Indeed it is if you’re looking to “get away from it all” or from a balky legislature whichever comes first. South Carolina Govenor Mark Sanford wasn’t content to just head off from home without telling anyone in his family or his staff where he was going, nor create a subterfuge about hiking the Appalachian Trail. No, apparently Gov. Sanford during all this time away was really in Argentina having an affair.
Given that none of us are perfect I’ll stay away from the morality of the situation only to comment that there was just something about Sanford, call it a gut feeling, that didn’t make him presidential timber in my eyes. Take his comments when asked a question about his foreign policy views. After all he did serve in Congress, he must have some ideas about ideas about how the U.S. should conduct foriegn policy, especially if he was contemplating a run for the White House. Instead he said. “I’ll defer to Newt” i.e. Newt Gingrich whom he was appearing with on the same Sunday talk show. “I’ll defer to Newt” pretty much eliminated him in my eyes even before this Argentine “affair”. It does get some insight into his manner of thinking.
I don’t disagree with Jack Hunter that Sanford made a lot of enemies inside the GOP establishment within the Palmetto state. But if you’re going to fight the Man you better be not just stout of body but of mind and heart as well. Otherwise they’ll get you if you’re not. You don’t have to be Lee Bandy to wonder part this was not somehow orchestrated or least in the way Sanford’s critics sent reporters out on the trail like bloodhounds (Who would have reported Sanford missing other than Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer or Sen. Knotts?)
In any case, if Ron Paul eschews another run for the White House in 2012, Gary Johnson will not have any competition now for Paul’s supporters.