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Sanford: From Bad to Worse

Update, 12:05 p.m ET.: South Carolina state Senate Democratic leader John C. Land III just issued a very strong statement regarding Sanford.

Said Land:

"The people of this state deserve complete honesty from Governor Sanford. The Governor's office misled the media, the Lt. Governor, and the people of South Carolina. Never in my 32 years as a state Senator have I witnessed a Governor and his staff act in a more dishonest, secretive, and bizarre manner. There is something very wrong here and serious questions need to be asked about the Governor's 6 day disappearance."

Update, 10:51 a.m. ET: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. today from his office in the statehouse in Columbia.

Original Post

The news -- first reported by the State newspaper -- that Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) had spent the last six days in Argentina not, as his staff had previously said, hiking the Appalachian Trail turns what was a bad story for the governor's future political prospects into an out-and-out public relations disaster.

"I don't know how this thing got blown out of proportion," said Sanford upon his return stateside, explaining that he had mentioned to his staff that he might be going hiking along the Appalachian Trail last Thursday before changing his mind at the last minute. Asked why his staff released a statement Monday night saying that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, Sanford told the State: "I don't know."

Um, ok.

This latest turn in what can now only be described as a bizarre story creates far more questions than it answers. Among them:

* Why didn't Sanford check in with anyone during the five days he was "off the grid"? The Fix has been to Buenos Aires -- the Paris of South America -- and can attest to the fact that there are shops with e-mail terminals and international phones on nearly every corner. Why would Sanford not, at least, call his wife (and four boys) on Father's Day to let them know his whereabouts -- especially given that he was a nine-hour plane ride (or more) from home?

* Why did Sanford's staff insist on Monday that they knew where he was and had been in contact with him? A source within the South Carolina government said Monday that no one on Sanford's staff had spoken to the governor since last Thursday and they did not know where he was, and yet everything that came out of Sanford's office after the initial hubbub seemed to suggest that all was well. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer accused Sanford's staff of misleading him regarding the governor's location on Monday, a claim that now seems to be right.

* What did Sanford's office tell people like state Sen. Greg Ryberg and South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom that convinced that duo to put out statements yesterday condemning the media coverage of the event as making much ado about nothing? And, how much blowback is there from Sanford defenders who now have, to put it nicely, egg on their face?

These are just a few of the questions that Sanford now must answer in the coming days. The fact that he disappeared for six days made for an interesting -- and somewhat odd -- story. The fact that -- whether willfully or accidentally -- Sanford's staff misled the public about his whereabouts is a major problem for a candidate considered almost certain to run for president in 2012.

"With the lack of judgment he's shown, Sanford is now seriously damaged goods," said one senior Republican strategist about the incident's impact on the South Carolina Governor's political future.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2009; 9:11 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Governors  
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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 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Yet another lying two faced hypocritical family values Republican has to eat his own words.

From the man who proudly talked about the sanctity of marriage while condeming gay marriage, we now find out how he really thinks.

Republicans . . . the party without shame . . . or honor.

Posted by: Continuum | June 24, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza: His wife, Jenny, was not there.

Sanford did say that his wife had known about the affair, which had been going on for the last year or so, for the last five and a half months.

Having spent a significant amount of time in South Carolina due to its prominence in the presidential nominating process, I can tell you that Jenny Sanford is widely admired in political circles in the state.

She is seen as a savvy strategist and full partner in her husband's political career.

Which is, of course, what makes the affair all the more stunning.

___

No it doesn't. It explains everything. They have a political partnership, an alliance, with children and supposedly, benefits.

Why is this surprising? Marriages used to always be political alliances or survival partnerships. It's only relatively recently that marriages were based on love.

Perhaps the Republicans will put to death the family values garbage once and for all and just stick to ethics. Maybe we can actually have civil marriages as they do in Italy. If people want to get married in a church they can, but it's not legal unless there is a civil ceremony.

If the Sanford's want an alliance instead of a marriage, who cares, but dear God let the Republicans get off the morality, family values kick.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

okay.

who won the pool?

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

Sanford's office just released a follow-up statement to his press conference....

"I have made decisions that have hurt and will continue to hurt them, and for that I'm sincerely sorry. Jenny has stood by me through campaign after campaign, through hard time after hard time, and neither she nor the boys deserve this. Please offer them your prayers," Sanford said.


What say you, all those posters who told us to give the guy a break, every man needs a vacation, etc?

When I read this I suspect he is really really sorry...about getting caught.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I can't get over the AP photo of Governor Sanford in the "Deer in Headlights" pose.

Myself, I am struggling between the schadenfreude of gloating over another "family values" windbag showing just how much he does value family, and the reality that his personal and family life are the business of him and his family.

What "Argentinian-Leave" Sanford has going against him is that he bailed out on an entire state for 5 days.

If I was a voter/resident of SC, I have every expectation that the holder of the office of the governor takes it seriously enough to respect the needs of the people of his/her state to not go AWOL for personal reasons.

As much crap as we liberals/progressives gave when W gave temporary Presidential powers to Cheney during a colonoscopy, it is looking like the one responsible thing that idiot ever did.

Lesson to Republicans, when you pull your pants down, hand the phone to someone else. Anyone.

Posted by: mabkhar | June 24, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust

Posted by: Realistic2 | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I feel for his family....Another one bites the dust. Politicians are really disturbed to believe that they can get away cheating, even if they go to another country.

Posted by: Realistic2 | June 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

A Governor going AWOL isn't just incompetence, it's arrogance, and dereliction of duty.

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

litero, Sanford's abuse of office derives from going AWOL without being able to be contacted in case of emergency, combined with not transferring power during his absence to his Lt. Governor. Had a life-threatening disaster struck SC during Sanford's absence requiring the immediate attention and decision-making of the Governor's office, precious hours (if not days, as well as lives) could have been lost.

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

Sanford just threw a haymaker at the GOP.Talk about blind siding the GOP, they must be reeling right now, all dazed and confused.

Posted by: Realistic2 | June 24, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse


By not advising the Lt. Gov. of his intended absence, Sanford left the state in the lurch. Had there been any kind of state emergency, the Lt. Gov. was not authorized to act, and the Gov was not reachable.

The affair is lamentable. Going AWOL is incompetence.

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

Remember Congressman (and John Birch Society stalwart) John G. Schmitz (R-Orange County, CA.), who when caught in the public light defiantly justified his "manly" right to maintain a second family? Imagine the toll that Mark Sanford's behavior will take on his kids. After all, one of Schmitz' daughters grew up to become Mary Kay Letourneau, and we all know how THAT turned out.

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

Let's see: he blew off Father's Day with his kids so he could, ah, oh well, you can figure it out.

Compare Sanford, Mr. Family Values, to a real father, the current occupant of the White House. Like Obama or hate him, his head is in the right place about this father stuff.

Can't say where Gov. Sanford's head is....

Seriously, as a father, all I can say is: WHAT A SLIME.

Posted by: stevec3 | June 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The man has not abused his office. While this is embarassing, its only embarassing. The reason we call people hypocrates is not because we want them to stop doing what they condemn, but because we want them to stop condemning others for doing what they themselves do. I dont see any reason why Sanford should be disqualified for office for any reason other than ideology and compentence.

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

Yet another chapter to add to the Book of Adulterous Politicians.

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

Eating all that crow is more palatable when you've fried it up using all that egg on your face.

Mmmmmmm.

Posted by: trident420 | June 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Someone wrote “…there's no reason or excuse that a 50 something, married father of four would leave his family on a lurch for a "vacation" in "Argentina." There is no excuse why he would leave his Lt. Governor and staff on a lurch.”

Actually everything you just mentioned strikes me as a DAMNED good reason to head for Buenos Aires for a week-long blowout. (and let’s not forget “wrapped-too-tight Republican”.)

And btw how bout showing us the credit card statement and paperwork on his car rental while he was there? (Unless of course he drove from the States.) And the hotel bills? And the receipts for meals and at which restaurants? And the passport stamps?

curioser and curioser.

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

Haw haw haw another family values gooper who can't stay loyal to his wife.

No wonder they've change the venue to the politics of redneck resentment.

Turns out once again the liberals were right and the goopers were wrong. Batting a thousand.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I love the partisanship in this blog! OK people, so it's official Mark Sanford was in Argentina enjoying some time with his mistress (or beau, who knows). I wonder if her name is Evita? Or would it be Evito?

As someone else said before, I think the guys over at the Daily Show, the Colbert Report, and the late night shows might want to take the rest of the day off. After all the comedy fodder is writing itself.

You know, guys I love it when the Republicans in this room acuse Democrats of fanning the flames... First the Lt. Governor is a Republican and he is the one who started asking questions when, you know, his boss was AWOL and he wasn't around. There is also Greg Ryberg, another Republican and he was convinced everything was A-OK. I think he's a bit ticked off after going to the mat for the Governor and finding out he was lying.

Also wasn't it the GOP impeaching a Democratic President in 1999 for lying about sexual pecadillos? Meanwhile in a cave in Afghanistan...

I hope Mr Sanford practiced his tango... If Blago did a reality show, maybe Mark can do Dancing with the Stars!

Posted by: Kruhn1 | June 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I told y'all so, before the press conference:

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Keep it up, Republican apologists.

Before long, none of you will have anything to say in defense of Sanford.

(hint hint).

Expect to see him in divorce proceedings before the year is out.

Posted by: jsmith021961 | June 24, 2009 12:58 PM |

Posted by: jsmith021961 | June 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

And in the meantime, Iran murders it citizens and NK get ready to launch missles at America. I am glad CC and MSM have got their priorities straight. Partisan politics before national security.

Posted by: vbhoomes

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What, the press only publishes one article per day?

Most of we readers can walk and chew gum at the same time. And we can read more than one article.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Whose to say he wasn't spending Father's Day with his (other) family.

"Bigamy, n. A mistake in taste for which the wisdom of the future will adjudge a punishment called trigamy." -Ambrose Bierce

Posted by: scrubjay | June 24, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

A grown man goes on a vaction for a few days and this is the reaction??? Did he break any laws??? NO. Did he even do something unsavory.. Nothing has been reported?? So why all the hysteria???

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The Phrase That Pays is "job abandonment." He get paid to be governor. He has responsibilities. He walked away from them for almost a week. Even a 7-11 clerk would be fired for that.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

>you Libs seem to know a lot about the seedy underworld and hiding things from people. How did you get to be such experts?

Was the class held at a turnpike rest stop? Or maybe the Mayflower hotel? Or even under the Oval office desk?<

We got to be experts after listening to the Nixon tapes. Some of the recordings were a bit too fuzzy though, so we can't really sya that we're experts.

Posted by: mabkhar | June 24, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he was sent by the RNC to find a location for the rump Republican Government in Exile.

Posted by: nodebris | June 24, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

What is it with these Republicans? Can't keep their wicks dry? If he wanted to go have a romp with some young squeeze he could have finessed it SO much better than this.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

A couple of days ago, I said that while the governor had made a mistake not telling anyone where he was, the story was not that big a deal. Now that it turns out he went to Argentina instead of the Appalachian trail makes this a story definitely worthy of the attention it is receiving. Why would he be in Argentina without his family on father's day?

Posted by: jameshauser | June 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Whenever I need to meet my handler for new instructions, I too prefer to go secretly “off-shore.”

Posted by: Ichristian | June 24, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

let's get real. another ' family values' hypocrite down the tubes.

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Mortified: Believe me, Sanford is NOT indicative of the entire SC voting populace. A majority to be sure, but there are those of us who detest him, his shenanigans, and what he stands for. More than 40% of voters in this state actually pulled the lever for Obama in '08. Partly as a backlash to W, but still progress (I hope).

Posted by: engtchr | June 24, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

So does he have a receipt for his plane ticket? If it was purchased at the last minute then he just likes to travel. If it was purchased before he told his staff he might go hiking, then let the digging really begin.

But honestly, so what if he disappears. As The Fix pointed out, Argentina has CNN and the Internet, he'd have known if he had to fax in his signature for some sort of emergency decree. I mean what exactly does he have to do right now in SC?

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

>you Libs seem to know a lot about the seedy underworld and hiding things from people. How did you get to be such experts?

Was the class held at a turnpike rest stop? Or maybe the Mayflower hotel? Or even under the Oval office desk?<

We watched Bush and Cheney for the last eight years. If you want an education in deception and corruption, that would earn you a doctorate in the subject. Too bad you were asleep in class all that time. You obviously haven't learned a thing.

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

Before I thought it was a little weird. Now I'm wondering if he has become a drug mule on the side.

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

To those who pooh-pooh the good governor's Argentine efforts, just how do you know that he wasn't on a top secret diplomatic mission to prevent the following from happening?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp7sN5Njo1o

1 minute, 6 seconds

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

As old Rummy would say "Oh My Goodness Gracious is not Mark a chip off Cheneys old Block"
He lies, he is a contrarian,he is against abortion,he is pro-choice (sure is)he has family values like Ensign,Foley,Vitter,Craig,Burton,Dreier,Gingrich (choose one)
Hannity and the other Fox fools loved him for hating President Obama.

Posted by: scac1 | June 24, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Moose and Squirrel.... Palin/Jindal

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 24, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Romney/Palin in 2012.

"Mitts and Tits"

Posted by: Heerman532


that's the first actually funny thing I've read on this blog in quite some time.

funny ha ha, not funny loony.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Romney/Palin in 2012.

"Mitts and Tits"

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the issue. His staff member simply confused "chasing Argentinian tail" with "hiking Appalachian trail." I could see how that happens.

Posted by: wintech | June 24, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I've been in court before and seen where even one episode of this kind of bizarre-flight was grounds for involuntary psychiatric commitment.

Anywhere in the rural (GOP) south, he would be in the funny farm for months before the judge would even bother to review evidence of the evals - and only then if he had an army of lawyers.

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh/Coulter 2012

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 24, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

i'd say that if this politician had a low personal profile before...
that is over.
if he was having fun with a girlfriend, the press will find out about it. if he was having fun with a boyfriend, the press will find out about it. if either exists, he better just fess up and admit wrongdoing or as we all know, it will only get worse for him, his office and more importantly...his famliy whom looks like didn't care where he was either.
very, very careless...and i do believe he was riding a soapbox during the state wide stimulus offering wasn't he???

Posted by: hemnebob | June 24, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up, Republican apologists.

Before long, none of you will have anything to say in defense of Sanford.

(hint hint).

Expect to see him in divorce proceedings before the year is out.

Posted by: jsmith021961 | June 24, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, Buenos Aires *is* a really cool place to visit. I tip my hat to Gov Sanford for his choice of venues.

That being said, I would *never* ditch my family and not let them know where I am. Particularly if I"m out of the country. And I would never ditch my daughter so that we don't spend Father's Day together. I had a wonderful family-oriented Fathers Day...because that's how we liberals roll. "Family values" Sanford? His wife and kids had no idea where he was on Fathers Day.

We *do* know that it's hurricane season, right? If something had happened, it appears that nobody - including the Lt. Governor - knew Sanford's whereabouts. And he (Sanford) didn't even bother to tell his Lt. Governor where he was and how long he'd be gone, etc.

That there are people on this thread defending his behavior (zouk) shows that for about 20% of the population, you can't unlearn stupid.

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

Ensign...

Sanford...

Sarah Palin is starting to look pretty good, by comparison to the rest of the clowns.

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

Green Ipod has it right. It really doesn't matter if he was on the Appalachian Trail or in Argentina. Except that no one knew where he really was.

He was gone for 6 days, and his staff either didn't know, or lied, about where he was. The Lt. Gov. didn't know, but wasn't given any authority to act in his place.

That is unacceptable behavior. And that's the point.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Don't cry for me Carolina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don't keep your distance

Posted by: bloggersvilleusa | June 24, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The world as per Faux News:

Obama- taking your wife on a date in NYC, USA is bad

Sanford- leaving the USA by yourself while leaving your four kids behind on Father's Day is no problem

Posted by: bushisacrook | June 24, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse


"Buenos Aires -- the Paris of South America." I guess I can understand this if you mean completely dysfunctional. Come on, Chris, BA is a vast wasteland and even some of its best beef restaurants are closing due to a lack of business. I'd rather be in Rio.

Sanford is a loon and he is indicative of the voting populace of SC. Sanford's initial refusal of the federal education funds shows he has no common or political sense. SC has the worst schools of all the states because "whitey" sends their kids to "private" schools and under funds the public schools. The result is people graduating from public high school, maybe, and reading at a 4th grade level.

Sanford, and his state, have made me ill, since the first time I was there in the 1960's.

Posted by: mortified469 | June 24, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Extraw-dinery!

I'm a brit. Get it?

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the GOP is Cannibalizing themselves. How could they have so many "leaders" self distruct?

Posted by: Cwicks1 | June 24, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

When I was active duty one of my coworkers went on a week long guys roadtrip to Vegas but told his wife he was going to Vandenberg for duty. Naturally, he didn't tell those of us left at work what he had done.

The wife and six kids received an eviction notice during the week and she called the guy's supervisor who unwittingly told her that her husband was in Vegas.

Nice thing to do to your wife and kids. At least the boss knew where he was really at.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

arielpoly writes
"Don't forget to gaze into the mirror, bub."

I heard the king_of_zouk does not cast a reflection!

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"Gov. Ferris Bueller's Week Off"

Posted by: vasstlee | June 24, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina was known for certain politicians espousing the doctrine of nullification in the 19th century. Governor Sanford leader has now made the term applicable to his future political career.It's just like abstinence--there's nothing to it.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | June 24, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm tellin' ya:

The guy needs a psyche eval (for his own use)AND a mob-quality alibi (or his wife is going to get it all)!

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Sanford disappears. Rush disappears. Sanford reappears. Rush reappears. Highly suspicious!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 24, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he was on a secret mission with congressman Jefferson trying to trap some counterfeiters.

We could ask the CIA except they lie about everything, even to congress.

Maybe he was with Joe babblin Biden in the no-longer-secret bunker.

I think he was setting up the fourth of july bar-b-que for the iranian mullah murderers.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"It is moonbat central here today. did someone spike the kool-aid?

The unusually low intelligence of Liberals is obvious for all to see. I thought drivl and chrissuxcox were fools. I now beleive in the greater fool theory."

Posted by: king_of_zouk

Don't forget to gaze into the mirror, bub.

Posted by: arielpoly | June 24, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Seems like in most states if the Gov leaves the state the Lt Gov is notified and takes charge until the Gov gets back. In this case the LG didn't even know he was gone. It's got nothing to do with Father's Day, it's all about responsibility.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | June 24, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

You can bet the National Enquirer has reporters in Buenos Aires right now. They'll find out what Lover Boy has been up to the last week.

Posted by: patriot76 | June 24, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This isn't rocket science: Obviously, if he's lying about his whereabouts, he's doing something he shouldn't -which is usually either sex or drugs. And if it's a politician, there's a strong likelihood it's both.

Posted by: htimothyjones | June 24, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked, SHOCKED that Ted Haggard has yet to be implicated!

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps he was hiding in the basement with Barry for the last week, afraid to come out and read from the teleprompter.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Was last week a full moon? Maybe he needed to turn into a werewolf for 5 days and do werewolf stuff.

Posted by: Pawtry | June 24, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please. I'm an Independent and the back and forth R vs. D debate is so pathetic. What this boils down to is not whether a person can take a vacation, or spend Father's Day away from his family, but whether any responsible adult should (or could!) get away with abandoning their job for days without even saying - hey, I'm going away and want to be left alone and I'll be back on X day. A janitor couldn't get away with that, much less a Governor. This person clearly has ridiculous judgement or people are clumsily trying to cover up a personal emergency of some sort. It doesn't matter what the political party, most middle-managers in this country would be fired if they pulled that stunt, much less a Governor. Nobody made you take the job, dude. Resign if you feel it is too intrusive and demanding and you want to be able to disappear at will without a word.

Posted by: Green_Ipod | June 24, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Check this out: http://thediscust.com/

At least we can all get a few laughs from Sanford's nonsense.

Posted by: BugsyRIP | June 24, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Sanford must have wanted to see some attractive women for a change- the women in SC and most of the USA are fat slobs!

Posted by: bushisacrook | June 24, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

you Libs seem to know a lot about the seedy underworld and hiding things from people. How did you get to be such experts?

Was the class held at a turnpike rest stop? Or maybe the Mayflower hotel? Or even under the Oval office desk?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I think the really sad story would be that Sanford felt himself on the verge of a nervous breakdown and checked himself into a super-private rehab clinic. Because of our American aversion to admitting any kind of perceived 'weakness', our elected officials can never admit to this kind of behavior and action without severe repercussions. Those of you who are old enough will remember the saga of Thomas Eagleton.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The man had a break-down. This happens to mostly all human beings who do not take drugs to cope....

Posted by: forgetthis | June 24, 2009 11:24 AM
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What makes you think he doesn't also do drugs at his clandestine destinations??? Either way, I hope he's thinking about a new line of work (travel agent?) and a new family (Juan? Orestes? Billy Joe?).

Posted by: abqcleve | June 24, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

One Two Three...OK Fox News....SPIN THIS STORY...Can't wait to hear what you have to say Sean.

Posted by: hayden1 | June 24, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Sanford noticed how much nicer Argentina is compared to his absolute dump of a state! How patriotic and American the Republican Sanford is- there are no places in the USA worth escaping to? LMAO!

Posted by: bushisacrook | June 24, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Argentina. Right. When does the rest of the story--the part with the Brazilian transvestite, the stolen money, and the meth and alcohol addiction--come out?

Oh, I forgot, those parts are to be followed up with the public mea culpa and the I've-been-saved-by-Jesus decree.

Posted by: gce1356 | June 24, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the governor caught a connecting flight in BA to chimpie's several-thousand-acre ranch in nearby Paraguay to plot about the endgame for the nazi-esque neocons?

Does anybody know where chimpie, cheney, et al were during this time?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Of all the gobbledygook scandals cooked up by the Demorrhoids, this is surely the stupidest.

Posted by: greg3 | June 24, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm a low level government employee, albeit with a security clearance. If I go overseas on vacation I have to get briefed on the local threat and security precautions. I have to leave a number or way of getting in touch with me in case an emergency crops up. I'm thinking the Governor of a state is at least as important as I am.
Posted by: arancia12
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Then again for all we know he was updated before he left and he unlike you is not required to leave a number. So again unless he broke a law it is up to the voters to decide how much of an issue this will be.

As for his wife, yeah, that's between them, but since the Republicans have invited themselves into my womb I feel free to invite myself into Gov. Sanford's home. I don't have kids but I know my husband would worry about me and since I would want to know if any of my siblings became ill or if one of my dogs were sick, I'm make sure my husband had a way to contact me.
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Look abortion has to do with when human life begins. There there is certainly a good argument it begins BEFORE birth so therefore it has an affect on a woman's womb. Question is when is a fetus a life ALL IT'S OWN and is therefore entitled to protection from the law? That seems to be something everyone should be concerned with. Everything else is how they conduct their marriage and that is between them.

Hiking in the Appalacians is a loooong way from Argentina...but I see your point. Maybe his office thought he was hiking in the Argentians...easy mistake to make. However, this morning Sanford said he changed his mind at the last minute and went to Buenos Aires. Sort of shoots that misunderstanding thing down....
Posted by: arancia12
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No. He's saying he changed his mind on where he was going and they misunderstood probably because it was last minute and maybe he wasn't clear enough. This will be explained. Either way, I don't see the big conspiracy.. Does it really make any difference which place it went???
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I'm a voter. I get to decide how much of difference this makes. Remember Sarah Palin talking about how she is the CINC of the Alaska Nat'l Guard? Well, Sanford is in command of the S. Carolina Nat't Guard. So either that's an important job or it's not, Reps need to make up their minds. He is also a target of terrorism (as they tell me I am) as a US government official so I'm 99% sure his office should be able to say where he's at at any given time.

There was no invitation to discuss abortion, simply your intrusion on my womb. The operative being MY.

So on his way to the Appalacian Mountains, which go through S. Carolina, he flew through Atlanta and then changed his mind and went to Argentina and his staff just got confused. Riiiight.

Yeah, it does make a difference. It makes a difference because Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Faux, Hannity, and the other mouthpieces would be all over this if Sanford was a Dem.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse


The fact that Mrs. Sanford was with her boys at their beach house (and the Guv wasn't) along with her statement all make sense if they are getting a divorce.

Him flying off to BA for a BJ, given his history, would also make sense.

At 2pm he can announce the divorce, say "no comment" about the trip, and go hiking the Appalachian Trail until the media lose interest.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Sanford went to Argentina to check out the mid-winter wild life. You know, Patagonian penguins and sea lions. The sites assured him that global warming is a hoax. He even brought back a stuffed Chilly Willy souvenir as proof. Squeeze it and it says, "Haw, haw, haw."

Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata do have some discrete "sitios de caballeros" where aging males can leave their reputations behind and indulge for a spell. All accounts settle in cash. Receipts would just be more "red tape." S. Carolina used to have some nice gents' clubs too, until the press got to nosey and the "housekeepers" started to insist on lavish gifts, jobs, and so forth.

Staunch conservatives know and share the need for occasional off-the-record daliances. "Do as I say, not as I do," is the motto. Sanfords prospects for 2012 remain undimmed. He could share the GOP ticket with Newt or Larry Craig. Conservatives can forgive one of their own, who merely sins in the flesh; but not a lie-bruhl whose very mind is consumed with such evils as public health insurance.

Posted by: jkoch2 | June 24, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The UP Wire is Reprting that:

THIS JUST IN!
Several reports say he was spotted in the 9600 Block of South Central Avenue, (Watts Section) with Woodrow and Esther Anderson, Julio Fuentes, Rollo Lawson and Grady to meet his long lost half brother Lamont.

Shut up Dummy!

Posted by: knjon353 | June 24, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The UP Wire is Reprting that:

THIS JUST IN!
Several reports say he was spotted in the 9600 Block of South Central Avenue, (Watts Section) with Woodrow and Esther Anderson, Julio Fuentes, Rollo Lawson and Grady to meet his long lost half brother Lamont.

Shut up Dummy!

Watch it Sucka's!

Posted by: knjon353 | June 24, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Come on folks. Give that poor sucker a break here.

He just got beat up by the High Court of his lousy State telling him to use the STIMULUS Money to do some stimulation.

And, of course, in his stupidity he understood that he can use some of dow to get stimulated by the GREAT BEEF they have down there in Argentina.

What a joke those GOPers are. But doesn't that make the people that voted for him equally stupid?

Just asking.

Posted by: mackiejw | June 24, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse


What's the Seniorita's name?

Posted by: pcc7407 | June 24, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse


Why care anymore? He is no stranger or weirder than the rest? Obama included? Why did Bonehead sit silent for nearly a week when only one thing could be said? Was his teleprompter on the blink?

Posted by: bnw173 | June 24, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse


Gives new meaning to the idea of taking the wrong fork in the road. You hear a lot of stories like this in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Had a bit too much of the sauce, Governor?

Posted by: jgmcculloh | June 24, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the governor, while clearing his head amidst a snort of coke, a stiff drink and $5 BJ at a cheap wh0re house in BA, received a text message on his blackberry from his 4 young boys wishing him a happy father's day and asking where in the he!! he was?

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It is winter in Argentina. It is likely to be winter in the Sanford household. Wife is already not cooperating in the coverup. There is no coastal road in Argentina. A short 4 mile coastal road exists in the capital, then again way south along the ranch lands there is a very isolated coastal road (very limited hotels, services, etc.). Winter driving conditions would make the southern portion difficult at best. Sanford is again lying about driving along a coastal road. Getting to and from the southern portion of the coast and driving along it anymore than a half a day would take up the more than his driving trip. This guy is melting down before our eyes.

Posted by: merrylees | June 24, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

People, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see where circumstances take you. For instance, one day last year I was planning to canoe the creek near my house - and ended up on a gondola in Venice! That's adventure travel at its finest. Boy was my wife surprised when the bill showed up.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Buenos Aires (one of the world's largest and most conjested cities) is a 12 hour flight away from South Carolina. Which means a 12 hour flight back. A full day spent in the air. And he did this to clear his head? Sorry. This doesn't pass the sniff test.

That sound you hear is one more political career being flushed down the toilet.

Posted by: mcnlshn | June 24, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

My opinion of Gov. Sanford, based on a handful of television interviews, is that he is the most repugnant elected official I have ever observed. The fact that he WAS considered a presidential contender in 2012 was a truly frightening prospect. Thankfully, Sanford has eliminated himself from consideration.

Posted by: zephyr99 | June 24, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it real, isn't it?

Someone's out of his league...

Don't worry, just pretend, you will be FINE.

Really.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Sanford has alot to answer for here. If it's true that he really didn't even tell his wife where he was that will likely come out. That will be the straw that break the political career. If his explanation matches up to facts, he has nothing to worry about. Either way, someone ends up with egg on their face.

Posted by: reason5 | June 24, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Impeach this lying fool, if he does not announce his resignation at 2PM News Conf.

Posted by: JJames081 | June 24, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

And, of course, my head becomes CLEARER YET my extensive series, covering 6 days, of $5 BJs, at discount wh0re houses, is accompanied by large quantities of coke, pot and alcohol.

But that's just me and my SUPER-CLEAR head.

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"@Janine - No, finish up with a fun note. Have some salsa playing and some Carnival-esque pictures of the governor dancing and having a good time."

Awesome. Let's go with that.

I don't know why I continue to be amazed by some people's ability to rationalize _anything_, under any circumstances. "No, the hooker was already dead when he found her -- he tried to save her life. And he only buried the body in the woods because he knew what the librul media would say about it. Nothing to see here."

Posted by: Janine1 | June 24, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes.

When I want to clear my head, I just hop a plane to a city with 12 million poor people and several thousand discount wh0re houses.

I cannot begin to describe the way my head clears up with an extensive series, covering 6 days, of $5 BJs!

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

My position on the food chain is pretty middling, no catastrophes would occur if I just took off for a few days to who-knows-where. Still, if I tried a stunt like that, I would more than likely find a pink slip waiting for me when I returned to the office. Especially if I had travelled out of the country. And what kind of a dad skips the country on a leisure trip without even giving his family a hint of where he is? Maybe he is secretly moonlighting for the CIA?

Posted by: n_mcguire | June 24, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

BFD. So he went off the grid. Who cares? Being in government in the Age of the Blackberry, and I can honestly confess that I actually ENVY this guy.

And I'm a liberal. So all you whiney GOPers can stop trying to put a partisan spin on this.

The problem now is that they lied to try to cover up his whereabouts, or the fact that they didn't know... and one lie led to another, and another and another.

Next thing you know, we'll find out that Strom Thurmond and Trent Lott were lovers back in the 70s.

Posted by: trambusto | June 24, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Zouk wrote: "no one seemed very concerned about where the father was when it was John Edwards." You're kidding, right? Did you see anyone defending Edwards? Anyone? C'mon show us. We have that ability, you know, to see the foibles of our own ilk, unlike the lemmings of that other party which is imploding from the weight of its own hubris. I think you should stick to writing for the Times. You're out of your element here.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican who preached "Family Values."

Feel sorry for the wife and children!!!!

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | June 24, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

thegreatpotatospamof2003: You don't do such a good job of identifying your allies, do you?

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Allies?

This is about the US Constitution.

Period.

My, my, you really don't get it, do you?

I ain't looking for love here, though I certianly support those who put nation first, truthfully...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I want this guy drug tested immediately. Practically every American has to suffer this disgusting indignity just to apply for a job, so why shouldn't a governor who's been missing for a week be treated the same. Another case of republicans, and all politicians for that matter, enforcing laws that they don't follow themselves. Patrick Kennedy's in rehab for drug use and I'm quite positive that a quick search of Bush's ranch would turn up a hefty stash of herb and probably coke. But by all means, keep the prison system loaded with nonviolent criminals that our draconian drug laws have created. What a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: Byrd3 | June 24, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

He was just leering at Buenos Aires “Login Cabins”.


ALERT…ALERT…ALERT: Sources close to Sanford say that he will resign and admit his “g_a_yness”

Posted by: JJames081 | June 24, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I got to say besides running a better government us Democrats sure as hell have better senses of humor...these posts are cracking me up...the only thing funnier will be later tonight when I turn on fox news SPIN ZONE for my nightly chuckle.

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | June 24, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Sanford said he spent his trip driving along the coast. So the governor spent seven days driving back and forth on the two miles of coastline accessible from Buenos Aires?

Another good point from a talkingpointsmemo reader:

"As someone who has been to Buenos Aires many times, just returned from BA and is in the process of moving there later this year, I can tell you unequivocally that someone who goes to Buenos Aires to 'see the coastline' is akin to someone going to New York City or Boston to see the Atlantic Ocean. As for getting away to clear his head, the greater Buenos Aires area is home to 30% of Argentina's 40 million people. While Sanford is trying to paint a picture of a peaceful drive along a beautiful coast, in fact he was crammed into a land-locked city* of 15 million people. Worst excuse ever. "

Posted by: TheDukeStir1 | June 24, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's what it sounds like: Sanford tells his staff (and probably his wife) that he's gonna be hiking on the Trail for a week and will be incommunicado (you know, has to get away from the pressures of governing, the stimulus, etc.). Then he hops a plane to fun Buenos Aires.
Questions: Anybody with him? Anybody see him down there? Gotta be a good reporter or two on the story as we speak. But, more at two...

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

It's pretty simple at all the places I've worked:

If you are absent from work and fail to call in sick for three consecutive days you are fired.

Or is this another republotard, like all the others, who thinks he is above the rules? Do rules not apply to him?

What kind strict anti-union work rules does the a55-backward state of SC enforce on their state employees? Surely the Gov is subject to rules like everybody else who draws a state paycheck.

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The Governor disappears for 6 days, nobody know where he is, not even his wife and family, he has 4 children and he disappears during father's day ??, this makes no sense, for someone who talks about moral values and traditional values, what can of values does he have or shows acting like this ??, there is more to the story than this, this bizarre to say the least. Take a look at a map, Argentina is next to Antarctica and the South Pole, so he was not in the neighborhood.

Posted by: jacaver | June 24, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

thegreatpotatospamof2003: You don't do such a good job of identifying your allies, do you?

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

no one seemed very concerned about where the father was when it was John Edwards.

Libs are such hypocrites its palpable.

suddenly they are all up in arms about Fathers day, a day that would normally be accused of harboring old fears about paternal domination and ethno-centric liberation.

Poor barry spent the day crying in the bunker.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

a good point from talkingpointsmemo:

"Just so we're clear, Gov. Sanford and his staff didn't announce that he had been in Argentina for the week. A reporter from The State newspaper got a tip that Sanford would be arriving on a flight into Atlanta this morning from Argentina and basically caught him. Once the reporter saw him coming off a plane from the antipodes he really didn't have much choice but to admit where he'd been."

Posted by: TheDukeStir1 | June 24, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, admit it, we've all done it;

I ended up in Jamaica one time. Oh yea! I recall a spleef, lots of apple rum and some dumplins in a 'dutchie'....sort of...if you know what I mean....then there was this girl...

Neat story actually, but I digress.

Well anyhoo, that was WAAAAAYYYY before I was married or had kids.

At his age?!? Dude needs a psyche eval and/or a mob-quality alibi.

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"Soooo, what's the story here? The man went to Argentina instead of the Appalachian Trail?"

The story is that he disappeared for 6 days and didn't tell anyone, not his staff, not his Lt. Gov., not even his wife and 4 kids where he was going...and had no means of getting in contact with him. Oh, and it was Father's Day.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

It is moonbat central here today. did someone spike the kool-aid?

The unusually low intelligence of Liberals is obvious for all to see. I thought drivl and chrissuxcox were fools. I now beleive in the greater fool theory.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, all the opinions that he is "done" just because he wanted some privacy. Good for him. I like him more. What is loopy is having to explain yourself to unelected media sharks and thoughtless bloggers about a little time off.

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And let's not forget his wife and kids, his staff, and the lt. governor.

I checked travelocity. If you decide today to go to Buenos Aires for a few days, the least it's gonna cost you is $2k for airfare. If he left earlier than he planned, he'll have to pay for that. He had to pay for hotel, food, entertainment, car rental, clothes (this was last minute and it might be a bit colder down there now that in SC). Plus, depending on layovers, it can take a whole day to fly down there.

I hope Mrs. S has a nice holiday planned for herself and leaves the boys with him.

Posted by: baltimoremom | June 24, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

GOP politicians ... the gift that keeps on giving.

This man from the "family values" party disappeared on Father's Day weekend without telling his wife or kids where he would be.

This CEO of a U.S. state disappeared for six days without telling his staff or his lieutenant governor where he was going or how to reach him in an emergency.

I suspect we will eventually find out he was with another woman. Or another man.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | June 24, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Even without any other facts, being incommunicado for 6 days is inexcusable for the governor of any state. Again, this is so even if this was just a trip to see the city as a run-of-the-mill tourist. That said, I can't wait to see if another shoe drops.

Posted by: nita3 | June 24, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Grrr...Land should just shut up and stay out of the way. Sanford is doing a fine job of hanging himself. No need to make this into a partisan issue. Any moron can see that Sanford screwed up badly. We don't need the Democratic majority leader to tell us.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 24, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Zouk...

There is a thread today where you can obscure the behavior of Governor Sanford by attacking Obama.

Killing two birds with one stone.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Bizarre story to say the least. The guy just decides to go to South America on a whim? Doesnt let his friends, family or employees know? That doesnt make sense. I cant wait for the real story to come out.

Posted by: garrett66 | June 24, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey "greatanalpotatobrain2003"!

Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón!

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I told you spam, you're ingonoring it.

What more can I do, moo?

ROTFLMAO...

I mean, it's real, or it isn't.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

He attended a meeting of Eva Perone, Adolf Hitler and Bigfoot. The entertainment was provided by Elvis.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | June 24, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

It's SANford not STANford. Typical
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No one cares.

Really, the guy is so unimportant, no one cares.

Problem is, his agenda, and that of his marginalizewd st0opy-d0opy headed 25%, has harmed the country.

But given lemons, or bots, or Scottie terriers, in one's government, one shouldn't waste the opportunity...

And you don't get it.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere along the line I'd bet there was a female (or male) involved in this "hike". Maybe its a clever plot to be first in line to not be nominated by the Republican party??
(or did Jeb Bush already steal that title???)
I think the only honorable thing he can do is resign... or climb the Appalachians.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | June 24, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Appalachia, Argentina, Atlanta ... anyone could get confused. We might find out at 2:00 that he was actually in Anchorage, or Altoona, or even Afghanistan. I think Miss Teen South Carolina eerily foreshadowed the geographical challenges of her fellow South Carolinians in her now famous 2007 speech:

"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some ... people out there in our nation don't have maps and uh, I believe that our, ah, education like such as in South Africa, and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., or should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for."

Posted by: jayelle5 | June 24, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Soooo, what's the story here? The man went to Argentina instead of the Appalachian Trail? Really, is that it? No adultery? No stealing of state funds? No molestation of interns? What's the problem with going to Argentina? It must be a slow news day in S.C. (and at the Washington Post).

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | June 24, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey "greatanalpotatobrain2003"!

Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón!

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

Obama takes his wife on a date to New York City and FOX publicly "lynches" him.

A conservative Republican governor disappears on Father’s Day and FOX responds “what’s all the fuss??”

Move over IRAN, we have FOX our SHADOW GOVERNMENT TV station of conservative racism and greed!

Maybe Sanford had old Nazis to visit or a craving for a good Malbec or maybe he wanted to start a Junk Yard....Sanford and Sons.....

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

Heloo there! 'Greatpotatoobrain2003"!!

Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón!

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You know Spam, dontcha?

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Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

>>some of you need to get a life. no, I mean a real life.

Not like you have one Zouk. But then you seem to think this is an issue of political ideology instead of the responsibility entailed in an elected executive position. If any governor, mayor, or god-forbid President decided to ditch security and fly off without telling his staff/loved ones he'd have just as much explaining to do as Sanford does.

Posted by: mtcooley | June 24, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"what if a tornado or hurricane hit during the 5 days?"

*Scoff* like a hurricane has ever devistated South Carolina...

Posted by: VTDuffm

The word is "devastated." Hugo, 1989. Look it up.

Posted by: angelas1 | June 24, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

My husband is not a Governor. However, if he took off to Argentina to "get away from the kids", I would certainly tell him to stay there.

Also, if I were one of Sanford's constituents, I would certainly find his behavior unprofessional and not Presidential material.

Hopefully, he did not dance the tango with someone other than his wife.

Posted by: mdemeo | June 24, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"I am being a mom today. I have not heard from my husband. I am taking care of my children." Mrs. Sanford said outside the couple's beach home on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.

She sounds more like a Stepford than a Sanford.

Posted by: jime2000 | June 24, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Heloo there! 'Greatpotatoobrain2003"!!

Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón!

Posted by: Doowadiddy | June 24, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

During the 1990s, conservatives referred to CNN as the "Clinton News Network" based on the fact that crazy old Ted Turner's news station was so ridiculously biased in favor of the Clinton White House that no honest person could deny it.(Snip)The American Broadcasting Co.(Snip) has gone far beyond the days of CNN's fawning coverage of the felon-in-chief, his choleric bride and the gang that couldn't lie straight.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

sovine08: It's SANford not STANford. Typical.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

He was in Argentina opening a secret bank account to stash some of that stimulus money since you can't do that in Switzerland anymore.

Who is this "King of Zouk" klown that is trying to change the subject to O bashing?
He says O thinks he's an emperor yet calls himself "King of".
Total loser!

Posted by: jime2000 | June 24, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The best chance for compromise legislation on health care may be a plan under construction in the Senate Finance Committee that would pay for a public plan in part by taxing some worker health benefits. But the union workers who helped Democrats win Congress and the White House and whose support will be key in getting a health bill signed into law would not pay the tax.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"I am being a mom today. I have not heard from my husband. I am taking care of my children." Mrs. Sanford said outside the couple's beach home on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.

Don't sound like a happy camper to me. I can hear the tone of voice in that statement.

You GOPers are supposed to be the family values, responsibility party. That's why its such a hoot when your train runs off the rails. If you didn't have that sanctimonious stench about you, we might let you have a pass. Us "evil libs" understand and accept human frailty.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Step right up and witness the spectacular implosion of the modern Republican party:

Gov. Sanford goes off the grid on a jaunt to Argentina without telling his wife or staff; Sen. Ensign can't keep it in his pants; Tricky Dick speaks from beyond the grave to advocate abortion of interracial babies; Sarah Palin gets into a ludicrous pissing contest with a comedian...

And all that is just the last eight days. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us next. Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, I am looking to you to keep up the momentum.

The Republic Party, the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: dee5 | June 24, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

And where was King George II, Cheney, Rove and the other war criminals during this time?

Does Argentina have extradition to the U.S.?

Could it be he was doing his patrons a favor and making arrangements for alternate residence in the event there are charges brought by either the U.S. (highly unlikely), or Spain (more likely), or the World Court (a possibility, but unknown probability given George II withdrew the U.S. from the Court)

Time will tell. One indicator will be where he lands after leaving office, or if he 'magically' remains charmed within the party.

Posted by: map529 | June 24, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Dropping a political bombshell, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey announced his resignation after revealing that he is gay and that he had an adulterous affair with a man.

With his wife standing by his side, McGreevey -- a father of two -- spoke in calm tones as he described his struggle with his sexuality, "a certain sense that separated me from others." It was something that he said began as a child.

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REPLACE the state name with South Carolina and Gov’s name from McGreevey to Sanford and there you have it.

Classic GOP Hypocrisy!
Posted by: VAFormerGOP
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How do you figure hypocrisy??? Stanford as far as we know did not have an affair. McGreevey on the other hand besides the affair also appointed his LOVER homeland security adviser even though he lacked experience or other qualifications for the position. In fact this guy could not even gain a security approval from the Federal government, as he was Israeli and not a U.S. citizen. So explain again how what Stanford did is even close to what McGreevey did???

Classic case of Liberals making stuff up!!!

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Maggots, no kidding, huh? This isnt about any smear campaign being waged by anyone for goddsakes. HE DID IT. No one questions that someone is entitled to a vacation and can go anywhere they darned please. But for heavens sakes, he is the governor of a state. It seems extremely irresponsible to me that his staff doesn't know where he is, can't reach him if his state suffers an emergency while he is away. A state that just happens to also have the third highest unemployment rate in a sour economy....and he thinks his constituents will appreciate the fact that he deserves an exotic vacation -- in Argentina? Can you say, just plain tone deaf? He wants an exotic vacation? So exotic that his own wife doesn't know where he is? How flaky is that? What are we going to uncover next, I just wonder?

Posted by: newporter | June 24, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

And in the meantime, Iran murders it citizens and NK get ready to launch missles at America. I am glad CC and MSM have got their priorities straight. Partisan politics before national security.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 24, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Does this mean the winner of "Last Comic Standing 2012 Edition" is . . . Gov. Palin?

Posted by: mattintx | June 24, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey announced his resignation after revealing that he is gay and that he had an adulterous affair with a man.

With his wife standing by his side, McGreevey -- a father of two -- spoke in calm tones as he described his struggle with his sexuality, "a certain sense that separated me from others." It was something that he said began as a child."

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REPLACE the state name NJ to SC and Gov’s name from McGreevey to Sanford and THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Classic GOP Hypocrisy!

Posted by: VAFormerGOP | June 24, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Dropping a political bombshell, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey announced his resignation after revealing that he is gay and that he had an adulterous affair with a man.

With his wife standing by his side, McGreevey -- a father of two -- spoke in calm tones as he described his struggle with his sexuality, "a certain sense that separated me from others." It was something that he said began as a child
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He wasn't actively suppressing the right of gays, though, surreptitiously excluding and persecuting gay men and women, encouraging other Americans to hate for political gain,"conquer and divide."

That's the difference.

Again, a political strategy so amateur, so weak, one could train one's dog the same way for all the inherent intellectualism needed to analyze and act the Rovian way.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Appalachia, Argentina--easy enough to confuse the two.

Posted by: aguy7 | June 24, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Not to begrudge the man some needed time off, but at minimum he should have advised his staff and the Lt. Governor about being out of touch. Elected officials don't have the luxury of disappearing for days at a time.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | June 24, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

funny how when a Repub starts acting like a Lib or a clinton, that it is the loony left that goes berserk.

some of you need to get a life. no, I mean a real life.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Sanford is term limited as governor. Hence, why he was thinking of running for President (what a joke). Wish the SC republican legislation would impeach him. It could happen, they disagree with Sanford more than they agree. At the end of this session, they overrode 10 of 10 of Sanford's vetoes.

Posted by: teharper428 | June 24, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm a low level government employee, albeit with a security clearance. If I go overseas on vacation I have to get briefed on the local threat and security precautions. I have to leave a number or way of getting in touch with me in case an emergency crops up. I'm thinking the Governor of a state is at least as important as I am.
Posted by: arancia12
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Then again for all we know he was updated before he left and he unlike you is not required to leave a number. So again unless he broke a law it is up to the voters to decide how much of an issue this will be.

As for his wife, yeah, that's between them, but since the Republicans have invited themselves into my womb I feel free to invite myself into Gov. Sanford's home. I don't have kids but I know my husband would worry about me and since I would want to know if any of my siblings became ill or if one of my dogs were sick, I'm make sure my husband had a way to contact me.
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Look abortion has to do with when human life begins. There there is certainly a good argument it begins BEFORE birth so therefore it has an affect on a woman's womb. Question is when is a fetus a life ALL IT'S OWN and is therefore entitled to protection from the law? That seems to be something everyone should be concerned with. Everything else is how they conduct their marriage and that is between them.

Hiking in the Appalacians is a loooong way from Argentina...but I see your point. Maybe his office thought he was hiking in the Argentians...easy mistake to make. However, this morning Sanford said he changed his mind at the last minute and went to Buenos Aires. Sort of shoots that misunderstanding thing down....
Posted by: arancia12
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No. He's saying he changed his mind on where he was going and they misunderstood probably because it was last minute and maybe he wasn't clear enough. This will be explained. Either way, I don't see the big conspiracy.. Does it really make any difference which place it went???

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Just saw that Sanford said "I wanted to do something exotic".
Yeah man, what was her name????

Someone should check his computers for illicit stuff!

Posted by: beachbum1938 | June 24, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Argentina or Appalachian Trail sounds about the same to me. Obviously his staff wouldn't now the difference - we're talking South Carolina here. I once told a lady there that the Garden of Eden (Paradise) was south of Baghdad (Eufrat and Tigris) and she got upset. She thought it was somewhere in the Carolinas.

Posted by: ridagana | June 24, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Argentina or Appalachian Trail sounds about the same to me. Obviously his staff wouldn't now the difference - we're talking South Carolina here. I once told a lady there that the Garden of Eden (Paradise) was south of Baghdad (Eufrat and Tigris) and she got upset. She thought it was somewhere in the Carolinas.

Posted by: ridagana | June 24, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Argentina or Appalachian Trail sounds about the same to me. Obviously his staff wouldn't now the difference - we're talking South Carolina here. I once told a lady there that the Garden of Eden (Paradise) was south of Baghdad (Eufrat and Tigris) and she got upset. She thought it was somewhere in the Carolinas.

Posted by: ridagana | June 24, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Dropping a political bombshell, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey announced his resignation after revealing that he is gay and that he had an adulterous affair with a man.

With his wife standing by his side, McGreevey -- a father of two -- spoke in calm tones as he described his struggle with his sexuality, "a certain sense that separated me from others." It was something that he said began as a child.

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REPLACE the state name with South Carolina and Gov’s name from McGreevey to Sanford and there you have it.

Classic GOP Hypocrisy!

Posted by: VAFormerGOP | June 24, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Sanford was pulling a "John Ensign" or "Larry Craig" on his family and the State of SC :-)

Republicans are becoming laughing stock as their patent fear mongering and false faith pandering are failing.

Posted by: SeedofChange | June 24, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Another Repuglican wack job, where do they get these people?

Posted by: calif-joe | June 24, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

He was in Havana meeting with Hyman Roth and Michael Corleone.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 24, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Sanford went to South America for a medical procedure.

He needed to have both a legislative and a judicial boot surgically removed from his ass.

Posted by: labman57 | June 24, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

He was in Havana meeting with Hyman Roth and Michael Corleone.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 24, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I hope Gov. Sanford enjoyed the party!!!

Here's his song:

"I'm a travelin' man
I've made a lot of stops all over the world
And in every port I own the heart
Of at least one lovely girl

"Oh, I'm a travelin' man
Yes, I'm a travelin' man."

Posted by: patriot76 | June 24, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

But here's betting there's some real hot chicas down in South America, though!
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Chicos.

We think he's a closeted gay man.

Which is certainly OK, as long as one doesn't use one's position to mindlessly suppress the rights of others, abusing legal privilege to oppress American citizens and therefore oppress American democracy.

That's is downright anti-American, now, isn't it?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone checked on Gov. Palin's whereabouts during the same time Sanford was ......... "out of town "?

Posted by: jmsbh | June 24, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"What is loopy is having to explain yourself to unelected media sharks and thoughtless bloggers about a little time off."

This is why the GOP is dead, dead, dead...

He does owe an explanation if he ever expects to be elected to an office higher than dog-catcher. Given his stature, his marital status and his position of public trust, this is not "a little time off".

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like something illicit or illegal.....why else would someone just disappear from family and responsibility? Hubris to blame the media.

S.C. voters, vote the liar out!

Posted by: beachbum1938 | June 24, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Doing the Naked Tango in his Naking Hiking Day boots?

Posted by: hershel1 | June 24, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

He was actually in Columbia, S.C., the whole time. He just wanted to get away to watch the Confederations Cup.

Posted by: EliPeyton | June 24, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the latest assortment of Republican "presidential" offerings are coming with built in self-destruct features! The stuff just gets more and more unreal each day! But this one taxes all credulity! This guy is the "Governor" of South Carolina? Okay, so we already know SC is in the top four most backward, hardcore Republican right-wing states in the country, but let's see here. After the state legislature puts its foot up his a$$ with ten (10) veto overrides in one week, he throws a hissy fit. Got that! Then, suppossedly, he secretly flies away for a whole week to Argentina on some undisclosed "state business" and "to relax". Right! However, no one in South Carolina state government, and not even his "loving" wifey, knows that he went there, or how he went there, or when he's coming back, or who's in charge of South Carolina in the meantime! Also, apparently, his State supplied cellular phone service doesn't work, and he can't be contacted. Maybe he should have taken some of that Federal stimulous money so South Carolina could afford international roaming? Sorry, but this whole story is just too ridiculous to be anything more than a load of bull crap! But here's betting there's some real hot chicas down in South America, though!
I can see the headlines for June 22, 2013 right now! "Republican President Sanford missing for five days, no contact with Air Force One! V.P. Palin says not to worry, "sometimes a guy just needs some time alone to think."

Posted by: Doowadiddy | June 24, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

From staff to spawn to spouse, there are about 2 dozen people with a real reason to be PO'ed at this spook.

For the rest of us this is sorta like Boss Limbaugh's pilodinal cyst. Not particularly attractive but funny none-the-less.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I think he might make a good Vice President. Clearly, he's got the "undislosed location" thing down.

Posted by: jonawebb | June 24, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

My theory... Gay Gay Gay roadtrip!!!!
B A aint called Bare Ass fer nothing. Spanish Speaking countries are worse for gays than the USA( Hard to imagine) but BA is the shining Gay beacon in south america.

Marc Sanford You Go! Too bad about youir wife and kids tho

Posted by: pvogel88 | June 24, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Whenever a Republican does something stupid, or criminal, or even treasonous (hello to bush/cheney traitors) their predictable response is to blame the liberal media. Excuse me, but I just don't think the New York Times is responsible for the bloody and costly quagmire in Iraq or that the Washington Post secretly enticed g gordon liddy to break into the Watergate Apartments. I don't think today's Republicans possess the basic morality required to be accountable for their own stupidity.

Posted by: tontosage | June 24, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm a project engineer. My colleagues and I are currently working on a most pressing project. It's extremely stressful. With time lines and critical paths to completion to meet. I think I'll just disappear tomorrow and do a walkabout. Argentina sounds good, maybe purchase some land, learn to dance the tango. hell, maybe even check out Patagonia while I'm at it. My wife and kids will understand if I disappear. I'm just a crazy kind of guy.

What a Nut Case!

Posted by: morphylius | June 24, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Was his pastor's wife missing too?

Posted by: barbablanca | June 24, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

IMPLOSION!

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 24, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

IMPLOSION!

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 24, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Well, all the opinions that he is "done" just because he wanted some privacy. Good for him. I like him more. What is loopy is having to explain yourself to unelected media sharks and thoughtless bloggers about a little time off.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | June 24, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse


I would much rather have my governor hiking the AT or sipping cocktails in Argentina for 5 days than running the DNC on Virginia taxpayer's dime like Tim Kaine does.

Posted by: VaPatriot | June 24, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

What's the name of the woman -- or man -- Sanford was sharing his hotel room with? Also, this guy wants to be President of the United States, but America wasn't good enough for him when it comes to a destination for his secret love affair? Maybe he should RESIGN and go run for governor of Argentina!

Posted by: skeetchamp | June 24, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I am a huge proponent of allowing nature to run its course more times than not. I say it is about time that people get a chance to 'stew in their own juices'. He must be dehydrated from all that hiking to Argentina, so may be he doesn't have much juice left. It will actually be amusing watching how everything plays out, dn't you think?

Posted by: jakesfriend1 | June 24, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Hi, I strongly dislike the invasion of privacy that media is engaging into. If the governor likes to visit his cabin (be it in Argentina or in Applcahia), i think it is best left to him, his family and whoever his guest was at the cabin.

Posted by: ann0nymous
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Sorry pal but that isn't going to fly in the real world. He's the leader of S Carolina and neglected his duties by taking off without leaving contact info or putting an alternate chain of command in place for the time he was gone. All he has to do was tell his staff "I'm gone for 6 days, Lt Gov is in charge and don't call me outside of a serious emergency".

If I take off to the waterpark for the day without telling my CEO is it an invasion of my privacy if he wants to know where the F I went? Oh yea and I went to the waterpark without my family on Father's Day for some reason. I needed to get away from my family on fathers day.......yea that's not weird at all.

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Detox Tango?

Posted by: myhonestopinion | June 24, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The man had a break-down. This happens to mostly all human beings who do not take drugs to cope. Hindsight, he should have wisely scheduled his vacation time (when he should not be required to contact anyone) in expectation that he would need time to get away from his responsibilities like most humans. He let his circuits get overloaded. Most politicians unapologetically take vacations. He should learn from them.

Posted by: forgetthis | June 24, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The governor was just checking out a recommemndation from his buddy Limpbaugh on best sex tourism countries in the western hemisphere.

Posted by: barnardj1 | June 24, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse


Wasn't this guy supposed to be a presidential hopeful. My goodness. The republican ranks are getting totally decimated.Now all they have left are sex offenders, rednecks, nitwits, maniacs, and runaways.

No wonder they want a small or no government. That way they can continue their criminal behavior without worrying about the law.

Posted by: kblgca | June 24, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Republican governors — once thought to be President Obama's most credible 2012 GOP adversaries –NOT living up to their billing.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's mysterious disappearance from his state, topped with misinformation from his staff about where he had gone and what he'd been doing, is the latest sign that Republican governors — once thought to be President Obama's most credible adversaries — haven't quite lived up to their billing.

From Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's cringe-inducing nationally televised response to Obama's first budget address to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's suggestion that his state might secede, GOP governors — including those said to be eyeing a potential 2012 presidential bid — haven't exactly looked like the political grown-ups many party strategists had promised.

And none has had a rockier go of it than the party's best-known governor, Alaska's Sarah Palin. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has been dogged by ethics complaints and has engaged in public feuds with Levi Johnston, the former fiancé of Palin's teenage daughter, Bristol, and the father of Bristol's infant son.

It seems that the GOP’s Wilderness remains in the foreseeable time. Whatever happened to oxymoronic catch phrase “Permanent Majority”?

Posted by: VAFormerGOP | June 24, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

No, a governor cannot just go on a vacation and lie about his whereabouts. As a conservative Republican, he's supposed to be all about family values and yet abandons his family on Father's Day? Four boys and a wife and they don't know where he is? Yes, voters who elected him at least partly for those values do get to call this strange behavior into question. As a conservative Republican, he's supposed to care about how taxpayer money is spent. He better have spent his own money on this junket. My money's on an affair he's hiding. First will come the denial, then the confirmation, then the inevitable press conference confession with his poor wife at his side, then rehab, a divorce, remarriage, and a renewal of his commitment to family values, including adultery and serial monogamy.

Posted by: bewestbrook | June 24, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

>>Wow. This guy and his staff are...

To be honest I don't really blame his staff. They're there to assist him as needed with the running of the state. And honestly they're not his personal babysitting team; they coordinate things for him. If he does not work with them, giving them correct information for example, then they really can't do much about it being fed incorrect or no information.

I really just blame him because he's responsible for his actions and his state since he's the governor. If he'd exercised better judgment and some common sense we'd likely not be talking about this.

Posted by: mtcooley | June 24, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Now he's on RealClearPolitics. Our own personal aggregator.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade
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The RNC pays an extra .50 per post if you hit 5 or more sites a day. Bonus cash for using two or more names on the same sites while agreeing with your alter egos posts.

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Hi, I strongly dislike the invasion of privacy that media is engaging into. If the governor likes to visit his cabin (be it in Argentina or in Applcahia), i think it is best left to him, his family and whoever his guest was at the cabin.

Posted by: ann0nymous | June 24, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if Mrs Sanford and the Sanford spawn will stand by their man at the 2PM presser? He certainly didn't stand by them for the past five days.

Republican family values -- I'm looooovin it!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

ChicagoJim: liked that comment about Graham going with him

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | June 24, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@Janine - No, finish up with a fun note. Have some salsa playing and some Carnival-esque pictures of the governor dancing and having a good time.

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 24, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I really can see the Appalachian Trail from my house and it's nowhere near Argentina.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Chicago Jim-loved that comment about Graham going with him

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | June 24, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Sanford got some tips from Elliot Spitzer on some good vacation destinations, and decided to check them out. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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'Cept Spitzer isn't a poser, he has the chops.

A mistake is forgiven, weighed against what he brings to the table -- which is formidable.

Stanford, not so much -- Stanford don't bring 'nothing to the table but dying, anti-American Karl Rove talking points.

Big deal, I could train my dog to do the same.


ROTFLMAO

You really don't understand the difference between the two, do you?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

For crying out loud, can't a U.S. state governor simply disappear on occasion without notice anymore? What's this world coming to?

Suggestion: Perhaps Gov. Sanford is a tango junkie.

Discuss.

Posted by: jp1954 | June 24, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Daffy Duck in North Korea wants to try to hit the Pacific Ocean, again. A-mad-jihad wants to charge relatives for the bullets they pump into demonstrators. We're returning our ambassador to Syria, the island of peace. Congress debates health care, which is part of its job description according to Article VIII of the Constitution. The White House can't tell me where I get my car's oil changed, now that they've closed down the dealership where I bought it. Nixon said to George 41 Bush that the South Carolina legislature had two very attractive women. A governor going to Argentina for Fathers Day seems to fit in nicely.

Posted by: EliPeyton | June 24, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the beef (cake?) is better in Argentina than it is in S.C.?

Posted by: perfgeek | June 24, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"Lies. Lies. Lies. That's all we get from his staff. That's all we get from his people. That's all we get from him," said state Sen. Jake Knotts, R-West Columbia. "Why all the big cover-up?"

Posted by: VAFormerGOP | June 24, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Great comments, everyone! I'm looking forward to the jaked spin. The zouk approach -- post irrelevant drivel -- is just so lame.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

A grown man goes on a vaction for a few days and this is the reaction??? Did he break any laws??? NO. Did he even do something unsavory.. Nothing has been reported?? So why all the hysteria??? So he didn't call home, isn't that between him and his family? As far as his office well it sounds more like a mix-up than anything else. Look IF the voters of South Carolina have a problem with their Governor leaving for a few days and not staying in touch back home then they can say so in the next election. Beyond that what's the big deal??

Posted by: sovine08
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Are you really this out of touch or just purposefully obtuse?

I'm a low level government employee, albeit with a security clearance. If I go overseas on vacation I have to get briefed on the local threat and security precautions. I have to leave a number or way of getting in touch with me in case an emergency crops up. I'm thinking the Governor of a state is at least as important as I am.

As for his wife, yeah, that's between them, but since the Republicans have invited themselves into my womb I feel free to invite myself into Gov. Sanford's home. I don't have kids but I know my husband would worry about me and since I would want to know if any of my siblings became ill or if one of my dogs were sick, I'm make sure my husband had a way to contact me.

Hiking in the Appalacians is a loooong way from Argentina...but I see your point. Maybe his office thought he was hiking in the Argentians...easy mistake to make. However, this morning Sanford said he changed his mind at the last minute and went to Buenos Aires. Sort of shoots that misunderstanding thing down....

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Now he's on RealClearPolitics. Our own personal aggregator.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 24, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"A likely Presidential contender in 2012"?
Really? Can you imagine the commercials that would be run against this guy. There are a lot of qualities we don't want in a President, surely we can add to that list one who disappears for 6 days without telling anyone, including his wife and staff, where he is and how he can be reached. He is finished.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | June 24, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

For the three or so people who may believe that this guy could still run a viable campaign in 2012, we can write his opponents' ads right now. First, show that red phone ringing at 3 am. And ringing, and ringing... Maybe throw in a shot of a "Gone fishin'" sign, or just have that ominous-sounding voiceover guy talk about the time that Sanford vanished for days without telling his family, staff, or Lt. Gov. (If we're really going the sleazy route, have the voice ask, dripping with innuendo, "What was he doing? And why didn't he want anyone to know?")

And to lay it on really thick, especially in the Republican primary, go for the family values angle and show a child crying, asking for his daddy, then maybe show an unopened gift box marked "Happy Father's Day"...

Way too easy. He's toast.

Posted by: Janine1 | June 24, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I must have missed the part of the Appalachian Trail that crosses into Argentina.

Maybe it was a good thing, because I forgot to bring my passport.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | June 24, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Sanford got some tips from Elliot Spitzer on some good vacation destinations, and decided to check them out. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: tribute1 | June 24, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

What has happend to conservative republicans leadership. They are all becoming appart at their seams and can't keep their zippers up. Keep them away from our children. It must be the Obama factor.

Posted by: teefy1 | June 24, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he was kidnapped by aliens. Seriously, though, he said he originally thought about hiking in the Appalachians but then changed his mind and went to Argentina? I'm sorry, but Argentina is a pretty long way from the Appalachians.

Posted by: andrewgerst@hotmail.com | June 24, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

When will Zouk go to Argentina and fall off the grid for a few days?

Didn't he promise to stop posting after the betting that Repubs wouldn't take a beating in 2008? All the bellicose claims that the country was turning to the right and the silent moral majority would be out in force to vindicate his apocalyptic world view.....

Why can't he keep his word?

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse


Dear Carolyn,

My husband just returned from a trip to South America--over Father's Day weekend! He didn't tell me or his 4 children where he was, didn't call--nothing. His staff at work didn't seem to know where he was either.

He says he just needed to get away for a few days. But I have this feeling he's not being truthful--should I give him the benefit of the doubt?

signed, Anxious in Charleston

(oops wrong column)

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"The DEMs are at it again. Their HATE and SMEAR teams have applying started their campaigns against someone they fear. A vacation is just THAT where one likes some privacy; telling everyone where you are going just does not do it. The DEMs should get a life or at least go on a VACATION. Posted by: rvallone24"

Most of us working stiff Dems would like to be able to afford a vacation. Over Fathers Day. WITH our kids.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

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The difference is that you are not a state governor who is responsible for the welfare of several million people. Also, how many working stiff dads go out of country without telling their wife and kids? No, something stinks here.

Posted by: maggots | June 24, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@theobservor - Zouk's on the Washington Times:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/24/subaru-love-isnt-rational/

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 24, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

So now, as North Korea defies international sanctions and sends arms to Myanmar and Iran slaughters its citizens in the streets, President Obama looks helpless and hapless. He comes across as not having a clue how to handle the crises.

And, as North Korea prepares to launch a missile on a Hail Mary pass aimed at Hawaii, the Democrats slash 19 missile interceptors from the Defense Department budget.
The transparent appeasement of Iran's government -- and its obvious lack of reciprocation -- make Obama look ridiculous. Long after the mullahs have suppressed what limited democracy they once allowed, Obama's image problems will persist.

In the meantime, Obama's pathetic performance vis-a-vis Iran and North Korea cannot but send a message to all of America's enemies that the president of the United States does not believe in using power. That he is a wimp and they can get away with whatever they want. A dangerous reputation, indeed.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Bound to be some homosexual lovin, methamphetamine or oxycontin involved in this...you know, typical conservative right wing republican R&R...

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | June 24, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Wait, don't tell me now, a preview of the two storylines for the 2 p.m. presser:

Gov. Sanford flew to Argentina, not Appalachia - that was just a typo - for Tango lessons. Blame it on the Bassa Nova, the dance of love.

Gov. Sanford announces the opening of his exploratory campaign for the 2012 nomination as the Republican Party of America Presidential Campaign. Sen. Ensign is his likely VEEP choice.

Posted by: Patriot3 | June 24, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The media and Obama have portrayed the American health system as a system in crisis. They point to skyrocketing premiums -- the cost of a family policy is now $1,000 per month for employers. Obama says, "One out of every five dollars we earn will be spent on health care in a decade." Premiums for family coverage have risen 78 percent since 2001. And the government programs Medicare and Medicaid will comprise a huge chunk of the federal budget in ten years, more than any other government expenditure.

Why these exponentially higher costs? Because of increased government involvement in the health care system. State regulations have decreased market flexibility by requiring that insurers cover unhealthy individuals at lower-cost and requiring that insurers cover certain hospitals and doctors. The federal and state governments have required that health care providers care for individuals without reimbursement – which means escalating costs for those who do pay. And both federal and state health care subsidization programs have encouraged health care providers and insurance to raise costs.

The answer is more of a free market, not less of one. The answer is competition between insurers, not government monopoly. The answer is a private system, not a public one.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

If supporters thought Sanford had serious ambitions to run for president, they were mistaken. He actively campaigned against himself. He just demonstrated that he wants out of politics.

Posted by: KathyWi | June 24, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

This is so funny. It is funny to read about the governor's bizarre behavior and funny also to see the conservatives on these pages tie themselves in knots to justify this behavior or try to change the subject when they cannot. The GOP's big tent is obviously a circus tent because they have so many clowns.

Posted by: exbrown | June 24, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I think it was the agony of having to accept that federal stimulus money that drove Sanford south of the border.

No one appreciates the tribulations that conservatives have to deal with.

Posted by: maggots | June 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I think Zouk is suffering from the same mental instability as the dear Gov of S Carolina.

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"The DEMs are at it again. Their HATE and SMEAR teams have applying started their campaigns against someone they fear. A vacation is just THAT where one likes some privacy; telling everyone where you are going just does not do it. The DEMs should get a life or at least go on a VACATION. Posted by: rvallone24"

Most of us working stiff Dems would like to be able to afford a vacation. Over Fathers Day. WITH our kids.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

hey I thought republicans didn't like Latin people. Why would they immigrate to one of their countries??? Is trying to shore up the hispanic vote for 2012?? Does he plan a trip to Liberia??!!! Will he be taking Clarence Thomas??!!!! hahahahaha Couldn't he have just gone to Canada. How come he didn't go to Puerto Rico????

Posted by: herealongtime | June 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Zouk...Would you at least share whatever you're hooked on?

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

JHigginss, the word is actually spelled "succession" but considering that we're dealing with South Carolina your choice of "secession" while writing "leaving behind appropriate secession in place" seems weirdly apt.

Posted by: greggwiggins | June 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to our cultural fixation on emotions, researchers can now separate our feelings about certain people from our feelings about their actions. This is why polls show a majority of Americans still approve of Pres. Obama, but far fewer approve of his policies. Perhaps respondents are afraid of hurting his feelings if they disapprove of him based on their rational assessment of his work. Regardless, he still makes them feel hopeful and happy, all rational evidence about our economy to the contrary.

Based our media, it often seems like emotions are all there is. Indulging one’s feelings has somehow gained moral high-ground because feelings are something you can “be in touch with,” while suppressing emotionalism for any reason – even a magnanimous one – is viewed as dysfunctional.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

bigbrother1:

Zouky rarely contributes an opinion of his own. He usually just copies-and-pastes from other sites without attribution.

When we call him on it, he'll occasionally include the source, but that's the exception, not the rule.

Posted by: Bondosan | June 24, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Ooh, ooh! Sanford press conference at 2pm.

Either he is going to admit to his affair, or he is going to announce that he has secretly negotiated with FARC for the release of hostages.

Odds, anyone?

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

But see, Ted, at least really did try to make life better for others with less power and money -- Sanford is a closted Nazi queen, IMO, a little Nazi sheep, following the party line, confused as to why, with all the press and power and oragnization, it simply does not work.
Big difference, so your analogy doesn't stand to thinking people.It really doesn't excuse either of their behavior, but there is a difference.
Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003
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Yeah there is a difference.. Stanford was out of reach for a few days and Kennedy KILLED a woman!!! But your saying other than killing a woman Ted was a good guy.. so we should let that little mistake pass but because Stanford is a Republican, even though he didn't commit any crime, he should be finished in politics. You know I sure that makes sense to you.. and that's the sad part...

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Don't cry for me Argentina!

(sorry, couldn't help it)

Posted by: proudgaycuban | June 24, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Governor Sanford was on a top secret mission from the WH - he met with Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang to discuss nuclear disarmament.

:-)

Heehee.

Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Ensign outs himself for a long running affair with a campaign staffer's wife, Sanford does a Sky Masterson to Buenos Aires, These guys will do anything to divert attention from the Health care fight they are losing.

Who's next? Will Mitch McConnell get into trouble in Newport KY? (Well, OK, maybe it isn't even possible to get into trouble in Newport any more but I have a long memory)

It must be some sort of poltergeist situation where all the deceased writers from Your Show of Shows, and Laugh In, and the Carrol Burnette show are back for a big run at Halloween.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 24, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The DEMs are at it again. Their HATE and SMEAR teams have applying started their campaigns against someone they fear. A vacation is just THAT where one likes some privacy; telling everyone where you are going just does not do it. The DEMs should get a life or at least go on a VACATION.

Posted by: rvallone24

-Everytime a Republicans says or does something stupid and get called out for it it's always because "Democrats are afraid of them" - I think we're seeing a pattern that really just adds up to the fact that a lot of Republicans say and do stupid things.

He's a Governor of a state and he left without notification; leaving untold possibilities for catastrophe back home. Oh yea and it was Father's Day....while not technically stupid it was very selfish. How is that hard to understand?

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

well, if then president clinton or now SOS hillary were to go there without telling anyone, including their staff/spouse
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And the Clinton's don't have a historical record of advocating against or suppressing the rights of others, including women and gays, or deliberately using such issues to create a political divisions, a wedge in place of sustainable policy, or deliberately acting to change the Constitution, ala Cheney and the rest.

Oh, yeah, they didn't start GITMO or publicly adovcate for the legalization of torture, either.

Ya know, that was a big neocon mistake, publicly advocating for the legalization of torture, might turn out to be the thing that finally did them in --

So, big difference right there.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow. This guy and his staff are...

Posted by: zen99 | June 24, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk Im sorry what exactly does Obama have to do with the article you are supposed to be commenting on? NOTHING...I cant wait to see the spin slyFOX news puts on this newest escapade.

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | June 24, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Show me the...mistress? Social conservative family values fail again.

Now why can't gays get married?

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | June 24, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps I should rephrase the question, Zouk. Dissociation from one's surroundings (e.g. talking about topics nobody else is speaking about, but as if one is participating in a discussion) is a common sign of either intoxication or dementia.

Which of these are you suffering from?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | June 24, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Five months into his presidency, the biggest items on Barack Obama's agenda are in deep trouble, and support for his handling the economy and a ballooning budget deficit is plummeting.
Healthcare reform is mired in Democratic dissension, especially on the sky-high taxes needed to pay for it. His revenue-raising, inflationary, climate-change "cap and trade" energy bill is all but dead. His economic-stimulus plan has failed to create anywhere near the jobs he said it would, amid growing public doubts that the nearly $800 billion spending scheme will work at all.

Reflecting widespread anxiety over worsening unemployment and an economy still in the doldrums, the Journal poll showed that only a bare majority (51 percent) approved his handling of the economy, down from 55 percent in April.

The New York Times poll last week found that "a (63 percent) majority of people said his policies have had either no effect yet on improving the economy or had made it worse."

Significantly, the Journal poll found that just 37 percent now think that Obama's economic-stimulus program is a "good idea," compared to 39 percent who said it is a "bad idea," while 24 percent have no opinion or were not sure.
Support for Obama's nationalized healthcare plan doesn't fare much better. Just 33 percent say his plan is a good idea versus 32 percent who say bad idea, with 30 percent expressing no opinion.

Most ominous politically for Obama and the Democrats: 61 percent of independent swing voters say they favor "smaller government with fewer services" over "larger government with more services." Overall, smaller government wins 54 percent to 41 percent, the Post found.

So much for those on the Far Left who say a majority of Americans now favor bigger government in the Age of Obama. Clearly, they don't.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

rvallone24 wrote...
The DEMs are at it again. Their HATE and SMEAR teams have applying started their campaigns against someone they fear. A vacation is just THAT where one likes some privacy; telling everyone where you are going just does not do it.

Seriously? A father of four disappears over Father's Day weekend. He's also a national figure, put forth by GOP leaders as a 2012 contender and is in charge of running a state that is in the middle of prime hurricane territory during hurricane season. He goes to Argentina? His wife and staff have NO idea where he is...

Your take is that this is a Democratic smear? This is why the GOP will spend many years in the wilderness.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

In fact, the more I think about it, the bipolar explanation starts to make even more sense.

I've known two people who took spontaneous, "exotic" vacations the moment they started to go manic.

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Oh, please, he's a narcissistic selfish infant, throwing a tantrum.

He's special, he's entitled, he doesn't have to honor his family, America or the rules...

Just like the others who think like him...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

A governor goes AWOL for nearly a week
and you GOOPERS twist it around in your pea-sized brains to think that it's OK
and perfectly normal.

Your party is a laughing stock.
Going....going....gone.


Posted by: ethereal_reality | June 24, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

As a South Carolinian, my question is why it took this fiasco for the national media to notice that Mark Sanford does not work and play well with others and behaves in erratic and anti-social ways. I've cringed as national reporters, both t.v. and print, have said how "impressive" he is. How so? He accomplished nothing in Congress. He accomplished nothing as Governor of South Carolina. He raises the blood pressure of everyone who tries to work with him with his grandstanding. This is just more of the same. Glad you all noticed, finally.

Posted by: Teague_L | June 24, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

This just proves what I already suspected. The governor is just plain nuts.

Posted by: natinva | June 24, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Ethel C. Fenig
In case you didn't understand the results of the November, 2008 U.S. presidential election, President Barack Obama (D) won. And while over 45% of the US electorate might be unhappy about that no one really disputes it. So why does he and his Press Secretary have to emphasize that he won when questioned about his policies? After all, he's the president, not an emperor. And that means he governs from the executive branch and works with the legislative branch. It is not solely Obama.

But he seems to think so. His previously noted penchant for saying I when speaking of U.S. policy, noted a few weeks ago, continues.

When asked if criticism from Republican senators such as John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC) that his reaction to the riots in Iran was weak and timid spurred his strong response against the country today he responded, according to Mark Silva of the Chicago Tribune


"I think John McCain has genuine passion about many of these international issues and, you know, I think that all of us share a belief that we want justice to prevail,'' Obama said. "But only I'm the president of the United States. And I've got responsibilities in making certain that we are continually advancing our national security interests, and that we are not used as a tool to be exploited by other countries.''


So apparently, according to Obama, McCain, Lindsey and other members of Congress are merely what? Chopped liver, with no responsibilities, no concerns about the U.S. national security interests and thus have no input into His Messiahship, Obama the One's decisions?

The senators' concerns were legitimate. Without looking at a teleprompter Obama could have answered, expanding on why he chose to use stronger language regarding Iran than previously. And certainly McCain, Lindsey and others, duly elected representatives of the people, also have responsibilities regarding this nation's security and have the right to voice their opinions about it.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

So who IS the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina? Maybe Sanford doesn't know his/her phone number?

Posted by: dotellen | June 24, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

is this any different than the clinton's having a home in nicaragua...
no one writes about that...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 24, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

well, if then president clinton or now SOS hillary were to go there without telling anyone, including their staff/spouse, thereby abdicating their elected/appointed duties and leaving their respective commands leaderless, than yes, it would be no different. i'm sure the press is hiding this. perhaps hillary didnt break her elbow and was cavorting w/ sanford in BA.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Zouk: So what drugs are YOU on at the present time?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | June 24, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse


Oh, this is fun. See all the R's trying to change the subject.

Quick, someone post a link to a story about the gummit's secret death ray.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Sanford was responding to the 3:00 am call he got before he left the country.

Posted by: truth1 | June 24, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

In fact, the more I think about it, the bipolar explanation starts to make even more sense.

I've known two people who took spontaneous, "exotic" vacations the moment they started to go manic.

It wouldn't surprise me if Sanford soon reveals his struggle with bipolar disorder and uses it is as a "teaching opportunity" about mental illness.

His shot at the presidency is already over (not that it ever really existed, but when you're manic, everything seems possible), so why not create something positive from this absurd situation?

Posted by: Bondosan | June 24, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

We read strange stories about politicians all the time. Sen. Larry Craig's "wide stance" in a bathroom stall comes to mind as one. But this one takes the cake. This is the governor who was adamant that he would not take stimulus money, then, the SC legislature overruled him so that the stimulus money would in fact come to the people of SC. Then he leaves and tells no one he is going, not to the Appalachian trail, but to Argentina! He has a wife and kids, do they go with him? No. Do they know he went there? No. Does he call them on say, oh, Father's Day of all days to speak with your children? No. Strange, this is very, very strange indeed.
Please GOP, don't let us see Sanford/Palin 2012 banners, PLEASE NO! Somebody stop the madness!

Posted by: scraigbass | June 24, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Since apologizing hasn't set those mullahs straight, maybe if we invite them to a bar b que.

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Actually, a 4th of July Mexican feast, LA style, soundtrack by X, the Blasters and the Knitters, maybe some solo Dave Alvin.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

WOHAAAAAAAA!

After all that cover-up, SC Gov. Mark Sanford was in Argentina during a days long unexplained absence, not hiking the Appalachian Trail as his staff told the public when state leaders raised questions about his whereabouts!

It’s getting better and definitely weirder as time passes. The behavior of this GOP "raising star" is outright bizarre! Governors don’t just disappear without telling anyone and leaving behind appropriate secession in place. I am no governor, but I can NOT just disappear from work five days, without telling anyone, and expect my job waiting for me.

What was the good governor doing in Buenos Aires, the capital of many infamous things: Capital of plastic surgery; the "sex-change" capital of the world; "underage" sex trade, etc.

I would not surprise if Mr. Sanford checks into "rehab" facility sometime soon claiming "exhaustion" of some sort....Sad, sad, sad!

Posted by: JHigginss | June 24, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin is raising some disturbing questions about President Barack Obama and his willingness to use his power to help political friends and punish perceived enemies.(Snip)The whole matter smells a bit like political retribution.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

his wife said he was trying to write something, right? hmmm. i bet. well, its certainly aint going to be da ship!

more like his DYE-VORSE PAAPERS. oh, hi, boys. daddy sure blew it this time.

Sanford down. what barely american repub next, please step forward. or should we just wait till next week?

these comments have blown my gut they have been so funny! THANK YOU!! and the repub boys so utterly clueless-like little pouty boys! spank 'em!

Posted by: LegalizeHempPot | June 24, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Would this be considered an impeachable offense?

Posted by: rogden71 | June 24, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Or how about lets say he met this hot Argentinian and driving her back to his place he drove off bridge, he got out but left her to drown in the car. And lets say he didn't tell anyone until the next day..
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Ahhhh, no.

See, Ted will have to explain to God, or someone.

But see, Ted, at least really did try to make life better for others with less power and money -- Sanford is a closted Nazi queen, IMO, a little Nazi sheep, following the party line, confused as to why, with all the press and power and oragnization, it simply does not work.

Big difference, so your analogy doesn't stand to thinking people.

It really doesn't excuse either of their behavior, but there is a difference.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Since apologizing hasn't set those mullahs straight, maybe if we invite them to a bar b que.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Just to clarify my earlier comment, during the last trip that my male lover and I made to Buenos Aires, we were sitting in a really cool gay bar attended by a very young set, and in walked Mark Foley. It was just after he'd been exonerated of the sexual misconduct charges. It was most amusing to watch him try to be cool and dance! Anyway, the point is, it's a great place for a hypocritical Rethuglican politician liar to go "gay".

Posted by: ChicagoJim | June 24, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"His staff lied repeatedly about his whereabouts?"

I don't know that they lied, I think they actualyl didn't know...which is even more hilarious.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So the governor doesn't have a Secret Second Family, with whom he spent Father's Day weekend?

The Irish would would be right to say "This Story Is Great Craic!"

__________________

HOW WAS THE TRIP PAYED FOR?

WHO ELSE WAS THERE?

Posted by: mcgrupp10799 | June 24, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone really think this bozo had a shot at 2012? Obama would have steamed rolled him in the general (if Sanford made it out of the Rethug primary).

South Carolina is full of knuckle draggers, so they'll probably defend his actions and bash "dem Yankee liberal" or elite mainstream media. However, to those American citizens who are more intelligent, his action shows a pure narcissistic and very selfish man. He left his four children and wife, without a mention of where he is going for six day? His staff lied repeatedly about his whereabouts? I don't care if he got into a huge blowout with his wife, there's no reason or excuse that a 50 something, married father of four would leave his family on a lurch for a "vacation" in "Argentina." There is no excuse why he would leave his Lt. Governor and staff on a lurch.

This guy has proven that he is unfit for higher office.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 24, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse


Hmmm...

"I love to hike the Appalachian Trail."

"I love to f*ck the Argentinian males."

Simple mistake.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I can only assume that this ridiculous story was contrived to hide something even worse.

Posted by: bpai_99 | June 24, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, something smells very gay here! Are we sure that Sen. Lindsey Graham didn't go with him?

Posted by: ChicagoJim | June 24, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Where in the World is Carmark Sanfordiego?

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. I've got a simple answer to your questions: It's because he's a top member of the Republican Party, and to them, lying is like breathing.

In any case, I hope he used protection:

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=28748

Posted by: antontuffnell | June 24, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

That must've been one serious coke/hooker bender. He should've had the tact to at least wait for the weekend after Father's Day.

What a jerk
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Honestly, this Father's Day, Obama took his family for ice cream and met with other fathers, the anti-American republican abandoned his wife and children and went to Aregentina for a fine piece of transexual or gay *ss (I'm kidding -- I think)-- no one is quite sure.

Rush Republican American values -- look at the truth, here...

ROTFLMAO


Even Bill Clinton, the old dog, while behavior dysfunctional, still loves his daughter, loves his wife and loved his mother, too -- this republican is just throwing an infantile tantrum, now, isn't he?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

We won't be crying for you, Sanford. It must be those republican family values that led you to "exotic" Argentina. I guess that spending a week sniffing cocaine, smoking pot, drinking booze and meeting young Argentinean women, or whatever, was too much of a temptation. Explain that to your wife and children when you get home. If I were the people of South Carolina, or his wife, I would throw all of his stuff out on the curb. It's always sex that trips them up.

Posted by: Byrd3 | June 24, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Actually, dataflunky (et al), Sanford never has to face the Palmetto State's voters again unless he decides to run for some other post. He is term limited and can't run for reelection as SC Governor in 2010.

Posted by: greggwiggins | June 24, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Damn Repukes are whack

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | June 24, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

If Sanford's staff and family really had no idea where he was this suggests a crisis of some kind that this man would prefer not to reveal. What concerns me is that if this Governor left without informing anyone including his security office he is putting himself in danger. He also shows a certain disregard for the feelings of his family and needs of the people of the state of South Carolina.

Posted by: OhMy | June 24, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Renu1:

Actually, your point makes some sense. I know several people who struggle with bipolar disorder and Sanford could well be off his meds.

Posted by: Bondosan | June 24, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Sovine08: For details on why this is a big deal, please read the article by your fellow (but at least sane) Republican, Chris Cillizza entitled, "The Fix - Sanford: From Bad to Worse."

It may seem familiar since it was the article you just wrote a comment on.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | June 24, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

All his staff would have had to say was that he was taking a vacation, they weren't going to reveal his whereabouts, and that yes he was contacting them periodically. Their abject failure to do so only lends credence to the fact that HIS OWN STAFF & FAMILY DIDN'T KNOW HE'D GONE TO ARGENTINA!!

The way this whole thing keeps exploding is just bizarre.

Posted by: jk_newhard | June 24, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, it just hit me - Sanford/Palin in 2012 - we won't know where one is, and we won't know why the other is.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | June 24, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The DEMs are at it again. Their HATE and SMEAR teams have applying started their campaigns against someone they fear. A vacation is just THAT where one likes some privacy; telling everyone where you are going just does not do it. The DEMs should get a life or at least go on a VACATION.

Posted by: rvallone24 | June 24, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama can "Huntsmanize" him by appointing him ambassador to Argentina. I don't mind politicans going to Buenos Aires. I only object to them returning.

Posted by: FKoretz | June 24, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I think its especially strange that on Father's Day weekend he decides to go on this secret jaunt, and then doesn't even call his kids. What a great dad.

Posted by: aharvard | June 24, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Glad Governor Sanford is OK... I think his staff most likely confused Appalachia and Argentina because the names both begin and end in "A".

A simple mistake that anyone might make

Posted by: Zorro_SanAntonio | June 24, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

All I have to say is this:

If you are so hyper-partisan that you can see the multiple levels of hilarity involved in this whole situation, then you need to re-think everything. Your priorities are out of whack, and all joy has been sucked out of your life.

Republcian, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, it shouldn't matter. This is *Hilarious*.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

tyrell_corp wrote: So let's say he flies to Argentina to meet up with a *fine* piece of Argentinian a**. Have you seen some of the beauties from there? Argentinian women are *hot*!
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Or how about lets say he met this hot Argentinian and driving her back to his place he drove off bridge, he got out but left her to drown in the car. And lets say he didn't tell anyone until the next day.. Wow that would kill his political career no??? Wait what?? Something like this happened before??? Ted Kennedy did this?? Well he got re-elected many times and he is considered a political GIANT today??? Hmmm.. then maybe a few days away isn't a political killer (pardon the pun) afterall...

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

@Jake - What if he was hiking in Argentina? :-)

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 24, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse


Apparently the governor has enjoyed hiking the Appalachian Trail since he was a boy.

I wonder now how many times he's used THAT as a cover story?

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I assure everyone that the Republicans have their minions out there trying to dig dirt on Obama. It seems that the worst that they can come up with is his smoking habit. Unfortunately for Republicans, Obama is too open about his shortcomings. Imagine a Democratic President who is the model of family values and decency. Yet, Republicans keep throwing stones. You might say that hypocrisy has now become so common place that even hypocrisy is the new normal. The party of "hate the government" and "hate anything different" has become the party which also has instituted hypocrisy as the new norm, not to mention unwed motherhood. Does anyone need a primer on the new Republican Party and what it stands for?

Posted by: EarlC | June 24, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

That must've been one serious coke/hooker bender. He should've had the tact to at least wait for the weekend after Father's Day.

What a jerk

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Secerecy, cover up, lies... He went on a romanesque south american booty call. He's not as smooth as Clinton obviously.

Posted by: 123cartoon | June 24, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the SC voters will tell him to take a hike.

Posted by: dataflunky | June 24, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Why didn't he just leave the country, for good? Then, he would've been one less Repubtard causing troubles for America.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 24, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

A grown man goes on a vaction for a few days and this is the reaction??? Did he break any laws??? NO. Did he even do something unsavory.. Nothing has been reported?? So why all the hysteria??? So he didn't call home, isn't that between him and his family? As far as his office well it sounds more like a mix-up than anything else. Look IF the voters of South Carolina have a problem with their Governor leaving for a few days and not staying in touch back home then they can say so in the next election. Beyond that what's the big deal??

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

tyrell_corp wrote: So let's say he flies to Argentina to meet up with a *fine* piece of Argentinian a**. Have you seen some of the beauties from there? Argentinian women are *hot*!
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Boy, you are sure assuming a lot. With the Republican history out there, it could just as well have been a *fine* piece of the other gender.

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First thing I thought, too -- those republicans, esp. the more hard-core Soviet types, like Larry Craig, do tend to be closeted, or bi -- in fact, all this talk of a "fine piece of a* is usually a red flag, indicating a need to look deeper at the truth...

It's wrong to hypocritically supress the rights of others, especially other gay men and women, those who don't advocate against American law from a legislative or even military position.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 24, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"Again, are you serious? He's not President yet and El Quida has its hands full in Iraq and Afghanistan."

So is that like the Hispanic version of Al Qaeda

Posted by: DDAWD | June 24, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

If this were a high-profile, potential Presidential candidate, Liberal Democrat, Boss limbaugh and Faux News would be on this like stink on stuff.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

good christ, can you imagine the HOWLS of outrage from the Vapid Right if a Dem gov had done this??

Heck, they spent $53 million investigating Clinton's BJ but didn't blink when Limbaugh's illicit drug use came out, pretended Cheney never shot a man in the face, looked the other way when Senators were caught in bathrooms, with prostitutes or their staffer's wives...

The hypocrisy of the Republicans is astonishing, which is why everyone else is so damned gleeful (look up 'schadenfreude') when they're caught out, even if Fox et al won't report it.

Posted by: Bush--notrelated | June 24, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm just kind of appalled people try to defend this. There are just some jobs you cannot go off the grid for due to responsibility. Vacation? Fine but make sure you invest in a World Phone or something. Not like a politician can't afford one.

He's done in presidential asperations. The fervor may die down but all it takes is for people to bring it back up because of the magic of the internet today if he starts making serious bids.

Posted by: mtcooley | June 24, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

VTDuffman

Irony is hard. For some.

Posted by: strum | June 24, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

A lot of those beautiful women in Buenos Aires aren't actually women. So "bimbo alert" and "male prostitute" may both be true....

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This is very odd. I think he should have at least let his staff know for how long he was going to be away. However, I don't see a problem with just getting away and not telling people where you are if you really need to disconnect from everything. Maybe more of us need to try it. Overall, I think it's better to criticize politicians based on the votes they make, or on how well they administer the state, instead of criticizing their vacation choices.

Posted by: JPHT | June 24, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

didn't even phone home for father's day?? what an A-H !!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | June 24, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

As Sanford's staff doesn't know the App Trail is not in Argentina, is anyone in SC worried who is left behind to even answer the phone...Oh the tangled web we weave...;-)

Are these the same folks who deny POTUS/FLOUTUS date night?

Wierd and creepy...

Posted by: sportznut1 | June 24, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"With the lack of judgment he's shown, Sanford is now seriously damaged goods," said one senior Republican strategist about the incident's impact on the South Carolina Governor's political future.

Right about now, all the leading Republicans are asking him why he didn't cover up his trip to Buenos Aires better.

It occurs to me if one really wants to get off the grid, S. Carolina has a million places where one is off the grid whether they like it or not.

Well, they still have Sarah Palin.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

He probably heard the stories about "Slick Willies " adventures over there and wanted a "baile hot" for himself at "cocodrilos" I dont freakin blame him Argentine women are muy caliente ay mama mia!!!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/16/AR2009061603088.html

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | June 24, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

And you want to be the president?

Posted by: huny | June 24, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

'Argentina is a destination that should probably be added to every sex traveler's list. Argentina, specifically Buenos Aires, has the reputation for an extremely high female to male ratio. What does this mean for you? More beautiful women to choose from, of course! The Buenos Aires nightlife scene is fantastic and one of the most famous in the world.'

The above quote came from a web site I found when I googled 'brothel and Buenos Aires. Robert Duvall, the actor, once did a piece for '60 Minutes' where he escorted the reporter to his favorite buenos Aires brothel. I believe the name of it was 'Black Swan' or something similar. My guess is the Gov. Sanford, being the good GOP man that he is, took his 'Mr. Midnight' on holiday. As a result, I hope Mrs. Sanford requests her husband get tested for HIV upon his return. May the GOP continue to wallow in the mire of its' own making. Four more years!

Posted by: queenofromania | June 24, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"Do you have a photo of him this morning? People go on "vacation" to South America all the time when they're really having lower cost plastic surgery."

http://images.dailyradar.com/media/uploads/showhype/photos_large/2008/06/23/amanda_lepore.jpg

Posted by: DDAWD | June 24, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

You just have to love the present-day Republicans. The harder they try to stop Obama, the more they show up with egg on their faces. You would think that they would learn their lessons. It must be in their genes.

Is Mark Sanford for real? Fathers' Day of all weekends. Can anyone imagine the flack that Obama would have taken had he been away from his family on Fathers Day?

I just had a crazy thought to pass my mind. I wonder what Rush has to say about this latest of Republican misadvebtures.

Posted by: EarlC | June 24, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Only one thing to say:

Bimbo Alert!

Posted by: michaelbindner | June 24, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

tyrell-corp wrote:

"HAHAHAHA! what a joke. unless the south carolina militia start firing on fort sumpter (again) - south carolina's only emergency is whether some local Barney Fife get assaulted by gang bangers at a 7-11."

last state of emergency...all the way back in April 2009 during the wild fires! OMG! there's no need for a governor at all!

Posted by: minhle1 | June 24, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing it was a meth-and-underage-male-prostitute binge. The GOP version of R&R.

But whatever the reason for his mysterious absence, even if it was to participate in a quilting bee, Sanford is done. Over. Kaput.

So does that just leave Good'n Pawlenty for "serious" GOP 2012 candidates? Romney's a very dark horse. Palin, Gingrich...?

It must hurt to be Republican.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | June 24, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

DwightCollins, the issue isn't that the Governor went to Argentina (per your point about a supposed Clinton home in Nicaragua)but that he is responsible for running the state of South Carolina and apparently just dropped out of sight without telling anyone where he was or lying about where he was. If, as you contend, the Clintons have a home in Nicaraguaga, I'm assuming it isn't a secret since you claim to know about it. You're trying to make a comparison that doesn't work.

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | June 24, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse


**Is this any different than the clinton's having a home in nicaragua...**

Of course this is no different, Dwight Collins;

no different, that is, if you're using a GOPer brain to comprehend it.

May the Gawd that chose GWB to be president see fit to annoint Sanford to lead the GOP further into their much-deserved apocalypse--

Posted by: lichtme | June 24, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

To put it mildly, this is an odd turn of events for Mark Sanford. Before the end of this story appears, we'll hear all kinds of rumors, allegations, and so forth regarding his errant ways in Argentina.

Just about when you think that you have heard it all from the present crop of "conservative" Republicans, something else turns up. It would not only appear that Mark Sanford is not bothered by a recession but also has no real family ties. So much for the criticisms hurled at Obama and his family for just going out "together."

Posted by: EarlC | June 24, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

This story gets better and better. I am so enjoying the implosion of the "family values" party. What a bunch of oblivious morons. I love how the posters defending Sanford here suddenly think what he did was OK simply because he is a Republican. See, the difference is that Democrats generally would not defend the guy if he were a Democrat. It's not just about staying on message.

Does anyone else hope as much as I do that he spent his days in Buenos Aires with a mister and not a mistress? That would be awesome! Let's see how the SC voters would take to that, let alone the rest of the US...

Posted by: SteveNJ1 | June 24, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

It's nice to see Retardlicans' self-destruction syndrome coming to the fore but a national tragedy that it didn't really kick in until we had already wasted $3 trillion and counting on Baghdad.

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 24, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

tyrell_corp wrote: So let's say he flies to Argentina to meet up with a *fine* piece of Argentinian a**. Have you seen some of the beauties from there? Argentinian women are *hot*!
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Boy, you are sure assuming a lot. With the Republican history out there, it could just as well have been a *fine* piece of the other gender.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

VTDuffman, kind of a strange thing to be sarcastic about...that's why about a dozen other posters responded.

Even if the guy went to get some Argentinian tail, what judgement are you demonstrating by doing it during father's day weekend?

Posted by: minhle1 | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

This is really getting Soap Operish. Yes, Sanford by his actions has proven himself to be unfit for any office, but most people have never even heard of him. To get this much play from the MSM without even mentioning the brewing scandal of US Embassies opening their doors to agents and representatives of the brutal Iranian govt, gives proof(as if any was needed)the MSM has a political wing in the White House doing their business and cooridinating with him.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I have been to Buenos Aires and there are some really pretty gals for the taking and very cheap hotel rooms.

Not that that's what I did...I mean...I guess...Oh-oh! Maybe I should just shut up!

Posted by: hayden1 | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"...My travel tends to be somewhat adventurous (a lot more so than Buenos Aires!)..."

yeah, im sure.

Posted by: tyrell_corp | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

When stuff like this happens, it makes me wonder why "The Daily Show" even has writers. This stuff writes itself, and is already better than anything they could have some up with on their own.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh PLEASE! Is this really the most important thing the Post's liberal, lock step marchers can find to seize upon? Who gives a flying crap about the S.C. governor getting away from it all for a few days!?! They're going after him just like they did Palin and anyone else who pops up as a viable presidential candidate.
SOOOO transparent that it's pathetic!

Posted by: pd2710 | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

My wife's second cousin saw the governor at the mall in Asheville, NC, on Monday night. Maybe he just goes places that start with the letter "A".

Posted by: EliPeyton | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

If the phone rings at 3 AM, what time is that in Buenos Aires?

Posted by: dingogumby | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

" . . .a major problem for a candidate considered almost certain to run for president in 2012."

That should say ". . .ONCE considered. . ."

It isn't his need to recharge, it's the "disappearance." This was irresponsible.

If his staff really knew he was hiking, why didn't they say so at the beginning? Oh, right, the lame excuse that they wanted to know where he was on the Trail first.

There certainly is something not quite right about Sanford. Some say he's "quirky" or "eccentric." Neither is how we would want a President described.

Posted by: FauxReal | June 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Sanford never even called his family. On Father's Day. His family never called him. On Father's Day. Love those Republican family values.

Posted by: flamingliberal | June 24, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

From this trip and his rather unusual behavior as governor, Sanford could be manic. If he is, he should get psychiatric treatment and then get back to being governor. Mild mania is pretty common among highly successful people, but may need treatment if it starts to adversely effect behavior.

Posted by: Renu1 | June 24, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"...To those who say "I dont think he did anything wrong" or that you "respect the guy", you don't really understand what the job of a governor is. He is hired by the people of the state to run the state, 24 hours/day, 365 days/year (unless he notifies the Lt. Governor and turns the reins over formally). That is his job description. He is in charge of the state's National Guard, the State Police, and the emergency management offices..."


HAHAHAHA! what a joke. unless the south carolina militia start firing on fort sumpter (again) - south carolina's only emergency is whether some local Barney Fife get assaulted by gang bangers at a 7-11.

Posted by: tyrell_corp | June 24, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what party he's from (although it doesn't help that this is more disastrous PR for the Republican party). He's governor of a state and has a responsibility to the residents of that state. If I did the same thing at my job, I'd be fired!

Posted by: RickJ | June 24, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Now the next job on the Sanford agenda....ITS THE LIBERALS AND SOCIALISTS FAULT!

Posted by: hayden1 | June 24, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Woah.

I was assuming that this is just a small story, only important to those inside the loop. But judging by people's reactions to the "Appalachia or Argentina" mystery and the Father's Day abandonment, I will be sure to look for Letterman, Conan, and Fallon to riff on the Governor in their monologues, tonight.

Posted by: dognabbit | June 24, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Aside from that, congrats on not comprehending the simple point..."

I'm sorry, I know the internet does not effectively convey such meanings...but I was being sarcastic with the "hurricanes" comment.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

This guy is one of the GOP's "best and brightest" and on the shortlist for 2012 Presidential nominee. How could they not know this guy is a loon. Shows how totally out of touch and inept the Republican party is today.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 24, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

is this any different than the clinton's having a home in nicaragua...
no one writes about that...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 24, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Give the guy some slack. Maybe he likes to do the Tango.

Posted by: IMHO5 | June 24, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

VTDuffman: Ever hear of Hurrican Hugo?

There is definitely more to this story. What amazes me is the self-delusion these folks have that the facts will not eventually out. So, why don't they just tell the truth at the beginning? They never learn.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The Los Angeles Times are reporting that he was spotted in the 9600 Block of South Central Blvd., with Woodrow and Esther Anderson, Rollo Lawson to meet his long lost half brother Lamont.

Shut up Dummy!

Posted by: knjon353 | June 24, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Hey folks, give the guy a break he was working on his family values while in Argentine. Sanford was just learning to tango, so he could impress his wife on their next date night. Plus he learned important gaucho rope tricks that he can teach his boys so they can be looked up at school. What a husband, what a dad, a national model!!!

Posted by: merrylees | June 24, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

LOL @ VTDuffman:

"scoff at hurricanes devistating SC"

Hurrican Hugo killed 20 in 2007, before it was Dennis in 2005. Several hurricanes have hit the 7 coastal counties in its history...otherwise, it's nebraska.

Aside from that, congrats on not comprehending the simple point...the gov manages emergencies in his state: calls on national guard, makes decisions, requests fed help? If he's abroad...he must discharge his duties...this starts with letting people know where he is.

Posted by: minhle1 | June 24, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Keep it up, GOPers. You can run but you can't hide from the big messes you made of America during your King George Worst's reign.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 24, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday I posted this:

"Another week of laughing at Republican has-beens. I wonder if laughing at Republicans will ever get boring?

I still want the truth (I can handle the truth) about the "eccentric" Governor Sanford. Has he returned from his head clearing hiking trip (wasn't it also to work on some projects he couldn't do because he was so busy rejecting stimulus money, or to get away from the kids on Father's Day, or something)?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 23, 2009 6:23 PM"

Well,I am still waiting for the truth...

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm just a regular person, with a regular job. But if I were to go on vacation completely off the grid, I would definitely lose that job.

My travel tends to be somewhat adventurous (a lot more so than Buenos Aires!), but I jump through whatever hoops are necessary to stay in touch with both work and family at all times.

It would be selfish and irresponsible to do otherwise.

Posted by: Itzajob | June 24, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Geez, if my husband went to to Buenos Aires for a week and left me at home with the kids I might say something cryptic and tantalizing to the press, too. I hope he's got his journal handy, because I'd be asking to see a little proof that he went away to do some writing.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 24, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Rethuglican self-destruction continues unabated.... LOL Keep up the good work Goopers, you will go the way of the Whigs shortly!

Posted by: whirlwind81 | June 24, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Is there any evidence that he actually left the airport in Atlanta? Anyone know the whereabouts of Larry Craig during the past few days?

Posted by: freedom5 | June 24, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

"

"what if a tornado or hurricane hit during the 5 days?"

*Scoff* like a hurricane has ever devistated South Carolina...

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 9:42 AM"

See, e.g., the following:

"Hurricane Hugo: A cautionary example

Hurricane Hugo was the largest storm system to hit South Carolina in modern history. As a Category 4 hurricane, Hugo's winds extended far inland. Shaw Air Force Base—75 miles from the coast and over 80 miles from Hugo's center—recorded sustained winds of 67 miles per hour, with gusts up to 110 mph. The storm surge from Hugo inundated 80 miles of coastline from Charleston to Myrtle Beach. Maximum storm tides of 20 feet were observed in the Cape Romain-Bulls Bay area.

Hugo was responsible for 20 deaths in South Carolina; in North Carolina the storm killed seven, in Virginia six, and in New York one. Twenty-four South Carolina counties were declared federal disaster areas. Damage was estimated at $7 billion nationwide (7). Hugo's toll on the timber industry alone was $100 million (8).

While Hugo stands out in its destructive power, South Carolina regularly suffers from severe weather systems from tropical storms and hurricanes that make landfall in other states. See a list of tropical storms and hurricanes that have done damage in South Carolina since 1989. "

Posted by: thrh | June 24, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, BHO will probably be in office for 8 years. Then a true conservative will need to come in and undo the damage that is being done by the administration and congress.

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | June 24, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The last hurricane to hit South Carolina was...

Hurricane Hanna in August of 2008.

Hurricane Charley was a Category 4 in 2004, causing $20M damage in SC.

Leaving the state without leaving someone in charge? Big no-no.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I am pleased with the way that this story is developing. I can only hope that more revelations will appear. There are some politicians who can make you believe that there is a God because they self-destruct. Sanford is certainly one of them.

Posted by: phillyreader | June 24, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I don't think he did anything wrong. When I go on vacation, I go "off the grid." It's my VACATION! I turn off all electronics, don't answer e-mails, don't hold my blackberry, don't make a call to anyone, don't watch TV, etc. I take time to clear my head and relax. Especially if something in my life is happening that feels out of control. Perhaps he and his wife were fighting...the legislative session was over, and he said "I have to get away". Maybe that's why he didn't call home and why his wife didn't know where he was? Because they were in an argument...domestic spats happen all the time and people often need, and take, space. She knew he'd be back...she wasn't too concerned. He needed his time away.

His staff should have said "he took some time away and wanted to be off the grid" but sounds like someone just stumbled and didn't know how to answer the question.

The media totally went bonkers on this turning a story into something that wasn't. A guy needed to get away from his wife, take a few days away from society, civilization and his job...clear his head, come back refreshed...and the media turned that into a crime. They should apologize to him, asap!

Posted by: rkcolbert | June 24, 2009 9:26 AM

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None of this applies if you're a Govenor for Christs Sake! You can't logically defend these actions. You're in complete denial...you probably think Bush was a good president and Palin is qualified!

Posted by: martin6 | June 24, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

So let's say he flies to Argentina to meet up with a *fine* piece of Argentinian a**. Have you seen some of the beauties from there? Argentinian women are *hot*!

Now.. if he were Billy Jeff all the liberals would be greeting him at the airport asking for photos.

Seriously, America is in such deep deep doo doo right now... who really cares about a govenor from a small state fly off for a weekend of fun?

you're all just jealous :)

Posted by: tyrell_corp | June 24, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

There is no way that Limbaugh Nation can spin this into a normal event. I'm the office manager of a small company and I've got my cell with me in case of emergency at all times...even on vacation. One of my employees could get hurt or hell, the building could burn down.

There is more coming on this story. A weekend in the Bahamas? Sure! Who goes to Argentina on a whim? Nobody!

His wife seemed pretty curt in her answers...She didn't know where he was, she was busy "being a mom". What I hear in that is...He is not being a Dad. It was Father's Day weekend and he has 4 sons for crying out loud.

I've got your family values right here.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 24, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Not to ask the obvious question, but how do we know he was in Argentina? Because he (or his staff) says so?

Posted by: OliverKlozov | June 24, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

To those who say "I dont think he did anything wrong" or that you "respect the guy", you don't really understand what the job of a governor is. He is hired by the people of the state to run the state, 24 hours/day, 365 days/year (unless he notifies the Lt. Governor and turns the reins over formally). That is his job description. He is in charge of the state's National Guard, the State Police, and the emergency management offices. The job is different than most other jobs where you could go away and disappear for awhile. Its even different than say, a congressman or Senator, where their individual responsibilities are not such that they have to be available all the time. What if there was a riot or a school shooting or a weather emergency or other disaster? The system is set up such that he is the "commander in chief" under those situations. Without the governor in place, there would be a complete breakdown in key decision-making and emergency response would be greatly inhibited or fail altogether. This is a very big deal and should really shed some light on just who this guy Sanford really is (or is not).

Posted by: CNY-DC | June 24, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

So the people are concerned about domestic spying. A leading political figure goes missing and his whereabouts are unknown. He travels to another state, leaves the country via a major airport, and travels to Buenos Aires. His travels goes unnoticed, his travels goes undocumented, and the reason for his travel is unknow. I don't expect that there is anyway to determine if a bank account was opened in Argentina.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 24, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

fighterDC..."You have to consider that as a governor traveling alone, he must maintain a low profile for security reasons."

Again, are you serious? He's not President yet and El Quida has its hands full in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stop defending this most bizarre behavior.

Reporters, do your best!

Posted by: Woodie731 | June 24, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

In the space of a week, Sanford has gone from being a presidential hopeful to a gubernatorial hopeful.

Let's call it the 'Curse of Oh-12"

Again, if Sanford had been a Democrat.... oh, never mind.

Posted by: Anadromous2 | June 24, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Interesting little early summer story for political junkies. My question is: In what alternative universe do you actually envision Mark Sanford to be a serious presidential contender, trip or no trip, oddball or straight shooter? Twitter, blogs, cable shows, sure. United States of America in 2011-12? No way.

Posted by: BaltoAnnap | June 24, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

and doubly LOL at the concern about him needing to be incognito for security and press reasons...can some of you post with common sense. He's the governor of freakin south carolina travelling to argentina for non-business. He needs a disguise for fear of security and paparazzi? LOL absurd comment.

Posted by: minhle1 | June 24, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

He was probably on a jaunt with his mistress...

Posted by: Gatsby1 | June 24, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Done!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jet1994 | June 24, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Did Gov. Sanford buy his ticket with federal stimulus funds?

Posted by: thrh | June 24, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Do you have a photo of him this morning? People go on "vacation" to South America all the time when they're really having lower cost plastic surgery.

Posted by: DCFem | June 24, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse


A vacation? Over Father's Day weekend without his wife and kids? BS.

Yes, you can keep a trip like this quiet, but you need to have your Lt Gov in the loop, not to mention your staff.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh, please tyrell_corp... "America has become such an insular, petty and ignorant place. I respect the guy for taking a *real* adventure beyond our puritan shores just for the heck of it..."

There is a back story to this one that makes Jon & Kate look like child's play (hehehe). Was he REALLY in Argentina? Yesterday he was on the Appalachian Trail. Was he by himself (off our Puritan shores!!)? Are you serious?

Come on you investigative reporters, dig deep and unearth yet another hypocrite Republican, conservative,...

Posted by: Woodie731 | June 24, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Just more evidence that the GOP is imploding from a lack of intelligent leadership and logical solutions.

Some now humorous thoughts:

Ensign / Palin 2012
Sanders / Ensign 2012
Gingrich / Palin 2012
Palin / Jindal 2012

Are there any adults AT ALL left in the Republican Party? Probably, but they're moderates who are afraid to open their mouths.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | June 24, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"what if a tornado or hurricane hit during the 5 days?"

*Scoff* like a hurricane has ever devistated South Carolina...

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Sanford isn't an idiot. He likely did this knowing he'd be "damaged goods" for 2012. This will take the pressure off of him to run for the top job in this dysfunctional government/country.

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | June 24, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Where's the "family values" ? disappearing without any family contact over Father's Day weekend?

What obsession was he perusing down under, that he could not legally find in America?

He has four kids and he did not want to be with them?

What ever story he comes up with concerning his activities, you can bet dollars to dough nuts that its a lie!

Posted by: kelargo | June 24, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

LOL about going off the grid while on vacation as the chief executive of a state. Him vacationing is not the issue...being off the grid is. I'm fairly certain there are rules against this...what if a tornado or hurricane hit during the 5 days? what if a chemical disaster took place or trains derailed in his state.

Posted by: minhle1 | June 24, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the good governor went to Broke Back Mountain and didn't want anyone know????

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | June 24, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Here's an interesting exercise: See how many of the "what's the big deal" backers of Sanford at The State's site (and probably here soon enough, I'm guessing) were vilifying Obama for his date night.

Posted by: marksabbatini | June 24, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Come 2012, most Americans -- nearly ALL Americans -- will not give a flying hoot about this incident. (Everybody save up your flying hoots just in case, though.) His opponents at that time will surely dredge it up, but by then Sanford will easily deflect it and move on to other topics.

Unless, of course, something illegal and/or immoral was going on in Argentina.

VTDuffman, your "if I had a nickel" line is one of the funniest things I've read here at The Fix, ever.

Posted by: dognabbit | June 24, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

So how long before the photos of Sanford and his mistress appear?

Posted by: buffysummers | June 24, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

i wonder if had a room-mate while down there..like the ad says..i'm an inquiring mind..and i'd like to know...

Posted by: w04equals666 | June 24, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Political sex change operation? One can only hope......

Posted by: buddrs | June 24, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I guess the Governor found a use for all that Federal stimulous money after all....hiding it in the national bank of Argentina. What a douch bag.

Posted by: dem4life1 | June 24, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

You have to consider that as a governor traveling alone, he must maintain a low profile for security reasons. Is his staff supposed to tell everyone that he presently in Argentina with no security detail? That would put him in more danger, yet they couldn't say he was missing. Would it have been better if he publicly said he was going on vacation to some other place and then secretely went to Argentina anyway?

I agree that although there is a legitimate question of who was in charge during his absence, the guy has a right to a few days without press and security. Stop trying to derail his presidential potential because he didn't want to be surrounded by security and press on his vacation.

Posted by: fighterDC | June 24, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

At least he didn't go to Thailand! That would have been deadly.

Posted by: bravesirrobin | June 24, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

America has become such an insular, petty and ignorant place. I respect the guy for taking a *real* adventure beyond our puritan shores just for the heck of it... and leaving all the bubble of security to see and experience a culture besides our own.

The guy is all the more worldly (if a bit impulsive) because of his brief sojourn. Only an ignoramus wouldn't respect that.

You go Mark!

Sanford for President!

Posted by: tyrell_corp | June 24, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

rkcolbert:

You aren't the governor of a state. If you are going to be out of the country, the Lt. Gov. AT LEAST needs to know where you are and when you will be back.

Unless this trip was hush-hush diplomacy sponsored by the State Dept., Sanford has a lot of explaining to do.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | June 24, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

He was meeting with Dr. Mengele in a secret plot to create a clone of Ronnie Reagan.

Posted by: Glimpy | June 24, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

His wife must have known. Although I still haven't read definitively if she reporting him missing or not.

She MUST have known, right??

Posted by: fallschurch1 | June 24, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the governor went to Argentina to get a large mulligatawny from the Soup Nazi.

Posted by: ma13 | June 24, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

If the claim that Sanford likes to go off alone to unwind is true (and I doubt it), then what's his excuse for keeping the whole thing a big secret?

Maybe he needs to have all his loved ones and retainers in the dark so that they really appreciate the grave importance of his private meditations. Maybe he can't get it up, relaxation-wise, unless he knows that everyone close to him is having a really rough time.

Don't get me started on family values. Just look at those kids ... little robots in matching suits. What kind of parent just hares off without notice, leaving even his own children in the dark? Is it okay as long as the boys look good in official pictures?

Governor Sanford is a drama queen, a jerk and an irresponsible parent. He should get together with Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Casey1 | June 24, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

rkcolbert, one would hope the elected Governor of a state would be responsible enough to hand the keys to the Lt. Gov. in the set of circumstances you describe... that didn't happen. And that's the point.

Posted by: Spunkmeyer | June 24, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

vtduffman writes
"If I had a nickel for every time I told people I was going to go hiking and then decided to travel to a different continent instead for a week without letting anyone know..."

You, like me, must pack your passport in your backpack just in case such a last minute change of heart happens on the way to the trailhead. One time I was going to do a quick weekender in the Superior Nat'l Forest and ended up spending a week in Prague. What a good time!

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't think he did anything wrong. When I go on vacation, I go "off the grid." It's my VACATION! I turn off all electronics, don't answer e-mails, don't hold my blackberry, don't make a call to anyone, don't watch TV, etc. I take time to clear my head and relax. Especially if something in my life is happening that feels out of control. Perhaps he and his wife were fighting...the legislative session was over, and he said "I have to get away". Maybe that's why he didn't call home and why his wife didn't know where he was? Because they were in an argument...domestic spats happen all the time and people often need, and take, space. She knew he'd be back...she wasn't too concerned. He needed his time away.

His staff should have said "he took some time away and wanted to be off the grid" but sounds like someone just stumbled and didn't know how to answer the question.

The media totally went bonkers on this turning a story into something that wasn't. A guy needed to get away from his wife, take a few days away from society, civilization and his job...clear his head, come back refreshed...and the media turned that into a crime. They should apologize to him, asap!

Posted by: rkcolbert | June 24, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"Like I've said, if he wasn't hiking, it's a big story. I wouldn't count him out yet though."

He wasn't hiking. He was in South America...have you not been following along?

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

If I had a nickel for every time I told people I was going to go hiking and then decided to travel to a different continent instead for a week without letting anyone know...

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Is that the same "senior Republican strategist" you granted anonymity to for the purpose of bashing Gov. Sanford in the last thread? Does he / she have a dog in the fight? Like I've said, if he wasn't hiking, it's a big story. I wouldn't count him out yet though.

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

This has been a pretty wild story and I'm eager to see what else may come out.
And I suspect Chris is right--that Sanford's trip (and the flurry of quickly-disproven excuses and stories around it) will snuff out his chances for 2012. Any opponent would pounce on this: "Where is Mark Sanford? Does anyone REALLY know?" The commercials write themselves.
Most unfortunate for Sanford is that this was an entirely self-inflicted political wound.

Posted by: dbitt | June 24, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Of course, taking a vacation in Argentina in winter seems also kind of strange. The highs this week in Buenos Aires are in the low 50's.

Posted by: barbnc | June 24, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Why does this sound like the next reality show-- Mark & Jenny Plus 4 ?

Posted by: rabnpa | June 24, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Politically, stick a fork in him. He's done.

Posted by: Spunkmeyer | June 24, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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