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Sanford Apologizes (Again)

Seeking to set some sort of record for mea culpas, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has penned an op-ed once again apologizing for his disappearance from the state last month and his admission of an extramarital affair.

Entitled "Now and Going Forward", Sanford begins the op-ed by comparing the last month of his life to attending his own funeral and writes: "Surprisingly I am thankful for the perspective it has afforded."

He goes on to note that has has learned to feel forgiveness and grave from his heart rather than just his head and that no apology can make up his "failure" to live up to his own moral code.

Still, Sanford is insistent that he will remain in public life to put the lessons he has learned in recent months to "work to becoming a better and more effective leader."

Sanford's political career is almost certainly over when he concludes his second term in 2010. But, for the moment, he appears likely to hang on until then.

To be continued....

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 19, 2009; 10:06 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Governors  
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Just remember folks, as you watch this guy invoke the name of the Lord, and have his loyal circle of friends close ranks around him, and proclaim that he's a changed man, who has learned his lesson, and how God has helped him move past all of his devilish ways, the good people of South Carolina and the more credulous among us will say "Amen", and steadfastly refuse to elect to any higher office an atheist who has never set a foot wrong in life, and is eminently more qualified for the position. The cloak of religion does not make you more righteous - but it sure helps you get elected! And watch out kids, those who proclaim their righteousness are the most likely ones to get caught acting unrighteously.

Posted by: nowukkers | July 20, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

When is Sanford going to learn that his bible quotes are exactly what got him into this position. Why would he ever, for even one moment, believe that anyone whould accept biblical advice from him? After all if his beliefs are so strong why exactly is it that he himself was unable to follow them? It doesn't take a fool to see Sanford for the hypocrite that he is. Mark Sanford your 15 minutes are up - please finally do something honorable and resign.

Posted by: mcordray | July 20, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Sanford learning any lesson, it looks to me like an ongoing meltdown.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 20, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully he has learned his lesson & it will make him a better husband & father. It better, because for the rest of his life his wife is gonna bring this up when something hits...small or big. As those of us who are married know, women don't forget! Sanford is in for a reminder for the rest of his life, not that he shouldn't be, even if he reconciles with his wife. I hope he does do the right thing & try to restore his marriage. I hope he & his wife is having a good getaway to help work things out.

Posted by: reason5 | July 20, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

courtesan. I like that. While hunting to check my definitions (I was originally going to defend the term and realized it was wrong), I ran across a thread trying to find a male equivalent. The closest anyone could find was gigolo.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 20, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: opp88 | July 20, 2009 3:51 AM | Report abuse







What ELSE have the Bush-Cheney "stay-behinds" not told Panetta, Napolitano & Company -- INCLUDING POTUS and VPOTUS?

The real story here by a longtime mainstream journalist and a five-year (and counting) victim of the "extrajudicial targeting and torture matrix":

OR (if link is extrajudicially disabled by operatives using surveillance programs as a pretext to harass and censor): RE: "GESTAPO USA" (link in "stream" or "stories" listings.)

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 19, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Count me among my fellows here, who no longer find the luv guv's sackcloth and ashes routine entertaining. His dramatic displays are neither necessary nor helpful to the people of South Carolins, who need a governor not a chronic penitent.

Posted by: jhbyer | July 19, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 19, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 19, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone asked the guv yet whether he still feels expert enough about marriage to tell the rest of America who should and shouldn't be allowed to marry? I thought not. This media protects our moralizing hypocrites to the very end.


Bet he's delivered the same "marriage is between a man and a woman" speech since his confessionals, and with a straight face, and without a hint of irony.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 19, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

All Republicans here who called for Clinton to resign but haven't done so for Sanford, raise your hand! You're a proud and pathetic hypocrite.

Posted by: B2O2 | July 19, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone asked the guv yet whether he still feels expert enough about marriage to tell the rest of America who should and shouldn't be allowed to marry? I thought not. This media protects our moralizing hypocrites to the very end.

Posted by: B2O2 | July 19, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

BB: you are correct about "mistress" and financial support. Since Sanford is a "nobleman" in a way, she might also be called a "courtesan." That too implies a financial relationship, but sometimes a courtesan gets "paid" by the cred of shtupfing a big-wifg.

Paramour? Odalisque? Quite a number of words for this "matter of some delicacy."

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 19, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I wish Sanford would just go away--preferably to join Maria in Buenos Aires. Maybe there he will have an epiphany, realizing that all his right-wing blather is santimonious nonsense. My hope is that Maria will convert him into a born-again leftie.

That would serve South Carolina and the whole southern-fried GOP just dandy.

Posted by: jasm917 | July 19, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

@alysheba_3 - You're actually citing Wikipedia? Sorry, but a mistress implies financial support. Revisionists notwithstanding. I'd give you credit if you wanted to call her "the other woman" (which is nice since there is implicit sexual neutrality)


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 19, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the wisdom Mark Sanford, the living dead, Republican zombie:

**Finally it is at your funeral that you in many ways not only can see most clearly the things that really matter in life, but where one gets the best glimpse of who your real friends are – and how much they matter. **

Blessed man, he lives in another world, not the same one we do.

Let him be our King, annointed as the Messiah of Conservative Christian Hypocrisy.

God made him look as the One, a fully erect male member of the Republican Party.

God Bless the GOP!

Forgiveness, please!

Vote Zombie--

Posted by: lichtme | July 19, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Sanford G-d has bigger issues to deal with then whether you boinked another woman apologize to your family and wife and take care of in private. G-d has nothing to do with this. You constantly using G-d's name is for self righteous and and politcal reasons get over it. On another level where this man's penis wandered does not affect his ability to govern.

Posted by: lildg54 | July 19, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Earl C. said it best and succinctly. Sanford has not progressed emotionally beyond 16. He should do the right thing and put the poorly run state of So. Carolina first.

Posted by: rascal20 | July 19, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

MARK SANFORD...this is GOD speaking, again, quit using my name to draw sympathy. You get none from me and the more you use me as a tool to stay governor, the harder the rain will fall on your soul. If you had any true feelings for your guilt, the first thing you would do is resign from Governor. But you do not, again you have been warned!!

Posted by: kubrickstan | July 19, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Considering the facts regarding his AWOL from the state as well as his previous statements regarding those who have cheated, he should step down. He has neither shown maturity nor Christian principles in his past and present performances. He needs to take his own advice. Bye, bye, Mark Sanford.

Posted by: EarlC | July 19, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

And I like that this debacle has served to give him perspective. Intelligent people can gain perspective without making such a huge mess of things.
"I've got this new perspective going for me, so I guess it was all worth it, right honey? right kids? right Maria?"

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 19, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm with B:, when I think "mistress" I think of a woman a man "keeps." We have no indication (yet) that Sanford was keeping this woman, so I think "lover" is the contemporary term.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 19, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is the poster boy for the teachings of the "Christian Mafia". He is one of the Chosen, therefore, the rules of conduct not the rules of law apply to him. He gets to spend state funds lavishly on himself even though he is driving the state into bankruptcy while self-righteously demanding that staff members use both sides of a post-it.

Reports from Argentina indicate that Ms Argentina is connected to organized crime and has a history of trysts with assumed to be powerful persons from other governments. There appears to be a connection between the sexual relationship and Sanford's being vetted for VP. Given his top level security clearance, this is disturbing.

Why aren't we hearing more about a religious cult's corruptive influence on Washington?

Posted by: xclntcat | July 19, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

he cant keep mouth or fly shut. i woiuld hate to be his wife, who must deal with the open mouth---aaaaarrrrggggghhhh.

Posted by: axolotl | July 19, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Sanford has made himself a laughing stock. As my 101 year old grandmother said about the actions of men like Sanford "all his brains are between his legs". He is behaving like a teenager with out of control hormones.

Posted by: Leathnm | July 19, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@sverigegrabb - He started a relationship with Ms. Argentina while he was married, but I haven't seen evidence that he has supported her. She is therefore not a mistress by definition. Perhaps we should just refer to her as Sanford's soul mate and be done with it.


Actually, mistress is the correct term. A mistress is a man's long-term female sexual partner and companion who is not married to him, especially used when the man is married to another woman. The relationship generally is stable and at least semi-permanent; however, the couple does not live together openly. Also the relationship is usually, but not always, secret.....Historically a man "kept" a mistress. As the term implies, he was responsible for her debts and provided for her in much the same way as he did his wife, although not legally bound to do so. In more recent and emancipated times, it is more likely that the mistress has a job of her own, and is less, if at all, financially dependent on the man. (from:

Posted by: alysheba_3 | July 19, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Governor Sanford,
Please just shut-up and go away. Your faux religious ramblings are disgusting.

Posted by: merrylees | July 19, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Sanford claimed to be a good family man and devout Christian before, then showed it was all a lie then. I'm certainly ready to trust him again this time around.

Posted by: bpai_99 | July 19, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

So much for the conservo line of "we police our own" in a weak attempt at slander-by-implication of Democrats. All the pubbie proles have done is make excuses for Sanford. Again. Not that it will matter to the 23% dead-end birthers who run the party right now but they're rapidly headed to marginalization, soon followed by extinction as they drop below viable population levels. I for one say good riddance.

Posted by: washpost18 | July 19, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

He sure won't have to work very hard to become a, "...better and more effective leader."

Once again, he has set the bar for himself laughably low. He needs to take his medicine and I am not talking figuratively.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 19, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Sanford was jealous of all the press attention Palin has been getting recently (c.f., her recent cover of Time magazine).

Posted by: mnteng | July 19, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

He wants people to think this is all about a personal failing (an affair), rather than a huge political failing. The people of SC should demand his resignation.

Posted by: sarahabc | July 19, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: nodebris | July 19, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Sanford doesn't have a lot of friends r support in SC. His own party is ready for his departure -- it clear some way for a couple of ambitious guys who operate within the GOP (Sanford did not - and these rivals aided in his exposure).

By the time all the money stuff has been parsed closely Sanford will be glad to skip the next election in return for not being prosecuted. And that will suit his party just fine.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 19, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who showed better judgment in this affair: the white male or the wise Latina?

Posted by: miftahismail1 | July 19, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

( Yawn) Stop blubbering... Resign... Go away...

Posted by: clankie | July 19, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

@sverigegrabb - He started a relationship with Ms. Argentina while he was married, but I haven't seen evidence that he has supported her. She is therefore not a mistress by definition. Perhaps we should just refer to her as Sanford's soul mate and be done with it.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 19, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

These goofy governors need to grab as much press as they can.

Soon Palin will be on the loose, sucking up all the oxygen.

Posted by: dadada | July 19, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Still, Sanford is insistent that he will remain in public life to put the lessons he has learned in recent months to "work to becoming a better and more effective leader.""

So he will apologize to Clinton for demanding his resignation? Apologize to South Carolina for rejecting the stimulus money? Move to make hate crimes aspecial category in South Carolina?

Or just work to see that the Gospel of Jesus the Supply Side Economist are made the law of the land?

But I really like the fact that he can't figure how to get his head down and his name out of the newspapers. Every time he opens his mouth the republicans lose votes in South Carolina, and across the country.

BUT, MAYBE, the governor COULD try something really new, legalize teelok status in the United States. (Ask any vet who served in, or went on R and R to, Thailand to explain teelok status to you.)

Posted by: ceflynline | July 19, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

What an attention-wh0ring nut.

I'm on his mailing list for some reason, I have no idea why. I've gotten a couple of apologies too.

Sanford has some serious mental problems and his infatuation is not at the root of them.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 19, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Are you keeping track of how MANY times Gov. Sanford has apologised? Is there ANYTHING other than 'Gorilla Glue' that will seal his flapping gob???

I'm privately very sympathetic to his being in love with the woman the media persist in calling his 'mistress' (after all, how many people find their perfect mate on the first throw of the dice?), but these serial explanations/apologies are really going much, MUCH too far.

You yourself, Chris, expressed impatience earlier in the week that the Gov. didn't rate higher in your 'Adultery Survey'. Now he gets more coverage for what he SAID, instead of the situation he caused.

Why not mention, for example, that Sanford's spokesman, Joel Sawyer, resigned yesterday--in addition to your usual insightful analysis of his reasons?

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 19, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

TIMELINE: 1) Fundo-wacko governor has a vision about what would happen if he got a girlfriend? 2) Governor becomes a Fun and Wacko wild and crazy guy. 3) LuvGuv gets caught on international tryst. 4) He comments that "The Devil made me do it." 5) Contrite Gov then insults wife, family and state citizens with his "soulmate" confession in hopes of sympathy. 6) LuvGuv sees the moonlight isn't working and decides it's time to leave the "Fun and Wacko" ways behind to return to being a "Fundo-Wacko" Guv who proclaims his recent talks with his Gawd have cured his wandering love malady. 7) He has been bumped from the front page by Senator Ensign peccadilloes, Michael Jackson death, Farrah Fawcett death, Walter Cronkite death, former "C Street" secrecy society wandering eye buddy Rep. Pickering peccadilloes, Sotomayor Supreme Court hearings, AND NOW feels the compulsion to confess once again to return to the Sunday Funny Pages. 8) Expect to rewind and replay further dereliction of duty and peccadilloes in his public self-floggings. 9) Get the LuvGuv a new girlfriend.

Posted by: benighse | July 19, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if the majority of the press did not appear intimidated by The Family/The Fellowship/C Street and their bizarre interpretation of Jesus' teachings and the Bible in general, idiots like Sanford, Ensign, DeMinted, Coburn, Wamp might have been run out of office a long time ago.

Isn't this cult really just about bringing lots of people together so Doug and David Coe can sell some influence and get rich behind the tax exempt screen of calling themselves a church?

BTW, Mark Sanford is crazy, a fool or both.

Posted by: edismae | July 19, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The self-flagellation tour continues. This is what happens when you are unforgiving of others. It’s okay, Governor. I didn’t think less of you for your affair. My opinion couldn’t go any lower after you attempted to reject the stimulus money. Isn’t it odd that that we use the word screw for what he did to the people of South Carolina and what he did in Argentina?

Posted by: mikedow1 | July 19, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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