WHITE WOMEN".

Posted by: opp88 | June 25, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

i would like for sandford to resign cause he didn't want his taxpaying citizens to get the stimulus $, just to spite the prez.
but i hope he stays as a constant reminder of the family values party hypocrisy. does not allowing other americans to marry impact this man's marriage? repugs stick a fork in your party and it's values,it'a new day, and you are not a part of it.

Posted by: ninnafaye | June 25, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/governors/sanford-adviser-resignation-no.html

"Sanford, 49, a Bible-quoting social conservative and rising star in the Republican Party who harbors presidential ambitions .."

==

"harbored" would be more like it.

Always happy to see a "Bible-quoting social conservative" end up in disgrace, it makes my world a more coherent and reasonable place.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"no one here really cares what you think anyway."

Sure about that, zuke?

Posted by: mattintx | June 25, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic! Gov. Marky Mark is the Democratic Party's dream cum true!

Posted by: MagicDog1 | June 25, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

temping at a car wash before the year's out.

Posted by: chrisuxcox


Maybe there is a spot for drivl there. the "Writing" gigs have not been working out. you two could talk cats and bush all day.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 25, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Sanford will be temping at a car wash before the year's out.

Posted by: chrisuxcox

Maybe you could show him the ropes, or the rags if you will.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 25, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

There is no reason for Sanford to resign.

In most circumstances, this sort of gross dereliction of duty, by flying off to Argentina, would be grounds for sacking the numbskull. But since he is a Republican bent on destroying his state by refusing stimulus dollars, going AWOL was a blessing to South Carolina.

I hope that Sanford stays in office for years so that shame, revulsion, and ridicule can continue to be heaped on the party he represents.

What a lying, bigoted, morally underdeveloped hypocrite he is.

Posted by: dee5 | June 25, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Jaxmax -- you are a loon and a typical example of the delusion of the republican base. Sanford will not beat Obama - Sanford is not even going to have a job, any job, in a very short time.

==

Coupla bible verses and he thinks he's Casey Treat.

Sanford will be temping at a car wash before the year's out.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

arrgh

HER Latino heritage.

I never made mistakes like that when I hunted-and-pecked

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The posts to this particular thread of blogs and comments demonstrate just why the Gov out to resign and officially move to Shangri-La.

His defenders will invent the most outrageous claims,exonerations, mitigations, extenuations, and glorifications conceivable to support their man, who will eventually bail anyway. But as long as he sits in Columbia and governates he is the slow moving turkey in the shooting gallery and every Dan Boone, Davy Crockett, and Kit Carson with a key board will be taking their shots. Best case scenario is that he loses most of his hearing from all the clangs of solid hits.

Meanwhile his active enemies, ESPECIALLY among his friends in the Republican Party will oscillate between words of comfort that hurt all the more, and words of condemnation calculated to give political advantage to the apologist, none of which will actually help him recover his reputation. He would do better, on the whole, to join the American Communist Party and seek its nomination. At least then he would have his enemies confounded and his friends speechless.

As for the rest, those of us who can martial nary a care about the whole matter can go off and try to educate the uneducatable about what a politician actually is, so that they don't further embarrass themselves by nominating Jerry Ford for the P O L I T I C I A N S hall of fame.

The rest will nolonger have this inane bit of gossip to gnaw, chew, mull, or contemplate and have to go back to trying to guess the plot for All My Children.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

chrissuxcox - please stick with your agenda of ignoring me. If it ever got out that a single thing I said was in accordance with your kooky thoughts, my reputation would be lower than a Liberal seeking donations.

no one here really cares what you think anyway. I must guess you have that same issue IRL, hence the rabid posting here. Even a stooge like you will eventually figure it out.

I guess in your world, when someone turns their back and gives the silent treatment, it is an invitation. typical Lib. Obimbo thinks the same thing about the mullahs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The GOP can live with adultery, and has no problem whatsoever with hypocrisy. But if there's one thing the GOP can't stand, it's Hispanics.

Posted by: kevrobb

==

Yeah, the fastest-growing minority in the country, a third of whom went for the GOP in 2008 IIRC.

After the way they've savaged Sotomayor on the basis of his Latino heritage, that 33% has dropped to 8%, and she hasn't even had her hearings yet. In preparation the incorrigible racists are lining up and posturing against her.

Way to go, GOP. Now that you've shot both feet into bloody bone fragments maybe you can shoot yourselves between the eyes as an encore.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Jaxmax -- you are a loon and a typical example of the delusion of the republican base. Sanford will not beat Obama - Sanford is not even going to have a job, any job, in a very short time.

Posted by: drindl | June 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

'To err is human,// to forgive, divine.' Pope

Posted by: edtroyhampton | June 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

When chrisfox8 agrees with Charles Krauthammer, take notice.

Posted by: chrisuxcox

when moonbats start referring to themselves in the third person, watch out. the breakdown is near.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 25, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this guy is in full control of his faculties. to beleive that he could jet off to Argentina and no one would would notice or miss him clearly indicates he has not a grasp of reality.

Perhaps he could join Jeffords and Specter in the party where he fits better.

==

If you could have left out that pointless bit at the end you would have actually written a coherent post, for the first time in memory.

What a pity you can't stay on the beam without going spla

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Because Clinton didn't abandon his job.

Posted by: chrisuxcox

why would he when there was so much tail around there???

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 25, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I got on Sanford's mail distribution, no idea how, I've never written to his web site. Mainly I get boastful screeds about what a man he is for turning down the stimulus money and the usual predictable screeds about, well, you know, we've all been hearing the same organ-grinder diatribes since Reagan.

Maybe they'll stop now.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

to counter Democratic policies of protectionism, gargantuan deficits, reverse discrimination and amnesty for people who broke the law to get to this country, the Republican party should follow the example of the Federalist party after the war of 1812 and Whigs in the mid 1850's.

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No canned recitation there, nope.

But I do agree that the GOP should follow the Whigs into the dark.

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"However, since Bill Clinton, who was president not a governor and did not tell the truth to a grand jury, did not resign, why should Sanford? "

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Because Clinton didn't abandon his job.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Sanford can expect none of the usual Republican rallying-round, because the woman for whom he spurned his WASP heiress wife was a Hispanic.

The GOP can live with adultery, and has no problem whatsoever with hypocrisy. But if there's one thing the GOP can't stand, it's Hispanics.

Posted by: kevrobb | June 25, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey JaxMax, get back on your Haldol.

Sanford is in stage two of Kubler-Ross' progression. He's dead politically, the affair was bad enough but politicians have survived affairs. Look at Vitter (don't look at Gingrich).

But his reckless abandonment of his post was a vastly irresponsible act, and as matters go through their inevitable progression he will twig that it's over and resign.

When chrisfox8 agrees with Charles Krauthammer, take notice.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I am not a fan or Sanford or Republicans. Except for the fact there needs to be a viable opposition party to counter Democratic policies of protectionism, gargantuan deficits, reverse discrimination and amnesty for people who broke the law to get to this country, the Republican party should follow the example of the Federalist party after the war of 1812 and Whigs in the mid 1850's.

However, since Bill Clinton, who was president not a governor and did not tell the truth to a grand jury, did not resign, why should Sanford?

Perhaps those in the media obsessed with the sex lives of politicians should annoint themselves to conduct a modern Inquisition into the sex lives of all politicians. They could give questionaires, conduct lie detector tests to all members of Congress and governors. The results would likely give the media months of sensationalistic headlines. Yellow jorunalism is back and thriving in this country.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 25, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

JaxMax....the only problem with your response is that if this was a Democrat you people would be condemning him to hell.

Republicans can do anything they want as long as they apologize and throw themselves to God's mercy.

I usually wouldn't feel this way.....but this piece of crap has invaded and politicized the private lives of women and gays over choice and marriage equality, and he has damaged the lives of thousands of South Carolinians through his hard-hearted refusal to take the stimulus money. So anything that destroys his own life, both personal and political, is ok with me. No mercy. Not this time.

You're a bunch of hypocrites

Posted by: paguy1 | June 25, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey vb,

Do you know if under S.C. law the legislature can impeach and remove the governor without a conviction or even a direct cause (as they could and did in Illinois)?

I agree that if he doesn't go soon, it's very much in the state's and the GOP's interest to get him out of there ASAP. A no-brainer if ever there was one.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | June 25, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

If he knew what I know he would ditch his (already over) political career and find out what Love means. He needs to find out who loves him and who he loves and when he does, he will not be liable for the pain his four children would otherwise bear.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 25, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this guy is in full control of his faculties. to beleive that he could jet off to Argentina and no one would would notice or miss him clearly indicates he has not a grasp of reality.

Perhaps he could join Jeffords and Specter in the party where he fits better.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 25, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

This is just a typical face-saving attempt. He'll probably resign tomorrow, but maybe not till next week.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | June 25, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Democrats will want Sanford to stay in office. He can no longer be effective and will be distracted from the duties of his office. If he stepped down now, his successor would also be a Republican but without the baggage and would be an incumbent in the next election.

Posted by: bpai_99 | June 25, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm with vbhoomes. Sanford would best serve south carolinians by stepping down. Having said that, I don't really care if he does or not. If he does the press corps moves on to the next sideshow; if not, his whole life and secret life will be dragged into the open to his & his family's further embarrasment, which really is a shame, but that's the world we live in.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 25, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR GOV. SANFORD

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

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

Dem hack mean spirited and cruel calls for the Governor's resignation will backfire as those in SC understand Dems.

Lets ignore contemporary examples of recovery (Ted Kennedy,with both adultery and death--was he a Republican or Dem??) and go back in history.

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

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

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

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

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

David wrote Psalm 51 after his affair:

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

Read the whole Psalm.

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

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

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

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

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

Go and do likewise.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 25, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Who does he think he is, Bill Clinton?

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | June 25, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's not about the affair here. It's about the fact that he left for 6 days leaving no notice. I'm not saying the man can't get a vacation, but c'mon!

I'm not even a mid-level manager and tomorrow, I'll be the acting mid-level manager because my boss and the person acting for her will both be out. See? Responsibility. Making sure someone's in charge when you're not there to be in charge.

Hard to explain to the press? Didn't someone during the campaign tell him that the press asks questions? Oh that's right, his wife's not talking to him.

Posted by: capecodner424 | June 25, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

That's unfornunate, He needs to get his family and himself out of the limelight. But I cannot say I am really surprised, its something politicians share on both side of the aisle, Narcissism. He should be quickly impeached if he hasn't got the good sense and judgement to resign. He broke his bond of trust with the people of his state.

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

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