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Sanford’s become popular lately (e.g. Dougherty’s recent TAC article), and the man is principled, but I want to point out some important flaws.
- is a huge fan of arch-globalist Thomas Friedman. Dougherty mentions that Sanford “somberly quotes Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek” and later that “[h]e draws lessons from Ayn Rand’s work”. None of these thinkers are conservative.
- supported Graham recently in his US Senate reelection (not Conley or Witherspoon) and McCain’s Presidential campaign in 2000.
- received a D+ from numbersusa (on immigration) when in the US House.
- voted against withdrawing from the WTO and in favour of fast track.
I realise the governor looks great next to Obama, but let’s not get carried away. Dougherty writes, “Sanford seems incapable of playing a red-meat populist like Sarah Palin”. That’s because he isn’t a populist.