Gov. Mark Sanford…WTF?


June 24, 2009 by billie789


Ok, I’m losing it here. Maybe it’s time to form the Promise Breakers and get it over with.

“Governor Mark Sanford’s admission that he has had an affair with a woman from Argentina, whom he met through the exchange of emails, promises to spark yet another round of reflection and debate over how significant a politician’s personal life is when judging their professional conduct.

The South Carolina Republican, who apologized to his wife, family, staff and friends, said that he was willing to face the consequences of his actions. One of those was consequences was immediate, facing the judgment of the press, he said. Another was his resignation from the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association. Whether the consequences extend to his resignation from the governor’s chair remains to be seen.” –Huffington Post

Okay, this is getting really bizarre, guys. I don’t care what your political pursuasion might be, this is just out of control.

Anyone have any theories as to why we’re having a total epidemic of hypocritical cheating by “Family Values” politicians who are engaging in some of the most egregious behavior out there? 

I actually felt sorry for Mark Sanford on one hand because he seemed like a good man, but then I read today that he was one of Bill Clinton’s chief critics during Blowjobgate.

Called him a “rascal.” And he was.

Now, who’s the rascal? And on Father’s Day week-end. Shame, shame, shame on you.

Then again, spouse/cheater Sen. John Ensign apologized to his Republican colleagues behind closed doors Monday and received…a round of applause!



11 thoughts on “Gov. Mark Sanford…WTF?

  1. torqdog says:

    Bill said;
    “Anyone have any theories as to why we’re having a total epidemic of hypocritical cheating by “Family Values” politicians who are engaging in some of the most egregious behavior out there?”

    Yeah….. I don’t know. Sure does seem like an epidemic lately. The only theory I can come up with is that in spite of the “family values” bs, Republicans also seem to enjoy sex allot and will go out of their way to get it, even if it means destroying their families and careers.

    Let’s see here….. in the last year we’ve had, (what I can remember anyway, I’m sure there’s more), John Edwards, Elliot Spitzer, John Ensign and now this guy. Is there something in the water coolers that these politicians all seem to drink from?

  2. Da Goddess says:

    It’s one of those across the board types of lunacy. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen fucking up their lives recently. People you’d never expect. Must be time for mass midlife crises. That actually may not be too far off…if you look at the average age of these guys, that could well be the reason. When you have a majority of those in office from a specific generation, they’ll all go a little nutso around the same time.

  3. bill says:

    Or as John Stewart said last night,”Conservative minds, liberal penises.”

    It’s surprising to see people who say certain stuff about family and honor and country and God, etc., fall into the Power, Money, Sex pit.

    It may be a mid-life thing. I never had one. I had kids when I was 40. I was out back installing the sprinkler system and building the kids’ playhouse.

  4. bill says:

    This just in:
    “It was a slight miscommunication between Sanford and his staff. He told them he’d be “spiking some Argentina tail,” and they thought he’d said, “hiking the Appalachian trail.” It was an honest mistake. I think they handled it well…family values and all.” -anonymous

  5. esarsea says:

    I’ve got to ask, since it’s been a theme of late here – what’s behind the ongoing fascination with the sexual encounters of politicians? I mean, I got it when it was the President, and he was messing around in the White House – but these other guy’s affairs just don’t seem that interesting to me. Maybe it has to do with Keniston’s “Stimulus Flooding/Psychological Numbing” that I learned about in Psych 101. Could be that I’ve been exposed to so much of it that it’s losing it’s impact?

    I’m not taking a shot at you (or your posts) Bill – just thinking outloud.

  6. bill says:

    No particular fascination, Stu. I was listening to a discussion on the way to work this morning about this latest weirdness and a caller asked the same questions you ask. She went further and said that if this were about a corporate leader or doctor or lawyer or other professional, it would be a private matter and no one would ever raise a question beyond the sorrow for the spouse, etc.

    The difference and point of the matter is that these guys, Democrats and Republicans alike, are out there in the public eye and they posture in public about their values and criticism of others who screw up. They are charged with the responsibility of running their states and the country, including passing legislation that affects so many citizens on so many levels.

    Then, we sadly find out that they were fakes and unable to maintain their own houses. I would call it “human” if some of these creeps hadn’t come out so strongly and placed themselves on a bit of a pedastal for their beliefs and convictions. And we’re left to wonder, if they lied and cheated in a personal relationship, can we believe anything they say publicly while acting as stewards of the public welfare and good?

    If you “get it” for a President, you should get it for men who apsire to be president, like Gingrich and Saunders and Ensign. They’ve all put out feelers about running in 2012.

    Misbehaving priests who prey on children is a private matter as well. But it’s a priest and we expect ultra-perfection from them. The outrage comes from the sheer hypocrisy.

    It’s not about sex: it’s about the moral hypocrisy of entrusted public servants. To me, it’s like the fireman who’s an arsonist or the cop who extorts money from suspects.

    But, you’re right…hey, did you hear that the Cavs have picked up Shaq? Or that Michael Jackson had a heart attack and that Farrah Fawcett died?

  7. bill says:

    I spoke too soon. Jacko’s dead.

  8. esarsea says:

    Well said, yet I’m still somewhat undecided on my feelings. Is a dentist who doesn’t floss, but knows he should, unqualified to tell his patients that it’s important? Can a mechanic expertly rebuild my engine if his personal car is in a state of direspair? I know, those are probably weak analogies but to a degree they do reflect some of my views. If an elected official has an affair, I don’t feel that it alone disqualifies him/her from speaking to family values or being an effective representative of the electorate?

  9. bill says:

    I understand the analogy. I just think those comparisons aren’t quite apples to apples in nature.

    Again, a dentist and mechanic aren’t charged with maintaining the general welfare of the people who pay the tab.

    To me, it’s more like my dentist is revealed to not have attended dental school and is really a mechanic.

    Before he was exposed, he spent a lot of time at the microphones telling people that dentists who haven’t attended dental school should be prosecuted and run out of their practices. Everyone agrees ’cause it just sounds so good. In fact, attending dental school before becoming a dentist is a central plank in his public political persona. In part, he runs on that platform plank.

    Then, sadly, it turns out that he didn’t attend dental school himself.

    That reminds me, I’m due for an exam and cleaning.

  10. torqdog says:

    An interesting concept……. what if Repubs did away with the family values thing. Would that make them any less guilty? Dems, for the most part aren’t subjugated to the rightfully administered criticism Repubs are because they publically take no stand on morality And what if we just ignored morality as a whole as some would like to see. What would society look like?

    Even if people have a problem with the family values thing, it’s obvious that there is still some moral code as evidenced by the disgust most folks have with this crap.

    My 2 cents

  11. bill says:

    I think it’s fair to say that Republicans don’t own “morality” any more than Democrats own anything.

    The outrage over this latest morals conflict seems to be shared across the board. I think a lot of good, decent Republicans are fed up with this kind of thing. I’ve noticed that Democrats are kinda layin’ back on this one for the most part. The calls for his resignation seem to be coming mostly from his own party, with Limbaugh’s statement that Republicans clearly just like sex more, notwithstanding.

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