Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Now, men of politics and the media, that comment is addressed specifically to you. It seems the headline for the past few days about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has been that he’s cheated on his wife……….ooooooh, alert the media, call in the National Guard. This is generally coupled with comparisons to John Edwards, Bill Clinton and Elliot Spitzer with terms of “entitlement” and “arrogance” thrown in for good measure.
First, let’s clarify a few things. What Spitzer did was criminal – she was a hooker. What Edwards and Clinton did was just plain stupid. Now, what Sanford did was grossly negligent and without knowing the statutes of South Carolina state government, he might have violated a few; I don’t know nor do I care.
Yes, Sanford was a dick (no pun intended) but the affair is between him and his wife. The more important problem for taxpayers is his serious lapse in judgment to leave the state without telling anyone. He gave up that right to privacy and to come and go as he pleases when he was elected to represent the people of South Carolina. They pay his salary (fringe benefits included) to be the state’s chief executive. He had a duty, at the very least, to inform his Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer. What if there was a terrorist attack and this nut job was out of the country. We all remember how easy it was to get a commercial flight from/to anywhere the last time that happened. Good going Mark.
What if there was a tornado or a hurricane? Again, Mark, how would you handle that? Call up Andre and say, “Hey, Bubba, can you handle this for me; I’m tied up at the moment?”
As Clinton did, and as most other men would if given the opportunity, weaken when it comes to anything sexual – they are just wired that way. It has nothing to do with being Governor. The issue is he was lying down on the job. If that was anyone else in any other job as important, he’d be sacked. So sack him. Then the poor schlub can go back in the sack with whomever he desires.