Now, go away, sir. Bravo to your wife for not standing there with you, allowing the cameras to chronicle her misery. You were never going to be president, anyway, because -as I have said repeatedly – men who seem like competent middle-management types are DONE being president in this country:
A staid, respectable white fellow with no twinge of flavor is going to die out there. He’s everyone’s competent project manager, but no one’s CEO.
And you spent the last 5 days CRYING in Argentina? Don’t you know that song, yet? No crying in Argentina, for anyone!
It’s not that I have no compassion for human failing. I do. I fail all the time and my sins, dropped into the big bucket of human sinfulness, resound and reverberate no less than Sanford’s.
I’m just so SICK of these people with power – our so-called “leadership” – sneaking around, making excuses and carrying on while the country is in serious trouble. And it’s doubly annoying when it is someone from the right; pols on the left haven’t, at least, been mouthing platitudes about values and the sanctity of marriage, give them that.
At least Sanford did not do the “cover it up” routine (ala Bill Clinton, which only made things worse for him and his family) at least Sanford is coming clean, and yes, he seems to be expressing genuine contrition about what he’s done…but enough of this, already.
I am at a loss to understand how it is that politicians, particularly politicians on the right (who know they will find no sympathy or protection from the press) seem oblivious to the fact that if they’re doing something that can destroy their careers, there are going to be opposition people out there, just lying in wait for the chance to expose them, or to pounce and devour if the politician exposes himself! You’d think they’d be smarter about how they conduct themselves, or they’d think long and hard, not just twice but a dozen times, before they indulged themselves in behavior that can only blow up in their faces.
I am not without compassion, but Gov. Sanford just handed the whole nation a crap sandwich that the press will chew on for weeks and weeks, while they ignore other – much more pressing and meaningful – stories. And in that way, we are all injured.
Gov. Sanford, glad you did the right thing and came clean, now get off the stage, so the press can get back to not covering the shambles of our economy or this story and not asking Barney Frank if he is learning disabled, not asking uncomfortable questions about healthcare, and the climate, or this issue or ohh…what’s the point. There is a sex scandal to report about, and sex trumps everything, especially when the story uncovers someone with an R after his name. As we all know, sex is “private” except when it is not, and the world is full of perpetual adolescents (on every side) who will immediately follow this (or the execrable “Jon & Kate Divorce” story) to the exclusion of anything else.
Sigh…alright, I’ll link around. I guess I’m a whore, too.
Roger L. Simon: When eyes of the nation should be focused, Sanford knocks our glasses off! Yes…I was heartbroken when I heard this news, not for Sanford (although for his wife, yes) but for the Iranian people who need our support today and who – with this story – will see coverage from the short-attention span media wane, as the press follows a titillating story and the political blood it leaves in the water.
Howard Kurtz tweets more compassion than I felt:
This was a man in pain, unraveling on live TV. Sanford kept flagellating himself. Pundits who talked about 2012 missed pt: the human drama.
Pursuing Holiness: Can men and women be friends?
Ed Morrissey: “No sniveling” also [this] makes Sanford the most famous Republican on foreign affairs at the moment
Jim Geraghty: His career is over
Confederate Yankee: Foreign affairs; yer doing it wrong
He had a hell of a lot more passion and pathos for his mistress than his own wife. He referred wistfully to the “great friendship” and “that sparking thing” he had with the mistress for eight years — during which his wife was raising his four children.
Don’t cry for me: South Carolina
Quoting Mark Twain, you’re doing it wrong!
Bookworm: Sanford’s odd cadences
Maureen Dowd: Perpetually 14
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