because apparently that is who gets all the action. Slightly gawky and awkward with women? No worries. Get yourself elected, and you’ll be gettin’ busy with the ladies in no time.
In all seriousness, sex is the universal vice of men. Not every man is prone to over indulge in alcohol. Not every man is prone to excessive gambling. Nor drugs. Nor corruption by money. But very few men aren’t vulnerable here. That is why it takes so many otherwise prudent and decent people down. Stanford could say no to Obama’s money, and we as conservatives owe him for that, but he couldn’t resist this temptation even with so much on the line.
This is why character matters. Why it is the starting point without which policy positions are meaningless. Many during the Clinton Lewinsky saga said the affair didn’t matter. That it was only prudes and Puritans who cared. It was just about sex after all. But it matter in many way BECAUSE it was about sex. A man who falls here is blackmailable. A man who falls here is perpetually distracted by his erotic interests and fears of discovery. And while in many ways it is hypocritical for them to do so, the people do hold you accountable for it, particularly if you are married.
The sad part of this, other than the hurt to his family, is that the “Republicans” (In Name Only) who criticized Sanford for not taking Obama’s bribe money deserved to be challenged for their treachery. There needed to be a faction of “Sanford Republicans” in South Carolina giving these clowns grief and hopefully even primarying them. But that is all up in smoke. The Obama bribe takers can rest easy now.
Now that I’m done preaching, as far as the politics are concerned, I agree with Patroon that Sanford pretty much lost me with the “I defer to Newt” remark. Also Patroon said, “there was just something about Sanford, call it a gut feeling, that didn’t make him presidential timber in my eyes,” and I agree. Not so much that he couldn’t perform the job of President, but that he couldn’t get elected President. He has always struck me as a bit awkward. As someone not entirely comfortable in the spotlight and with people. He seems like the kind of kid in High School who would have been on the chess team (I was) and/or going to a Star Trek convention (I never did), and slightly oblivious to it all. He must have some political skills to get elected multiple times and to be the leader of the Republican Governor’s Association, but in an age when television matters so much, I just didn’t see him going over big in a presidential campaign. Maybe Weaver or Jack Hunter if he reads this could comment on what Sanford is like in person or how he is perceived in South Carolina. That would be much appreciated.
This whole disappearing to Argentina affair (pun intended), reinforces that impression. What could he possibly have been thinking? Did he really think he could get away with just leaving the country and no one would know he was gone and no one would ask pesky questions? This strikes me as a guy who was just “chucking it all” so to speak in desperation. Maybe he didn’t want to break it off with the lady from a distance, but he could have flown her up here or something. It seems to me either a desperation move consequences be damned or slightly out of touch with reality.