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Sanford Admits Affair, First Thoughts



South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford wipes his tears after admitting to having an extramarital affair during a news conference in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) admitted that he had conducted an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina whom he had gone to visit over the last five days -- during which time a massive media story developed over where he was and why.

"I have been unfaithful to my wife . . . I developed a relationship with what started as a dear dear friend," said Sanford. (The State newspaper has obtained e-mails between Sanford and his mistress.)

He said that he had met the woman, whom he did not name, roughly eight years ago and that it had become romantic within the last year. He visited her three times during the past year, Sanford said, and noted that his wife, Jenny, had been aware of the affair for the past five months.

"First and foremost, I apologize to my wife and my four boys. I have made decisions that have hurt and will continue to hurt them, and for that I'm sincerely sorry," Sanford said in a statement released after his at-times rambling announcement in the South Carolina statehouse. "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 announced his resignation as chairman of the Republican Governors Association but did not offer any hint of whether he was considering resigning as governor of the Palmetto State. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was quickly named as Sanford's replacement at the RGA. Barbour said the Sanford news "hurts all of us who have gotten to know Governor Sanford over the years."

In his statement, Sanford also apologized to his staff for misleading them about his whereabouts and added: "I want to make absolutely clear that over the past two days at no time did anyone on my staff intentionally relay false information to other state officials or the public at large. What they've said over the past two days they believed to be true, and I'm sorry to them for putting them in this position.

The State newspaper in South Carolina first reported this morning that Sanford had spent the last six days in Argentina not, as his staff had previously said, hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Sanford's public announcement punctuates a strange and winding series of events that caused confusion within the state government and considerable chagrin among the Republican Party, which saw its second potential 2012 candidate in as many weeks brought low by infidelity.

The analysis about the press conference has just begun but we had a few initial thoughts while watching the event (followed by a live online discussion).

• Sanford was clearly unprepared for the media swarm he faced. He began shakily with a riff about his time spent hiking the Appalachian Trail before rolling off a long litany of people to whom he needed to apologize. Sanford, usually an extremely confident public orator, stumbled over his words time and time again and continued to take questions well after he had promised a "last question." (In Sanford's defense, it's hard to imagine anyone would be prepared to make such an announcement.)

• This is not the end of the story. The problem for Sanford is that he appears to have willfully misled his staff, the lieutenant governor and the people of the state about his whereabouts -- signaling that he was likely headed to the Appalachian Trail before hopping on a flight to Argentina. There will almost certainly be some sort of investigation into whether Sanford misused state funds on this trip -- remember that he took a state-owned vehicle and parked it at the Columbia airport -- that will keep this wound raw for the foreseeable future.

• Sanford's 2012 candidacy is almost certainly over. Having an extramarital affair is bad, but not being truthful to the people of the state and disappearing for five days is unforgivable on the national stage -- or any stage for that matter. Let the search for a new champion for fiscal conservatives begin!

• Coming nearly one week to the day after Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) admitted his own affair, this is yet another gut punch for the Republican Party, which can't seem to get off the mat. Republican strategists have to be wondering when enough is enough; the spate of bad press for the party for the past few weeks has been unrelenting.

• The cover up is ALWAYS worse than the crime. It's a cliche for a reason; note to future politicians: if you make a mistake, you need to own up to it immediately and totally. Do not obfuscate, do not try misdirection. In the modern media environment where private is public, the truth will come out.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
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Said the liar.

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

Nope, that's not a "lie".

Posted by: JakeD | June 27, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Why all the confusion on the reason for Sanford's straying?

It's been the same answer since the Garden of Eden - it's the pu$$y stupid.

Something some of you just wouldn't understand, starting with Chrisfox8.

Posted by: BreakNobama | June 26, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, all right jaked. Proof that you lie. Let's see. Ah, got it (I had to think really hard, too!).

FIRST, read this thread about a raccoon removed from the white house grounds where jaked, the second post in the thread, his first post, states:

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"Raccoons love raw eggs too. Was this one caught in the Oval Office? Instead of the Easter Egg roll, are they going to use watermelons this year?"

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:40 PM

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/02/25/raccoon_captured_at_the_white.html
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NEXT, read one of jaked's many attempts to explain what he meant by that post:

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As "nodebris" knows, that thread was about trapping actual RACCOONS on the White House grounds, and in the context of using eggs, I proposed other round fruit (including oranges and apples) in case they ran out. Of course, "nodebris" doesn't post that part.

Posted by: JakeD | June 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/democratic-party/pro-healthcare-group-launches.html
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Do you find jaked's explanation to be truthful? To accurately describe the context of his comment? Can you find the post where jaked proposes using apples or oranges?

Is it a lie? You be the judge.

Personally, I leave open the possibility that jaked lies to himself so much that he simply can't recognize when he's lying to others anymore.

Posted by: nodebris | June 26, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"autistic literalism" = technical correct

Posted by: JakeD | June 26, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: opp88 | June 25, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Goodby sweet prince Argentina awaits.
if you had only found a bridge like another politican used.

Posted by: yokohlman | June 25, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

You've taken the "autistic literalism" troll past its usefulness already, Jake.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 25, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Sanford's wife Jenny must be going thru hell right now - questioning herself, wondering what she did wrong, etc...

Everyone is missing the real issue here. Sanford's fling is a man thing that repeats itself over and over. He's in lust love, & he's probably going through his mid-life crisis. I'd be really surprised if the jerk loved anything other than his wants.

Real point is: when are people in the medical community going to realize that this is a real problem for men and should be addressed from a clinical standpoint? Women get all kinds of therapy, advice, counseling but there's not much out there targeted to helping men get through these phases.

Posted by: PTLLC | June 25, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

He apologized to people of faith because of that.

Posted by: JakeD | June 25, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Wonderful! A conservative Christian and Republican Party hopeful falls from grace; and the vocal right wing of Republican Party has tried to promote the idea that they are more moral than the Democrats! Hey Sanford, you're no better than slick Willy whom you criticized! Maybe worse, he didn't leave the country for a week, . . .just into the closet for a quickie Monica break.

Posted by: EddieV | June 25, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

BTW: chrisfox8: I just proved your "everyone here knows [JakeD lies]" claim as false (I won't claim that you "lied" about that though ; )

Posted by: JakeD | June 25, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, FairlingtonBlade. I'll see what I'm doing in a month.

Posted by: JakeD | June 25, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

Just goes to show what happens if you search on your handle. I was busy with eating down the fridge (Kim O'Donnell, the Post's best by far food blogger). Anyway, the whole lied to me thing is utter BS. Wrong predictions, Jake (he did take the oath, or at least the Chief Justice's version), but no lies.

Anyway, I'm enjoying hanging out here nowadays. With no elections (other than VA gov) for a year or so, it's just chewing the fat.

Cheers!

BB

[P.S. If you're free for lunch the first week of August, let me know.]

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 25, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention turning down the stimulus money for Reagan-era idiot reasons to score iđeological points while unemployed people in his state are losing their houses, their families. "I'll pray for you." The man is a disgrace on so many levels.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how Bi-Polar fits at all. If the man were in a depressive episode he wouldn't have the energy to fly to Argentina. If he were in a manic phase, he sure didn't show it.

I doubt he could manage as Governor if he were Bi-Polar.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Doch! A German speaker!

Anyway, yep, I'll bet on it, this is not the usual case of a bad person exposed.

I think he is mentally ill. Let's watch and see. Bipolar disorder gets more brittle with age. Harder to get the "overachiever" part to separate from the mania.

Posted by: shrink2 |
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Nope. My training says Narcisstic Personality Disorder.

"They routinely overestimate their abilities...They may blithely assume that others attribute the same value to their efforts and may be surprised when the praise they expect and feel they deserve is not forthcoming. They are often preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. Their self esteem is inevitably very fragile. They may assume that others are totally concerned about their welfare, they tend to discuss their won concerns in inappropriate and lengthy detail, while failing to realize others also have feelings and needs." DSM-IV-TR.

Only a narcissist could believe he could get away with leaving his government car at the airport, disappear for four or five days, and give that painfully detailed presser about his work as a guide on the Appalacian Trail and his love for this "dear, dear, friend" all the while forgetting to apologize to his wife until after the press conference.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

So what is wrong with Sanford? Why the incredible bad judgment? Some have suggested he has bipolar disorder, and that does fit. But I look at a guy who's 49 and looks more like 60 and wonder if he's on some really harmful dope. Those eye-bags and that hollowed-out appearance could be cocaine.

Especially coming right on the heels of Ensign's day in the press last week, Sanford has acted well beyond merely stupid. He's acted nuts. There was NO WAY he coưld have gotten away with this little dalliance, it was suicidal. What gives?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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Governor Mark Sanford left the state surreptiously. No plan in place should an emergency occur. A lie was disseminated in the attempt to cover his absence. He planted the lie.

All other "immoral" transgressions aside, this is inexusable. This is NOT how a leader acts.

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Posted by: osmor | June 24, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

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excellent.


Jon Stewart, in reference to Governor Mark Sanford:

" ... a Conservative with a Liberal di*k... "
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aarrghh! the Curse !! Another repub falls victim!!

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha !!!


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Posted by: osmor | June 24, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

The only way the GOP could be in any worse shape is if someone came forward and admitting helping to engineer 9/11 for Cheney.

I wonder how many papers would stick the revelation on page C12 of the "Living" section. if they carried it at all?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Has anyone checked the South Carolina state Constitution to see whether Sanford violated its requirements re handing over the gubernatorial reins before going "off the grid"?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

The next anti-black, hollier-than-thou, Ronald Reagan 2nd Coming having RepugniCANT that rears his or her ugly head and spews their Obama in-NIG-nance (yeah, I said it!) better have their house in order before throwing stones! Kinda hard to claim high moral ground with no morals, huh?

Posted by: bigdp07
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Oh, I don't know bigdump. Ask Newt I-told-my-wife-I-wanted-a-divorce-while-she-was-getting-treated-for-cancer Gingrich or Rush I-got-caught-doctor-shopping-for-Oxycontin-in-between-my-three-divorces Limbaugh if they have a problem with moral indignation.

Look for that block of wood in your own eye dude, before digging for that speck in your neighbor's!

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

If all these Republican politicians weren't so pious and sanctimonious in preaching about "family values," this wouldn't have the same impact.

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This is true but the real story here is the job abandonment. Another family values Republican turning out to be a hypocrite is as remarkable as sunrise, but the fact that he committed such a jaw-dropping lapse of judgment is the reason this story has such legs.

Earlier today it took fifteen minutes for this page to refresh, I've never seen a Fix so active.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Chris
He'll be good for a few jokes but his career is over.

Maybe TLC's interested in "Mark & Jenny + 4" as a replacement while "J&K+8" is on hiatus.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Someone please give Jake a hanky, this is embarrassing to watch

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

If all these Republican politicians weren't so pious and sanctimonious in preaching about "family values," this wouldn't have the same impact. I'll never forget "the venerable Henry Hyde" during the Clinton impeachment--he had also had an affair, but he called it a "youthful indiscretion" (he was in his forties when it happened.) The affairs themselves aren't the problem, the hyprocrisy is.

Posted by: freddie5 | June 24, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Nostradamus gazes into the mists and sees Sanford resigning to spend more time with his .. no, wait, that can't be right .. they're separating.

Or something.

Anyway, he's toast. He'll be good for a few jokes but his career is over.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade:

Do you think I've "lied" to you? Obviously, I don't "know" that I've lied. So, that means not "everyone" at least.

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Does S.C. impeach governors? Surely being away from duty without anyone knowing where one is is very bad.

Posted by: EarlC | June 24, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

A straight Republican? Wow!

Posted by: pghbil | June 24, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see Colbert declare himself the new Governor of South Carolina?

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

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the same wingnut continues displaying his/her obtuseness or disingenuousness. I'm trying to be kind here and not call the w'nut a liar, but, alas, I am all too human. ( Isn't that the weak defense being put forth for all the Repub hypocrites? Then it should work for me too !! ) Anyways, here's the quote:

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"....“Sanford put on santimonious 'tude with all that "family values" BS, with all that playing-to-the-fitlh about the sanctity of heterosexual marriage and The Fammully, and all the while he's doing something on the side.”


I believe the word you were grasping for is “sanctimonious.” I am guessing “Fammully” was an intentional spelling error, but other than perhaps showing a certain level of bigotry against people with southern accents I’m not sure what it is meant to show.... "

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Guess the poster had nothing to fall back on except attacking typos. Great comeback, dude/dudette !! Really, though, you gotta do better.

And then accusing the poster of bigotry instead of providing a meaningful rebuttal? Sounds like your magazine is empty. You're out of ammo!


OK, hoss/hossette, the point you apparently have obviously chosen to ignore, that you must know is true, is that Sanford has been playing to the Repub base, what with "family values" and all that other nonsense about the "evils" of gay marriage. Governor Sanford obviously does not personally believe all that crap, as his actions demonstrate.

Just like all your Repub heroes. Gingrich, Vitter, Craig, Ensign, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum.


In the meantime looks like the Family Research Council website is deleting references to Mark Sanford.


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Posted by: osmor | June 24, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Crocodile tears from a man who probably went to the Cocodrile for a baile hot.

Notice that he seems to think he, his wife, and the people of South Carolina can get past this. They probably will.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

nodebris or chrisfox8:

Prove ONE such lie.

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Jake, you seriously need to get over the idea that you matter around here. You seriously don't. Why should anyone want to extend the effort to "prove" what everyone here knows? Just shut up and go the hell away, and be done with it.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

how nice that he didn't actually apologize to his wife -- and his family / sons / wife were seemingly much farther down on the list to his 'girlfriend' when he spoke about causing pain/hurt to others.

What a scumbag.


As written elsewhere:

Gee Oh Pee
Party of He-Pock-Russee

yes democraps are weak-willed dishonest sniveling greedy narcissistic power hungry disingenuous liars too

but they don’t go around claiming to be the party of god, god’s chosen ones, ‘family values’, so on and so forth — proclaiming their moral superiority over all others while indulging behind doors (or in argentina or a bathroom stall or….) in exactly that which they sneer and snivel about.

sanford: what a tool and sc voters are equally stupid

this kind of schadenfreude is sweet sweet sweet
— danke shoen for schadenfreude


Posted by: flacan | June 24, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't cry for Mark Sanford, Argentina!

I love the fact that "As a congressman, Sanford voted in favor of three of four articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, citing the need for 'moral legitimacy.'"

"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." -- Mark Twain

Posted by: jasher1 | June 24, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I know a few gay and lesbian couples who could teach these sanctimonious right-wing "Christians" a thing or two about the "sanctity of marriage" -- oh wait, but they can't because marriage has to be "between one man and one woman" (and one Argentinian girlfriend, or one anonymous person in an airport, or one campaign staffer, or one whatever it is that allows these intolerant blowhards to channel their repression and hypocrisy). So ironic that those who think they can stand in judgment over others' private lives show such incredible selfishness and poor judgment in their own.

Posted by: jmcgrath1 | June 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

See, his wife didn't understand him.

She just couldn't meet his needs.

But this hot Latina, in Spanish and in English, she understood him all right.

He could really talk to her...

And she, well, she could do it in two languages.

Too bad he didn't tell his wife that what he wanted was a little Spanish understanding.

ROFL!!!!

Posted by: captn_ahab | June 24, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

nodebris or chrisfox8:

Prove ONE such lie.

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

DougBarb,

Watch out for the black choppers!

I have it on good authority that you can't hear them so you'll have to rely on viz to spot them!! (well, that's what Lisa Nowak told me anyways )

Maybe we should team up and send a year's supply of Reynolds Wrap to that grumman guy. I think he needs it.

Cheers!!


(btw, apologies in advance for using shorthand version of your handle. izzat OK if I do? )
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Posted by: osmor | June 24, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina is full of knuckle draggers. Is anyone surprised that another Rethuglican is exposed as a sexual deviant. The creep deserted his family, his state and his staff for some sex.

The SC voters deserve that thug.

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

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one of the usual wingnutties, trying to rebut the facts wrote:

..." “It's hypocrisy that makes news, much more than infidelity.
Get it?”

No, sorry Chris... "


That's exactly why the 25percenters are still bafflingly loyal to the GOP ( or should I say HOP? ).

It's because they don't get the fact that the party that allegedly espouses family values has as its' leaders hypocrites who sin while lying through their teeth.

Well, they lie outright at least until they're caught. Then they probably only admit to as much as is already obvious or only just what is about to become public knowledge !!


Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha !!!!

Suuuuuuuwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !!

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Posted by: osmor | June 24, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

yikes1 wrote, "This joker abandoned his position. Any ordinary employee would be fired. Shut up and quit, Sanford, we don't care about your feelings."

Reading that made me wonder whether or not this Republican governor had ever served in the armed forces, where he would have learned "The first general order".

So I did a little research. Like most of his fellow chickenhawks, he never served, and doesn't know that the first general order is "I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved."

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Dishonest and more repetitive than an auctioneerHere's a guy, after all, who went on a radio call-in program to tell an umemployed South Carolinian that "Too bad, I'm not going to allow you to get the benefits to which the federal stimulus program would otherwise entitle you. But I'll pray for you..."

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He should be horsewhipped for that, and I'm not speaking figuratively.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

"South American women are simply much hotter than fat, obese USA women!"

...said the fat, obese USA man!

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Not many USA men would use 'fat, obese USA women' in a sentence. I think bushisacrook is a fat foreign loser who's been spurned by too many American women.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm no psychiatrist, but many of this man's symptoms as now publicly revealed look and sound like an outbreak of bipolar mania. Sanford needs to resign and get himself into competent medical hands.

Too bad that his Scrooge-like political conservatism causes him to deny to ordinary people in his state the right to the kind of medical care that his personal wealth makes it possible for him to get. Here's a guy, after all, who went on a radio call-in program to tell an umemployed South Carolinian that "Too bad, I'm not going to allow you to get the benefits to which the federal stimulus program would otherwise entitle you. But I'll pray for you..."

Sanford is sick, and he needs to be got out of his current position of power ASAP.

Posted by: jasm917 | June 24, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

This is only Story #1. What is hilarious is if you go to the the SC newspaper, The State, and read the comments: everybody is defending him! I'd love to do an audit trail on their comments about John Edwards. The Repubs are a pathetic lot. They need to take their blinders off and realize that everyone is human. It is their holier-than-thou stance that is their downfall.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | June 24, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

This joker abandoned his position. Any ordinary employee would be fired. Shut up and quit, Sanford, we don't care about your feelings.

Posted by: yikes1 | June 24, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I have never lied here.

Posted by: JakeD

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

A common mistake. He meant, "I have never lain here."

Posted by: nodebris | June 24, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I've always been glad South Carolina doesn't have nukes. Abraham Lincoln has contacted me and let me know that he shares the sentiment.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

No, it's not. Weren't YOU "ignoring" me?

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

osmor, this whole affair is enough to make a person wonder whether Scrivener might not be right...the feds are eliciting insane behavior from politicians by means of the use of directed energy weapons and such.

I won't be wondering quite enough to sleep in an aluminum foil hat, but still...

heheh

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Pure speculation on my part, but I'm inclined to view the fiasco as an expression of hostility to his wife, who's known of the affair for 5 months and tossed him out two weeks ago.

I'm speculating that Sanford realized the pecadillo was going to become public, his career was going to be in tatters, and this is his way of saying "take that!"

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Such a nihilistic impulse describes a very unstable personality, not at all the kind of man who should be trusted with the nukes.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"...Yet Sanford goes so AWOL that his disappearance is leading national news. This is a truly nutty story, much more so than Ensign's or even Larry Craig's. What could he have been thinking?..."

WoW! Remember that astronaut lady not too long ago? Something must have short-circuited within both their Brainways.


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Posted by: osmor | June 24, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

federalist78 wrote, "I'm sorry, but does anyone else find this to be a little bit too implausible? A man who has been in politics for most of his life and lived as carefully as he has decides out of the blue to go AWOL from his duties, sneaking out in a state vehicle, for a week-long nookie-run in Argentina? Even Elliot Spitzer did not go AWOL in search of his piccadillos."

Pure speculation on my part, but I'm inclined to view the fiasco as an expression of hostility to his wife, who's known of the affair for 5 months and tossed him out two weeks ago.

I'm speculating that Sanford realized the pecadillo was going to become public, his career was going to be in tatters, and this is his way of saying "take that!"

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Watch the whole press conference (Press Conference). He is not Elliot Spitzer, not Newt, not Bob Packwood(!!).

He is lost. I'm surprised he made it back to town.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I have never lied here.

Posted by: JakeD

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There's one right there

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

NosyP, it won't be rehab.

It will be a hospital.

This is what we call (now I wonder whether I should capitalize it, lest I get a Trollsmack) crazy.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

f78: yep. That's the real story here.

Sanford made an awesomely stupid move. There was no way he was going to get away with this. That's one thing we can all agree on, He showed crazily bad judgment, something well beyond a middle-aged man having an affair. Even public figures have managed to maintain affairs out of the public eye for decades.

Yet Sanford goes so AWOL that his disappearance is leading national news. This is a truly nutty story, much more so than Ensign's or even Larry Craig's. What could he have been thinking?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

It's funny, Sanford actually comes off as more human, more sincere, more genuinely sorry than say, Ensign or Vitter.
But Republicans will be merciless with him.

They could forgive him over a woman ... but not a Hispanic woman.

Posted by: kevrobb | June 24, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

JakeD
I have never lied here.

Clearly that depends on the meaning of "here" here.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

douglaslbarber, my bet is on Sanford entering rehab in 5, 4, 3, 2...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

some wingnut wrote:

" ...Chrisfox8 attempted to rebut with these few truly insightful points:
“It doesn't make news when Democrats get caught because Democrats don't screw around as much as Republicans do.”

Umm, yeah, right. That’s a sensible argument. And one I’m sure you could back up with facts... "


Uh, doofus. You can't prove a negative. Don't you watch TV? There's too dang much lawyer shows on the tube for you not to know that. The prosecuter has to prove that the defendant committed the crime. It's not the other way around.

It cannot be proven that Dems are NOT screwing around.

On the other hand, though, it's a fact that Repub hypocrites ARE screwing around.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! Know what, it's not even a fair fight 'cause your Repubs are all doing themselves in on their own! Maybe we should spot you a few so I don't feel like a bully!!!

Suuuuuuuwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !!


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Posted by: osmor | June 24, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I have never lied here.

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but does anyone else find this to be a little bit too implausible? A man who has been in politics for most of his life and lived as carefully as he has decides out of the blue to go AWOL from his duties, sneaking out in a state vehicle, for a week-long nookie-run in Argentina? Even Elliot Spitzer did not go AWOL in search of his piccadillos.

Now that we learn that the papers had the email evidence of the affair, I wonder if the affair itself is not a cover story for something else. Could he have some sort of illness that required treatment that is more detrimental to his presidential bid than an affair three years out?

This whole story just smells funny.

Posted by: federalist78 | June 24, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but does anyone else find this to be a little bit too implausible? A man who has been in politics for most of his life and lived as carefully as he has decides out of the blue to go AWOL from his duties, sneaking out in a state vehicle, for a week-long nookie-run in Argentina? Even Elliot Spitzer did not go AWOL in search of his piccadillos.

Now that we learn that the papers had the email evidence of the affair, I wonder if the affair itself is not a cover story for something else. Could he have some sort of illness that required treatment that is more detrimental to his presidential bid than an affair three years out?

This whole story just smells funny.

Posted by: federalist78 | June 24, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Doch! A German speaker!

Anyway, yep, I'll bet on it, this is not the usual case of a bad person exposed.

I think he is mentally ill. Let's watch and see. Bipolar disorder gets more brittle with age. Harder to get the "overachiever" part to separate from the mania.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Chris, it's not the amount of money, it's the symbolism.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the first order of business is finding a forensic psychiatrist. This was no ordinary tryst. The man virtually waved his arms at the world and said "lookie here!!"

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

shrink2: It's "Schadenfreude," it gets capitalized, like all nouns in German.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Only "rational" possibility is major mental illness.

If this is the case [and I am not sort of joking you snarky shadenfreude lovers] then he can go to his State and apply for Family Medical Leave Act time to pay for the Argentina trip.

Look, he is the Governor. People in South Carolina work hard to pay into funds for people who need medical care. He needs medical care.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much that you're a compulsive liar, Jake, so much that you're such a shabby and shameless one.

You really don't care, do you, that you get caught lying again and again and again, and that's awful enough. But you keep coming back with the same tawdry lies over and over, helplessly believing that if you only repeat them enough someone will bite.

Yours is a life wasted. I hope parents reading these blogs teach their kids to grow up as unlike you as they can manage, that's the only possible good that can come from the example you've set.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

.

"...I wonder how long it will be before some smart stripper in Charleston takes to the stage under the name "Appalachian Trail"?...."


Appalachia Trail sounds better, doesn't it? Maybe Appalachia Trails, but that's getting away from making the meme Appalachia Tail.

Or maybe Appalachica Tail?


.....

Posted by: osmor | June 24, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

See what I told you?

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Will forensic accountants scrutinize Governor Sanford's expenses to determine how much state money and services he spent in pursuit of his extracurricular activity? Phone calls, emails, Internet access, use of state vehicle, more? Such illegal use of state assets would be most telling re his true nature in the face of his efforts to decline federal stimulus funds.

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That's petty stuff, and unless he charged his trip to the state it's not worth pursuing. Wear and tear on a car going to the airport is in the range of dollars, not thousands of dollars.

And for a man well along into middle age to have an affair, even when the man is a mealy-mouthed sanctimonious pr|ck, is more pitiable than contemptible.

The real story here is Sanford's colossally bad judgment, basically doing a six-day job abandonment and expecting nobody to notice.

There's more to come here.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Will forensic accountants scrutinize Governor Sanford's expenses to determine how much state money and services he spent in pursuit of his extracurricular activity? Phone calls, emails, Internet access, use of state vehicle, more? Such illegal use of state assets would be most telling re his true nature in the face of his efforts to decline federal stimulus funds.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

fine with Letterman's "joke" even if it was about 14-year old Willow Palin.

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hahahahahahahahaha

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

erikpdumont, you're a genius in disguise!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

grummanybf:

That one can't be reasoned with and is fine with Letterman's "joke" even if it was about 14-year old Willow Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Nosy_Parker you've got a point. Which leaves me with the only possible conclusion, brought to light by zdw123: Sanford is an avid student of the polls, and realizing that a) the religious right is a drag on the Rs nationally, and that b) the Dems are starting to run away with the Latino vote, Sanford is leading the way for his team and showing that the way back to power for the Rs is to ditch the family values crowd in as strongly an unambiguous manner as possible, while at the same time courting the woman and latino vote bloc. When you see it that way, it's actually a staggeringly brilliant political strategy.

Posted by: erikpdumont | June 24, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Why can't male Republican politicians keep their zippers closed?

Don't forget the late Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R-ID).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Marital infidelity by elected figures is only an issue when the politician makes "family values" and the "sanctity of marriage" a cornerstone of their political ideology.  Nothing devalues a politician more than sanctimonious rhetoric once they have been caught with their pants down.

Posted by: labman57 | June 24, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Another in a long line of annointed Republican princes, candidates for the top-slot nomination, to bite the dust for prurient reasons. George Allen with his racist remark, Ensign cheating with his best friend's wife, Gingrich, now Sanford.

The only ones who don't self-destruct are those like Romney and Palin who don't have a shot anyway.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Why can't male Republican politicians keep their zippers closed?

Posted by: jas5551 | June 24, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

erikpdumont, Sanford had to go to Argentina, because he wouldn't have dared bring a Latina into this country. Can you imagine how ballistic that would make Tancredo and his ilk?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Some men have no shame or concept of honor. He should resign and completely disappear from the public eye.

Why the hell didn't he just move out of the house and file for divorce? Nobody would have blinked an eye.

Fool.

Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Man, I knew NAFTA was bad...but outsourcing infidelity, lying, and cheating to South America is taking it to a whole new extreme!

Posted by: erikpdumont | June 24, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

link to Sanford's emails / Columbia newspaper:

http://www.thestate.com/

Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I just love the way Sanford needs to dance around references to her breasts. No wonder he needed to get it on the side, he's so self-repressed.

That probably explains why so many Republicans go in for the kink.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

toritto wrote, "Quotes from Sanford's emails to his squeeze:....."

I'm laughing too hard to type the rest. You'd think a guy who was sending this stuff across the internet would have the perspicacity to oppose the Patriot Act and all the other Bushian domestic spying stuff, but noooooooo....

Ahhh, South Carolina. Thurmond. Helms. Sanford.

And to think, their Republican primary is a prerequisite for the GOP presidential nomination. The thinking runs, if you can't win here, you can't carry the south, and if you can't carry the south, you can't be elected as a Republican.

What a tawdry bunch they've become.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Gee I bet she made him feel young again.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

From the Columbia S. C. "The State" newspaper:

"Quotes from Sanford's emails to his squeeze:

Two, mutual feelings .... You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give [indecent material omitted], or that I love your [deleted], the erotic beauty of you holding [deleted] in the faded glow of the night’s light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details ...

Resign Governor.

P. S. The neewspaper had the emails since December 2008.

Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 8:21 PM"
___________
Had to clean that up a bit. This isn't CINEMAX, dude.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 24, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Nosy_Parker, et al:

I already said that I wouldn't be voting Sanford for President anymore.

Posted by: JakeD | June 24, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

From the Columbia S. C. "The State" newspaper:

Quotes from Sanford's emails to his squeeze:

Two, mutual feelings .... You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details ...

Resign Governor.

P. S. The neewspaper had the emails since December 2008.

Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

as many have observed, the affair is bad enough, but it's really between the spouses. what ramps this up is his hypocrisy in ripping clinton to shreds back when and in abandoning his duties as a state governor to its citizens, his staff, his family, whatever. he's a complete toad.

Posted by: frieda406 | June 24, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, picking on children is okay if you disagree with their parents politically. Pol Pot would be so proud.

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Bristol Palin is only a child in the sense of "having parents." Chronologically, she's an adult.

Pol Pot?!? Someone's flying off the handle and it isn't me.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

CF8, not validatin' your take but I think you're onto something. Let's see if the MSM will scope out the WHOLE story instead of spiking the story. There's a lot more to this.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 24, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Network news tonight showed snippets from a few of Sanford's emails of sweet nothings to Maria. Wife Jenny will not be happy with him.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Chris must have made his momma proud with:

"The Palin child that got skewered deserved it, a cheap slnt who got preggers and went on a promotion tour bragging about it, and promoting the same phony sex education that failed in her case."

Yes, picking on children is okay if you disagree with their parents politically. Pol Pot would be so proud.

Posted by: grummantbf | June 24, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

From the Columbia S. C. "The State" newspaper:

Quotes from Sanford's emails to his squeeze:

Two, mutual feelings .... You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details ...

Resign Governor.

Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

as many have observed, the affair is bad enough, but it's really between the spouses. what ramps this up is his hypocrisy in ripping clinton to shreds back when and in abandoning his duties as a state governor to its citizens, his staff, his family, whatever. he's a complete toad.

Posted by: frieda406 | June 24, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, both parties have roughly equal numbers of people who have been caught up in sex scandals. The difference is that the Democrats don't pretend to be "moral" when it comes to sex. When a Democratic President is impeached it is for sex. When a Republican is impeached (Nixon)it is for trying to subvert the Constitution. Republicans are from Mars. Democrats are from Venus. When the Reps turn into Venusians, they are being hypocrits. The Dems are just being themselves.

Posted by: UsedtoBinDC | June 24, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Interesting story. Sanford's traded the religious right to court the Latina vote.

Posted by: zdw123 | June 24, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

ok, enough. Let Sanford burn in hell in peace. Sorry I ever made a comment here..

Posted by: dudh | June 24, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

ok, enough. Let Sanford burn in hell in peace. Sorry I ever made a comment here..

Posted by: dudh | June 24, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I am unfaithful; betray(ed) my wife, my children, family, my constituents and fellow American, unfaithful to the oath I have/am taking, to my state and to my country. I (as Bush and others) will sacrifice those (I) deemed expendable ... to fight for justice, human rights… elsewhere (in the world) but here at home, for I am the beacon upon which others expected to live by, I am the ultimate deceitful liar… I am an American… with an explanation. Willing to fight for rights, no others should have.

If Gov. Sanford’s cover was so bad that only idiots could believe it, does it say anything about those who voted him into office?

Posted by: Shanan1 | June 24, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Chrisfox8 attempted to rebut with these few truly insightful points:

“It doesn't make news when Democrats get caught because Democrats don't screw around as much as Republicans do.”

Umm, yeah, right. That’s a sensible argument. And one I’m sure you could back up with facts.

“And even if they did, it would not be as newsworthy, all other things being equal, because Democrats aren't the ones strutting around playing sanctimony and putting on mealy-mouthed holier-than-thou attitude.”

Yes, and all Republicans do that. I see.

“It's hypocrisy that makes news, much more than infidelity.

Get it?”

No, sorry Chris. Your GED class in journalism obviously didn’t delve deep enough into the instructional comic book. Newspapers are political entities, always have been. The Post is liberal, the Times is conservative, etc. But yes, I know, those who agree with you have facts. Those who disagree are obviously bad people.

“Sanford put on santimonious 'tude with all that "family values" BS, with all that playing-to-the-fitlh about the sanctity of heterosexual marriage and The Fammully, and all the while he's doing something on the side.”

I believe the word you were grasping for is “sanctimonious.” I am guessing “Fammully” was an intentional spelling error, but other than perhaps showing a certain level of bigotry against people with southern accents I’m not sure what it is meant to show.

“Your view of Democrats as endlessly accepting of immorality is not matched by any basis in reality.”

Of course. And I guess my view that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west is also a fantasy.

“Allegedly a Latina squeeze but I suspect more.”

Why? You were saying something about a basis in reality……?

Posted by: grummantbf | June 24, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Sanford looks pretty old for 49. I would have guess more like 65. The kind of bad judgment he showed by going AWOL for six days and expecting to get away with it suggests he was doing something compulsive. It's too easy to hook up for sex, it takes 90 minutes including travel, and an affair doesn't explain it.

That sunken, wasted look suggests coke.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

katie6 wrote, "There is not a Democrat in the United States that should criticize this man. Not unless your memory is so short that you cannot remember that President Clinton's many affairs...."

This is an interesting argument. If valid, it requires that Democrats never criticize any GOP sexual impropriety from now till the end of time.

I'm inclined to think that there's a flaw in the argument :)

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Her name is "Maria."

What's a neo-seg like Sanford doing with a Maria. Doesn't that make him a "multiculturalist"? Von Brunn, Hal Turner (who got arrested again for inciting violence according to HuffPo), and Hannity won't like that.

HuffPo is linked to all of Sanford's emails. This smells a lot like the Edwards mess where the whole inner circle was in on it: the wife, the kids, the friends, the staff, the politicos, and, most likely the press, too. The image the press gave us of him was totally fraudulent.

All those poor folks whom he tried to deprive of desperately needed unemployment benefits are dancing in the streets tonight.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 24, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Sanford appears to be a good man who made a bad mistake but has lived a good life and been a good Governor. What I want to know is who in the glass house went after him? Was it someone from the Dems smear team who threw the stone? Maybe they got tired of going after Palin's children.

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So many lies, so little time.

A good governor would put the well-being of his state and its people before his ideological compulsions. Making a big show of turning down stimulus money roundly fails that test.

The stones got thrown by the governors staff and subordinates, wondering where the hell he was.

The Palin child that got skewered deserved it, a cheap slnt who got preggers and went on a promotion tour bragging about it, and promoting the same phony sex education that failed in her case.

Next stupid dodge?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

There is not a Democrat in the United States that should criticize this man. Not unless your memory is so short that you cannot remember that President Clinton's many affairs as Governor were known to the party and they still ran him for President.Then of course we had Lewinsky. Sanford appears to be a good man who made a bad mistake but has lived a good life and been a good Governor. What I want to know is who in the glass house went after him? Was it someone from the Dems smear team who threw the stone? Maybe they got tired of going after Palin's children.

Posted by: katie6 | June 24, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Ahh geez.....can you see the whole Sanford family in your mind....sitting down for dinner 'round that big dining room table in the Gov's mansion....waited on by a few black servants.....hands all joined around the table.....asking Jesus' blessing....the head of the family saying grace....holding his wife's hand ... their 4 sons...heads bowed.....

Could he embarass his wife and kids anymore? What a pig.....

Some men have no shame or concept of honor. He should resign and completely disappear from the public eye.

Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

grummantbf, in the course of a Republican defense, characterizes Sanford as "a relatively insignificant GOP governor of a small state".

Grumman should abandon political debate, for which he is evidently unsuited, and take up pitching in baseball, where the velocity of the spin he imparts to the ball might make it unhittable.

Last time I checked, Sanford was chairman of the Republican Governor's Conference and an oft-discussed probable presidential candidate for 2012.

What would he have had to accomplish in order to reach the "signifigant GOP governor" level on grumman's scale?

Well, he's reached it now - and by the way, if you think South Carolina is small potatoes in national GOP politics, you just haven't been paying attention since...oh, about the time Strom Thurmond went from Democrat to Dixiecrat to Republican...that would be about 1964, right?

Typical of the crappy quality of Republican spin these days. That party is on the skids, worse than it was in the 1930's and 1940's - and it was skidding pretty badly back then.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

As I said, when liberal democratic politicians engage in unethical conduct, its simply an expected behavior. It doesn't make news.

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Wrong.

It doesn't make news when Democrats get caught because Democrats don't screw around as much as Republicans do.

And even if they did, it would not be as newsworthy, all other things being equal, because Democrats aren't the ones strutting around playing sanctimony and putting on mealy-mouthed holier-than-thou attitude.

It's hypocrisy that makes news, much more than infidelity.

Get it?

Sanford put on santimonious 'tude with all that "family values" BS, with all that playing-to-the-fitlh about the sanctity of heterosexual marriage and The Fammully, and all the while he's doing something on the side. Allegedly a Latina squeeze but I suspect more.

Your view of Democrats as endlessly accepting of immorality is not matched by any basis in reality.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Chriscox8 drooled;

"You know where you can stick this BS..."

Why Chris, such a grown up and thoughtful response. You're obviously an educated and well-balanced individual.

And no, sorry, I didn't bring up Willie's Willie and Monica, you did. Stop hiding behind that. Nor do I need to. As I said, when liberal democratic politicians engage in unethical conduct, its simply an expected behavior. It doesn't make news.

Posted by: grummantbf | June 24, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

His story doesn't resonate. It's not all that common to develop sexual attraction to one's friends. Maybe it can happen but it's unusual. There're several things wrong with Sanford's story.

A six-day trip to break off an affair? This fails the sniff test. Four days of sex and two of travel, maybe. Wonder if he turned on the TV in all that time and saw that the whole country was wondering where he was.

And he thought he could just skip out and nobody would wonder?

I think there is more to come here.

Sanford looks like a guy who's doing something self-destructive. I bet the reality is more like a day of travel, three days of cocaine and sex, a day of recovery (peering bug-eyed out the venetian blinds), a day of travel (trying to put together a coherent cover story).

Posted by: chrisfox8 |
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Now that sounds more like it...

Posted by: demtse | June 24, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes, wow, another Republican got caught being less than perfect. Which I guess is unusual when compared to the Democratic Party where "less than perfect" is an ideal to be pursued, and a race to the bottom of moral depravity is something to not only be tolerated but admired.

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You know where you can stick this BS.

This is about the dozenth such post, insinuating that Democrats adore immorality. It won't wash. It's not the Democrats who keep getting in the news for depravity and hypocrity, it's the Republicans. You guys have to go all the way back to Clinton's BJ to make your alleged point, we on the other side need go no further than last week.

Must really cheese you off that there's a gay Democrat in Congress. Good, go punch a wall and break a few carpals while you're at it. And stop writing in caricatures.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

His story doesn't resonate. It's not all that common to develop sexual attraction to one's friends. Maybe it can happen but it's unusual. There're several things wrong with Sanford's story.

A six-day trip to break off an affair? This fails the sniff test. Four days of sex and two of travel, maybe. Wonder if he turned on the TV in all that time and saw that the whole country was wondering where he was.

And he thought he could just skip out and nobody would wonder?

I think there is more to come here.

Sanford looks like a guy who's doing something self-destructive. I bet the reality is more like a day of travel, three days of cocaine and sex, a day of recovery (peering bug-eyed out the venetian blinds), a day of travel (trying to put together a coherent cover story).

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

This is clearly a bipartisan affliction. The difference is, the GOP makes "family values" as the main pillar of its political mission. Although democrats may "believe" in family values as well, they don't rub the nation's nose it,like the GOP. This is what makes these recent infidelities by GOP politicians so hard to accept. The GOP should NEVER EVER lecture the AMERICAN public about family values EVER EVER again. Take that term out of the political lexicon. It ain't working, for them.

Posted by: demtse | June 24, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, wow, another Republican got caught being less than perfect. Which I guess is unusual when compared to the Democratic Party where "less than perfect" is an ideal to be pursued, and a race to the bottom of moral depravity is something to not only be tolerated but admired.

It's funny how a relatively insignificant GOP governor of a small state can have an affair that affects nothing but his own private life, and the liberal press just can't stop slithering all over it. But when someone like Barney Frank engages in conduct that is not only outrageous, but a clear conflict of interest with his position (like steadfastly fighting further regulation of Fannie Mae while being engaged in a relationship with one of its executives), it gets hardly a whisper. In fact, he even gets positive press for his "leadership" of the House Banking Committee. If only we'd seen some of that "leadership" before the economic crisis, during the two years that the Democrats had to prevent this mess and look out for "the working people" as they claim to. Comical. Simply amazing.

Posted by: grummantbf | June 24, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

There are few loves more intense than that of a middle-aged man has for a new woman that makes him feel young and virile again. It brings back all those feelings of possibility and allows one to ignore the limitations imposed by age and responsibility.

I'm not arguing that Gov. Sanford should remain as governor; he's probably letting things ride. And, it does underscore his hypocrisy, but there are very few politicians who are not hypocrites (it's hard to avoid in that line of business).

Posted by: Kili | June 24, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Should Mark Sanford resign as Governor of South Carolina?


http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=5610


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Posted by: usadblake | June 24, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

It requires a certain type of mind to fully buy into the Republican economic theory that removing public regulations so that the rich can more easily get richer is the best medicine for the poor.

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Yeah and that certain kind of mind is "absent"

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

It should, also, be noted that women legislators don't cause these kinds of embarrassments and problems for their families and constituents. We need more of them.

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I wouldn't be so hasty with that. Sarah Palin may not be cheating on "First Dude" but I wouldn't say she hasn't been an embarrassment. Au contraire, she's the R's gift to D's that keep on giving.

".. from an island in Alaska ..."

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The entire Republican Party Leadership should be impeached.

What a bunch of philandering (Ensign, Sanford), teen-pregnancy encouraging (Palin), drug-taking (Limbaugh), judgment-challenged (McCain) whack jobs!

Where's good ol Neslon Rockefeller when you need him?

Allyn Harvey
Carbondale, CO

Posted by: scoop_harvey | June 24, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

hmm politician cheating on his wife. is this even news? at what point does this kind of story NOT be considered news. Now im a democrate and i know this guy is a republican...but so what? Do any of us actually expect our public servents to be super human? North Korea, Iran, health care in crisis, the economy in ruins...just how in the name of sweet baby Jesus, does this count as news?

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BECAUSE HE ABANDONED HIS POST, DUMMY

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm still not convinced Sanford was with a woman. If he needed to get laid he could send out a gofer on his staff for a wh0re, a bottle of Remy XO, and an 8-ball. I think there's more to come.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, his wife has the brains.

It should, also, be noted that women legislators don't cause these kinds of embarrassments and problems for their families and constituents. We need more of them.

Posted by: BettyW1 | June 24, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

hmm politician cheating on his wife. is this even news? at what point does this kind of story NOT be considered news. Now im a democrate and i know this guy is a republican...but so what? Do any of us actually expect our public servents to be super human? North Korea, Iran, health care in crisis, the economy in ruins...just how in the name of sweet baby Jesus, does this count as news?

i now return you to your regular vulture feeding fest.

Posted by: rulein | June 24, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

So where are the usual cadre of GOP defenders? There's zouk, casting random shots in the dark about "libs" but only newcomers unfamiliar with his idiocy bother to read zouk .... there's this "DwightCollins" limpd|ck trying to change the subject to Clinton, but the rest of the mop squad are curiously absent.

Oh well they'll be back tomorrow, talking about birth certificates and teleprompters, and pretending this never happened.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

It requires a certain type of mind to fully buy into the Republican economic theory that removing public regulations so that the rich can more easily get richer is the best medicine for the poor.

It's unsurprising that people who really convince themselves of that sort of tripe are the same sort of people who really convince themselves that they represent God's will in the public forum with regard to social issues even as they cheat on their spouses.

That's where the party angle comes in, for those of you Republicans who are crying like stuck pigs because comments are being made which note that Sanford is a card-carrying member of the Republican religious right.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

U.S. Is Said to Expand Covert Operations in Iran
Plan Allows Up to $400 Million for Activities Aimed at Destabilizing Government
By Joby Warrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 30, 2008; Page A02

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/29/AR2008062901881.html?nav=emailpage

just think, two (2) destabilization efforts and an invasion of Grenada and we got UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 24, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

That guy is FORTY-NINE?!?

I'me six years older than him and he looks a solid generation older than me, not to mention like someone who drinks and smokes and eats lousy unhealthy food.

Oh well, it IS the deep south ...

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Ahh geez.....can you see the whole Sanford family in your mind....sitting 'round that big dining room table in the Gov's mansion....waited on by a few black servants.....hands all joined around the table.....asking Jesus' blessing....the head of the family saying grace....holding his wife's hand ... their 4 sons...heads bowed.....

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Gee, thanks for that. lunch didn't taste as good coming back up as it did going down.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

My first thoughts... Self righteous hypocrit...

Posted by: demtse | June 24, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

"Caveat: Not a single Dem has yet been held legally or "morally" responsbile for the current financial crisis. Thought readers here would like this small reminder."

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Not a single Republican has been held responsible for this debacle either, despite the fact that we had a Republican President for eight years prior to Jan 21 2009 and a Republican majority in Congress from 2002 till 2006.

Let's start with Christopher Cox, GWB's last commissioner of the SEC who ignored repeated and glaring warnings that Madoff & Co. were a massive fraud. For that matter the SEC was completely asleep at the wheel during the last regime.

Posted by: dldbug | June 24, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

LOL. I apologize, as a rule I don't pick on names, but there's a liberal-bashing poster in here that goes by the name of 'NoWeCant.' Does anything more perfectly sum up the Grand Ole Party of No?

Posted by: greyhound1 | June 24, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it WaPo readers only ever talk about solutions at the expense of differing opinions instead of trying to understand and incorporate them?"

Not sure what the solution you want us to agree on is. "Keep your pants zipped?" Okay. I'm fine with that.

"If you don't keep your pants zipped, don't try to impeach someone else who also didn't?"

Fine with that too.

Posted by: lister1 | June 24, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The bad news: The Republican Party could probably dump that phony "Family Values" campaign slogan now, once and for all.

The good news: They could probably just start telling the American People the truth...that the GOP is the Devil's party full of perverts, cheaters, and liars, and they'd probably get MORE votes in 2010 and 2012 than they're going to get!

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 24, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

A rational, non-hystrionic opposition party, focused on our nation's best interests rather than on false moralizing and hypocritical 'family values' platforms. Is that so much to ask?

Posted by: greyhound1 | June 24, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I guess six days means it was a "long goodbye" to steal a line from Raymond Chandler

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Does anyone in Buenos Aires know how to make a gimlet?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

NO PROBLEM FOR SANFORD IN SC

just follow these 3 steps:

1. Be sure everyone knows the affair was with someone of the OPPOSITE sex.

2. Explain secretly you were targeted by Obama after declining TARP money.

3. Pay the alimony and child support and get your picture taken going to divorce court like everyone else.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 24, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

This is definitely the gays fault. All of those gays in the northeast getting married are destroying opposite marriages all across the country.

When will gays stop getting married so straight men can stop cheating on their wives?

Will anyone defend marriage anymore?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | June 24, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What an idiot- the DNC has been tracking his every move since he embarassed Chairman O with his rejection of porkulus funds.

Anybody with a dozen brain cells could tell you he would get caught. Oh well- he wasn’t going to beat Palin, Gingrich or Romney anyway.

Thanks, stoopid- and good job, I hope it was worth it… I pray for your family.

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | June 24, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

At least today the liberals on the board arent even pretending to be rational. Educational stuff.

Posted by: NoWeCant | June 24, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Guess he was upset-he had his own stimulus plan in the works.

Posted by: Scar1 | June 24, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Governor Sanford must have had some INTERESTING tango lessons. He'll probably be a natural for Dancing with the Stars. After all if Steve Woczniak was a hoot, imagine Mark Sanford.

On the other hand, I think some in the Republican ranks were relieved he had an affair with a woman (as best as we know). Imagine if the bombshell had been he'd been found with an underage gay prostitute.

I tell you the jokes write themselves! Colbert, Stewart, O'Brien, and Fallon should give their writing staff a day off!

On a serious note, whatever you think of the guy, at least he didn't trot out the wife in a "stand by your man" moment, so fair is fair. But Governor, didn't you look tanned in your press conference or was that my TV?

I tell you this story is too funny!

Posted by: Kruhn1 | June 24, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Listening to Sanford's story during his press coverage questioning, sounded as if he were on the brink of a nervous breakdown, which was one of his reasons for running to Argentina. There is more to this story then what we know right now.

Time will tell, but I don't think this guy will be able to hold up too much longer, now that Mrs. Argentina is out of the hat.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 24, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, what do you expect? These guys are only human after all. It's their hypocrisy that resent, and the crocodile tears. GOP, the family values party? No way. This has been a tough year for the GOP, but they will be better off when they come through this _IF_ they get rid of the extremist conservatives and moderate. They need people like Colin Powell, not people like Sarah Palin.

Posted by: ptgrunner | June 24, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I did not hear the Governor use a pronoun in his televised confession of romantic involvement with his former "dear friend."

Is the "other person" a man or a woman?

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

Pump it up! Jesus!! He knock it out the woods--what a history maker for S.C. WEEEE! Yacht Club, Moose Lodge, Elks, Gullah, NAACP, Chamber of Commerce, Oh the gossip and the insult to the people there-a damn hike-knew that was a lie. Then the sorry sucker "upset with Obama stimulus plan" damn liar from hell.
Go head on Clayburn-yes sir indee dy!!

Posted by: Scar1 | June 24, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Pump it up! Jesus!! He knock it out the woods--what a history maker for S.C. WEEEE! Yacht Club, Moose Lodge, Elks, Gullah, NAACP, Chamber of Commerce, Oh the gossip and the insult to the people there-a damn hike-knew that was a lie. Then the sorry sucker "upset with Obama stimulus plan" damn liar from hell.
Go head on Clayburn-yes sir indee dy!!

Posted by: Scar1 | June 24, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party stands for Family Values! That why I spent my life time up to the time Mccain choose Palin to run as his V.P, as a republican. Sense then, the republican party has trashed themselfs. I am glad I voted for Obama, and I am glad I began to mistruest the GOP. I am a old white woman, with a old white man, and while some of us old people learned our lesson, others just keep sniffing the rear end of the GOP, who keep just keep right on yelling that they stand for such HIGH STANDARDS ON FAMILY VALUE'S, WHILE THEY KEEP CHEATING ON THEIR SPOUSE'S! I remember what they did to Edwards, and Clinton, and I'm a shamed to say I added my voices, as I thought it was so wrong! We'll I'm standing here today and saying the GOP and it's party has lost all moral and family values the Grand Old Party has stood for, and Mccain an Sarah Palin was just the beginning of the land slide and won't end with Sanford and Ensign committeing adultry either! Mark my word, the next generation won't be as forgiveing and forgetful as most of us have been in the past years as the GOP Morals hit skid row.

Posted by: abbytreadway2 | June 24, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

This is too good. Too bad Leno isn't on right now. This material will last for weeks maybe even months. Phrases such as"Don't cry for me Argentina" and "hiking the Appalachian trial" now take on new meanings and cultural references. I can't wait to see what the Republicans will produce next. Perhaps another illegitimate child (like Strom Thurmond), a heart attack during intercourse with your secretary (Nelson Rockefeller), or maybe another case of a"wide stance."

Posted by: gmro | June 24, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that doesn't make sense now is how he could be so abysmally stupid. Did he not think anyone would notice a six day absence?

Posted by: theamazingjex | June 24, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

First off I have to say that it's sad to see people make this a Republican vs. Democrat issue. It's sad to think, but I know it is in a way. Many politicians & political junkies see an affair or scam as a political advantage. I do understand the law and that Mark Sanford doesn't have to resign unless state funds were misused. However, my own position on this as a social conservative is that if Gov. Sanford can't be trusted by his wife & kids...how can he be trusted by the people of South Carolina...he's already misled them. My thoughts & prayers go out to his wife & children. My guess would be that Sanford will stay in office until 2011 as SC governor when he's term limited in 2010. Who knows about his marriage? He may well dump her for the woman in Argentina. If Sanford is visiting this woman on Father's Day weekend, admits the affair has been active for a while now and doesn't shy away from it...I'm guessing Sanford wants a divorce and will be with this woman from Argentina. That is sad to me as Mark Sanford always talked a game of support for family values...now is one of a majority of marriages that end in divorce.

On a political front, Barbour will be a fine RGA chairman. Barbour already is well established as a insider GOP favorite and will be able to raise lots of money for candidates. Barbour also will be in a better spot now to open this door to a Presidential run. Barbour is term limited in Miss. in 2011. He will do well as RGA chairman. Pawlenty & Barbour have to be pleased about their chances right now in 2012!

Posted by: reason5 | June 24, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This unending "plethora" of exposed hypocrite Republicans kinda gives new meaning to that old 1960's song:
"Knights in white satin, never reaching the end....."
(LOL)

Posted by: abelito | June 24, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Lordy! S.C. Politics. That wife is gonna take his butt to the cleaners!!! And so will both parties in S.C.
Was that a hike indeedy!!! OOOOH Lord! Due Tell?

Posted by: Scar1 | June 24, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans practice free love.

But they say it's bad and a mistake whenever they are caught doing it and ask for forgiveness because they are "Christians."

And, of course, they believe in the sanctity of marriage as long as they can screw around on the side.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is not a REAL Republican. They Buy American always!

Posted by: lowercaselarry | June 24, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

ADULTERY INOCULATIONS

(WASHINGTON DC) The Republican National Committee has announced that due to the critical importance of defeating Obama, all Republican Presidential candidates must be Adultery Inoculated.

“Its simple, they have to publicly state they have, and will have adulterous affairs with attractive persons of the opposite sex as much as possible. There will be a bored uproar for 15 minutes, then the Country can focus on unemployment, War and Peace etc,” an RNC staffer explained on background.

“This is the lowest dirty politics I have ever seen,” shrieked stunned Dem operatives who immediately posted their worthless Republican Adultrey lists on E Bay.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 24, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

These GOP......s preach moral of holy marriage and get caught with their pants down. In this process they may create few bastards and the poor woman do not have a chance to go for abortion, since this is against their religion. BS.

Posted by: sramakri43 | June 24, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Who is dottydo?

Main Entry: 1 dot·ty

Pronunciation: \ˈdä-tē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): dot·ti·er; dot·ti·est
Etymology: alteration of Scots dottle fool, from Middle English dotel, from doten
Date: 15th century

1 a: mentally unbalanced : crazy b: amiably eccentric

2: being obsessed or infatuated

3: amusingly absurd : ridiculous
— dot·ti·ly \ˈdä-təl-ē\ adverb
— dot·ti·ness \ˈdä-tē-nəs\ noun

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This is the man who told us that he was so deeply princpled that he couldn't accept federal stimulus money - and told us that his disappearance was due to the stress he suffered when his state legislature forced him to accept the filthy Democratic lucre.

Two points.

1. The man was up to his tricks till the moment he was caught. His tears are the familiar self-pity of those who repent of having been caught.

2. How on earth did he think he could pull of *disappearing* for six days as governor of a state? People said Gary Hart must've had a death wish when he went boating in Florida with his concubine. Not even Mr. Hart was self-destructive enough to go missing for a week in order to conduct his shenanigans. This man is a head case. I'd be concerned if he were head of the sewer authority in Slippery Rock, let alone chief executive of a state.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, look at the poor son of ....you know what, crying a tear on TV. Not because of what he has done, but because he was dumb enough to get caught.

People in SC. Next year is time you wake up and vote all of those hypocrites out of office. No more GOP politicians in office.

Otherwise you will look as equally stu*pid and mentally challenged as they all are.

I, myself, are having a ball.......GOP self destructs. Good, so their obstructive and wrong politics will be over soon.

Posted by: mackiejw | June 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Foley. Craig. Limbaugh. Palin. Gingrich. Ensign. Sanford.
What a bunch of "family values" clowns!

Posted by: euroguy | June 24, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Why did Sanford travel to Argentina instead of bringing his mistress to SC?

Maybe because his political base can forgive adultery, but not bringing a Latina into the US?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is a "family man" who loves a family so much that he tried very hard to start another family by fathering a child on Father's Day - and a multicultural family in Argentina, to boot.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 24, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

How refreshing to finally see -within a single week - two major Republicans, Sen. Ensign and Gov. Sanford, candidly admit to having affairs with WOMEN.

Not your usual Republican scandal...involving gay sex with strangers in bathrooms, seducing boys, or wearing diapers with prostitutes.

These two men must be congratulated for giving some measure of integrity back to the Republican "family values" reputation.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 24, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

For me, the real story is how Sanford he misled even his own staff and didn't transfer power to the Lt. Gov. when he left the state (the country, for that matter). God forbid that something happened in SC while he was gone -- who would have made the critical decisions?

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

This story just gets crazier. It turns out that the woman that he met in Argentina was Sarah Palin's daughter. LOL.

Posted by: rkerg |
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Sorry, you are wrong. Sanford is like all the bible thumping, holier than the pope, racist hypocrites that like a little pussy of color every now and then.

Posted by: mackiejw | June 24, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the guy was separated from his wife! What's the big deal?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

He probably funded his past trips to Argentina through the SC State Ports Authority in order to hide the cost to SC taxpayers.

Posted by: beachbob | June 24, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

REPUBLICANS are doing far more damage to the sanctity of marriage than any gay couple I know.

Posted by: dem4life1 | June 24, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Who is Vera Baker?

Posted by: dottydo | June 24, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Is this affair enough to get Sanford elected to the White House...........

or are multiple, serial, affairs a la Clinton still required????

Posted by: JaxMax
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Your post is enough, though, to get you committed to the mental ward, you mentally challenged mo*ron

Posted by: mackiejw | June 24, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This story just gets crazier. It turns out that the woman that he met in Argentina was Sarah Palin's daughter. LOL.

Posted by: rkerg | June 24, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Sequoiaqueneaux wheezed: Yeah, man. TOO COOL!

Being a 12-year-old Republican ROX!!! Democrats are QUEER! Gay bashing makes you TOUGH! and toooo coool!

Isn't it terrible that those awful gays in Maine, Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts did this to Sanford's marriage? They must be PUNISHED!

*yawn*

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux

_____________

I'll remember to let you know when I type something sarcastic.

Think about it. What is it Repubs fear most? Gays. Get it? Jax's own words may backfire and get them what they fear most.


Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Now that we know Sanford's wife asked him to leave two weeks ago, I feel more sympathetic. The poor guy was lonely.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

MEMO TO CONGRESS

When you get caught in YOUR extra-marital affair,

DO NOT hold a press conference.

Actually, many Americans are already familiar with the process of sex and can fill in the blanks.

Have a spokesperson say it is a “family matter”, and SHUT UP.

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

Mr. Sanford and his Republican buddies are lacking an understanding of The Way Things Have Changed Since The 1950s, and The Way Things Have Changed is this:
You cannot get away with this sort of thing anymore. If you have an affair whilst serving in an elected office, PEOPLE WILL FIND OUT. Plain and simple. There's this thing called the 'Internet' now, and the fact that the media does not look upon Republicans too kindly these days (and they've certainly earned it). If you're going to stand up on a soapbox and preach "FAMILY VALUES" to ANYBODY, be sure to exemplify those values yourself.

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

alangoldberg54 wins Best Post of The Day (so far):

"There was a faulty phone connection when Sanford called his office from Argentina.

They thought he said: "I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail" when he actually said through the static "I'm #&#&ing Argentinean Tail."

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 24, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how long it will be before some smart stripper in Charleston takes to the stage under the name "Appalachian Trail"?

Posted by: whatmeregister | June 24, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

sequoiaqueneaux, Our li'l troll-buddy JakeD's silence is thundering on this one.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the effects of the GOP illegal hard narcotics-automatic weapons trade across the Arizona border has trickled up to GOP Republican Party users.

The GOP Drugs for Automatic Weapons Trade has come home to roost deep inside the GOP Republican Party.

Maybe now you do something about the GOP hard narcotics-automatic weapons problem in our country.

Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Wait! Wait!

He was in Argentina for six days. Was it to end the affair or was it to get some "nookie"?


Six days?????

Posted by: wgmadden | June 24, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The fact that he had an affair doesn't concern me at all - that's his business, and I won't judge him.

However, disappearing for days at a time while in public office is another thing. And it sounds like he probably used state resources for at least part of his trip.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | June 24, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Is this affair enough to get Sanford elected to the White House...........

or are multiple, serial, affairs a la Clinton still required????

Posted by: JaxMax |
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So you're saying GWB had multiple, serial affairs? Wow. Who would have thought he had it in him!

(Sarcasm lamp lit, Sequoia)

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Way too funny! Do we know the whereabouts of any of the adult Palin women this past week?

Posted by: Badger21 | June 24, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

A Republican cheats on his wife & kids, he steps down from a leadership position in the party, the party condemns his actions, conservatives condemn him, and yet there are some mindless hacks that want to blame the GOP and even go as far as to suggest that all Republicans cheat on their wives.

You're really hurting for talking points aren't you.

Funny thing is that you are the same people that defend your own when they cheat on their taxes, embezzle and have "sexual relations" in the oval office.

Posted by: Doug912

--------------------------------------------What What you don't seem to understand is a very simple fact. Personally, I couldn't care less if has 1 or 10 mistresses at the same time.

What I care about, however, is the hypocrisy those folks display. Their bible thumping, going to church every Sunday, trying to force their "CORE VALUES" on everybody else but are the most sleazy slime balls around.

This is what disturbs me....and this is the fact you will have to accept in your somewhat limited ability to think through an issue.

And on top of it they try knowingly and willingly to obstruct anything and everything President Obama is trying to do to fix the mess this mentally challenged mor*ons left behind.

Go, do yourself a favor. Get an education so in about 4 years you will be able to discuss issues with intelligent people.

Posted by: mackiejw | June 24, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Here ya go, tesuji:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/06/24/DI2009062402205.html?hpid=artslot

D.C.: Have you found any quotes from Sanford condemning any other politicos for infidelity?

Chris Cillizza: We've just posted on our "Capitol Briefing" blog that Sanford was one of a handful of Congressmen who said they could not support Rep. Bob Livingston for Speaker after his admission of an extramarital affair in late 1998.

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

We'll our very own Fox news is identifying the cheating republican as a Demacrate. Go to Huffo and get the story! Didn't ya know they would be fair and balance after all! What a joke!

Posted by: abbytreadway2 | June 24, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse


Have you noticed that when right-whiners are screaming in their goofy hysterical outrage over Obama going to NY one night are confronted by the fact that Bush spent over $17 million taxpayer dollars playing cowboy on his ranch, they just disappear.

Republicans are so easy to beat. Just state a fact and highlight how hilariously stupid, delusional and hypocritical they are and they go away.

Ha Ha.

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

As long as women (or men) continue to let those who cheat on them come back, there will be cheating. If you want to stop the behavior, enforce significant consequences.

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

There was a faulty phone connection when Sanford called his office from Argentina.

They thought he said: "I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail" when he actually said through the static "I'm #&#&ing Argentinean Tail."

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse


arancia12 laughed: "Too cool, Jax! Maybe they elect a gay president! After all, after Depression Obama, no one will care if someone cheats or someone is gay. Right?"
_____________

Yeah, man. TOO COOL!

Being a 12-year-old Republican ROX!!! Democrats are QUEER! Gay bashing makes you TOUGH! and toooo coool!

Isn't it terrible that those awful gays in Maine, Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts did this to Sanford's marriage? They must be PUNISHED!

*yawn*

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux |
________________________

I guess I forgot to light the SARCASM lamp, Sequoia. What is the worst thing Repubs fear? Gays. I was being sarcastic.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I'd say the Governor's cheating on his wife was a far greater threat to the sanctity of his marriage than my wanting to marry my partner of the last 20 years will ever be.

So let's review. My partner, whom I have never cheated on, wants to marry me so we can grow old together with some peace of mind and stability. And the Governor is adamantly opposed.

And the Governor, who has all the blessings and stability of marriage, cheats on his wife and misleads the entire state.

Who exactly is it that is upholding the sanctity of marriage?

Posted by: Hillman1 | June 24, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Prayer Sprayers get it back in the face!

Normally to a European, a man or a woman's private life (yes that includes sex) is PRIVATE and nobody's business and nothing to apologize for. The Clinton affair was a scandal because of Starr's sick noziness and Clinton's explanations and apologies! In this particular case it is one of these hypocritical god & bible wielding fools and he gets what he deserves. A little bondage by a Mamma Domina on would do him good. He might even enjoy it and it should be shown (censored) on UTube. By the way, politicians should stop saying "god bless" at the end of a speech. Gods and politics don't mix except in theocracies and dictatorships. Out with that!

Posted by: vergean | June 24, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else notice how Fox "News" had a (D) for Democrat next to Sanford's name this morning while he was admitting what a slimeball he was...after years of NEVER getting it wrong before? Fair and Balanced you bet...kinda like Germany in the 1930's...or Iran today.

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 24, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk cried: e will be surrendering and leaving next "No Lib should ever be permitted to run foreign policy ever."
_______________

Says the Dummy who supported our mentally retarded Pretzeldent as he:

invaded countries for lies

blew up trillions of dollars for lies

quadrupled Islamic terrorism worldwide

presided over the most Americans killed by terrorism in US history

created new centers of terrorism (like in IRAQ)

strengthened the Iranian and North Korean regimes

shattered our alliances

weakened our military

committed mass human rights abuses and war crimes

tortured

shredded the Constitution

humilated America

destroyed our credibility across the planet and turned the USA into a rogue nation

Oh, and ruined the economy.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED DUMMY! Good thing a "Lib" wasn't in power for the past 8 years!

*yawn*

God you people are dumb.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Is this affair enough to get Sanford elected to the White House...........

or are multiple, serial, affairs a la Clinton still required????

Posted by: JaxMax | June 24, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Guess what all these politicians have in common?...Sanford(R),Gingrich(R), McCain(R), Vitter(R), Guiliani(R), Burton(R), Hyde(R), Barr(R), Baer(R), Dole(R), Livingston(R), Limbaugh(R), Bush,Sr.(R),Ensign(R),Reagan(R), Bowers(R), Dornan(R),Chenowith(R), Packwood(R), Thurmond(R), Warner(R), and
Clinton(D)...???
How many of these were impeached for lying about their affair?

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 24, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The transcript of Sanford's news conference is now posted. The amazing thing is that about 1/3 of Sanford's remarks are telling us what "God's Laws" mean. Democrats call that "chutzpah."

Sanford is STILL pretending that he is holier-than-thou!!!

When Clinton was caught, did he start lecturing us about "God's Laws"? No.

The Republicans act as if government should be in the business of enforcing Christian values (according to their interpretation). They want a theocracy. It is so deep in their bones, they can't give it up, even when the facts show they are hypocrites.

Governor Sanford can sneak off to Argentina for an affair, and when he gets caught, he STILL lectures us on "God's Laws"!!!

Posted by: Renu1 | June 24, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Senator Ensign should also resign because he had an affair with a married subordinate employee whose salary he raised during the affair and whose son he employed during the affair and who he dumped when it ended.

Not to mention that he was "lifelong friends" with the husband.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Only a Republican would go all the way down to Argentina just to get a li'l piece on the side.

Posted by: Glimpy | June 24, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The guv found a doll who had some nighty-night tricks that his wife either never knew or forgot. Let's see if the south of the border action took the hitch out of his backswing.
Once again my Republican Party is in sad shape. With Rush and his pocket size edition clones leading the way, the Republican Party is now on life support. BHO is having his way with our country and the Republicans are limited to whining.
Will the Republican Party ever listen to someone outside the Religious Right Incest Group?

Posted by: jhurley1 | June 24, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Republicans like Sanford hadn't supported impeaching Bill Clinton for his affair, Al Gore would have been president the past 8 years and this would be a richer, cleaner, saner nation, Osama Bin Laden would be dead, Sadaam Hussein would have continued being a loudmouthed ineffectual bully who boiled terrorists alive.

Posted by: UsedToBeGOP |
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No, no, no UtbG. They IMPEACHED Clinton for his affair. They only spent 50 million dollars expose it.

We can't even bomb Iraq for 50 million dollars a day. Geezzzzz.....

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Wait, lemme get this straight...another conservative who spent his career judging others' morality and upholding 'the sanctity of marriage' was caught banging his mistress in Argentina over Father's Day weekend? I'm so shocked. Total fraud.

The GOP is such a joke.

Posted by: sterlingmo7 | June 24, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The people of South Carolina should be outraged that Sanford outsourced his affair to South America instead of keep it local.

Posted by: mavisdarling | June 24, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

This story is going to be fodder for the liberal media to take the eye off the ball when our country is being robbed by professional thugs in Washington.

For the anti-moral brigade:
1. Greed: Is when people spend money they never earnt, from people they didn't know on people who help them get elected. Look up greed in the dictionary and you'll see: (a) Barnie Frank (b) Chris Dodd (c) Barack H. Obama. (d) Rest of the Democrats.

Caveat: Not a single Dem has yet been held legally or "morally" responsbile for the current financial crisis. Thought readers here would like this small reminder.

2. Family-Values: A term only applicable in an environment of values. The left who produces holywood gems to remind us why single mothers are so cool and gays are hip needs to shut up on morality, since they don't have any (unless the weekly msnbc/cnn opinion poll tells them otherwise). In an env of dilution of values it's even more imperative to uphold them in public eyes, especially to remind the weakest amongst us that there the bar is still high for moral character.

3. Morality: Is when you do things against self-interest. Not something you'd apply to the left even as an exception. E.g: When polls say supporting illegal immigrants is good..liberals rush to uphold their rights. When polls say foreigners are taking your jobs, the liberals rush to shut out legal foreign immigrants. Yeah...amen to that Obamatrons.

This story is just barking orders for the liberals for a week so that they can shut people up on healthcare. Let's hear all the same ol GOP-is-bad crap while the Dems take this time to see where they can spend the next trillion.

Posted by: NoWeCant | June 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The problem is not that these guys are falsely sanctimonious buffoons - they are - the problem is that they lie and get caught, again and again. And then they cannot lead or govern because of it.

President Clinton used up all of his political capital when he tried to cover up his affair. This guy will do the same.

Now I'll admit to defending Clinton and condemning this guy for the same thing, but then I'm not trying to run a government.

Posted by: tomcanick | June 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

HIGHER PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS FOR DEMS

“Who’s cheating who

who’s leaving who,

who don’t even care anymore......”

Country music song.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how remorseful Sanford looked when he was plowing his Argentinian punch.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

While the affair is bad, this is the kind of thing that happens to politicians in both parties. Sen. Ensign, for example, should not have to resign as a senator just because he had an extramarital affair. Gov. Sanford, however, should have to resign simply because he abandoned his state for several days to take care of selfish, personal business, without letting anyone know where he was going. South Carolina gave Gov. Sanford a great privilege and he clearly is not fit to have it. Time to resign, Governor.

Posted by: johnsosp | June 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

tesuji
unless he was personally known for making morality an issue in his politics

Chris Cilizza quote one such statement of Sanford's in his online Q&A this afternoon, adding that they were researching for others. Stay tuned.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

What a jerk and a liar. The statement I just heard says from his wife shows what a total jerk he truly is. Talk about crocodile tears.

Posted by: rlj1 | June 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey! It was Father's Day weekend! He knew he was just going to get another "power tie" from the family or maybe some monogrammed hankies and he figured he should give himself what he really wanted.

Posted by: kcbob | June 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

What do we Know? Another GOP hypocrite caught with his pants around his ankles.

Bible thumping, forcing their wrong core values and family values on the rest of us and what are they really.

HYPOCRITES, liars, cheaters, mo*rons,

Simply put: Mentally challenged, hateful and racist scum

Posted by: mackiejw | June 24, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I really doubt all these recent politician sex scandals are anything new. It may seem so, because it is reveled and publicized on a more regular basis. While JFK was in office did reports of his nude girlfriends meandering the White House ever get published? No, people were very discreet.

But, politicians' indescretions do allow question of their ethical behavior in addition to their moral behavior. Is there evidence immoral politicians take more bribes than moral politicians? I'm leaning heavily towards, Yes.

Posted by: 1234xyz | June 24, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I tell you, the more I think about it, the more I believe that these conservative Republican politicians fell off the same tree as the sexually-disgraced televangelists, like Jimmy Swaggert and Jim Bakker.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 24, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It is quite amazing and rather foolish that people throw away everything that they had accumulated of value in their life for something like this!!

Posted by: 68b2b | June 24, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

We will be surrendering and leaving next week.

Bomb Hits Shiite District In Baghdad, Killing 60
More than 100 others wounded in bombing that comes less than a week before a June 30 deadline for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraqi cities


what part of I told you so doesn't sink in with Libs.

No Lib should ever be permitted to run foreign policy ever.

Posted by: king_of_zouk

---------------
Of course suicide bombings in Baghdad never occurred under George W. Bush's government.

Hey Rip Van Winkle, where have you been for the last eight years?

Posted by: dldbug | June 24, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

arancia12 laughed: "Too cool, Jax! Maybe they elect a gay president! After all, after Depression Obama, no one will care if someone cheats or someone is gay. Right?"
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Yeah, man. TOO COOL!

Being a 12-year-old Republican ROX!!! Democrats are QUEER! Gay bashing makes you TOUGH! and toooo coool!

Isn't it terrible that those awful gays in Maine, Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts did this to Sanford's marriage? They must be PUNISHED!

*yawn*

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

So who did he go to Argentina to have an affair with? The ghost of Eva Peron? Given how reactionary this guy is, I wouldn't be surprised. For him, it's always 1954.

Posted by: chappell1 | June 24, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I feel kind of sorry for Sanford. I do not get the firestorm of sanctimonious criticism directed at him unless he was personally known for making morality an issue in his politics. Such criticism is the same as the moralizing the Republicans are known for and comes off just as hypocritical. He made poor and questionable judgments and he should be judged accordingly but the glee some seem to have in heaping scorn on him is distasteful.

Posted by: tesuji | June 24, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Ensign/Sanford 2012

Posted by: AndrearKline | June 24, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"I wanted to do something exotic." This guy is priceless.

I lived in the Upstate for 5 years (1990-94) and had the opportunity for Senator Thurmond, upon meeting my wife, to say to me in a stage whisper (and remember, this guy was in his 90s then), "You like them young, like me." The State Adjudent General said to my wife, "Whose daughter are you?"

So. South Carolina politicians are letches. At least this guy liked adult women.

Posted by: tomcanick | June 24, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Finally-something to talk about besides Jon & Kate.

Posted by: mplsmom1 | June 24, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

To all those "this is a private, own personal business-not worthy of prime news" monkeys: the problem is not banging a chick other than your own; the problem is your christian-evangelical preaching of sanctity of marriage and all the crap these folks talk about and then end up doing otherwise.

Posted by: RIVASF1@WESTAT.COM | June 24, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk

The US-Iraq security agreement for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraqi cities and Iraq was crafted and signed by the Bush administration.

This is a Bush administration initiative that is being carried out by the US.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Sanford to aide: "No you idiot, not "Appalachian Trail," -- I said, "Argentinean Tail!!"

Posted by: gbo6 | June 24, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

To Governor Sanford, and to the Republican Party, I have only this to say:

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Keep it coming, boys.

Posted by: lydgate | June 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The thing with Bible Thumpers is that no matter WHAT they do, they think that everything will be hunky-dory once they get down on their knees and beg Jesus for forgiveness.

It's a never-ending cycle:
1.)Screw up big-time
2.)Get automatically forgiven; just ASK!

It's awesome! You should try it! No matter WHAT you do... as long as you beg and pray to some unseen entity, you'll come out smelling like a rose with a clear conscience!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | June 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

CONNECTING THE DOTS.......

Obama improperly uses NSA email intercepts of Americans, slapped by irate Court.

Ensign and Sanford, leading Republican Presidential Candidates “outed” for adult consensual affairs.

Posted by: JaxMax |
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You figured it out Jax! Darn, only Dems were supposed to get the secret decoder rings. Be afraid, Jax, be very afraid....if someone knocks, don't...answer...the...door....

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The really BIG NEWS today was that Gov. Sanford was having an affair in Argentina, or had disappeared for five days, or had hiked the Appalachian Trail on National Nude Hiking Day. The BIG NEWS was that this "family values" Republican's paramour was.....female! That's news!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 24, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Republican family values, as demonstrated by the (former) leading GOP candidates for 2012: John Ensign and Mark Sanford. I guess it could've been worse for them; they could have been having an affair with EACH OTHER!

Posted by: gce1356 | June 24, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The Governor claims that his wife has known about the affair for five months, yet he still travels to Argentina to meet the other woman for five days. This is very odd.

And what about his kids? After all, he chose to go to Argentina for an affair over FATHER'S DAY weekend, for crying out loud.

All I can say is, prayers to his family. They have a lot of issues to work through.

Posted by: dgloo | June 24, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse


king_of_zouk -- i think you may be stupid.

You mock and ridicule Obama for reaching out to the pro-reformers in Iran who are now taking their country back themselves? Obviously you are a hypocrite.

I bet you voted for John "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran" McCain who wanted to mass murder the people you are now pretending to support? Oh, you laughed and laughed at his sickening "joke."

Under Bush, the hard-line Iranian regime had a firm hold on power for what looked like forever.

Under Obama, their grip on power is hugely weakened by the pro-reformers you mocked Obama for reaching out to. Are you stupid or just suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome, a mental affliction suffered by right-wing dummies?

Obama was right. Can't you just admit you were wrong and apologize?

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

grummantbf -- get a grip

1. Barney Frank be damned, this mess happened on your party's watch...period.

2. The difference between this affair and others on the Dem side (of which there are also plenty) is that the Dems don't preach a holier than thou sermon that your party does.

3. "Less than perfect" is not an ideal to be pursued but it happens, to all of us, in one sense or another. But you can't live in glass houses and not expect people to sneer when it shatters.

Posted by: newporter | June 24, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

To claim it's okay to lie to your wife about an affair, but inexcusable to keep your indiscretions private from the public really shows how screwed up values have become.

As a citizen, I don't care if he hides his affairs from the public (though using public funds is another issue), but the greater crime is what he did to his wife and family. No wonder this world is so screwed up. That people could pass off such an egregious crime against one's spouse as not that big a deal, only shows the values of the people who think so are pretty warped to begin with.

Child molesting and murder are worse crimes. Treason, maybe. But not much else is a greater crime than cheating on your spouse.

And all you Obama haters. Compared to Bush's (i.e. Cheney's) crimes, you're straining at a gnat while swallowing a camel.

Posted by: leicaman | June 24, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

He should have stayed in Argentina.

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

I don't believe that it was with a woman. Sounds like it was either with a guy or an underaged girl. Why fly all the way to Argentina to cheat when he could go down to Myrtle Beach? Seems like he didn't want to have anything follow him home. Watch that he doesn't resign over the weekend.

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

I don't believe that it was with a woman. Sounds like it was either with a guy or an underaged girl. Why fly all the way to Argentina to cheat when he could go down to Myrtle Beach? Seems like he didn't want to have anything follow him home. Watch that he doesn't resign over the weekend.

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

It's a good point that these personal matters can be relatively meaningless and that Lincoln wanted to send Grant's whiskey brand to his other generals, but the same applies to gays in the military.

Besides, if these politicians call national news conferences to announce these things, I suppose that's what they want. Calling in the media and then denouncing them for reporting the story is pretty silly.

They don't really know anything more than Ensign and Sanford have publicly declared to them so denouncing the media for reporting what they actually say is absurd.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that it was with a woman. Sounds like it was either with a guy or an underaged girl. Why fly all the way to Argentina to cheat when he could go down to Myrtle Beach? Seems like he didn't want to have anything follow him home. Watch that he doesn't resign over the weekend.

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

The BIG NEWS today wasn't that Governor Sanford disappeared for five days,or was having an affair in Argentina, or didn't hike on the Appalachian Trail on National Nude Hiking Day. The BIG NEW was that this particular "family values" Republican's paramour was actually....female! Can you imagine that!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 24, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Makes a good sitcom Sanford and Sons part ll back to the junkyard .

Posted by: PIA9 | June 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

We will be surrendering and leaving next week.

Bomb Hits Shiite District In Baghdad, Killing 60
More than 100 others wounded in bombing that comes less than a week before a June 30 deadline for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraqi cities


what part of I told you so doesn't sink in with Libs.

No Lib should ever be permitted to run foreign policy ever.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

bushisacrook |
You got that part right. I just bet the Republicans were beside themselves with glee that he was having an affair with someone who was an adult and a woman. So few Republicans do.

Posted by: ElectricBill | June 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Can't Sanford yell, "Get me outta here! I'm a celebrity!" ???
Oh, right. That's in Costa Rica, not Argentina.

Posted by: gce1356 | June 24, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

And we are supposed to feel sorry for this individual who voted against Medicaid coverage of cancer treatment when he was a U.S. representative? I am tired of hearing of these self-righteous, socially conservatives who are in fact morally corrupted. How many times Newt got married? So much for family values.

Posted by: dupagnem | June 24, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate -- you're done. Stop whining.

Posted by: newporter | June 24, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

hypoquit

Posted by: jato11 | June 24, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

hypoquit

Posted by: jato11 | June 24, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Dust in the wind............

meaningless intrusions into a personal family matter.

Zero effect politically.

General Grant was Lincolns most effective combat leader.

When people complained to President Lincoln that Grant drank whiskey........

President Lincoln asked which brand, so he could get his other Generals some.

After Depression Obama--- Americans will not care WHAT the Republican candidate has done.....if his/her nme is NOT Obama hey WIN.

Dems complaining about moral issues are a joke.

Posted by: JaxMax
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Too cool, Jax! Maybe they elect a gay president! After all, after Depression Obama, no one will care if someone cheats or someone is gay. Right?

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

In May of 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas warned that we had 99 trillion dollars in debt/unfunded mandates. http://dallasfed.org/news/speeches/fisher/2008/fs080528.cfm Obviously, that amount has risen dramatically since then. Government health care will raise that by a few more pennies. Our solution: spend like drunken sailors, and entertain ourselves with the psychotic sex lives of these selfish little brats.

Posted by: EliPeyton | June 24, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

(Hey, at least Spitzer doesn't tell you he has better morals and religion than you, right?)

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC
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Actually Spitzer was the worst of all; the biggest hypocrite and the probable criminal. As AG he went after prostitution rings with the vengeance of Cotton Mather. Then he was easily bought off the chase by the rings he was allegedly prosecuting.

The problem with most big city vice squads is that is where the bad cops are stashed.
The good cops are in homicide and burglary details. A DA or AG who makes his "bones" on prostitution is also probably boning prostitutes.

Compared to Spitzer's abuse of his law enforcement office, all the other political sex scandals are nothing.

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

When in the hell are the Republicans going to stop pandering Americans that they have the patent on high morals when the seemingly never ending line of GOP sychophants getting caught in a morally compromising position. When will they wake up a realize that it is exactly these acts that have rendered them irrelevant?

Posted by: ka0mr | June 24, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, wow, another Republican got caught being less than perfect. Which I guess is unusual when compared to the Democratic Party where "less than perfect" is an ideal to be pursued, and a race to the bottom of moral depravity is something to not only be tolerated but admired.

It's funny how a relatively insignificant GOP governor of a small state can have an affair that affects nothing but his own private life, and the liberal press just can't stop slithering all over it. But when someone like Barney Frank engages in conduct that is not only outrageous, but a clear conflict of interest with his position (like steadfastly fighting further regulation of Fannie Mae while being engaged in a relationship with one of its executives), it gets hardly a whisper. In fact, he even gets positive press for his leadership of the House Banking Committee. If only we'd seem some of that leadership before the economic crisis. Simply amazing.

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

Is "born again" code for "let's get it on!"? These so-called "evangelical christians" have some explaining to do.

Posted by: paulusarchitect | June 24, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Why quit? The affair was with another woman. The Kennedy boys had lots of those and Ted even killed one while DUI. I mean, it is not a Barney-gay-prostitute-in-the-basement affair.

Posted by: jaybute | June 24, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Sanford should resign from politics altogether, as should the current governor of New York State and any other politician who abuses his or her position and then lies to family, friends, and the American people.

Voters should not tolerate this kind of behavior from their "leaders" and this includes major parties and independents. I am disgusted by the conduct of both Democrats and Republicans who violate the public trust.

However, don't Republicans repudiate their corrupt members, such as Craig and Foley, while Democrats still tolerate or otherwise excuse the unseemly conduct of Kennedy, Clinton, Edwards, and their ilk?

In my experience, the sleazoids who engage in this kind of behavior or tolerate it in the spouses, as in the case of Hillary Clinton, will do anything to get and keep power.

Whatever the case, if they don't remove themselves from politics, let's vote these sleazoids out of office.

Posted by: Jerzy | June 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't care who has an affair with whom.....People can be personally, morally bankrupt and still be good at doing their professional jobs. The gov went AWOL from his job, making himself nonavailable. This makes him unfit for being governor and the leader of his political party. His affair is something his family has to deal with. Apparently is was no secret to his wife. Going AWOL is something his state and his political party has to deal with. Somebody in his administration knew where he was and what he was doing. They kept things secret till now. It would seem that those closest to him no longer wanted to cover for him and "outed" him. Perhaps it is because of his arrogance and people just got tired that this was brought to light at this time.

Now, in public he is wearing tha air of humility, asking for prayers & forgiveness. This too is another type of arrogance born of desperation. I'll bet he thinks there is a chance it will work. And so it goes.......

Posted by: leah1946 | June 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"Mommy, Mommy, where's Daddy? It's Father's Day and we've got cards and presents for him."

"Don't worry about it, darlings. He's in Argentina, enjoying himself riding a brood mare."

Posted by: pali2600 | June 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Sanford said today ..."I've spent the last five days crying in Argentina". I don't speak Spanish very well...does the spanish word "crying" mean screwing my brains out? Si.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

What is the world coming too? Now we have state governor behaving like a Republican Congressman.

Newt and Ensign should be ashamed of what they started.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | June 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Can someone PLEASE tell me why, recently, politicians, when it's been found out that they'd had an affair, always try to look remorseful? They weren't remorseful when it happened so why be now! They obviously didn't think of the consequences of their actions should it be revealed. In this time of total access and accountability, the media is bound to find out about all indiscretions. I don't buy the apologies! The only thing they're sorry for is that they got caught!

Posted by: burnie4241 | June 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE read carefully and digest:::::
NO ONE HAD A PROBLEM WITH OBAMA TAING HIS WIFE OUT.

we still have a problem with obama spending an unNecessary $30,000 for a night out that he should have paid for himself.... see the difference?

________________

Absolutely ridiculous. Should George Bush have paid for his vacations to Crawford? How much do you think those cost? You do realize he flew a government plane to Texas, don't you?

Let me assure you it cost a whole lot more to fly to bumtuck Texas than it does to NY.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse


ChooseBestCandidate SCREAMED!!! "PLEASE read carefully and digest:::::
NO ONE HAD A PROBLEM WITH OBAMA TAING HIS WIFE OUT.

we still have a problem with obama spending an unNecessary $30,000 for a night out that he should have paid for himself.... see the difference?

btw, CHEATING ON YOUR WIFE and overspending taxpayer money in hard times or not??? NOT THE SAME!!!!"
_________________

So where was your OUTRAGE!!!! when GW Bush spent an estimated $17,000,000 taxpayer dollars playing cowboy on his ranch? What do you think it cost to fly & house his entire entourage and security detail and chefs, etc. to Texas dozens of times?

And guess what: SANFORD WILL BE INVESTIGATED FOR MISUSING TAX PAYER MONEY as he CHEATED ON HIS WIFE and SHIRKED HIS JOB.

You people are so dumb.


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

ho ho ho, talk about 'The Assassination Tango' -- as the theme song for seemingly endless bevy of rightwingo family values hypocrites, we're having hard time trying to decide between Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust' and Meatloaf's 'Fallen Angel'; it's an Elmer Gantry u-pick-em:

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNQRfBAzSzo

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GyduLSSyj0&feature=related

oh well, chin up RNC -- at least some of your more recent miscreants appear to be fiddling with members of the opposite sex, and that's gotta be seen as a constructive progress of a sort, eh?

[aren't you glad the mccain people talked palin out of her initial scheme to have bristol give birth in a manager and name the 'immaculate conception' BabyJesus -- we wudda missed that whole Levi thing]

Posted by: ithejury | June 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Dust in the wind............

meaningless intrusions into a personal family matter.

Zero effect politically.

General Grant was Lincolns most effective combat leader.

When people complained to President Lincoln that Grant drank whiskey........

President Lincoln asked which brand, so he could get his other Generals some.

After Depression Obama--- Americans will not care WHAT the Republican candidate has done.....if his/her nme is NOT Obama hey WIN.

Dems complaining about moral issues are a joke.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

But President Obama didn't want to dwell on the daily reality of sovereign Iran: A criminal code that permits stoning women to death for alleged adultery and hanging homosexuals for the crime of existing. Instead, he repeatedly invoked "respect" for "their traditions and their culture."

This is the same mantra he espoused to the Islamic world in Cairo when three times he spoke of the "rights" of Muslim women to cover up their bodies. Knowing full well that women in the Muslim world face the contrary problem of surviving after refusing to cover up their bodies, he never once dared to mention that this was also a human right. What part of cultural relativism and traditional oppression does President Obama not know how it plays out?

In his scripted remarks, the president gave the impression of talking tough: "The Iranian government … must respect those rights [to assembly and free speech]. … It must govern through consent and not coercion." But with the "or else" pointedly missing from his lines, he made it plain that he continues to have high hopes of partnering with this current Iranian theocracy. "I think it is not too late for the Iranian government to recognize that there is a peaceful path that will lead to stability and legitimacy and prosperity for the Iranian people."

This Iranian government has told us in deeds, as well as in words, exactly what path it has chosen. President Obama has told us his path also: pandering to Islamic radicals and empty posturing. Ironically, the rest of the world claimed they wanted a weak American president whose foreign policy would read "apologize, capitulate and stand down." Now that they have what they asked for, real human rights victims are being forced to pay the piper.

Anne Bayefsky is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and professor and director of the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust in New York.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Adultery isn't a political issue. Neither is lying. In case you haven't noticed, both parties do these things!

Posted by: citizen15 | June 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I guess he wanted a "package stimulus" after all!

Posted by: NapoleonComplex | June 24, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

sequoiaqueneaux, are you (as an apparently devoted WaPo reader) really going to reference a poll performed by WaPo and ABC? You can't exactly claim the sample is impartial, can you? It's a poll of those who have some affiliation with these two entities.
I am not saying FoxNews/EIB would be any better, but if I had quoted them, you crtainly would have questioned the veracity of such a claim. Or at least you should.

Posted by: thepearl0369 | June 24, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has staked his reputation on being a human rights guru to people around the world. But his remarks at Tuesday's news conference and behavior since taking office have instead exposed a different persona--that of human rights charlatan.

On June 15, three days after the phony Iranian elections and the same day that seven Iranian demonstrators were murdered, Obama's UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, made a speech in Vienna promoting the Saint Obama vision: "The responsibility to protect is a duty that I feel deeply. … We must prepare for the likelihood that we will again face the worst impulses of human nature run riot, perhaps as soon as in days to come. And we must be ready. … We all know the greatest obstacle to swift action in the face of sudden atrocity is, ultimately, political will. … It requires above all the courage and compassion to act. Together, let us all help one other to have and to act upon the courage of our convictions."
A week later there were multiple casualties, injuries and threats, and 46 million voters wrenched away from that doorway to freedom that had opened--if only a crack. But when the president was asked Tuesday: "Is there any red line that your administration won't cross where that offer [to talk to Iran's leaders] will be shut off?" He answered: "We're still waiting to see how it plays itself out."

And when asked again, "If you do accept the election of Ahmadinejad … without any significant changes in the conditions there, isn't that a betrayal of what the demonstrators there are working to achieve?" He answered: "We can't say definitively what exactly happened at polling places."

And asked again: "Why won't you spell out the consequences that the Iranian people…" He answered: "Because I think that we don't know yet how this thing is going to play out."

This is a man who embodies the opposite of the courage to act. His appalling ignorance of history prompted him to claim at his press conference that "the Iranian people … aren't paying a lot of attention to what's being said … here." On the contrary, from their jail cells in the Gulag, Soviet dissidents took heart from what was being said here--as all dissidents dream that the leader of the free world will be prepared to speak and act in their defense.


Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Gov. Sanford was getting his Argentine Tango on! Is there any Republican left that Americans can crucify in 2012?

Posted by: BasicInstinct | June 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Gay marriages must be responsible for this! Posted by: Rich393
Could be, but it might have been those marijuana smoking degenerates also busy destroying the country.
Or just maybe the guvnor's world class hypocrisy is fueled by good old booze, aka killer alcohol in it's less humorous moments.

Posted by: newageblues | June 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Another conceited, self-important, right-wing idiot bites the dust. What a surprise...not. Time for his libido, but no time for the unemployed and suffering in his State. A fine example.

Posted by: LawyerTom1 | June 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's not make this into a conservative or liberal issue. I think we can gather bipartisan support for the notion that "aventuras australes" can be muy caliente. Republican or Democrat, this level of political self-immolation will be regarded by all players not involved as muy diviertido. I think for right now the most important lesson is that we all need to watch the Daily Show tonight.

Posted by: sethmalaguerra | June 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

ARGENTINA, huh?

think chavez hired her??

the majority of us men are smart but you have some real dumb ones who always think when the hooker tells us the same thing she told 3,000 men before us that she really mean it this time.... so we pay just to impress WHO???? YEAH, WE PUT UP A YEARS SALARY FOR ONE NIGHT TO IMPRESS A HOOKER WE NEVER MET BEFORE???

so smart...
at least i thought Sanford was one of the smart ones.... not any more... he's just another used John!

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | June 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Why is it WaPo readers only ever talk about solutions at the expense of differing opinions instead of trying to understand and incorporate them?

I asked the same question at FoxNews and NYTimes and several others. They were all equally inept at answering. Sad.

Posted by: thepearl0369 |
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I'd like to answer but I don't know what the flip you are talking about. What solutions are there to the Sanford scandal?

I suggest and have suggested on the other thread that we have civil unions and get over the idea marriage is about love. If people want a love match and church marriage, fine. But marriage is first and foremost a partnership and alliance.

Let's have civil unions. For everyone. But it's pretty hard to ask people to keep their noses out of your business when you refuse to keep your noses out of other people's.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate, How do you know that Sanford DIDN'T spend state funds on his affair, e.g., on phone calls, emails, use of Internet access, or driving a state car to the Columbia airport? A thorough forensic accounting is in order, stat!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The family values that the Repubtard Party supposedly promotes apparently includes an extended family by adultery. How quaint.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | June 24, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Sanford, like the entire GOP is irrelevant. That why Limbaugh, Hannity, and Beck are considered the leaders of the GOP. This is laughable.

Posted by: demtse | June 24, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate stay on topic..

You are a hipocritic fool..

Not so bad about having a sexual affair.
Two people loveing each other is way better than murdering million in a false war and lying about it too on FOX.

What is wrong is you guys at the GOP are HIPOCRITES..we should try you for TREASON..

For all the same reasons you attempted to impeach Clinton.

Fei Hu

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

PLEASE read carefully and digest:::::
NO ONE HAD A PROBLEM WITH OBAMA TAING HIS WIFE OUT.

we still have a problem with obama spending an unNecessary $30,000 for a night out that he should have paid for himself.... see the difference?

btw, CHEATING ON YOUR WIFE and overspending taxpayer money in hard times or not??? NOT THE SAME!!!!

ps: making this a party-affiliated problem as some of you have trended out on is simply stupid... sorry but it is.. just think about it.... FOR EVERY REPUBLICAN THAT CHEATED THERE ARE AT LEAST20 DEMOCRATS AND HALF OF THEY ARE GAY WITH WIVES!! (dont thro stone - - just might bounce right back on your head and land on your big toe???)

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

These comments are great! Wit and creativity still abound in this great nation. Before I pass judgment on the Guv'nah, I would like to see a picture of the alleged Argentine siren. There is a strong chance that the 'pressure to sin' would have been too great for any red-blooded American male.

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

They spent $50 million investigating Clinton. Why not spend the same on Sanford and see what government funds he misused and prosecute him for his obvious crimes?

Adultery is still a crime in South Carolina. So is using state funds for personal purposes, and abandoning one's post is an impeachable offense.

But, no...I expect Sanford's family values GOP buddies to greet him warmly and pray for him because, well, they're doing the same thing.

Why don't they just admit they like women?

Instead of simultaneously screwing them and then saying what a horrible mistake?
Who's the immoral devil here?

They keep saying they're tempted by the devil, maybe it's the other way around. They are the lying, cheating devils.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Now look it's the Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford! This isn't a joke. You might have voted for this guy.

The republican party is just that, a sex party. Get your Congressional Capitol Page, cop in a men's room, hooker, gay staffer, Argentinian somebody on a politicians salary and perks. All you got to do to save your mamby-pamby job is apologize as you invoke Jesus's name and squeeze out a tear or two and they'll vote you in again.

I could swear I heard Sanford say he and she when he was talking at his news conference. Which is it? That could be important too...

Can't any Republican control themself? Newt Gingrich, Mario Cuomo, John McCain, Mark Sanford, John Ensign, David Vitter, Larry Craig, Bob Barr are a few names that are recent Liars and Adulterers and mostly Hypocrites. These Bible-thumping, holier than thou, I know what is right for you because I talk to Jesus, homophobic liars should be castrated for their crimes against their own obsessively dillussional "sanctity of marriage".

They're happy to put our kids in jail for smoking marijuana, just to save those kids from themselves in their insane war on kids called the drug war. But they whine about how sorry they are and we should forgive them because they say it Jesus' name. They know how to ask for forgiveness because they teach it at the republican party meetings, they are parties really. Those family-value fornicators have been burning our kids lives at the stake in their witch-hunt for marijuana users since we were kids. I say we put their political lives up on the stake in the same way and put them in jail for lying to so many people that depended on their judgment and compassion. And got "NO" instead. Compassionate conservativism, the "screw you" answer that you just can't understand because it takes up three books of legaleeze. Warning: Don't eat the yellow snow and don't lick the "trickle down".

Or we could just snip off their... Somebody has got to be held accountable or everyone will follow their lead and destroy what's left of marriage, divorce. Just like they destroyed bankruptcy.

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


DwightCollins wrote: "at least he is honest..."
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So this is what passes for "honesty" among Republicans these days? Lying for years -- to everybody -- up until and even after you're busted?

Mmmmkay then. No wonder you clowns can't win elections anymore. Amazing.

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

Another Republican bites the dust.

Posted by: Hx6MkxhW | June 24, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE read carefully and digest:::::
NO ONE HAD A PROBLEM WITH OBAMA TAING HIS WIFE OUT.

we still have a problem with obama spending an unNecessary $30,000 for a night out that he should have paid for himself.... see the difference?

btw, CHEATING ON YOUR WIFE and overspending taxpayer money in hard times or not??? NOT THE SAME!!!!

ps: making this a party-affiliated problem as some of you have trended out on is simply stupid... sorry but it is.. just think about it.... FOR EVERY REPUBLICAN THAT CHEATED THERE ARE AT LEAST20 DEMOCRATS AND HALF OF THEY ARE GAY WITH WIVES!! (dont thro stone - - just might bounce right back on your head and land on your big toe???)

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

It's hard to imagine anyone keeping a job after skipping out without notice for a week. Much less a governor. Leaving the state unattended is the worst part of this, but the cover-up is a close second.

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

This is what republicans mean when they say they must "protect the sanctity of marriage" by prohibiting gays from marrying.

And Sanford had the unmitigated gall to stand there and talk about "god's laws."

Republicans are simply filthy hypocrites.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

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

Time to just come out and just say it.. Men want Strange!!! Sanford joins Ensign but also Edwards and Spitzer and a whole lot more. Maybe we should expand the argument about gay marriage and include talking about legalizing POLYGAMY!!! Big Love anyone???

Posted by: sovine08 | June 24, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

What an indiot!

But we knew that.

Posted by: zendog | June 24, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for him as I do all males who go on camera, shed tears over what they've done, but only once they are caught. Yeah sure -- ha, ha. Cheating is supposed to be a sin, but I think it's time to change things. It's no big deal. When I was 23, young, stupid and impressionable my husband cheated on me; it devestaed me. 20 years past, I could care less what he does 'cause he "ain't" getting it from me anymore and when I want to get a little something,something on the side I DO! Politicians need to 'fess up to their constituents (hell, their spouses already know what they are doing), stop pretending they are holier than thou and move forward with their so-called ideals to make this country better. At the end of the day, that is all I care about - not who they are screwing.

Posted by: gladiatorgal | June 24, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Sanford's wife knew about it for five and a half months! Can you say ménage à trois?

Who knew??? Con Men are notorious swingers, such globe trotting sex fiends.

Posted by: jmcauli1 | June 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The gov needs to get the line right, it's "Don't cry for me, Argentina"

And I guess now we know why he didn't need the federal stimulus package; he had an Argentine one.

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

I have lost total respect for the Republican Party.


"Republicans -- the party of torture, bathroom sex, $7Trillion Fraud against America, hate crimes, endless war, and 50 million uninsured Americans."


Quite a platform you guys have got there.


How's it working out for you?


Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Any bets on how soon Mark Sanford enters rehab?

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

Normally I don't think it's anyone's business if someone is having an affair or not BUT in the case of the Republicans who love to talk about their so-called "morals" and "family values," they set themselves up and deserve every lousy thing coming to them. Hey GOP....people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Posted by: Reader31 | June 24, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse


king_of_zouk deluded himself: "Now isn't this topic much more up your alley Libs? It saves you from having to discuss finance, budgets, security, foreign policy, deficits, health care, etc.

Nothing like a scandel to get the Libs all riled up. finally something they understand.

That and weakness."
________________

Yes, let's talk about those things. Americans support Obama and Democrats more than Republicans on ALL those issues.

From the latest ABC/Washington Post poll.

**Do you trust President Obama or the Republicans more on the following issues:**

HEALTHCARE REFORM
Obama: 55%
Republicans: 27%

BUDGET/DEFICIT
Obama: 56%
Republicans: 30%

ECONOMY
Obama: 55%
Republicans: 31%

THREAT OF TERRORISM
Obama: 55%
Republicans: 34%

Do you approve of the job Obama is doing as President?

Yes: 65%

So by all means, Dummy. Let's talk about those issues. Ha Ha.

And if Obama is so weak, why are you cowards frothing and whining and stamping your feet in tantrums and crying and making up goofy conspiracy theories and unable to beat him at anything or any issue? Hmmmmm? We have a popular and successful President of the United States and you have this guy.


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

Isn't this the same Guv'nor who adamantly refused the economic stimulus $$ for his state with one of the highest unemployemnt numbers, etc etc? Perhaps after he accepted it "under duress & pressure" he took the $$ with him to Argentina to help the down-trodden there.

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

Ooh, you know how things happen in THREE'S?

I wonder which Republican will admit to an affair NEXT WEEK?

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

"... but they had an absolute fit that President Obama took his wife..."
Posted by: John1263
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ACTUALLY?
they also had a fit when obama took out larry sinclair.... but somehow the partisan press missed it????? um-hmm.

caught with pants down? isnt that literally CLINTON???

think before engaging typos?

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

at least he is honest and not screwing us like the President and the congress is doing...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 24, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

If Gov. Sanford’s cover was so bad that only idiots could believe it, does it say anything about those who voted him into office?

Posted by: Shanan1 | June 24, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Sanford will be singing"Don't cry For Me, Argentina" !!!

Posted by: annie10 | June 24, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by:
let me get this right.
somewhere in your head you equate this with spending $30,000 taxpayers money for something obama should have paid for out of his own pocket?
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YES!!!!! President Obama is entitled to take HIS WIFE out on a date with secret service. It would have been a scandal if the President had done what this idiot governor has done! You idiot right-wingers seem to have a problem recognizing right from wrong!! What President Obama did with HIS WIFE is what you republican claim the democrats don't do and what you republicans are doing is what ya'll use to call amoral!!!!!!!! GEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Stop being stupid and hypocritical!!!!!! It is not cute nor charming!!!! It is ANNOYING!!!!!!

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | June 24, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The man is the proverbial piece of toast.

Posted by: Itzajob | June 24, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

To all that say this is a "private matter":

I have no problem with that, except for those that preach one thing when they are running for office ("Family Values" sic.) and practice something else!

Posted by: pcc7407 | June 24, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Palin, Sanford, Ensign...these holier than thou GOP types just keep providing fodder for the David Lettermans of the world. It's almost too easy. The GOP these days is a treasure trove of material for late night comics.

Posted by: sonny2 | June 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, I'm "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" this weekend.

She's gorgeous!

Darn, no one can ever say that again without thinking of Argentinian hotties.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Now isn't this topic much more up your alley Libs? It saves you from having to discuss finance, budgets, security, foreign policy, deficits, health care, etc.

Nothing like a scandel to get the Libs all riled up. finally something they understand.

That and weakness.

Posted by: king_of_zouk
*******************************************************************
This will rock the entire GOP party at the moment and probably help push health care forward. Now if your idiot bible thumpers would start running on platforms of policy and governance we wouldn't have such huge spectacles every week now would we?

We can talk policy all day against the right wing. The Republican side has absolutely 0 to offer the American people other than a self righteous attitude. We're sick of it. So hop onto another story and defend your parties solutions......if they ever clarify their declaration of "No".

Posted by: theobserver4 | June 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Now the Governor of NYS...he resigns.

This one stands up and cries. A hankie moment.
I was going to say something about his wiener but I won't.

Although at least this Republican wasn't admitting to an
affair with either an animal or a meth addicted male protatetute.

Now that he has confessed I forgive him. Be a good boy and do not do this again. You may now go back and sign laws.

thank u

Posted by: jato11 | June 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Help! There is a Democrat masturbating on my front lawn. How do you know he is a Democrat?
Because if he was a Republican he would be out screwing somebody.

Posted by: chopin224 | June 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Good point about how the ever "Holy than thou" republicons are constantly caught with their pants down with other women, or often other men, but they had an absolute fit that President Obama took his wife out for dinner and a play. If it had been a transgendered prostitute they probably would have understood...

Posted by: John1263 | June 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Not to imply that this was orchestrated (because I'm sure that it wasn't) but a silver lining for the GOP is that this will bump Obama's Health Care Plan to page 2 tomorrow morning. They won the battle for the news cycle after all.

Posted by: LLChazz
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This is interesting. Wouldn't put it past Rove to gather the tribe and figure out who could be sacrificed to knock the ABC special off the front page.

This is sort of like Survivor Washington. Sometimes ya gotta sacrifice one of the strongest players to win.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust.

Posted by: wgmadden | June 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

GHP Grand Hypocrits Party.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | June 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Damn you gays! Look what you've wrought with your same sex marriage. Just as predicted, the marriages of fine upstanding Americans are crumbling every where. Now Sanford's marriage is in jeopardy because of your immoral perfidy.

Have you no shame?

Posted by: dldbug | June 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

These guys make the jobs of late night TV comedy writers too easy. "Hiking the Appalachian Trail"? That's as good as Larry Craig's "wide stance"--well, almost as good. They should convene a panel of former affair admitters (easy to make that bi-partisan)--Gingrich, Livingston, Clinton, Kennedy, Edwards, etc.--to weigh in on this latest. And the tears? That ups the ante for future affair admitters. Now they'll have to rain too. Don't make the mistake of falling for the tears. Actors of both genders can make them flow at will. What's delicous though are the details of this guy's affair: that a state governor went incommunicado to his staff, colleagues, and family with a vague excuse of hiking and then hopped a flight to be with his Argentinian "dear friend." Dear indeed. Don't cry for him Argentina. His wife said he'd gone away to write. Did he tell her that lie? And he said he'd spent the last five days in Argentina crying. Why jeopardize your career to be with your lover and then spend the time with her crying? If he did that she'd be glad to see him go. I wonder if the couple followed the news about him while they snuggled in bed. Now the mistress'es life will be hell. What comedy.

Posted by: aguy7 | June 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

What does it take to be a successful adulterer:

1. Ease with lying.

2. No internal moral compass.

3. Ability to jettison promises made.

4. A good deal of narcissism.

5. An ego that screams, "ME, ME, ME..."

Gee, sounds like that has a lot in common with what it takes to be a good politician.

Is it any wonder that adultery has become the sport of preference for the modern politician!

ROFL!!!!

Posted by: captn_ahab | June 24, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It's funny to me how many of the WaPo readers knee-jerk to call stupid people out. Ensign - stupid; Sanford - stupid; Clinton - stupid(x2). Gingrich, Craig, Foley are all in the same boat. Palin and Romney are in a different boat entering the same set of rapids - just as dumb but too ugly to cheat.

Infidelity doesn't have a political preference and it doesn't run for office on its own. Nor does Hipocrisy.

Everyone just wants to keep pointing fingers and accusing. That's fine, provided you realize you are not helping with a solution, which means you are part of the problem.

Why is it WaPo readers only ever talk about solutions at the expense of differing opinions instead of trying to understand and incorporate them?

I asked the same question at FoxNews and NYTimes and several others. They were all equally inept at answering. Sad.

Posted by: thepearl0369 | June 24, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It's funny to me how many of the WaPo readers knee-jerk to call stupid people out. Ensign - stupid; Sanford - stupid; Clinton - stupid(x2). Gingrich, Craig, Foley are all in the same boat. Palin and Romney are in a different boat entering the same set of rapids - just as dumb but too ugly to cheat.

Infidelity doesn't have a political preference and it doesn't run for office on its own. Nor does Hipocrisy.

Everyone just wants to keep pointing fingers and accusing. That's fine, provided you realize you are not helping with a solution, which means you are part of the problem.

Why is it WaPo readers only ever talk about solutions at the expense of differing opinions instead of trying to understand and incorporate them?

I asked the same question at FoxNews and NYTimes and several others. They were all equally inept at answering. Sad.

Posted by: thepearl0369 | June 24, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Sanford is done. Stick a fork in him. He should be an embarassment to all decent SCarolinians. There were indications that Sanford is mentally deficient when he turned down stimulus funds. The people of SC should have recalled him months ago. This latest episode is just the latest indication that Sanford is infit to be governor of any state in any country on THIS planet.

Posted by: demtse | June 24, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

In just eight days, the Republicans have lost two of their Presidential hopefuls.

One, a Senator. The other, a governor.

With any luck, both the Senate seat and the governorship will soon be in the Democratic column.

Sanford's term is up in 2010.

Ensign's seat is up for grabs in 2012.

The headless, leaderless Party of "Family Values" continues to circle the drain.

Posted by: pali2600 | June 24, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

It's only 2009. Wonder how many more Repuke sex scandals will occur before primary season starts in 2012?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Republican or Democrat. It doesn't matter. Edwards, Spitzer, Ensign and, now Sanford. Adultery is a career killer in politics unless, of course, you are Bill Clinton.

Sanford's problem with the public is made greater by his campaign to enforce discipline and personal sacrifice on his state (by refusing to accept stimulus money) at the same time he could not exercise those same qualities in his personal life. A classic case of "don't do as I do, do as I say."

What a man or woman does with his/her personal life is their business; but when you enter the arena of public service, particularly elected office, you have to be smart enough to realize the standards change and the risks to ones career are far greater. Sanford was always considered a smart guy; guess not!

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

Isn't it time for the party of Lincoln to come back to it's centrist roots?

Isn't it time for all of the lies, the smuggery, the nasty talk radio (yes, it's Republican), all of the hypocracy, arrogance, prickyness and rigid dogma that has destroyed the party to come to an end?

Posted by: pcc7407 | June 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Henry Hyde, were he not dead, would feel for you Gov'nor. But Hyde is shuffling his fat arse along some rung of purgatory about now, paying for his own duplicitous and self-serving lies about his affair even as he self-righteously paraded around the capitol demanding that Clinton be impeached. He is likely pleased though to know that other Republicans will be joining him soon to keep him company.

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

JaxMax screamed: "CONNECTING THE DOTS.......

Obama improperly uses NSA email intercepts of Americans, slapped by irate Court.

Ensign and Sanford, leading Republican Presidential Candidates “outed” for adult consensual affairs."
_________________

YEP. It's all part of the BIG CONSPIRACY. God you people are dumb. Aren't you embarrassed? It's pathetic.

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

This is the kind of horrible public airing that discourages anyone with brains from going into politics. We wonder why so many of our elected officials and representatives are chuckleheaded egomaniacs...well, duh. Who else would need the limelight so badly that they'd leave themselves open to this kind of public-humiliation nightmare for doing something that people just...do sometimes?

Posted by: JimC45 | June 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Now isn't this topic much more up your alley Libs? It saves you from having to discuss finance, budgets, security, foreign policy, deficits, health care, etc.

Nothing like a scandel to get the Libs all riled up. finally something they understand.

That and weakness.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

New Republican hypocrite theme song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1yih-p6uiw

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

"If he were a Lib, instead of resigning from the governors assc, he would be running for ethics chair.

Posted by: king_of_zouk"

You've been having to use this line a lot recently, eh, buddy?

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

The best part of this story: Seeing that this creep is 49. I turn 49 tomorrow, and I look 15 years younger than this POS.

Hope the shtuppin' was worth it!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

CONNECTING THE DOTS.......

Obama improperly uses NSA email intercepts of Americans, slapped by irate Court.

Ensign and Sanford, leading Republican Presidential Candidates “outed” for adult consensual affairs.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 24, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I have to confess that I'm not that familiar with Sanford. Isn't he like Fred Thompson, a part time actor, and doesn't he play Mayor Quimby on "The Simpsons"?

Posted by: dldbug | June 24, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that because Sanford is a Republican it may lead that party's supporters to excuse his conduct. Unlike former President Clinton of course.

I could care less what Sanford does in his private life but I have two concerns how his conduct affects others. First, on a human level, what about Sanford's wife and children. Second, in terms of his official role, what about the people of South Carolina and his responsibility to be there to govern? Sanford took a hiatus to travel to another country to engage in a tryst and he was unavailable to carry out this responsibility.

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

It is quite obvious that Sanford doesn't give a D@MN about SC! This guy is one sociopath but then again we are talking about republicans. By now people should know that there is a HUGE difference between a conservative and a republican. Sanford & Ensign are republicans and Pat Bucannon is a Conservative!

And to think this guy was turning down $$billions of stimulus money because he claim it wasn't fiscally prudent while his constituents struggle with high unemployment. Then this jerk have the nerve to illegally use government money to have an extra-marital affair. I could care less about the his personal business but don't use public money for your personal use.

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | June 24, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

AlanGoldberg54
Oh, yeah, adultery is still a CRIME in South Carolina as it is in many other juridsictions.
It is, in fact, a law on the books many places that is rarely, if ever, enforced for the last five decades or so.
Probably no one wants to be seen as someone who voted adultery is not a crime. Especially the fake moral GOP.

Yeah, where's our old buddy JakeD today, the troll who believes adultery should be criminalized everywhere? Cat got your tongue today, Jakey?

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

Chris,

That was perfectly phrased. Amazingly, I feel sorry for Gov. Sanford and his family, but (less so than with Sen. Ensign), 'he who lives by the sword....'

I don't want to go all European on you, but adultery, however painful and upsetting in real life, is usually not the deal-breaker for EU politicos as it is for Americans--esp. Republicans, more so CONSERVATIVE Republicans.

There is no minimising the feelings of betrayal, anger, and disappointment Sanford's wife must be feeling--and rightly so--but I do wish the Repubs. could do away with the 'Family Values' thing (which I feel s/b private) and shift the focus to financial pecadilloes, about which the electorate should be unyielding!

As an aside, I noticed that former Rep. Billy Tauzin (Louisiana-3) has become CEO of PhRMA. He was one of the people who helped torpedo Hillary's Health Care in the 1990s, I believe; now his pals in the Pharmaceuticals Industry have lined his nest very nicely. Hmm. That's the type of thing the electorate should really condemn, not a brief 'fling' on the part of Gov. Sanford (although the disappearing act and the obfuscation are clear no nos).

Posted by: sverigegrabb | June 24, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives will be lenient to their fallen brother. After all, his was only a sin of the flesh. "Do as I say, not as I do," is a well-worn tenent to which they adhere rigorously. The words are for public consumption, while the acts are [wink and nod]. A few shared indiscretions are rites of initiation into the hierarchy. Sanford, Ensign, Gingrich, and Craig were all working on the same merit badge.

Liberals, on the other hand, surrender their soul to such evils as public health insurance, and so cannot be trusted or redeemed.

Posted by: jkoch2 | June 24, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

SteelWheel25 wrote: "And as for your mindless right-wingers claim that President Obama is weak...my question to you right-winger is how strong does one need to be to kick the butt of a guy who is beating the h3ll out of himself???"
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Don't forget the best part. Oh-so-weak Obama is ALSO a scary brutal fascist oppressive dictator who is going to enslave the White Man and make us all convert to Islam...or something retarded like that.

They just can't make up their minds. LOL!

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

Holy family values, Batman.

Which is worse, the utter hypocrisy or leaving his state unprotected in case an emergency arose that needed gubernatorial attention?

There is something rotten in the state of Republican. I wish they'd shut up about embodying "Christian family values" already.

Posted by: moninga1 | June 24, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

From The Caucus at the NYT:

"March 20, 2009, 2:49 pm
South Carolina Governor Rejects Stimulus Money
By Kate Phillips

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina has just announced that he will reject about $700 million in federal stimulus money for his state, in his continuing battle with the White House over ways the money can be used."

So this carnally corrupt, commandment-breaking Con Man rejected stimulus money that would help the average South Carolinian. I guess, like all Con Men, he figured so long as he was getting his "stimulus" f__uck the morons in South Carolina who fell for his Con and voted for him.

This is a Conservative (Con Man) who was described in a another Caucus story as follows: "The governor had been considered a rising star among conservatives..."

It is just this type of "rising star" of Conservatism that has the vast and growing majority of Americans ready to institute a hunting season for all Con Men.

What amazes me is that he precisely the sort of Con Man the Southern Baptists go all "rapture-like" over. Maybe the they get their "stimulus" vicariously through Con Men like Sanford. Maybe they mistake that "Stimulus for rapture. Who knows but the Con Men figured out a long time ago that Southern Baptists are easily misled by the "hypocrites" who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners."

The world just got a little better though because there is one less scumbag in politics, one less Con Man trying to put the Con in Conservatism.

I could be wrong. Maybe this IS the type of family values The Con Men and Southern Baptists really value.

Posted by: jmcauli1 | June 24, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, ditches his wife and kids on Father's Day for a last romp in the hay with his mistress. The sex must have been good. What a great guy, and how incredibly stupid and irresponsible. Another Republican hypocrite bites the dust. Someone in an earlier post defended him by saying, "at least he's honest". Excuse me. When was that? Cheats on his wife for a year, and then when his fabricated cover-up is so absurd and twisted that he can no longer hide the truth, he finally comes clean. That doesn't exactly count as honesty.

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

Not to imply that this was orchestrated (because I'm sure that it wasn't) but a silver lining for the GOP is that this will bump Obama's Health Care Plan to page 2 tomorrow morning. They won the battle for the news cycle after all.

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

If he were a Lib, instead of resigning from the governors assc, he would be running for ethics chair.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

WHAT A FARGIN' ICE HOLE!!!!

The guy looks like crap, too. 49 going on 70, with AIDS.

Sorriest excuse for a human being this side of Tehran!!!!

Posted by: trenda | June 24, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

tom delay has made it perfectly clear that Clinton was impeached because delay had it in for Clinton. They were so farkin angry that all their attempts to find dirt where there was none turned up empty delay made absolutely cxertain that impeachment was the only option the House was allowed to consider. I remember watching the hearing in the judiciary committee. Democrats and moderate republicons (remember those things? only find them in museums these days) wante a censure motion and they were simply not even allowed to bring it to the floor in the committee hearing. It was impeach or do nothing, and they did not want to do nothing since President Clinton clearly had dipped his wick.

However, the purjury charge was a red herring for the stupid. hey even wrote the charges to make them sound almost exactly like those leveled against nixon when he was using the power of the executive branch to try to rig elections and punish political opponenents.

If they didn't base their electoral strategy on trying to tell other [people who they should sleep with or how and when they should have children then this would be nothing. People ahve affairs all the time. It is really compelling evidence that monogamy is probably not a natural state fro people to live in. But if you are goig to tell everyone that you beleive in this narrow definition of what a relatioinship is and preach and preach about how "moral" you are then too bad when your end is wet from the wqrong ink well.

Posted by: John1263 | June 24, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"This type of nonsense needs to stop being classified as news."

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Excuse me, but when the Republican Party makes "traditional values" and "the santity of marriage" part of its political identity, then it's news.

By the way, I think the media should double check to see that this is actually a woman. We already know that Sanford is a lying hypocrite, so in light of recent Republican history I think it'd be a good idea to find out whether this was really down-low gaucho brokeback love.

Oh, and what has Lindsay Graham been up to lately?

Posted by: MagicDog1 | June 24, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, etc.

What a hypocritical loser--I mean, Republican.

Posted by: reporter1 | June 24, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Will the State of South Carolina undertake an accounting of how much state money and services Mark Sanford used in conducting his affair? Someone mentioned that he might have used a state car to get to the Columbia airport. What about phone calls, emails, Internet access, etc.? If he squandered state money while simultaneously trying to avoid federal stimulus funds, then he's a hypocritical thief.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 24, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I am laugh my butt off at how the mindless right-wingers on this post is arguing the dumbest red herring regarding this story and all the others! To bring up Bill Clinton only reminds people what HUGE hypocrites the right-wingers are. You guys would have more creditability if you just own up to the fact your self-righteous right-winger politicians are no better than President Clinton

And as for your mindless right-wingers claim that President Obama is weak...my question to you right-winger is how strong does one need to be to kick the butt of a guy who is beating the h3ll out of himself???

You right-wingers remind me of Jim Carey in Me Myself and Irene, where Hank & Charlie ( the same person. Split personality) kicks his own butt and throws himself out of a moving car!!!!!! hahahahaha!!!!! you guys crack me up !!!! please stop I can't take it anymore!!!!!

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | June 24, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't he doing what most Republicans believe in: exporting American "labor?" So why did he resign his Republican chair?

Posted by: infuse | June 24, 2009 4:36 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.

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Actually not. The Sanford's have a political partnership, which used to be what marriage was all about; politics or survival.

Perhaps the GOP will get off the family values track once and for all. Once they do the issue will not be about Sanford cheating on his wife but about his not leaving the Lt. Gov on orders or if he used taxpayer money to fly to Argentina.

The problem for the GOP is once we quit judging whether Mrs. Sanford should stay married to Mrs. Sanford, they can no judge why Mr. Smith chooses to be married to Mr. Jones.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 24, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't try to make sexual appetites political. now...I think I would much rather be a GOPer;they lie chheat and still and evidently have the best sex. Republicans can have their cake and eat it too.....hahahahahahaha

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

What does Sarah Palin think about all of this?

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

Sanford should be impeached for dereliction of duty. He left everyone high and dry. Forget the affair, he misled a LOT of people. That's the important part, here.

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

This is the party that attacks the President for taking his WIFE on a date.

But probably the most disgusting thing about this is that Sanford and his aides were pretending this was some kind of stand against the evil Federal stimulus and policies of Washington.

Incredible liars in addition to philanderers.

Oh, yeah, adultery is still a CRIME in South Carolina as it is in many other juridsictions.

It is, in fact, a law on the books many places that is rarely, if ever, enforced for the last five decades or so.

Probably no one wants to be seen as someone who voted adultery is not a crime. Especially the fake moral GOP.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | June 24, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

t least he is honest...
and for those attacking him...
may your boy end up an intern in congress under barney frank...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 24, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse
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if this is your idea of HONEST, something tells me you need to vote for obama again, and again and again.

this is like saying, "i didnt harm anyone by not producing my birth certificate so leave me alone.... afterall what difference should a little ole Constitution of the United States of America matter, anyway..."

HE WAS DISHONEST.
HE CHEATED ON HIS WIFE.
IT WASNT EVEN A ONE-NIGHT STAND..... that's what is known as DISHONEST.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | June 24, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

WHy don't the repubipervs just look at porn and call it a day? Good God what a bunch of perverts. It's not that we all don't want something on the side, but really... If only you all hadn't been so Holier than Thou..maybe we'd have a little pity for you.

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 24, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess Sanford needs to get Born Again again. New rule for members of both parties - if you mention jesus in your campaign you lose automatically because we know your term is going to end in scandal.

Posted by: screwyou | June 24, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"at least he is honest..."

This is what passes for 'honest' in the R party, apparently.

NOT.

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"Let the search for a new champion for fiscal conservatives begin!"

Yes, they'll undoubtedly be even more hypocritical and almost as much of a liar.

As for conservatives fretting, they're probably just thankful these affairs were with adults Sanford and Ensign actually knew rather than a prostitute, a stranger in an airport bathroom or a teenage boy.

Posted by: kszimmerman | June 24, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sanford’s cover was so bad only an idiot could believe it. My husband and I had already concluded he was having an affair. It was so obvious:

1) He ditched his security detailed

2) Told his wife he couldn’t write with the kids around and needed to be alone—and didn’t tell her where he was going

3) He told his staff he was going to the Appalachian Trail to hike alone for a week and would be totally out of touch

Even the most gullible couldn’t ignore/explain yesterday’s discovery of his SUV with camping gear and sleeping bag at the airport. What an idiot--Gov. Sanford couldn’t have been less discreet if he ran a full page ad in the New York Times!

Geez, now his wife and sons have to deal with all the talk about living down those great GOP family values: how Gov. Sanford ditched his wife and four sons on Father's Day weekend to fly to Argentina to spend a week with his lover. How low below the belt this man hit his family.

Not to mention how good ol’ dad ditched his responsibilities as governor of the state, lied to his wife, children, staff and his constituents about how hard he worked over the last legislative session and how he desperately needed/deserved to clear his head in the fresh mountain air. How his supporters rallied behind him—defended his right to take time for himself all the while he was off doin’ his lover in Argentina.

What a shame; what a shambles he’s made of his family, his career, and his party.

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

This type of nonsense needs to stop being classified as news. The only time any politician needs to be in the news is when they have done something either in their official capacity or for committing an actual crime, that requires their removal from office. In fact I think every incident of this type, no matter who it is or what job they have, needs to stop wasting everyone's time by being considered news, IT ISN'T.
THERE IS HOWEVER STILL REAL NEWSWORTHY THINGS GOING ON OUT THERE, LIKE THE REFUSAL OF CONGRESS TO STOP PILING ON THE DEBT AND START TALKING ABOUT PAYING IT OFF.
I would prefer to waste my time reading about that for a change. And I could IF the media would only remember what the real reason is for the First Amendment as concerns them. There are millions of real and still unreported stories in the political arena and government in general. So how about reporting on the things and events that we do need to know about for a change?

Posted by: facts4jon
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EXAMPLE: TRUE REPUBLICAN FEAR!!!! (see the above comment)

Posted by: rkz1964 | June 24, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse


For real...what kind of morally stunted, SELFISH and ignorant person opposes even CIVIL UNIONS for gay couples (Why on Earth? I don't get it.) in a crusade for "family values" as he disappears for days to another country, lies, shirks his massive responsibilties, lies some more and cheats on his wife (perhaps on our dime). All on Father's Day!

It's just stunning. Republicans, it's clearly time to drop the hypocritical and goofy morality crusade and STFU.

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

Don't cry for me Argentina. Even Holly Golightly figured out that going to South America with/for a lover was the wrong idea.

Posted by: therev1 | June 24, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I am unfaithful; betray(ed) my wife, my children, family, my constituents and fellow American, unfaithful to the oath I have/am taking, to my state and to my country. I (as Bush and others) will sacrifice those (I) deemed expendable ... to fight for justice, human rights… elsewhere (in the world) but here at home, for I am the beacon upon which others expected to live by, I am the ultimate deceitful liar… I am an American… with an explanation. Willing to fight for rights, no others should have.

Posted by: Shanan1 | June 24, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust. Just another pol who thinks he is better than everyone else. Dem or Repub, no difference. Check out GloomBoom.com for real insight on the economy.

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

Has anyone checked whether Sanford has a child by his Argentinian mistress, or if she's ever been pregnant by him? I'm sure he'd never countenance her getting an abortion, right?

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

He is "The Most Interesting Man in the World".

Posted by: oniah | June 24, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This comment below is childish. Actually, it is moronic.

Who cares what people do with their personal life? People in all walks of life cheat on their spouses and probably 40% of people have f*&*&*ed around with someone else while married.

Yes, many of them are hypocritical, and it might be amusing to reveal them, but to pretend like it is a huge failing unique to a certain type of person and that it indicates a failure for them to do their job is BS.

What a moron:

Hee, hee, hee. Another immoral Republican politician caught in the act. Sanford now stands in the same wonderful limelight as Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston, Mark Foley, Ted Haggard and God only knows how many other corrupt Republican "born again christians" who routinely cheat on their wives and piously like to the public. Anything that makes Republicans look bad is good for America and this latest incident is delightful. Hypocrisy is all Republicans know.

Posted by: jackson641 | June 24, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry folks.....The Gov and the family will spend a significant amount of time with his Pastor asking Jesus to show him the path.....he will ask forgiveness....and he will be healed.....

Do I hear an "Amen!"

:-)

Posted by: toritto | June 24, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Republicans never ever say another word about Michelle and Obama's date nights!

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let me get this right.
somewhere in your head you equate this with spending $30,000 taxpayers money for something obama should have paid for out of his own pocket?

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

robbygtx
I just hope this (coupled with the fact their mother knew about it and didn't say anything) doesn't mess up the Sanford children and his children remember this so they are better fathers (and parents) than his father (and mother) were to them.

Bircher Congressman John Schmitz (R-Orange County, CA.) unrepentantly had a whole second family out of wedlock. One of his kids from his legal marriage grew up to become Mary Kay Letourneau, and we all know how THAT turned out. I feel so sorry for the Sanford children.

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

But, but, but

He has experience in 'international affairs'...

Oops, well um,no pun intended, BUT

He can see Uraguay from his mistress's hotel room window!

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

On top of everything else, how about the fact that this guy can't be very bright. He couldn't come up with a better plan than disappearing for five days with some lamo cover story like "I'll be hiking by myself for five days? Oh, and just ignore that government car parked at the airport." James Bond he's not. He could have told everyone he was going to Argentina, checked into some hotel there, and slipped out a side door to go get his jollies. Oh, and by the way, take a quick second to return a phone call from staffers so as not to arouse (pun intended) suspicion. Seriously, was the sex that good that he couldn't take a minute or two for a quick phone call to keep his cover story in place? Geez

Posted by: sonny2 | June 24, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

We should care less about this guy having an affair and care far more about the fact the the guy went AWOL. AWOL, unfortunately he was thinking with the wrong "you know what" and is clearly not capable of proper decision making, impeachment proceedings should begin immediately.

Posted by: chaz31 | June 24, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

We should care less about this guy having an affair and care far more about the fact the the guy went AWOL. AWOL, unfortunately he was thinking with the wrong "you know what" and is clearly not capable of proper decision making, impeachment proceedings should begin immediately.

Posted by: chaz31 | June 24, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse


Yo, note to "booster," just because I'm a Democrat doesn't mean I'm "liberal." How many times do I have to tell you boys and girls in the Republican Party that? Honestly, you start to believe your own lies and look at the mess y'all are in now?

I do feel sad for his 4 boys, they don't deserve this at all. And it happened over Father's Day. Maybe he should've put aside partisan differences and hung out with Obama and those young men at the White House last Friday? You know, talk about family values and fatherhood and stuff.

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

He must have read that article last week about Bill Clinton getting a balile hot down there in Buenos Aires...I have met many Argentine women and they are hotter than Arkansas asphalt in August...Viva Argentina...women

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | June 24, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Republicans never ever say another word about Michelle and Obama's date nights!

Posted by: jandmward | June 24, 2009 4:26 PM
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let me get this right.
somewhere in your head you equate this with spending $30,000 taxpayers money for something he should have paid for out of his own pocket?

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

at least he is honest...
and for those attacking him...
may your boy end up an intern in congress under barney frank...

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

JFK, Clinton, Spitzer, Edwards and now Sanford. They are all dirty. It does not matter which party. Americans need to wake up and stop supporting one party or the other and start looking at the individual.

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


"Republicans -- the party of torture, bathroom sex, $7Trillion Fraud against America, hate crimes, endless war, and 50 million uninsured Americans."


Quite a platform you guys have got there.


How's it working out for you?

GOP Republican Fox Cheney, Boehner, Romney, Gingrich, Huckleberry, Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, Steele and Beck why are you so quiet on these numberous and prevalent ugly GOP Republican affairs?


Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLOL - I guess the Givernor was doing some nude hiking after all!!!

But seriously, what kind of low life manure eating scum ditches his four sons on Father's Day to skip out of country to have an affair? Obviously the answer is a GOP Presidential Hopeful candidate!

Posted by: dre7861 | June 24, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Two Republican politicians caught with their pants down in the last two weeks...I mean literally caught with their pants down.

My oh my!

What has become of the party of guns, gays, God, and family values!

Can we now expect the GOP to cut the rest of us imperfect flawed human beings some slack!

Posted by: montana123 | June 24, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

75 percent of these male politicians are having extramarital affairs at any given time, no matter their political affiliation. The hypocrisy of Republicans and their vote-swaying Christian church leaders who have used the everyday Christian voters. Christians are by definition people who are looking for the great perfect leader, and there isn't one on earth.

Posted by: UsedToBeGOP
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Thank you for being honest. I was once Vice President of the Young Republicans and I saw the hypocrisy of Republicans and started voting Democrat. No. I am not totaly pleased with the Democrats but at lest I don't see the hypocrisy on the values issue and I agree, when you start seeking the great perfect leader on earth watch out. I can recall some church leaders calling G.W. Bush " A prophit sent by god" this was in January 2000. My own brother told me I could not vote for Al Gore, because Bush was a Prophit. Yes, I still voted for Gore and now I am proud of this fact, I think my brother wishes he had, He lost his job and home in 2005. Enough said!!!

Posted by: rkz1964 | June 24, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This type of nonsense needs to stop being classified as news. The only time any politician needs to be in the news is when they have done something either in their official capacity or for committing an actual crime, that requires their removal from office. In fact I think every incident of this type, no matter who it is or what job they have, needs to stop wasting everyone's time by being considered news, IT ISN'T.
THERE IS HOWEVER STILL REAL NEWSWORTHY THINGS GOING ON OUT THERE, LIKE THE REFUSAL OF CONGRESS TO STOP PILING ON THE DEBT AND START TALKING ABOUT PAYING IT OFF.
I would prefer to waste my time reading about that for a change. And I could IF the media would only remember what the real reason is for the First Amendment as concerns them. There are millions of real and still unreported stories in the political arena and government in general. So how about reporting on the things and events that we do need to know about for a change?

Posted by: facts4jon | June 24, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

- - why did he bother to een show up? to say he's brave? where was his bravery in saying NO... he should have send a note and a resignation letter from all things political then get lost with JOHN EDWARDS.

there are far too many talented people with morals to put up with this nonsense.. and he has the nerve to shed a tear in public?

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

I hope the Republicans never ever say another word about Michelle and Obama's date nights!

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

And he calls himself a Republican? He had an affair with a woman, he must be a LIBERAL! ;-D

And I like how he was willing to put his state in harms way by being incommunicado while out of the country. NICE.


Back in the good 'ol days, he could have brought her here, but with this Obama Police State we live in, hell, not only can't you bring your mistresses to the US, you can't even fly out of the country to buy guns, or have an affair.

Posted by: Gmoney2 | June 24, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I am not getting why the media coverage in general is not covering the most perverse part of the story. Here is a staunch Family Values Evangelical who leaves his wife and FOUR children - OVER FATHERS DAY. This really deserves more coverage, because the hypocrisy is just outrageous.

If Obama is smart, he will find some way to do another speech about the importance of fatherhood. Regardless of how you feel about either man's politics - it is clear that Obama is the better man and better father. He knows what it is like to have a father abandon him. I just hope this (coupled with the fact their mother knew about it and didn't say anything) doesn't mess up the Sanford children and his children remember this so they are better fathers (and parents) than his father (and mother) were to them.

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

If Republicans like Ken Starr and Gov. Sanford hadn't taken down Bill Clinton for his affair, Al Gore would have been president the past 8 years and this would be a richer, cleaner, saner nation, Osama Bin Laden would be dead, Sadaam Hussein would have continued being a loudmouthed ineffectual bully who boiled terrorists alive.

And Bill Clinton had a "green" affair...no carbon emitted by flying to Argentina, just a few healthy strides by a chubby intern.

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

Hee, hee, hee. Another immoral Republican politician caught in the act. Sanford now stands in the same wonderful limelight as Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston, Mark Foley, Ted Haggard and God only knows how many other corrupt Republican "born again christians" who routinely cheat on their wives and piously like to the public. Anything that makes Republicans look bad is good for America and this latest incident is delightful. Hypocrisy is all Republicans know.

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

always seems like a good idea at the time, pretending to be something you're not to appeal to a backward base, though the backward base is the root of the problem.

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

What his handlers MEANT to say:

He went to "clear" his (dick)head.

Or;

He was DEEPLY involved in some OFFSHORE DRILLING. How deep? Oh, several inches deep.

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Ding dong?
Who's there?
Cheating Republicans.
Cheating Republican's Who?
Who isn't.

Posted by: jjohio2008 | June 24, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

At last! I understand the Republican party's view of the sanctity of marriage: Marriage is between one man and two women.

Or: marriage is between two men and one woman.

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

Ultimately, the media will have the biggest orgasm of this deal.

Wasn't SC govt one of the biggest leaders in the recent assault on Craigslist over the erotic ads? I think so. Looks like they had a few erotic skeletons in the closet themselves. Typical of conservative hypocrites....establishing moral standards for everyone that they cannot live up to themselves.

If these conservative politicians didn't hide behind the Bible throughout thier career and try to regulate everyone else's morals, they wouldn't go down so hard when this occurs. We sure have lost a lot of governors to sex scandals in the last 3-4 years. SC, New Jersey, New York.

Posted by: Libertarian1 | June 24, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

***PEOPLE, he was in Argentina to see his BABY.***

Doesn't anyone wonder why his wife didn't give him up? Or that she found out/was told five month ago? Do the math. There's a child involved here.

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

***PEOPLE, he was in Argentina to see his BABY.***

Doesn't anyone wonder why his wife didn't give him up? Or that she found out/was told five month ago? Do the math. There's a child involved here.

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

Maybe at this point we should just assume that all GOP politicians are cheating on their spouse.

Posted by: skrut003 | June 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse
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With that kind of logic then every democrat since bill clinton is a rapist!

Posted by: ssol4569 | June 24, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The difference is that us progressive/liberals have not made so-called family values a fundamental element of our political platform and have not engaged in the petty judgment of others' personal lives. Actually, it is our sense of empathy and understanding of the tragedy of the human condition that informs our politics.


Posted by: TaparellimeetsRawls
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Gosh, and these postings are just dripping with liberal empathy, arent' they?

Now who's a hypocrite?

Posted by: boosterprez | June 24, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Why does the GOP worship people who are clinically psychotic?
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WHY does the democrat party think one only need be a soap star to be president?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | June 24, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Lord, I know prices have gone up in Myrtle Beach, but wouldn't it have been cheaper to bring her up here?

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

"On June 24, Sanford arrived at the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, on a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he had in fact gone. He was met at the airport by only one reporter, The State's Gina Smith, who had received a tip that the governor would be arriving in Atlanta. He gave her a brief sit-down interview, wherein he claimed that he was alone for the entire trip, and did not give any other details than that he drove the coastline. Sanford said that he had considered hiking the Appalachian trail, but at the last minute decided to do something "exotic". When asked why his staff said he was hiking, Sanford replied, "I don't know." He later said "in fairness to his staff," he had told them he might do such hiking. Sanford said he cut his trip short after his chief of staff, Scott English, told him his trip was gaining a lot of media attention and he needed to come back. These events prompted Republican state senator Jake Knotts to comment, "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."

"Later on June 24, Sanford held a press conference, where he admitted that he had been unfaithful to his wife."

~ from a very up-to-date Wikipedia

On top of everything else, the dumb SOB lied to the press.

He's toast.

[The words hypocrisy™, hypocrite™ and hypocritical™ are all copyrighted trademarks of the Republican Party.]

Posted by: pali2600 | June 24, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Ahh geez.....can you see the whole Sanford family in your mind....sitting 'round that big dining room table in the Gov's mansion....waited on by a few black servants.....hands all joined around the table.....asking Jesus' blessing....the head of the family saying grace....holding his wife's hand ... their 4 sons...heads bowed.....

Could he embarass his wife and kids anymore? What a pig.....

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

If Republicans like Sanford hadn't supported impeaching Bill Clinton for his affair, Al Gore would have been president the past 8 years and this would be a richer, cleaner, saner nation, Osama Bin Laden would be dead, Sadaam Hussein would have continued being a loudmouthed ineffectual bully who boiled terrorists alive.

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

honestly - more than half of married people have affairs. It calls into question the reality of long term monogomy. However, the republicons have built their electoral strategy on m oralizing about how people should live their personal lives. They claim this moral "high ground" based on their allegedly superior values. TYhe reason these stories resonate so much is that they seem like such hypocrits when their affairs come to light.

it is especially damaging to their party since the leaders who have constrcuted this morals based coalition are the biggest offenders. Recall the many wives of such morality crusaders as newt and mckane, or the same sex tyrsts that seem to abound among republicon moralizers.

However, whatever peels away votes from the rpeublicons right now is good for America.

Isn't this the same guy who was trying to make himself appear presidential for 2012 by posing regarding not taking a tiny portion of stimulus money?

Posted by: John1263 | June 24, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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

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

Posted by: w04equals666 | June 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

So I might ask, is this more or less damaging than hiking the Appalachian Trail in the nude? Could he have mitigated some of the damage by bringing his children with him, seeing how Sunday was Father's Day (bring them to Argentina, not to naked hiking, that's a black eye the GOP can't afford right now). Sanford should spin this for 2012 as experience in "international affairs." Although, opting for Buenos Aires shows a bit more fiscal recklessness than, say, the Budget Inn Express in Anderson, SC. It was nice knowing you, gov'nah.

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

So much for being one of the 'Party Faithful'.

Time to "Take A Hike".

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

Posted by: jes_fine
"So as the only Republican presidential aspirant without a penis , will Sarah Palin eventually win their nomination by default?"

Palin has her own problems in the affair department. Nominating that cow would be political suicide, but who knows... the Republican's are good at political suicide.

Posted by: plaza04433 | June 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe at this point we should just assume that all GOP politicians are cheating on their spouse.

Posted by: skrut003 | June 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The next anti-black, hollier-than-thou, Ronald Reagan 2nd Coming having RepugniCANT that rears his or her ugly head and spews their Obama in-NIG-nance (yeah, I said it!) better have their house in order before throwing stones! Kinda hard to claim high moral ground with no morals, huh?

Posted by: bigdp07 | June 24, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Of course as gubner, he has much Executive experience.

Doncha no, now that's a real Egg-zek-a-tiv fer ya doggone it!

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

He is wiping away tears at his press conference? This is just getting better and better or should we say, he is just digging himself deeper and deeper with his own party. Tears? For what? For hurting his wife and family? It appears he did that at least five months ago with his revelation -- but it hasn't stopped him for continuing. I feel horrible for his family, not for this scumball of a politician.

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


"Republicans -- the party of torture, bathroom sex, $7Trillion Fraud against America, hate crimes, endless war, and 50 million uninsured Americans."


Quite a platform you guys have got there.


How's it working out for you?

Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Gay marriages must be responsible for this!

Posted by: Rich393 | June 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse


Heckuva a job, "Brownie"!

I'm sure someone from Fox will connect this to ACORN, Obama's secret Muslim identity and a host of other obfuscations.

This guy makes Spitzer look like a candidate ready for a comeback. There's a touching interview with him in Vanity Fair:

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/07/out-to-lunch-spitzer200907

(Hey, at least Spitzer doesn't tell you he has better morals and religion than you, right?)

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

Dognabit - yes, actually they have. When they go AWOL from their jobs. I'd get fired if I simply didn't show up for work for a week and no one knew where I was; I imagine you would too.

Posted by: newporter | June 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

So if I understand his news conference, he is trying to repair his marriage? That must mean he went to Argentina to say goodbye to his girlfriend. I guess six days means it was a "long goodbye" to steal a line from Raymond Chandler. This is so rich. We have a Republican party that has made an art out of being self-righteous and on the side of a right wing type Jesus. Compassionate Conservatism it is called. Ha, ha! How ironic that this party keeps trotting out hypocrites like Sanford, Gingrich, Bush, Cheyney, Palin and what's-his-name, the guy who hangs out in airport johns. What all these people have in common is complete self absorption and mean-spiritedness toward Americans who do not look and act like them. They have no sense of serving humanity and leaving the world a better place. All they have to say is "Jesus is my personal Savior" and government is bad because it takes money out my pocket and has the audacity to try to help poor people in places like New Orleans and people who lost their jobs in California and South Carolina! Face it, the Republican Party is not the party of Lincoln; rather it is the party of greed and hypocracy and it is trying to create an America where it is every man for himself and to hell with poor people and those who believe in justice and fair play.

Posted by: fstanton66 | June 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse


What a creep.

He and former Gov. Elliot Spitzer (D-NY) can commiserate. It is a bipartisan phenomenon but especially noxious when it's a sanctimonious right-winger.

Perhaps all male politicians should be chemically castrated so they can concentrate on their jobs.

Posted by: DagnyT | June 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

DAmmit! Give me more conservative moralizing! It's reeeeallly working well!!! Good Lord! What would God Reagan say??? Rush Limpnuts.....we neeeeed you!!!! Please! Give us your limp dicked commentary now!!!!!!

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans -- the party of torture, bathroom sex, $Trillion Fraud, hate crimes, endless war, and 50 million uninsured Americans."


Quite a platform you guys have got there.


How's it working out for you?

Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to compile a list of every Republican who called for Bill Clinton's ouster. Let's see how many have been caught with their own pants down (or skirts up -- dare we forget Rep. Helen Chenoweth, that vile sack of hypocritical sanctimonious crap from Idaho?)

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to compile a list of every Republican who called for Bill Clinton's ouster. Let's see how many have been caught with their own pants down (or skirts up -- dare we forget Rep. Helen Chenoweth, that vile sack of hypocritical sanctimonious crap from Idaho?)

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

ScumBag

Posted by: kde124 | June 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, lots of men find their kids and wives boring. Give him a break, he's just an independent thinker willing to defy Republican "family values."

Posted by: Citizen0 | June 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

uh - the whole time he's showing remorse to the public, he's thinking about the hot time he had while he was out of the country.

Posted by: herons-landing1 | June 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party, "which can't seem to get off the mat[tress]." is what I think you meant to say Chris.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | June 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Chris, his car was at the Atlanta airport, and he returned to the Atlanta airport. Guess he was trying to avoid detection there in Columbia, SC.

The man is a narsasistic SOB. "Crying my eyes out"--please!

Won't take the stimulas package because he was already getting it--please!

Family values? Lying, cheating--when did those become "values?"

WHY did he go to Argentina? To break up? He could have done that over the phone. To continue the liason, after his wife has known about it for 5 months? Please!

I am amazed that he was ever considered Presidential "timber".

I hope he faces immediate recall (and perhaps mental health hospitalization for shooting himself in the foot or somewhere else with his 2nd amendment rights) from the good voters of SC, and his wife cleans house on him. (Maybe after 4 kids she isn't all that hot?)

And can we get a picture of the "dear, dear friend?"

What a mess!

Posted by: catlady1
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Yes this is a mess but remember, Newt did the same thing and the Republicans are considering him for President. This has NOTHING to do with values, it ALL ABOUT TAX CUTS FOR THE ULTRA RICH. Mark Sanford is still an advocate for the CEO's and this makes him qualified to be a GOP candidate for President only Fools think the GOP is a party of values.

Posted by: rkz1964 | June 24, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

75 percent of these male politicians are having extramarital affairs at any given time, no matter their political affiliation. The hypocrisy of Republicans and their vote-swaying Christian church leaders who have used the everyday Christian voters. Christians are by definition people who are looking for the great perfect leader, and there isn't one on earth.

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

how lame to say, "these republicans..."

maybe U wanna really rethink that one?

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

As one who has dealt with the infidelity issue on both sides, and has done a complete 180...

The thing that offends me the most is not just that he had an extramarital affair, but that he appears to be continuing it, or at the very least has not fully recognized the severity of it and seems to have a very matter-of-fact attitude about it.

If he had had the affair months ago, cut it off, felt remorse, apologized to his wife and NOW it was coming out, that would be one thing.

But he just got back from seeing the woman yesterday?
And his wife has known for 5 months and he still went down there?
And to call her a "dear dear friend" and continue to lie and try to cover it up right up to the last minute?!

This guy is a classic Narcissist who clearly feels no remorse for his actions, and probably thinks it was OK on a certain level, and is only stepping down his chairmanship because he thinks it will quell the firestorm against him and he can go about business as usual.

Ensign looks like a Boy Scout compared to this raging, lying egomaniac.
He's already reminding me of another raging narcissist Governor from the Land of Lincoln.....

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

OFF SHORE DRILLING??????

Posted by: LeftGuy | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM


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LMAO!

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

Well dang! If these Republicans don't quit having lusty adventures the party won't have any leadership left.
On the otherhand, the Republican party was so adament about impeaching Bill Clinton for similar misadventures. Maybe those who are guilty of such behavior should stand true to their principles and resign their positions. The party could use new leadership.

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

this Sanford thing stinks... what is in the water with these candidates? i was prepared to go to bat for him but he has muddied the water! and YES, WE DO HAVE HONEST PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT... BUT OH THOSE FEW STINKERS LEAVE A STENCH BEYOND ANY AIR SPRAY.

again i say, lets elect people with integrity and put integrity back into government... we need people to look up and these people should be the very ones to know they should NOT CROSS THE LINE, simply because they have their position to remind them daily why they SHOULD NOT DO SUCH AND SUCH....

yes, everyone falls but these in public view SHOULD be held to a higher standard because by the very means of their daily positions they have in a built-in reminder that they are role models for some little child in 6th grade whose class they spoke to etc...

this stinks be it republican, democrat or anything inbetween and sanford not only needs to step down from that position but from the governorship, PERIOD!

,(sorry, i call it like i see it.... no matter what the party.)

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

Why does the GOP worship people who are clinically psychotic?

From Piyush's 'Mr. Roger's' immitation to the mooseburger moron who can't decide if she's coming or going, this is truly a sick lot.

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

WHILE ANOTHER GOP HYPOCRITE DANCES THE SOUTH OF THE BELT-BUCKLE TANGO...

DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW ARE BEING STOLEN AT THE GRASSROOTS.

AND REPORTERS TRYING TO EXPOSE IT HAVE THEIR CAREERS AND LIVES TAKEN APART BY A COVERT GOVERNMENT 'MULTI-AGENCY PROGRAM.'

And once again, six, lies and video distract the mainstream media from exposing a covert American genocide/politicide.


• Anti-Vigilante Journalist Assaulted by PA Cops: A Set-Up?

http://groups.poynter.org/members/blog_view.asp?id=190108

OR

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "Gestapo USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are picking a good time to empty the closet. When you are this low in the polls, throw all the garbage out at once.

Watch for Ensign and Sanford to climb out from under their respective buses by next election cycle.

Posted by: MHawke | June 24, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

JRM2 wrote: "President Clinton was impeached for lying under oath."

If you believe that, you are qualified to be a Republican politician. Suit up now - with them dropping like flies, they need everyone they can get these days.

President Clinton was impeached for being President while Democratic - no other reason. And all you snide little #$%$$%s know it.

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

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Bill Clinton, whoever - their extramarital affairs are between them and their respective spouses and families. Has anyone ever established how cheating on one's spouse prevents someone from being an effective president, governor, or senator?

Posted by: dognabbit | June 24, 2009 4:01 PM |
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Such "proof" would be impossible without a clear definition of "effective" which is mostly subjective. But one test from this is whether or not vows, even solemn vows are considered important enough to be kept. Others are the meanings of character and personal commitment, as well as the extent to which one is willing to indulge in self-destruction and self pity.

All of those are indicators of how one is likely to perform in public office.

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

Do you think the Scouts will want Sanford's Eagle Scout badge back?

By the way, when he was a Congressman, Sanford was one of just two to vote against a bill that preserved sites linked to the Underground Railroad.

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

[The words hypocrisy™, hypocrite™ and hypocritical™ are all copyrighted trademarks of the Republican Party.]

Posted by: pali2600 | June 24, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Honestly the affair is family business. I'm more concerned about misuse of funds for personal gain. Aren't we in a recession. Not that I condone what he did but I find that more dispicable.

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

I'd give the GOP more of a break when things like this happen if it wasn't for one Bill O'Reilly. "Anyone who is against this war is a bad American." That's a quote from Billo at the onset of the Iraq War, and he should have that thrown in his face every time he condescends to tell us what makes a good American. Norman Schwarzkopf was against that war! He's a bad American? After that, yes, I love it when Republicans get caught with their morals down. You reap what you sow.

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

Let's take bets: which old white man will embarrass South Carolina next?

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


The conventional wisdom is that, as long as an extramarital affair is something you want to keep quiet, it is something you could be blackmailed for. Either for money, or for official acts.

The fact that Sanford lied to his staff and everyone else in the state to try to cover up his trip, shows that he would be susceptible to blackmail.

I think he should be censured for leaving the state without informing the Lt. Gov., but no harm this time. I do not think he should resign or be impeached.

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

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I'm starting to think that male Republicans should be castrated before they can hold an office.
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Posted by: ptmartin | June 24, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

does anyone know if this guy was using limbaugh's source for the little blue dck pills???

Posted by: w04equals666 | June 24, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Now that he has international experience, he would be perfect for Sec of Stare or an Ambassadorship in the next Republican administration. You can't fault a guy for wanting to exotically expand his horizons.

Posted by: Citizen0 | June 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ was the Prince of Peace. (This should serve as a reminder to those who are calling themselves Christians but carrying guns.) Guns and Christianity are mutually exclusive. They do not go together…never have and never will. If you have a gun yet call yourself a Christian, then turn in your gun to the authorities. If you have a gun and plan to keep your gun to use against man, then you know who you serve. I believe in Jesus Christ Prince of Love. I have never fired a gun and never will. Stop calling yourselves Christians and start living as Christians.


Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

And on FATHERS DAY..!!

The Republicans have turned into an inept pack of sexually-perverted creeps.

Playing pocket pool while their constituents get thrown out of work or watch their paychecks grow smaller.

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | June 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

When we will see picture(s) of Arg babe now?

Hopefully "The Fix" will scoop it out b4 TMZ. Chris C. got big job to do now.

Posted by: kat7 | June 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Ward4DC -- he should give up his job because he walked out on his state. He was AWOL. As a politician, he can be missing in action but he can't actually be missing from his job, which in this case, is his state. A janitor couldn't do that and expect to have a job to come back to. Got it?

Posted by: newporter | June 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This is a quote taken right from the Republican Governors Association website, which Sanford was Chairman of until, oh, a few hours ago(www.rga.org):

"The Republican Governors Association knows our governors will lead the Party’s comeback. The RGA is ready to kickstart the Republican comeback this year by winning governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey. We will then remake the political map in 2010, when the RGA will have 37 governors' races. By winning the two races this year and the majority of races in 2010, Republican governors will prove the GOP can win races in all regions of the country."

Seems like the whole party is living in the land of make believe! The RGA should redo their strategic plan.

Posted by: bkllal6020 | June 24, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"POP QUIZ!

-- out of all the republicans yowling loudest for Clinton's impeachment, is there a single one that wasn't having an affair then, or did later?

How about a Fix t-shirt for the winner, CC?

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2009 3:25 PM |"
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President Clinton was impeached for lying under oath.

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If Clinton had, under oath, answered truthfully when asked about Lewinski, do you seriously think the Republicans would have quieted down on their attacks? They still would have called for his impeachment!

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

and as always, the republicans do cry: "oh yeah..the clintons..."

Posted by: w04equals666 | June 24, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how the folks at Bob Jones University feel? I take it they disapprove of Argentinan and Caucasian dating.

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

He admitted to it? Publicly?

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

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

"Family Values" as defined by Republican politicians:

* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford - Disappeared for six days without telling his staff or lieutenant governor how to reach him. Left his his wife and four children on Father's Day weekend to visit his mistress in Argentina.
* Nevada Sen. John Ensign - Had an extramarital affair with a married staffer.
* Idaho Sen. Larry Craig - Sharp critic of President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky affair. Arrested in an airport bathroom for allegedly soliciting gay sex.
* Florida Rep. Mark Foley - Sent suggestive emails and sexually explicit instant messages to teenage male Congressional pages.
* New York Rep. Vito Fossela - Bailed out of jail after a DUI arrest by his mistress, with whom he had fathered a child and was living a double life.
* California Rep. Gary Condit - Had an extramarital affair with intern Chandra Levy, and tried to keep the affair a secret during the police investigation into her murder.
* New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani - Billed the costs for his security detail during trysts with his mistress to New York City government agencies.
* Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich - Visited wife #1 while she was in the hospital recovering from uterine cancer surgery to inform her he wanted a divorce so he could marry wife #2. Cheated on wife #2 (with eventual wife #3) while leading the impeachment of President Clinton over the Lewinsky affair.
* Louisiana Rep. Bob Livingston - Repeatedly called for President Clinton to resign over the Lewinsky affair before his multiple extramarial affairs were revealed.
* Louisiana Sen. David Vitter - Married client of the "D.C. Madam" prostitution ring.
* Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde - Helped lead the impeachment of President Clinton. Referred to his own extramarital affair, which occurred when he was in his 40s, as a "youthful indiscretion."
* Oregon Sen. Bob Packwood - Forced to resign from the Senate for sexually harassing multiple women.
* Kansas Sen. Bob Dole - Cheated on his wife, who as an occupational therapist had helped him recover from wounds he sustained in World War II.

The next time an evangelical tells you how you should vote, ask yourself, "Who would Jesus fool around with?"

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | June 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

so what else is new, but I just have one question. Fox News, can we finally get a change in format for at least one night, dayum.

All the folks ya'll keep sending after President Obama are turning out to be really bad for business and the GOP, so since you are so "Fair and Balance" can we get some balance and watch O'Reilly and Hannity go after the "w-h-0-r-e-s" of their own party? or will we get more of the same that doesn't seem to be working for you guys?

but it sure is funny to us... LMAO!!!

Posted by: love2much SE | June 24, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse


May this signal the end of Christian Conservatism.

Forever and ever, amen--

Posted by: lichtme | June 24, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

So, it was someone other than his wife that he was tangoing with.

When will these men get it right.

Why is it that women politicians can keep their skirts down and their pants up.

Posted by: mdemeo | June 24, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

So as the only Republican presidential aspirant without a penis , will Sarah Palin eventually win their nomination by default?

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

davestickler with the post of the day:

"Just another job shipped overseas by a Republican."

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

He flew out of Columbia. He returned to Atlanta because he thought he could avoid the press.

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

When does the stoning begin? [Isn't that the punishment for adultery?]

Posted by: luv2bikva | June 24, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

According to Sanford's interview today, he said "...but what we're trying to do is work through something that we've been working through for a number of months now." Trying to work it out -- while still apparently into the affair? The man is a bad liar on top of it all. His wife had no idea where he was, had not talked with him for almost a week -- and didn't seem the least bit concerned? Sounds to me like this whole thing is a matter of convenience and just another sham from those who live in glass houses.

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

His parting works for his family "Please offer them your prayers." Ha! "I'd like to thank God for my Oscar"

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

"You can put "LIP STICK ON A PIG", but it's still a "PIG".

Posted by: austininc4 | June 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

kgb1: "People lie about sex all the time (see Bill Clinton). I'm pretty liberal-- but it would be hypocritical for me to believe this Gov. should step down over this, unless public funds were misused."

You're pretty liberal, huh? And I'm Tokyo Rose. Spare us your BS justification for your GOP comrades, dude. Live by the sword; die by the sword. I mean really, do you honestly think the excuse, "Bill Clinton had an affair" is going to cut it - 10 years later, much less. At least the Democrats have not been going around for 3 decades presenting themselves as the holier-than-thou who are, by virture of their superior virtue, better fit to run our lives (and impose their values on everyone else). To paraphrase you jerks from 1998 - it's not the sex, it's the hypocrisy. Sorry, but we are not just going to forget about it. We want you to stop the family values crap NOW. It does not belong in politics. As soon as the crap is off the table, then we'll consider giving you jerks a pass on the affairs.

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

JRM2, it's true that Clinton was impeached for lying under oath. But Ken Starr's investigation should never have gone down the path in which Clinton would have to be asked this sort of question, under oath, in the first place.

Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Bill Clinton, whoever - their extramarital affairs are between them and their respective spouses and families. Has anyone ever established how cheating on one's spouse prevents someone from being an effective president, governor, or senator?

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

That said, the stunning irrationality of this event combined with the almost incoherent, self-exculpatory and pseudo-religious (read grandiose) mumblings at his press conference leave the possibility of Bipolar Disorder on the table.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

From now on we should just assume that any politician, candidate, or public figure of any sort that pushes his or her faith is only doing so because of their wreck of a personal life. That will save a great deal of time and spare the rest of us from the fake moralizing and horrible public policy that they produce. There's a reason that democracies are designed to be secular governments.

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

So much for stimulating the economy in your home state. So his paramour couldn't fly in and stay in a South Carolina hotel, eat meals at in-state restaurants, etc.

Not only was Gov. Sanford AWOL, but he took his business out of the country, much less out of state!

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

If you can't beat the Democrats.....might as well join 'em........yahoooooo

Posted by: nobama2012 | June 24, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"and noted that his wife, Jenny, had been aware of the affair for the past five months."

This one stupid woman. Who is the bigger fool? Him or her?


Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 24, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

A photo of the man and his family:

http://tinyurl.com/nr7oj2

Posted by: Martial | June 24, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Geez, what a pathetic piece of garbage. Well, it just goes to prove the old axiom: The right runs on the platform that they are cleaner than they really are, and the left on the premise that they are actually more fcked up than they really are - Obama excepted.

Both appealing to their base.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 24, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This just shows that the Republican values don't hold water. They use moral values to float Tax Cuts and corporate loop holes, if they attempt to float moral values they sink. Why don't the Republican Party just come clean and be honest, they stand for the Rich, Corporations,CEO's, cutting out benefits for the elderly and disabled, cutting school lunch, cutting school funding. They love War and hate peace. Values and Abortions are just issues used during election years and nothing more. The true Republican agenda is the protection of the ultra Rich and nothing more. If you feel otherwise you are a puppet for the right wing propaganda machine and you need to wake up. Yes, Bill Clinton was unfaithful but he NEVER EVER came into office or ran for office as anything other then a political person who promised to fix the economy and he kept his word. He did not come into office as a member of the Moral Majority and a motel room key in his pocket to the nearest Circle 8 as the Republicans do. This is just not being honest about who you are. Look at G.W. BUSH a "uniter not a divider" he divided the nation and the world.

Posted by: rkz1964 | June 24, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm deeply sadden by the wide spread immorality prevalent within the GOP Republican Party.

I cannot stay with the Republicans nor recommend anyone else to stay with the Republican Party of Immorality and Lies.

The Democrats and Independents represent Middle Class America's future.

I love America and want only the best for America, which means forever leaving the immoral Republican Party of Lies.

Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

So this bastion of morality blew off his wife and children on Father's Day weekend to leave the country and allegedly break up with his foreign mistress. Class act all the way.

Posted by: jhusson1 | June 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Sanford had a Dirty Little Secret:

http://tinyurl.com/aukh38

Posted by: caraprado1 | June 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The proverbial nail in the coffin for the GOP in 2012.

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

Mark Sanford masterminded 9/11

Posted by: cuebal | June 24, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The phallus symbol has just replaced the elephant in the GOP... It was announced that it is a better reflection of what drives us.

Posted by: OleLadySquawking | June 24, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Sanford chose his mistress over his responsibilities as Governor. He should resign now or should be impeached. His affair is between he and his wife. Leaving his state in the lurch should cost him his job.

Posted by: jayelle5 | June 24, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Why?

It is because when you put a person who deifies himself next to someone willing to deify him, they move in blindness to consequence. Big medicine.

The wife with the four boys at home on father's day probably had a deep, realistic love for their husband and father, but for a narcissist, that is just not good enough.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

On Father's Day. As if it weren't bad enough.

Posted by: nodebris | June 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Re: Bill Maher. Wish I could get there for his live show. It's like a gift for him!

Posted by: tbva | June 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"Republican strategists have to be wondering when enough is enough; the spate of bad press...has been unrelenting." Oh, please...this is not just a spate of bad press. It is actual deceitful behavior that no one wants in any politician! Republican strategists should be saying "enough is enough" to their candidates and elected politicians, not the press! Sanford's infidelity tells us he is undisciplined, and is more interested in self gratification than he is in doing the business of the people who were fooled into trusting him. If he can be that deceitful in his personal life, how is he going to be in public office? Sanford has shown himself to have unbelievably bad judgement -- again, NOT what you want in an elected official at any level. People would not be inclined to be as judgemental about this excrement if the republicans weren't so dishonest and hypocritical about their own behavior. People who live in glass houses....

Posted by: crewmom | June 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

No wonder current American kids are third class...girls want to have sex..boys want to impregnate girls..half the marriages in America end in divorce.. and the American Dad is missing from the picture so the kids dont learn the strokes

kids always suffer in these things for no fault of their own..just bad upbringing

And Baby boomers keep apologizing in graduation ceremonies all over America

Makes perfect sense to me!

Posted by: asharma21 | June 24, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I don't give a flying fig whether politicians have affairs, as long as it doesn't affect their job performance.

If the Republican Party could get over their "moral" superiority over the "immoral liberal" Dems, they might be more viable today.

Affairs are part of people's personal lives, not their professional ones. This of course applies only if they keep it personal. When taxpayer money is involved, as in favors and deals, it DOES become a public matter.

Hypocrisy is what's killing the "righteous" right.

Leaving the country without telling the chain of command is the primary mistake of Sanford. The affair is his wife's to deal with.

Posted by: nuanceisnecessary | June 24, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party, "which can't seem to get off the mat[tress]." is what I think you meant to say Chris.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | June 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Chris, his car was at the Atlanta airport, and he returned to the Atlanta airport. Guess he was trying to avoid detection there in Columbia, SC.

The man is a narsasistic SOB. "Crying my eyes out"--please!

Won't take the stimulas package because he was already getting it--please!

Family values? Lying, cheating--when did those become "values?"

WHY did he go to Argentina? To break up? He could have done that over the phone. To continue the liason, after his wife has known about it for 5 months? Please!

I am amazed that he was ever considered Presidential "timber".

I hope he faces immediate recall (and perhaps mental health hospitalization for shooting himself in the foot or somewhere else with his 2nd amendment rights) from the good voters of SC, and his wife cleans house on him. (Maybe after 4 kids she isn't all that hot?)

And can we get a picture of the "dear, dear friend?"

What a mess!

Posted by: catlady1 | June 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

kgb1 said:
People lie about sex all the time (see Bill Clinton). I'm pretty liberal-- but it would be hypocritical for me to believe this Gov. should step down over this, unless public funds were misused.
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The difference is that us progressive/liberals have not made so-called family values a fundamental element of our political platform and have not engaged in the petty judgment of others' personal lives. Actually, it is our sense of empathy and understanding of the tragedy of the human condition that informs our politics.

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

guess who got used?
when are some of these men going to learn?

he gives up a lovely family for what? the other side of the road?

get some guts... gird yourself and know when to say, "i'm committed to a wife and children!" this shows a weak backbone, imo.

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

Join the GOaP...Grand Ole Adulterers Party...Sanford, Ensign, Guilliani, Gingrich, Baer, Barr, Burton, Hyde, McCain, Livingston, Vitter, Limbaugh, Dole,
Craig,...etc.etc.etc.

And they just all loved to throw stones at others like Clinton....self righteous hypocrites all.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 24, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"Too bad Bill Maher is off for a couple of weeks, this would be in the monologue."
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Actually the timing is perfect. Maher is doing a show tomorrow, June 25th, in Greenville, S.C.

Posted by: realworld51 | June 24, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Incredible!

The only thing I can say is that if there was ever a time for a third political party to emerge, 2012 is that time. Sanford, Ensign, Palin, Jeb Bush, Perry, Giulliani,

If your GOP'ers are going to go with Romney or Huckabee, then you may as well just concede OBAMA his second term right now so we can do some more long-range budgeting and planning

Posted by: Anadromous2 | June 24, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

guess who got used?
when are some of these men going to learn?

he gives up a lovely family for what? the other side of the road?

get some guts... gird yourself and know when to say, "i'm committed to a wife and children!" this shows a weak backbone, imo.

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

I have always thought that Mark Sanford is a blooming idiot. As a resident of South Carolina, let me apologize for the behavior of our moron-in-chief.

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

Once again you get the strangest (basic) facts wrong. A few weeks ago you called Wyoming the Gem State, and now you have the governor's state-owned vehicle in Columbia (SC). No. It was out-of-state, at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (GA), as has been widely reported.

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

"POP QUIZ!

-- out of all the republicans yowling loudest for Clinton's impeachment, is there a single one that wasn't having an affair then, or did later?

How about a Fix t-shirt for the winner, CC?

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2009 3:25 PM |"
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President Clinton was impeached for lying under oath.

Posted by: JRM2 | June 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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Typical Republican moral values.

Sponsored by: Fox News (Hey Hannity or "Oryleee", should he resign?)


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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if gay marriage ruined the marriage of those GOP adulterers. As they always claim, gay marriage is somehow a threat to heterosexual marriage. Perhaps they are just innocent victims of gays marrying in Iowa.

Posted by: ualec1 | June 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It's almost as though an invisible hand is guiding the utter disintegration of the Republican party - and it's not Scrivener :)

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

Again, it's the hypocrisy. This guy was all about the 'sanctity of marriage' in denying gays a chance at marriage.

Turns out, of course, that was all talk.

That is the difference here. Of course Dems also have affairs. But generally speaking they aren't out there claiming they are morally superior to everyone else, fighting strong to deny gays marriage, etc.

Posted by: Hillman1 | June 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

since I refuse to tune into Fox T.V. (except the Simpsons) I did not tune in but am wondering if Fox covered this live, or did they breal away to report that Levi Johnston would be making a guest appearance on "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here"!

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

Governor Sanford:

But I think the Bible says, “Let your light so shine be fore men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father that’s in heaven.....

Hopefully, by the way in which you act. The way in which you make decisions. They’re going to see that some thing’s there. I would also say the Bible says in Revelation, “Be hot. Be cold. But don’t be lukewarm“ [Rev. 3:15].,,,The Bible talks about the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithful ness, self-control. There ought to be certain things that are clearly observable by your actions."

I guess things were pretty "hot" in Argentina. My "revelation" for the Republicans is stop clinging to the religious right if you ever want to survive lying jerks like this.

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

Just another job shipped overseas by a Republican.

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

Gauchos are pretty cool dudes...They just live in the pampa instead of Wyoming...

Posted by: simonleonard | June 24, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Just another dirt bag politician. We need a new party.

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

Yo, Dudes,

"Family Values" is a code word ... psst! it's about Being for the White Family. T'aint got nuthin' to do with morality.

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

Ensign last week, now Sanford, sounds like Fox is going to be stuck with Clinton impeachment trial reruns all summer.

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 24, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I always wondered why these powerful people cheak on their wives. FDR, JFK, Ted Kennedy, Clinton, Gov. Pizer, Senator Edwards..now this guy...seems they are just the smartest people in the room after all. And now...the same group is going to decide our future health care needs, cap and trade?

Posted by: yokosuka1985 | June 24, 2009
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The difference is Dems were not the bombastic Impeachment Party of a President.

They actions just make themselves into outstanding hipocritics.

The Dems did not let their DICKs get in the way of politics like the way the Republicans do..

The PUBS stepped on their little THINGS right in front of the so called Moralist and Righteous Religious Right and the whole US Public who had to endure their excapades..of making a sexual affair into case of Treason..Despite the PUBS own documented criminal behavior on the economy and false wars and FOX Propaganda.


What is it that you need to wake up?

Fei Hu

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

Take a hike, Governor.

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

Welcome to Gov. Sanford, the latest member of the Republican Sex Club.

Posted by: patriot76 | June 24, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Adultery is wrong, but why should this man resign from his position? If he were to resign, then most politicians in office need to resign. Men have been cheating on their wives for centuries and people need to wake up and realize this. This isn't a Republican or Democratic issue; it's an issue of lust and fornication and most men can't keep their zippers zipped or pants up.

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 24, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sanford rejected one stimulus package and shacked up with another.

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

Totally agree with the previous grammar comment. I'd barely recovered from stumbling over the first "who" instead of "whom" when the second one appeared. Come on, no editor?

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

In Argentina? Is he buying her expensive gifts? Does he shop offshore or buy stuff for her here in the USA.
Sleep Global,SHOP LOCAL!

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

A big 'oh no" for Sanford. There is pity there. Unlike in my era, post-WW11 to a short while ago, communication is instant. The world knows what you do. Big Brother isn't necessarily an evil thing; it is going to happen anyway.

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

GOP Meltdown Republicans (Bush, Toxic Cheney, Rice, Rove, Rumsfeld, Paulson, Gingrich, McCain, Romney, Nutjob Bachmann, Boehner, Paulson, Cantor, Uncle Tom Keyes, Uncle Tom Steele Crackhead Limbaugh, Alcoholic Beck, Hannity, Hucklebee, Romney, Nutjob Bachmann, O’Reilly, Hasselback, McDonnell, Gregg, Uncle Thomas, Jindal, Palin). Is that all you got?!!! Please tell that you have more than this.

Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Should we call this the Clinton Effect or the Kennedy Effect? Seems closer to human nature to me.

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

Well, now you just KNEW that this was coming. Yu'd think the guy would be smart enough to at least make it LOOK like he had been on the Appalachian Trail, instead of using the international terminal at his own airport. Looks like Republicans' energy into re-election in 2010 is a wasted effort since more and more of them can't seem to stay in office long enough for that to happen. No telling how many will be left since they can't seem to keep their pee pee in their pants. Next breaking story, is the "stand by your man" pledge. Or, will she go the way of Kate Gosselin and just dump his butt? Stay tuned!

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

Best he could do for the country is to take his wife and his Argentinian mistress and move to Iran where he can have them both, and spare this country any more of his self righteous "moral high ground."

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

IT IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE THAT 50 MILLION AMERICANS ARE UNINSURED

Thousands of Americans travel each year to the Dominican Republic for affordable quality operations, because GOP Republican medicine does not work for anyone other than the GOP Republican rich.

The fact that a developing Caribbean nation like the Dominican Republic that is based on outstanding tourism and little more has better healthcare than the United States GOP special interest group healthcare is ridiculous.

GOP Super-capitalism has transformed our special interest group healthcare into a joke that has left 50 Million Americans uninsured.


Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Incredible!

The only thing I can say is that if there was ever a time for a third political party to emerge, 2012 is that time. Sanford, Ensign, Palin, Jeb Bush, Perry, Giulliani,

If your GOP'ers are going to go with Romney or Huckabee, then you may as well just concede OBAMA his second term right now so we can do some more long-range budgeting and planning

Posted by: Anadromous2 | June 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

One more Republican "family values" hypocrite hits the dust. Did he haul in his trophy wife to make his confession like the other scumbags do? I'm sure he'll be just fine in the long run...he'll ask Jesus for forgiveness and all the SC right-wing nuts will just smile with approval.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The most striking aspect of this latest "scandal" to hit the Republican party is not that a governor had had (or still has, for all we know) an extramarital affair. Rather, it is the Republicans' hypocrisy: that the Republicans set themselves up as arbiters of morality and decency, as both paragons and purveyors of the true family values and of moral rectitude.

And ... surprise! ... they aren't. However sanctimonious they sound, however outraged they can work themselves up to appear, however upright and moral they may want YOU to be, none of it applies to them.

The party of personal responsibility isn't. The party of fiscal responsibility isn't. The party of moral probity isn't.

Except for the Republican faithful, however, the whole affair (pun intended) is ludicrous. When you set yourself up as the arbiter of everyone's morality, you have to be careful what you do: people who live in glass houses ...

Posted by: dsspa | June 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Other than zouk casting his usual irrelvancies, where are the gooper defenders today?

Suddenly renewing an interest in their stamp collections?

Sanford is done. Never mind the alleged affair, thats mer hypocrisy, let he without sin etc, but to abandon his responsibilities for an affair indicates a man too unbalanced for his job.

And yeah that leaves pretty much only Palin and Romney, barbie and Ken, she with no brain and he with no soul.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Will Haley Barbour now take over for the Governor and "administer" the Argentina connection?

Posted by: alannelliehays | June 24, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I knew he was having a trysts as soon as his wife said she did not know where he was. Dead give-a-way, when the wife doesn't know.....
Another example of Conservative family vales comin to the fore! God help 'em!
Mrs. Sanford, I feel sorry for you and the kids. Visit a clinic and have yourself examined ASAP!!

Posted by: prosperity2un2000 | June 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Whew - at least this Republican hypocrite picked a female and only broke one of the Commandments that the Repugnantans say they represent.

What a farce this group of old white men have turned out to be.

Posted by: 10emlet | June 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Did Sanford specifically state that the Argentinian was a woman, or is everyone simply making that assumption? Given the Republicans' recent history on the gay front, I think it would be worthwhile to re-confirm that this wasn't brokeback gaucho love. You never know.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | June 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The Grand Ole Party is over.

Posted by: 10yrag | June 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Aren't these latest two republicans to get caught cheating a big example of those in that party who oppose gay marriage because of the sanctity of the institution? I guess, to them, the institution of marriage issn't so sacred, huh? What a joke!

Posted by: loislane87654 | June 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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Sponsored by: Fox News (Hey Hannity or Oryleee, should he resign?)


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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Why is it ok for Bill Clinton to enjoy fellatio in the Oval Office on the country's time with Monica Lewinsky? Yet, this guy is being treated like he tapped his foot in a public tea room. This is nuts. Who cares?

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Point numero uno: It's called the Oral Office these days.

Point numero duo: The place to tap one's foot is the Men's room.

Point numero trio: What the heck does she look like, the Argentine woman?

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

A Republican cheats on his wife & kids, he steps down from a leadership position in the party, the party condemns his actions, conservatives condemn him, and yet there are some mindless hacks that want to blame the GOP and even go as far as to suggest that all Republicans cheat on their wives.

You're really hurting for talking points aren't you.

Funny thing is that you are the same people that defend your own when they cheat on their taxes, embezzle and have "sexual relations" in the oval office.

Posted by: Doug912 | June 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Of course Sanford should resigned or be impeached. This is where we find out who as intellectual honesty and who is a simple kool aid drinker. Republicans who wanted Clinton to resign or be impeached should not be defending Sanford. Democrats who made excuses for Clinton and said it was just a private matter should be saying the same about Sanford.

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

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! OH you sneaky, hypocritical Republicans! Well, there goes ANOTHER GOP Presidential hopeful, Gov. Mark Sanford, flushed down the toilet! You guys make Bill Clinton and Rod Blogoijevitch look like SAINTS!

Rep. Dan Burton hid the existence of an illegitimate SON from HIS extra-marital affair for 21 years until the Clinton scandal exposed all those adulterous Republicans lined up to GET CLINTON!

There isn't a decent Republican out there to lead the GOP. As I said before, the GOP has now become the HOP....Horny Old Party! LOL

Gov. Sanford: Play with fire, you get BURNED!

Posted by: cashmere1 | June 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The only time these Republicans say "No" is when it's to President Obama. Maybe, some of them could apply that response in their personal lives.
What flaming hypocrites they are!

Posted by: lmurphy006 | June 24, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Bu bu but he's a Christian... family values... god fearin', morals... Bunch of conservative bullshi*! The Republicans try so hard to link the party to god, America, decency, morals, family values, etc. I'm so fuc*ing sick of their hypocrisy!

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

"It seems to me Palin and Romney have clear paths to [the 2012] nomination. Palin if economy rebounds and Romney if economy keeps going downhill." Huh? Palin if the economy rebounds? She is more of a lying hypocrite than the joy boys of the GOP. It's just that she lies standing up. Didn't you follow the 2008 campaign and aftermath? And Romney? I seem to remember that he petered out on the campaign trail. Was I watching another Mitt Romney? And this isn't a GOP matter. It's a matter of character and intelligence and doing what it takes to serve your constituency. You are given power by the people to serve the people. We need to put a lot of Dems in the lineup too, starting with Rangel, Dodd, and anyone else making shady deals and taking donations from entities they oversee. And while we're at it, why not an article about the clean guys who ARE doing the people's business? Step up, WaPo.

Posted by: rocks18 | June 24, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: yokosuka1985 | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM

I always wondered why these powerful people cheak on their wives. FDR, JFK, Ted Kennedy, Clinton, Gov. Pizer, Senator Edwards..now this guy...seems they are just the smartest people in the room after all. And now...the same group is going to decide our future health care needs, cap and trade?

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Funny I don't ever remember all those Democrats running on Family Values, do you? You left out all of the GOP cheaters who did! And they obviously valued a roll in the hay more.

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

"Gingrich, Ensign, now Sanford: they put the FUN in Fundamentalism!"


Without sin there is no forgiveness.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

God will smite him for this. The Governor may even be called before the Captain's Mast to receive a tongue lashing in front of the entire crew.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | June 24, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

randomnumber wrote: "Why is it ok for Bill Clinton to enjoy fellatio in the Oval Office on the country's time with Monica Lewinsky? Yet, this guy is being treated like he tapped his foot in a public tea room. This is nuts. Who cares?"

Uh, I'm not sure where you "learned" your history, but I think there was a political witch-hunt and some impeachment hearings about this. I agree wholeheartedly though, who cares? Actually wait, no. I cared when Pelosi said the Dems. would be percieved as "vengeful" over Clinton when she refused to impeach Bush for torturing people and lying us into a war. And Enron. And Katrina. And the attorneys. And Plame. I care about those things.

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

All major networks went to the Mark Sanford Story but FOX NEWS went to week old video from Iran. No, I don't watch FOX, I just knew this joke of a propaganda news network would not air this story. It takes a fool to turn on FOX News and expect to see the news.

Posted by: rkz1964 | June 24, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

He needs to resign immediately.

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

Hey Cillizza: you may need to work on your grammar. You can start with a refresher course in who vs. whom.

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

IF YOU WANT TO WHY REPUBLICAN HAVE AFFAIRS IT COULD BE THE SAME REASON AS SLICK WILLIE OR GOV SPITZER.WE ALL KNOW WHY SOME DEMOCRATES DON'T HAVE AFFAIRS JUST LOOK AT PELOSI THAT SHOULD ANSWER THAT QUESTION

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

IF YOU WANT TO WHY REPUBLICAN HAVE AFFAIRS IT COULD BE THE SAME REASON AS SLICK WILLIE OR GOV SPITZER.WE ALL KNOW WHY SOME DEMOCRATES DON'T HAVE AFFAIRS JUST LOOK AT PELOSI THAT SHOULD ANSWER THAT QUESTION

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

For those who are referring to Gov. Sanford as a "family values" Republican, I believe you misunderstand him. He is a Republican in the Goldwater tradition of fiscal conservatism and small government. He is more libertarian than Republican in his governance and is strongly opposed most often by the Republican dominated state legislature. Having said that I must add that I think he should resign, not necessarily because of the affair, which is bad enough, but because he deliberately and irresponsibly abandoned his responsibilities as governor. He made no provisions for decisions to be made in his absence and he was unreachable, if reports are true, even by his own staff. I know that many look at SC as a backwater of the world, but it is the home of one of the largest nuclear facilities, the Savannah River Site, in the US. One of the largest military basic training facilities, Ft. Jackson, is in Columbia and the Charleston port is a major import-export center. All of these can be terrorist targets. In this volatile era an absent and unavailable chief executive of any state is unacceptable.

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

Well, this was just a simple mistake.
Appalachian Trail . . . Argentina
Appalachian Trail . . . Argentina

They both started with A.

Posted by: wild1949 | June 24, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! Wheeew!

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

"...and which he had disclosed to his wife, Jenny, five months ago"

so he admitted the affair to his wife, but kept going?

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

I always wondered why these powerful people cheak on their wives. FDR, JFK, Ted Kennedy, Clinton, Gov. Pizer, Senator Edwards..now this guy...seems they are just the smartest people in the room after all. And now...the same group is going to decide our future health care needs, cap and trade?

Funny I don't ever remember all those Democrats running on Family Values, do you? You left out all of the GOP cheaters who did and they obviously valued a roll in the hay more.

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

He's so stupid. Even a political rookie knows you have to be a democrat to get away with this kind of thing!

Posted by: dhull1 | June 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Did he use Federal stimulus funds to buy the tickets?

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

At least it was with a woman.

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

As a republican, I'm sure glad to be a member of the party of family values and christian morality. I'm sure Sanford speaks out on the sanctity of marriage too.

Posted by: lip111 | June 24, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

By 2012 there won't be anyone left in the GOP who hasn't been exposed for something crooked/immoral/racist/non-"Family Values."

[The words hypocrisy™, hypocrite™ and hypocritical™ are all copyrighted trademarks of the Republican Party.]

Posted by: pali2600 | June 24, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The New Republican Mantra: Do As I Say Not As I Do.

They seem to think they are above the law and everything else.

Posted by: info40 | June 24, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

QuietFire, he DID say it was a woman!!!!
suwanee at etsy

Posted by: suwanee007 | June 24, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@QuietFire

I thought the same thing at first, because he kept saying "this person" instead of "this woman," but he did refer to her multiple times as a "she."

Posted by: bc54321 | June 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for gays, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, none of this would have happened!

Posted by: danw1 | June 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Times have changed. The South better forget Huey Long's famous statement to the effect that a Dixie politician need only fear getting caught with a "dead girl or a live boy."

If we took the money out of political races, maybe they'd have something better to sell than sex.

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | June 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Zouk, he's GAY

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

Why do the Republicans keep emphasizing family values when they know they are no better at it than any one else? That's why this stuff is so funny.

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

oh dear.
here in NV we are still trying to figure out the details of the leader of the GOP in our state. The GOP gov. is also an admitted adulterer, SO..
Ensign was going to save the day.
Then he,
well you know, did the Republican thing- except this time he was receiving the oral sex like Clinton, unlike the self-rightous LARRY CRAIG.
THEN...
Santorum recieved a copy of the FOX LETTER ABOUT ENSIGN and tipped off John.
THINK RICK IS HIDING SOMETHING AS WELL?
Meanwhile FOX tried to bury the news...

REPUBLICAN OBAMA HATERS ARE DROPPING LIKE THE FLIES THEY ARE.

Pathetic, we REALLY need a credible, loyal and honest opposition party.

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

It seems the Republican party has gone from a culture of corruption to a cuture of coitus. All this gay bashing and anti-gay marriage needs to stop. They may be the only ones left to sustain the sacred institution of marriage. Let's not forget old Newtie, the biggest hypocrite of them all. Small minds and small tools!

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

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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

If Palin gets herself an Argentinian girlfriend, well...

I still won't vote for her, but I'd donate to her PAC for a copy of the video!

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

Gingrich, Ensign, now Sanford: they put the FUN in Fundamentalism!

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

The reason Republican moral failures (Sanford, Ensign, Craig, Vitter, etc.) are so much worse than any Democrat's moral failures is that the Republican party proudly markets itself as the champion of moral values. They are the party of "family values" they would have you believe. They value life more than Democrats they tell you (they just do whatever they please with their life and those of their families while preaching to you). They have now moved beyond hypocrisy to ludacracy. No Republican can stand up and say "I am a member of the party that stands for moral values" without being laughed off the podium now. "Oh how the mighty have fallen!" I despise being preached to for this very reason. I am MUCH more interested in actions over words. Look at how President Obama spent Father's Day instead - with his wife and children, taking the girls out for ice cream. Now THAT is family values. As they say, you have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. False prophets come at you all the time. Listen with your eyes more than your ears, and you will see and hear more clearly!

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

I am from South Carolina and I am deeply embarrassed by this governor's actions!!!
suwanee at Etsy
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Posted by: suwanee007 | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

He neglected to tell anyone where he was going, but I'm sure he remembered his passport, his bottle of Levitra, and a fresh bottle of lube.

Probably screwing a dark-skinned bottom boy and hitting the glass dick all the while.

Way to go, governor, let's hear some more about how gay marriage would imperil American values, you sick little depraved unit.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I missed something. He NEVER said his relationship was with a woman. Why is everyone jumping to conclusions.

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Because, he also said that the affair was not fair to her husband.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I always wondered why these powerful people cheak on their wives. FDR, JFK, Ted Kennedy, Clinton, Gov. Pizer, Senator Edwards..now this guy...seems they are just the smartest people in the room after all. And now...the same group is going to decide our future health care needs, cap and trade?

Posted by: yokosuka1985 | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Bill Maher is off for a couple of weeks, this would be in the monologue

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

Thing is, in South Carolina he'll probably be run outta town not for just having an affair, but for having one with a foreigner.

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

OFF SHORE DRILLING??????

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

So, another Rethuglican hypocrite who uses the "sanctity of marriage" to defend his homo-odious and homophobic stance against same-sex marriage bites the dust. Same-sex marriage harms the "sanctity" of his marriage???? Oh God, it's too delicious, and makes me mad as HELL!!! Foley (who I saw in a gay bar in Argentina in November of 2008), Ensign, Craig, and now this Sanford hypocrite, are all evidence of the total loss of ANY MORAL leverage at all in the Rethuglican Party.

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

Governor Sanford. The latest look for stupid.

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

compare jetting off to Argentina to doing the intern under the desk of hand jobs at the rest stop.

At least he did it with style.

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

If you were getting ready to fly to Argenina to cheat on your wife, what would you tell the public? So does that mean everytime he went hiking he was actually out of the country? He made this so much more fun by showboating on the stimulus rejection.

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Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Another Bible-thumpin, family values Republican in trouble for an affair. I love how these guys just spit on the sanctity of marriage while they're carrying-on with their mistresses.

Posted by: moose1063 | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Considering it was GOP Governor, there is probably more to this story. My guess was right except the gender.

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

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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The demise of the WHIG party continues.

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

There is a disturbingly large amount of politicians who are being caught cheating on their wives. Do these prominent public figures really believe that nobody is going to find out? Republican or Democrat - I don't care; I've got a pretty bad opinion of all politicians. What amazes me is how people cling to one party or the other; thinking their party is holier than thou and the other party is the spawn of Satan. Guess what? They're all the same! They simply play a side depending on what is the most politically convenient.

I'm not so ignorant, however, to discount a message just because the messenger fails to follow his own message. If somebody says, "Adultery is bad" and then commits adultery, it doesn't mean that his statement is now rendered false. Just because Obama smokes does not mean he can't tell everyone else that smoking is bad.

Posted by: Phatty1 | June 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

[dumb]wait, it's still a vacation...[posters]

Posted by: minhle1 | June 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I missed something. He NEVER said his relationship was with a woman. Why is everyone jumping to conclusions.

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

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! HA! I can't write enough ROFLcopters for this!

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

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Posted by: A-Voter | June 24, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

lp2004 writes
"What gets me is not Sanford's infidelity; it's his mind-boggling stupidity. Did he really think that as a state governor he could just disappear for a week and not have anyone ask questions?"


That seems to be the dealbreaker for his political future. Sneaking off for a couple hours is one thing. Being out of country and difficult to contact - without leaving a contingency plan in case of emergency - is incompetence.

Heckuva a job, Sanford, son.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Those Argentine females are more dangerous than loaded shotguns.

http://www.argentinepost.com/2007/11/argentine-women-sex-chocolate-shopping.html

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

Give me a break!!! Crying before the camera, asking repeatedly for forgiveness doesn't engender my admiration. If you noticed, he apologized to the mistress first and if this had been "something we (wife and he) had been working through for 5 months", what in God's name was he doing in Argentina with the mistress the last 5 days. I know the current line is that marital infidelity is private behavior, however how private is the Governor leaving the country, without officials knowing his whereabouts in order to meet up with your mistress? Sounds like a classic case of leading with his genitals. Character is determined from the totality of a person's conduct, whether the behavior is private or public. Has it become not only O.K. but accepted that male public figures engage in sexual behavior outside their marriage? It is not for me to judge this man on his infidelity, but I can certainly assess his fitness for public office. Forgive me indeed, snuffle, snuffle - what a hypocrite.

Posted by: Beezercal1 | June 24, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

When it rains, it pours! Ha ha ha ha ha!! Redneck rendezvous! In Argentina! The horizontal tango! Caliente! No wonder he didn't want any more "stimulus" for his state. Buh-bye, Marky Mark! Ha ha ha ha ha!!

Posted by: MagicDog1 | June 24, 2009 3:29 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 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sweet! Now Sanford has the credentials to run as a Democrat!

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At least Democrats don't run around all over the state and country campaigning and running on family values with their drawer's down around their ankles!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 24, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is it ok for Bill Clinton to enjoy fellatio in the Oval Office on the country's time with Monica Lewinsky? Yet, this guy is being treated like he tapped his foot in a public tea room. This is nuts. Who cares?

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

This guy is a REAL piece of work.

Posted by: drjillshackford1 | June 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

As a social and fiscal conservative myself, I hope this puts a nail in the coffin of making social issues a part of the party platform. I would much prefer that we stick to fiscal conservative issues, which we win hands down amongst the electorate, and cast aside the social stuff....let's be more socially libertarian - everyone has a view, but let's keep it to ourselves; or at least let's not worry about trying to legislate morality.

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

The GOP, the party of
"toe tappers",

"Head" clearers,
and "e-'male' texters",

I'm sure that the turd blossom can come up with a catchy phrase in time for 2012!

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

How difficult is it to stay faithful to your wife? Keep your pants zipped?

I think Mr. Clinton might be able to answer this with aplomb.

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

These evangelical types, like Sanford, sound like Pharisees and Scribes. As Jesus said, Woe ye Scribes and Pharisees.

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

Ah the irony of it all! Just when you think you gotta great excuse...hiking in the Aps....it turns up to be Naked Hiking Week!

I am die'n here!! This kind of comedy couldn't be scripted!!

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

From the party that brought us "gays are a threat to the sanctity of marriage!" comes a never ending parade of... well, "hypocrites" hardly does it justice, does it? I almost feel sorry for the poor wingnuts in the trenches here day after day defending these incompetents... almost.

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

Cilizza assumes that the dear dear friend is a woman. Did Sanford identify the sex of the friend? Sounds to me like the tears he was crying was from taking it up the poop chute from his exotic friend. Maybe he should have packed some lube for his trip. Or perhaps the "friend" was really Larry Craig and they were cruising the airport restrooms in Buenos Aires International Airport to see if men use wide stances down there or to see if toilets really do spin in the opposite direction south of the equator.

Of course, this sad sordid tale is just more proof that gay marriage is a catastrophic threat to real, straight heterosexual Christian marriage, just like Sanfy says.

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

"Republicans -- the party of torture, bathroom sex, $Trillion Fraud, hate crimes, endless war, and 50 million uninsured Americans."

Quite a platform you guys have got there.

How's it working out for you?


Posted by: dwashington1 | June 24, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It takes two (2) to Tango....

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

Give the man a break, he was telling the truth when he said,

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

Posted by: OleLadySquawking | June 24, 2009 3:11 PM
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Certainly worth reading again!

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Obambi must be pleased the news cycle is off his supplication.

Next week, this will be just another scandel, while Obambi will still be a wimp.

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

Bwah, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. What comes around, goes around.

Where did the lovebirds meet, in a chat room or was it in e-harmony.com...?

Posted by: lilpixiefig@aol.com | June 24, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Look like Romney will the last man standing.

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

The woman is Kate from Jon & Kate + 8, right? Just has to be.

Posted by: Dan4 | June 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

How dumb can a smart guy be? How difficult is it to stay faithful to your wife? Keep your pants zipped? What are these guys drinking/snorting/smoking? Don't they EVER learn that having an affair ENDS your chances politically in the Republican Party. But then again, Newt Gingrich has managed to keep himself out there in the public eye, collecting donations to fund whatever it is he does and remaining an active talking head. Perhaps he should write up some guidelines for the conservative unfaithful husbands. I can say this - I am a lifelong Republican really disappointed by the hyprocisy and antics of these very stupid middle aged white guys.

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

And let's keep it fresh in mind that this is the guy who acted so high and mighty trying to reject stimulus money, in a state with the third highest unemployment in the nation.

The harder they fall. Go to hell, governor, and take your fiscal principles with you.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Homosexual marriage ruined the sanctity of Sanford (and Ensign's) marriages.

Posted by: Grandblvd03 | June 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

POP QUIZ!

-- out of all the republicans yowling loudest for Clinton's impeachment, is there a single one that wasn't having an affair then, or did later?

How about a Fix t-shirt for the winner, CC?

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

What gets me is not Sanford's infidelity; it's his mind-boggling stupidity. Did he really think that as a state governor he could just disappear for a week and not have anyone ask questions?

Posted by: lp2004 | June 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

How dumb can a smart guy be? How difficult is it to stay faithful to your wife? Keep your pants zipped? What are these guys drinking/snorting/smoking? Don't they EVER learn that having an affair ENDS your chances politically in the Republican Party. But then again, Newt Gingrich has managed to keep himself out there in the public eye, collecting donations to fund whatever it is he does and remaining an active talking head. Perhaps he should write up some guidelines for the conservative unfaithful husbands. I can say this - I am a lifelong Republican really disappointed by the hyprocisy and antics of these very stupid middle aged white guys.

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

"Almost certainly over"?

Posted by: nita3 | June 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HA!

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

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

Posted by: hairguy01 | June 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Why is the party of 'no' totally incapable of saying 'no'?

Gingrich, Ensign, Craig, Vitter, Foley, Haggard, Limbaugh, ad infinitum...

What a load of sleazebags dressed up as human feces.

Posted by: Heerman532 | June 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Not even Saturday Night Live could write this. Will there be anyone left by 2012 to run as a Republican? You could not make this stuff up! Sanford appears to be the nuttiest of the bunch, except for may Craig.

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

The affair was bad enough but all the lies and fake excuses and bizarre coverups are just too much. Time to resign.

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

It is fault of the 700billion SP.

Posted by: lhao333 | June 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

maybe these Bible thumpers should consider NOT having extramarital affairs, then they wouldn't have these problems! And they say the gays a threat to marraige!

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

I think the reason more conservatives have affairs is because they have sexually repressed marriages.
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Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Sweet! Now Sanford has the credentials to run as a Democrat!"


Did he pay her?


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Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Time for the GOP to lay off the family values BS and leave the gays alone, and focus fulltime on the politics of resentment.

Why, there must be hundreds of thousands of insecure rednecks who can be wooed by nasty talk about how east coast urban liberals are looking down their aquiline noses at them.

Better go with that from now on.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess we now know why Sanford wasn't John McCain's VP nominee.

This surely would come out in the vetting process, no?

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

Another Republican "Bites the Dust"

Btw, has anyone seen Ensign?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

People lie about sex all the time (see Bill Clinton). I'm pretty liberal-- but it would be hypocritical for me to believe this Gov. should step down over this, unless public funds were misused.

Posted by: kgb1 | June 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

So, another congressman who voted to impeach Bill Clinton for having an extramarital affair has one of his own. Hypocrisy is the hallmark of a Republican.

Posted by: jheath531 | June 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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

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

We have been forced to listen to these 'Family Values' Republican windbags for years.

Their supporters should demand their immediate resignations (I'm talking about you too, Vitter and Ensign.)

This is Republican hypocrisy at its highest level. Haven't we been lied to enough? It's time to end this party.

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

And another moral crusader is hoisted on his own petard. Can we agree to finally end all of the hypocrisy? On Father's Day, too. These people have no shame.

As I've said over and over:
Family values are for the little people, not for the leaders of the movement.

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

Is it really that hard to just have sex with your wife? Particularly when there's so much at stake? Yeesh.

Posted by: SeanC1 | June 24, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@Route1

Craig doesn't count. That was gay sex. :)

Posted by: thinman1 | June 24, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh, boy. The more self-righteous the harder the fall. This should be fun to watch.

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

Could Republicans STFU about family values now?

None of them can even say it with a straight face anymore.

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

Jayelle5 -- "This guy is shady"? Understatement alert :)

A dear, dear friend . . . A dear, dear, dear, friend . . . really dear . . .

P.S. I told y'all his wife must have known where he was!! HA!!

Posted by: fallschurch1 | June 24, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Sweet! Now Sanford has the credentials to run as a Democrat!

Posted by: Straightline | June 24, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse
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Yes! And so do Vitter, Ensign, Gingrich, Foley, Craig, Jim Gibbons ... man, a lot of Republicans seem to have those credentials, don't they?

Posted by: Route1 | June 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Where are the stalwart rock-ribbed Republican commenters? Where my homies at? There's nothing to see here! He just wanted some time away! We don't need politicians around all the time, reachable by the mainstream media on those newfangled "cell phones"! He's on the Appalachian Trail, I tell you! Won't someone, somewhere answer my questions??? Won't someone answer MEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!??????

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

Republicans - the party of Partayyyy, especially if you're married.

Can they make it 3 this week?

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

Another Republican Affair of the Week....yawn.

What else is new??

Posted by: plaza04433 | June 24, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

TO all the GOP butt kissers including JakeD. Where is your dang spin now. Oh "he was only hiking" he needed to take time off" "leave the poor guy alone".....PULEEEEZ...
He deserted his state, his family, then the Gov and his staff lie on top of lies and for what?...to have a sleazy affair in Argentina.

Posted by: hayden1 | June 24, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This is classic. The GOP was all high on itself for seeming to block Healthcare reform and pushing Obama on Iran. Now for the next two days they look like a bunch of hypocrits. And before anyone says that this is 'just one man' and 'it is a personal manner' you should go back and look at some of the bs he has said over the past years about family values etc. Not to Mention the fact that he may get impeached for this little stunt. The legislative in SC doesn't like him anyway. Maybe he and Blogo can get a reality TV show together.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 24, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris what is GOP up to, in last two weeks two of the most conservative candidates with realistic shot at 2012 have been caught up in affairs. It seems to me Palin and Romney have clear paths to nomination. Palin if economy rebounds and Romney if economy keeps going downhill.

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

"Sweet! Now Sanford has the credentials to run as a Democrat!"

Can't even try to spin this one, eh wingnut?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Extramarital affairs are no one's business except the persons involved. The stuff about misleading his staff and so on counts for something but not a lot. That said: I'm enjoying this a lot!

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

Give the man a break, he was telling the truth when he said,

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

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

Wouldn't it have been easier just to bring the girlfriend to South Carolina??

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

I watched the news conference and there are still unanswered questions. If he's trying to reconcile with his wife as he claimed, why did he just spend a week in Argentina with another woman? Surely it doesn't take a week to break off a relationship. Despite his crocodile tears, this guy is shady. Sure he's sorry. Sorry that he got caught.

Posted by: jayelle5 | June 24, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Balling in Argentina on Father's Day. Class Act, Sanford is not.

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

Please analyze the completely ridiculous unintentional comedy of this press conference performance. I don't think I have ever seen a funnier act of political self immolation play out on screen. I cannot wait for the Daily Show tonight!

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

Sweet! Now Sanford has the credentials to run as a Democrat!

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

"South American women are simply much hotter than fat, obese USA women!"

...said the fat, obese USA man!

Posted by: wangbang747 | June 24, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Never mess with Rep. James Clyburn!

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

Where the wingnuts to explain this POS's behavior?

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

Never mess with Rep. James Clyburn!

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

Oh for crying out loud: Who takes a passport to hike the AT...???

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

South American women are simply much hotter than fat, obese USA women!

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

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