Sanford admits extramarital affair, resigns from chairmanship of Republican Governors Association
I don’t know what else to say. Here’s a man who has been known for his devout Christianity, for his adherence to strict moral principles. Here’s a man who talks the talk about the Lord, about family, about morality, and yet he’s no different than the former president who “did not have sexual relations” with a chubby intern in the Oval Office.
See, I don’t have a problem with a guy being eccentric or unconventional. I have a problem with a guy being unfaithful.
I don’t get why unfaithfulness is such a scourge. I mean, I guess I do — these people are thrust into positions of power, into positions where they are making decisions for thousands or millions of people, and even the most forthright among them fall from grace.
This particular fall is a tremendous step back for a GOP just now coming into its own with regard to advocating responsible, limited government and fiscal restraint. In a time where Democrats are extremely vulnerable to attacks on all matters economic, Sanford was in a position to be a potential rock star in a resurgent party. Now, as we’ve seen unfaithfulness permanently mar the careers of everyone save perhaps for William Jefferson Clinton, it appears that Sanford is toast.
If he were a Democrat, I’d say that his career could be saved. When GOP politicians admit to indiscretions such as this, after all, Republican voters are appalled and want them out; Democrats, however, are ho-hum about marital infidelity — unless, of course, your wife is dying from breast cancer and you’re actively hiding a child, or you drop the bombshell that you have been secretly living as a gay man. Even if Sanford proves not to be John Edwards or Jim McGreevey, I’m not sure he can recover from this politically.
Lyndon Johnson had Alice Glass. FDR had Lucy Mercer. Ike Eisenhower had Kay Summersby. Jack Kennedy is rumored to have had Marilyn Monroe. Bill Clinton had Monica Lewinsky (and Paula Jones, and Gennifer Flowers, and more). But for someone who preaches so much about morality, I cannot imagine how this mysterious Argentinian woman would be acceptable as Mark Sanford’s mistress.
Sadly, today, in a cloud of hypocrisy, another one bites the dust.