Interestng that condemnation has NOT come from the same Republican leadership that roundly condemned Bill Clinton (who did his hanky panky on his own time, his own dime and on God’s Amurican soil, thank you very much.)
But lest anyone think that the major issue here is a sex scandal, the most heinous aspects of this debacle in order are:
1) he essentially went AWOL. The Governor is the CEO of a state. In the private sector, a CEO doesn’t go away without making sure he’s contactable and that there is a chain of command in place. Sanford’s actions show that he is clearly too irresponsible to be in public office. His emails show that he was thinking with his “stimulus package” rather than with his head.
2) This escapade — and apparently numerous other junkets to South America — were done on the taxpayers’ dime. If you are going to reject stimulus money for the unemployed and needy in your state, you can’t then use taxpayer dollars to get your own private stimulus on.
3) he wants to legislate morality for the rest of us and deny basic legal rights to some in the population based on the fact that he doesn’t think they represent “the sanctity of marriage”. Well, that old thing about glass houses…
4) He has loudly called for the resignation of Bill Clinton and “anyone else of moral turpitude”. So let’s see him, as he called for Clinton to do, “do the right thing”. Resign.
5) He has put honest, hardworking staff on the spot and made them a party to his lie.
6) He’s a scumbag, but he’s his wife’s scumbag and the mere fact that he had an affair is none of my business. Unless it involves the other points mentioned above.
This presumes that there exists something called “Republican leadership,” a premise I find hardly plausible: there are nominally people in charge of various things, but they lead only in the sense that the flying lady (“Spirit of Ecstasy,” yet) leads a Rolls-Royce.
The good people of South Carolina have plenty of reasons to replace this guy, and the sooner, the better.
The same Republican leadership that roundly condemned Bill Clinton for his hanky panky with a White House employee who answered to him on the job, in the non-residence portion of the White House (his own dime? not hardly), are mostly retired these days and not looking any more kindly, I think, on today’s GOP “leadership” than the rest of us.
Lisa, if you were to take a cruise through the conservative side of the blogosphere, you’d find most agree with all your contentions. Plus, you missed one – this little escapade happened over Fathers Day weekend.
Hypocrisy isn’t limited to one side of the aisle. Murtha, Jefferson, Pelosi, Boxer, Frank – need I go on? Pelosi promised a more open and honest government. Mkay.
The symbol has changed from the elephant to the donkey, but it’s business as usual.
Jeffro, I have been heartened to see that the conservative blogosphere seems to be the conscience of the Republican Party. They are calling it like it is regardless of party affiliation. (Except for the bozo who mused that, based on Sanford’s emails, his was a “love connection, not a sleazy affair like Clinton’s.”)
But I do think those who protested loudly and long that Clinton and any Democrat should immediately resign for affairs also should apply that standard of morality to those on “their team”.
I also think there are special circumstances for those who have held themselves up as arbiters of morality (which Clinton never did). If you are putting yourself above others — as Craig, Sanford and the Nevada guy did, it’s especially odious when you show those same frailties.
I personally wish we could all be more European. When Mitterand was buried, his wife and mistresses attended and the French gave it a Gallic shrug and “C’est l’amour.” Stuff happens in marriages, and as long as no laws are broken, no funds misappropriated and the person in question continues to perform his/her duties more than adequately, so what? I don’t elect people based on their private morality, but on their public morality. Unless they try to make private morality a publicly legislated thing.
The few Republican leaders who are speaking are downplaying it all. And Sanford has already come out with defiant refusal to resign. Time will tell if he has a place in the party after this.