(Photo: Mary Ann Chastain / AP - Los Angeles Times, 6/24/09)
Sad Sack Of Shit Appears In Public After Trip To Argentina
All I can say is: Dude, You gonna talk the talk, then walk the walk.
I'm not particularly concerned about the political ramifications with Sanford as much as the fact that he's now an admitted Liar, Adulterer, and solid hypocrite -- and, like Silvio Berlusconi, South Carolina Governor Sanford is in his own way no less a Buffoon and a betrayer of trust. He just has a lot less money than Silvio, and (so far as we know) hasn't committed bribery in furtherance of a potential crime.
But hey; he's a poetic guy! "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..."
Pretty tame stuff, Mark. Get in touch with Susie Bright if you need suggestions on how to write an erotic email to your lover -- but to you, Susie's probably just a whore; and you're so much better than her! Alternatively, you could ask Dan Savage about intimate communication (which requires a sustained degree of honesty), but it would probably make you uncomfortable in your Ferragamo loafers to speak with someone whose right to marry you don't recognize, and who writes a column called Savage Love.
I suppose we could try and imagine being a Governor of a state with votes split almost evenly between poor (and noveau poor) citizens who vote Democratic, and a large number of christian evangelicals who don't. You indicate you're a person of faith, as well as a Republican. Your job has to be fairly demanding and stressful.
On top of that, you're the Chairman of the Council of Republican Governors, and appear squeaky-clean enough to be a contender for the GOP nomination for President against Barack Obama in 2012.
Now, on top of that, dump the logistics, the sheer conspiratorial weight, of conducting an extramarital affair. To be able to juggle all that takes a real man, and you're feelin' special! You're a BSD, Buddih!
Ain't nothin' gonna slow you down -- except, of course, when you trip over your own
Gonna pay any of that money back, Mark, along with your forced apology?
Didn't think so.
UPDATE: Sanford announced that he would reimburse the State of Carolina for "some" of his expenses traveling to Argentina
On the June 26th edition of The News Hour on PBS, Bucky Beaver (aka David Brooks) said in the "Shields and Brooks" segment that he actually found Sanford admirable.
Watch as Bucky makes a non-distinction distinction to separate Mark Sanford's behavior (an elected official, seeing another woman and having sex; betraying the trust of his family) from that of Bill Clinton (an elected official, seeing another woman and having sex; betraying the trust of his family). The trigger words he used to make sure viewers made the connection are little side sleazy affairs, sleazy affairs, and bimbos:
DAVID BROOKS: No, I actually draw a distinction between my philandering politicians. And in private, what they all do is reprehensible, but some people have, like, little side sleazy affairs and some people actually fall in love. And Sanford seems to be in category two, which to me makes him a little less reprehensible than the guys who have sleazy affairs... And so I sort of admire him better as a person because he didn't have bimbos, even though he did betray his family.
Of course, no one in Potomac City wants to recall how, as Bill Kristol's right hand at the online National Review, Brooks made his bones as a Neocon commentator, pushing for an invasion of Iraq and an aggressive expansion of American power even before Lil' Boots was appointed President in 2000. Brooks shouted himself hoarse as a cheerleader for Bush, for an utterly unnecessary invasion; in my opinion, he has blood on his hands and shouldn't be allowed to forget it.
Note To Sulzberger: Fire Bucky and hire Dan Froomkin to replace him.