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Just say No

Just say No

Or as they say on the internet, NOOOO!!!!

Via Byron York:

Update:  Ugh. Erick Erickson, I Endorse Mark Sanford for Congress.  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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He appeals to a God of second chances. Wow, lol.

All I can say is I hope they had someone with a bucket to catch all that sap he was oozing…


I will just say this, if Sanford wasn’t in the race, the front runner would probably be Teddy Turner. So there’s that.

I seem to recall he wasn’t all that popular as a governor even before the trist. It’s a pity his ex-wife isn’t running. After hearing her speak a number of times during the public shaming of her husband, she comes off clearly as the brains of the family. Mark Sanford himself strikes me as the most stereotypical of politicians – in the slimey-say-anything-that-gets-approval kind of way.

Maybe he can hang out with Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock and figure out who’s the most conservative among them.

These guys love to talk about “Second chances” but in politics, you either stick to your guns on every single issue, or get shredded. The 2nd chance they get is to live a clean life outside of politics. Their “public” lives are pretty much over. As Lou Reed sings, “Stick a fork in their ass, they’re done.”

The ugliness of his appeal to God lies in his implication that since God gives second chances, voters who refuse to give him a second chance go against God. That is some sick, self-serving reasoning, an attempt to evince guilt in people and then use it to his advantage. This guy has not changed. Indeed, this seems worse than his original clusterfark.

The field is actually quite good down here, but the problem is that almost none of them can get any traction. Larry Grooms would be a good candidate and representative, but his campaign lives somewhere on the edge of non-existence. The race really boils down to two people, Teddy Turner and Mark Sanford. I’m personally convinced that Turner (who’s a teacher in Charleston) got together with some friends and decided on a few things. 1) He has a famous name. 2) The race is wide open. 3) He can raise a lot of money. 4) He’s never said anything political so he can make himself out to be a Republican. I have no idea his true views, but he’s at best an unknown entity.

Sanford may not be perfect, but he vetoed so many tax increases and expanded projects as governor against the overwhelming opposition of his own party that I have to believe he’d take that kind of attitude back to D.C.. I’d rather have a guy who cheated on his wife and is now marrying the mistress than someone who seems to be desperately grasping onto his father’s name to get elected.

    casualobserver in reply to SC David. | February 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, Tim Scott gets behind in the primary. That’s bound to help a lot. I might include DeMint, too, but I wonder if he’ll get that involved in a House primary.

    I’ve seen clips of Teddy Turner and he sounds like the real deal, almost the opposite of Sanford. Where Sanford hasn’t a hair out of place nor a wrinkle in his clothing, Teddy is more so just a guy, warts and all.

Sanford’s character flaw is well known. What is less appreciated is his dedication to government reform, both in SC and in DC. He was reviled by the “establishment” in SC which wants nothing more than crooked business as usual, and with our weak Governor form of government, he could only do so much against the rampant and continuing corruption in the legislature, where the 90% who are corrupt to their core give the rest a bad name.

Sanford represented this district before, he ran on self-term limits of three terms, which he honored. The first year he slept in his office to save money. He then went in with three other GOP congressman on a small apartment. He flew home nearly every weekend – to the woman who is now his ex-wife and their kids.

Throughout his six years in Congress, he was the only member who returned some of his office budget to the Treasury every year as unused.

No, you are right, we certainly don’t need a guy like that in Congress.

    byondpolitics in reply to Estragon. | February 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    A lot of Congressmen sleep in their offices or share small apartments. It’s their private money. I guess they can do what they want with it and it makes no difference to the voters whatsoever. Those weekend trips home though? That’s on our dime. Thanks Dude. A lot of people wish they could finagle the taxpayers into paying for that kind of regular travel home.

    They’re fortunate that their employer allows the unhygienic practice of staying in the office though. Many people who go to DC for temporary assignments don’t get that luxury and so wind up paying double housing costs. The perks of power: turning our Capital building offices into a dorm.

    If he’s running for Congress again, I guess he wasn’t very serious about that term-limit thing, was he? That’s not a surprise, is it? He obviously isn’t serious about commitments. His refusal to first answer questions about why he abandoned the state for the “Appalachian Trail” followed by his cluelessly hurtful “apology” speech made that pretty clear.

    The plain fact is that power-hungry narcissists don’t make good leaders. The fact that they don’t know what to do with themselves when they are out of power isn’t really a concern of mine. I don’t care to be bullied by a liar into giving him a second chance.

    I make a distinction between private virtue and public virtue.

    Nevertheless, a party that stands for individual rights and individual responsibility should hold its candidates to a more stringent personal standard than a collectivist party does.

      Paul in reply to gs. | February 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      How can you make a distinction between public and private virtue, they are one and the same.

      “It is in the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigour. . . . degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats into the heart of its laws and constitution.”
      Thomas Jefferson

Is there any doubt that Sanford came clean and paid back the $9,000 he stole from SC taxpayers only because he got caught doing it? Why would anyone want him back in office? Listen to his video – he thinks what he did made him a better and stronger public servant. By those standards, Nixon and Clinton must be virtual gods.

If Sanford is all SC can come up with for the House, SC has major problems.

As a voter in this district I am praying Senator Scott drops a hint.