Why is Mark Sanford Still Talking? Why is He Still in Office?

The bizarro governor of South Carolina seems incapable of shutting his yap. During the past week or so, this guy has admitted he lied to his staff about an Appalachian Trail hike, when instead he was visiting his mistress in Argentina.

Since then, he’s said, among other things, that his wife knew about the affair, that he asked her permission to visit the woman, that she was his soul mate, that he’d messed around with other women but hadn’t had sex with them. Let’s see, did I leave anything out?


Sanford, you may remember, was full of righteous indignation about the sexual foibles of Bill Clinton. He’s also the fool who didn’t want to take stimulus money even though his state’s education system badly needed it.

The people of South Carolina must suffer fools gladly. So must Sanford’s wife Jenny and their four kids. Talk about public embarrassment!

But this isn’t really about that. It’s more about a sitting governor being addle brained enough to drop looking after the business of the people of his state to follow his heart (or another part of his anatomy) all the way to South America. Is it any wonder he’s refused to release financial records that might show whether he used taxpayer funds to hang out with this woman in the past?

Equally as hilarious is the notion that Mark Sanford can somehow redeem his marriage by staying on as governor.

Jenny sanford

If there’s a connection between these things, it escapes me. It also escapes a growing chorus of voices in his home state that are calling on him to resign. Those who support him are telling the press he’s tired, but showing no signs of instability. Is that what it takes to govern  an American state in the 21st century? No sign of instability?

The amazing thing about the litany of serial political adulterers is that party affiliation has little to do with whether they stray. Democrats do it just like Republicans. Liberals, conservatives, religious zealots, it just doesn’t matter. I think I know why they do it, but I won’t share it here, lest I be called sexist or worse.

However, there is this to ponder. Very few women in politics get caught up in the foolishness that’s nailed the likes of Eliot Spitzer, John Ensign, Larry Craig, David Vitter, Bill Clinton, Mark Foley, and yes, I’ve left some out.

Why is that? Yes, there are fewer female elected officials, but are they better at not getting caught? Are they smarter? Or perhaps, are they just not drunk enough with power to think any member of the opposite sex they fancy is fair game?

Whatever. The central question is, Can Mark Sanford survive the calls for his political head? I’m guessing no, not too much longer.

What do you think?


3 Comments Add yours

  1. sanda says:

    The Sanford affair is popping up in all our minds. It is funny, in a sickening kind of way: that is, this is another governor…”straying” and aiming to bs his way out of it all.
    (The minute I heard of his disappearing “hike”, I said “woman”. These pols do have a limited repertoire and memory sometimes works for us older folks.)

    I got an email from a political “operative” yesterday, who invited me to join her group. It is national. I said that locally, they were very unresponsive to disabled people in the past, saying “we can’t afford rents for buildings with wheelchair access, …wait…” and things like that. When I got a reply back saying, “we think about disabled people all the time, but
    only money constrains …we always wonder how we will meet people who can’t do
    stairs…Have you seen (the group) platform? We are wonderful on social justice issues.”.
    I confess my first thought was: it’s like someone saying “I was thinking about you all the time, while “dating” someone else.” Eh, so what?

    The Gov. Sanford effect.

  2. frigginloon says:

    If Governor Sanford can treat his wife and children in this manner, with out any thought or care for their feelings, what hope have the general public! He is there to serve the people and he can’t even serve those closest to him. Bye Bye.

  3. Kay says:

    Just saw this. I also wonder why so few female politicians get exposed in these embarrassing romantic/sexual situations. Today I’m also wondering how the Crowley/Gates encounter would have developed between two women. We could put more women in power and find out.

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