And the Award for Chutzpah Goes To…

Boy, you really gotta hand it to Mark Sanford. It’s bad enough that he thinks he’s planning to run for Congress in South Carolina after his infamous hike of the Appalachian trail, but he actually had the overwhelming chutzpah to ask his ex-wife to run his campaign.

According to Jenny, she had already told Mark she would be taking a pass on the race the day before, at the funeral of a mutual friend. So when Mark came to visit her, he arrived with a proposal. “Since you’re not running, I want to know if you’ll run my campaign,” he said. “We could put the team back together.”

Jenny told him, in so many words, that wasn’t going to happen. Mark made one last appeal.

“I could pay you this time,” he said.

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  • didgen

    She told him to take a hike.

  • slc1

    Maybe she ought to run against him in the primary.

  • tubi

    Holy crap! Talk about a lack of self-awareness. He really thinks he’s THAT special.

  • TGAP Dad

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Shameless reference here in the states before. I think a Sanford characte would be a good fit. He could play the guy Kash ran off with.

  • raven

    Holy crap! Talk about a lack of self-awareness. He really thinks he’s THAT special.

    I’m thinking another sociopath.

    A lot of the Tea Party and fundie xian leaders seem to be sociopaths.

    I’m guessing here but Mark Sanford really seems to lack any empathy and awareness of what other people’s minds are like.

  • fastlane

    “I could pay you this time…. ”

    really? That’s what he said? Is there a better example of being completely unselfaware anywhere on the planet? Holy fucking meatballs…..

  • gridlore

    “I could pay you this time…. ”

    I’d ask for an all-expenses paid trip to Argentina.

  • Bill Macy in the Mark Sanford story, Shameless edition:

    I go out of my way for this family, made up a story about hiking the Appalachians to protect you and the children and this is the thanks I get for being a good guy. Nobody cares about the husband anymore. Do you know how hard it was to hide the truth from you? No you don’t, because you never think about me. It’s all about you. You know, there are other people in this world besides you.

  • Mark Sanford really is a poster child for the cluelessness of class privilege. Long before his infamous hike, he spoke in front of an NAACP meeting and told them that the way to lift yourself up by the bootstraps was to use your family connections to get an entry level job on Wall Street. Seriously, he said that. The dude makes Mitt Romney look like a working class folk hero.

  • anubisprime

    So all things being equal, the voters will sweep him into office without him breaking a sweat, cos that wife makes fer a poor excuse fer wimmins’ stock!

    Besides he has seen the error of his ways and has been washed in the blood of the lamb….etc…etc…etc

    The lack of awareness. let alone empathy, is symptomatic of severe Sociopathy.

    Perfect credentials to praise jee-sis and stamp all over the constitution and other folk while doing it.