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By lephead - Posted on 27 June 2009

Now I'm not a "conservative politician with a liberal penis", but telling your wife that you are having an affair, and then asking her to go visit the other women is kind beyond my comprehension

"South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford sat in her oceanfront living room Friday, recalling how her husband repeatedly asked permission to visit his lover in the months after she discovered his affair. "

That struck me as the ultimate in marital bizarro too, lep.  When I read the interview last night, I thought the same as you.

And even though Sanford is trying to say he went to Argentina to break it off, reports from a cafe where they spent a good bit of time say differently.  The owner said "they were all over each other".  More crying time, I guess....;-D

Whacko Marko.  This second, or is it the tenth, phase of the soap opera needed a new thread.  His repentence is clearly high drama, low accountability.  I am sure the "dear dear friend" in South America is grateful for the international humiliation. I really like the idea of him not resigning -- so far.  Gotta love that.  It is time for Sanford's senior staff and closest friends to arrange a visit with Mr. Frank Discussion.

Tom : IMO having the state of South Carolina paying for your rendevous is why he should resign.  This is the part where I think all politicians, any party, any label, any philosophy cross the line.  When they use public money for their personal self fulfillment.  That's not right at all.

The phony contrition of paying it back after you have been caught is a load of crap.

I agree lep, and another big no-no is leaving the state unattended.  He put no one in charge in his absence, with his staff having no way to contact him.

The SC constitution allows for the Lt Gov to take over in case of an emergency, but does not say what constitutes an emergency...that could cover a lot of territory.

Hey Suzi, when you get up there in age, sometimes having an erection does constitute an emergency situation!  LOL

And I totally agree, I think that he left the state WITHOUT making provision for the Lt  Gov to take over constitutes an inexcusable action.

Never underestimate the old folks lep...;-)


Hey!  Mark Sanford only just turned 49!  That's not old!  And it's definitely not old enough where an erection would constitute an emergency situation!  LOL

He should resign for all of it (although I love his self-serving "hang in there" attitude. What a sanctimonious sense of entitlement! What a way to keep yourself and  your mess in the public eye!)  As one of the anti-Clinton breast beaters back in the day, he set the bar that high... let him trip over it.  As for the misuse of public funds, tough call.  Geithner (whom I opposed on the basis of his big tax dodge) got a pass with paying the taxes with interest and penalty.

The real deal breaker is dereliction of duty -- basically walked off with the keys to the state and set no one else in charge or in the know.

It seems that with her interview and her statements, his wife is running her own "dump Sanford" campaign without actually coming out in public and saying "he should step down"  -- although it's close.

I want the  Barbara Walters/Oprah/Diane Sawyer tour... and I want it NOW?

 think she neds to STFUP.  Nobody in their right mind wants to hear her air out her dirty laundry.  Except for the tabloids.  If she keeps this up, she may find herself losing all the goodwill that's going towards her right now.

Having said that, isn't it possible that Sanford is actually in love with the other woman...stranger things have happened.

I am going to say it again, his letters to her were HOT.


 I will not throw the first punch but I wil certainly throw the last.....President Barack Obama.

She is being forced to endure a lot of public humilation and shame.  She's not the one that brought this to light, and I think you may be being unfairly harsh towards her. 

And yes, he may really be in love with the other woman.  But that still does not excuse the way he handled the situation, IMO, personally or professionally.

"Nobody in their right mind wants to hear her air out her dirty laundry."

I want to hear every minute of it... all day long. I'm not saying I am in my right mind, but this just might get me through the health care debate in July if it sticks around long enough.

I am not excusing his behavior. I think he is a cad.  But she needs to protect her children and not air all these details out in the open like's like a drip, drip, of info.



 I will not throw the first punch but I wil certainly throw the last.....President Barack Obama.

I certainly didn't mean to imply that you were excusing him, lep, and if it sounded that way I apologize.  Also, I agree about protecting the children, but that's not what you said in your previous post. 

He has a responsibility to protect their children, too. Being ex-governor makes him a smaller target and less of a story.   Besides, there may be something for the children to learn in watching one spouse take no sh*& from the other.


Sanford: King David Didn't Resign, So Why Should I?

In a statement issued after the meeting, Sanford doubled down on the David analogy:

"I remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been committed to me over the next 18 months, and it is my hope that I am able to follow the example set by David in the Bible - who after his fall from grace humbly refocused on the work at hand. By doing so, I will ultimately better serve in every area of my life, and I am committed to doing so."

  Someone needs to start drug testing politicians.

Misty :  I tend to agree here that if he is pretending he is equal to King David, he is still full of arrogance and playing word games with us.
King David also danced naked in public...  it shamed his wife. Cue the music, Governor  
Okay, note to self: no heavy objects when I'm in the presence of Mr. Sanford, lest I be tempted to throw them at his head in the hopes of raising his IQ a couple of points.

Is he f*!king kidding me? David was ON THE RUN after his adultery and attempted cover-up while his favorite son staged a coup d'etat after a scandal/murder involving another son/daughter. To compare his ordeal with David's is beyond insane.

In order for Sanford to fairly claim the same ordeal, he would have to be plunked in the middle of a Tehran protest while his son ran the government in his stead.


It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

About an hour after Jenny Sanford talked of her pain and feelings of betrayal, her husband brushed aside any suggestion he might immediately resign, citing the Bible and the story of King David _ who continued to lead after sleeping with another man's wife, Bathsheba, having the husband slain, then marrying the widow.

"What I find interesting is the story of David, and the way in which he fell mightily _ fell in very, very significant ways, but then picked up the pieces and built from there," Sanford told members of his cabinet in a session called so he could apologize to them in person and tell them the business of government must continue.

Yes-this is just insane. How can he still be quoting the Bible at this moment? I could not believe he said this and had to re-read it a few times!!

Very insane... King David also had many wives and concubines to take care of his sexual needs. What is Gov. Sanford trying to tell us?

That it's good to be King?

Late night comics: are you taking good notes? Why even bother? Sanford is making your job way too easy. He is practically writing your material for you! I though Palin was a gift to comedy-Sanford may upstage her! Maybe he could have done a little research before blabbing about King David. Or worse-maybe he does think his story mimics his own! His wife is smart to keep her distance-he is bad news! She must be thinking, "Why did I ever marry that guy?"
I think Sanford's getting what's coming to him. Seriously, what sort of moron responds to "How could you cheat on me!?" with "I'm sorry... can I visit her next Sunday?"???

Peter Sagal's opening joke and question is a great summation of his better-known antics: Governor Sanford of South Carolina joins a growing army of social conservatives who decided to get a jump on destroying their own marriages before same-sex couples could do it to them.


It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

Sanford in love...with himself.

NYT's Maureen Dowd, perfectly, on how his Argentinian affair liberated Sanford from the boring, penny pinching, moralizing drone that he was...and is.

Did anyone see the quote from Lindsey Graham on Meet The Press in response to the GOP being the party of family values

"Yeah. I think we're a party of sinners, just like every other group in America, but we're also a party that openly talks about good things. It is good for Mark and Jenny to get back together, if that's possible, because it's good for families to have a mom and dad. And it's OK to talk about those things. And part of life is failing. So from Mark's point of view, if he can get his family back together, people are pretty fair in this country. Bill Clinton had his problems. People looked at his job performance, they looked at his personal failings and they said, "You know what, we're going to put one over here and the other over there." That's no justification for what Mark did, but I think the people of South Carolina appreciate what Mark tried to do as governor to change their state."


More interesting things said by Graham and Romney  from their visit to Meet The Press Sunday....

 (I will say that Lindsey did say something nice about Obama and his family after the whole family values discussion)



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