I learned early not to lie, if I got caught doing something bad as a kid. I would get in double trouble. Trouble x 1 for whatever the transgression was. Trouble x 3 for lying about it. And rightfully so I think, now that I am a grown-up. However, that kind of punishment or retribution or whatever never happened to Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina when he was a kid. Or he would have either come up with a better story, not lied in the first place, or best of all kept his wanker in his pants. Before yesterday, I didn't know a thing about this guy, except that he didn't want to accept any of that dirty government bailout money, but, come on, a "quick trip" to Argentina? What could you possibly think we were going to think? Eric had an interesting take on this situation this morning. I now await his eventual update with bated breath...
What is it with Republican "lawmakers" and extramarital affairs? So many R's seem to be having a bit on the side. Fergoshsakes, two of them exposed in one week? Are they that much more attractive to women? Or are they worse liars than the Dems and just get caught more often? Are they getting for free what Dem lawmakers have to pay for? (yes, yes, a gratuitous snark...) Then again, there's John Edwards. Why must this activity be so bipartisan?
A part of me thinks "So what? He's got a bit of muslin on the side. That's between him and his wife. They'll have to work it out." But in reality, it appears that Gov. Sanford lied to his staffers about his whereabouts, which majorly compounds the issue. The top executive of a state leaves for a long weekend, lies to his staffers about where he was going, and leaves no clear way to contact him (as far as we know) in the case of an emergency. Such irresponsibility is very concerning in someone with a job like that. A doctor would be fried over open coals if he or she did that to his or her practice.
I do feel bad for Gov. Sanford's kids. It must suck for them to have to deal with kind of stuff in public.
******H/T to The Washington Post.******