Governor and White House Ambitions Go South: Sanford Admits Affair

by Mike on June 24, 2009

in Election 2012,Politics

Well, there’s one South Carolina boy who can forget about moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in three and a half years.  The story out of South Carolina the last few days has gone from “um, has anybody seen the Governor?  I know his wife doesn’t really care, but we do” to “I think he went hiking in the Appalachians” to “what is naked hiking?” Today, Governor Mark Sanford finally came clean and admitted that he was in Argentina with his mistress of eight years while everyone was looking for him.

Now, liberals with no moral standards will predictably scream “hypocrisy” despite the fact that conservative after connservative is already condemning Sanford’s actions.  The Anchoress‘ take best sums up my position.  You see, one of the countless things liberals fail to understand is that politics is not merely a sport; it is about ideas and principles.  Conservatives stand behind the ideas they profess, but do not blindly stand behind the politicians who profess them.  That’s why conservatives are capable of holding their own leaders to account in a way liberals cannot.          

As for how this affects 2012, the question is where do Sanford supporters go.  The type of conservative inclined to support Sanford before the scandal broke were not those merely interested in electing someone with an “R” next to their name or in making government more efficient.  Those inclined to support Sanford were the people who understand the proper role of government.  For this reason, I think the candidate who benefits most is Sarah Palin.  That said, three and half years is a long time, especially with Obama in the White House.

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Ryan June 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Lately, there has never been a foot the Republicans extend that they don’t subsequently shoot in sort order.

I’m very disappointed too because I just got to know the public Mark Sanford and his views from all his recent appearances and statements regarding federalism and sticking up for states rights by taking a strong stand on the stimulus.

At least it’s early in the election cycle; others will arise in the Party — hopefully someone who understands conservative values and lives them too.


Chris June 24, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I would have picked Sanford as Sarah Palin’s VP nominee, but no more. Not only has Sarah Palin’s star risen (and she came out pretty damn strong after Letterman’s attack, which he would call humor), but so has Haley Barbour.

If Palin is the nominee in 2012 (I know it’s early, but I’m hoping the GOP does the right thing), Barbour and even fellow SC Conservative Jim DeMint have just risen a few notches to be considered for the Veep spot.


Mike June 24, 2009 at 11:14 pm

FYI to everybody. You must leave at least a plausibly valid email address.


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