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Old 06-24-2009, 02:32 PM   #1
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Gov. Sanford Scandal

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He should immigrate to the U S

the Republicans are looking for some new candidates.
Gov Sanford with his mysterious disappearance and whereabouts and trail hiking has just admitted he had a gf in Argentina




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Old 06-24-2009, 02:53 PM   #2
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^ Seriously? After all that? I'd automatically assumed he must have some psychological problems, because what else would a public official of his stature just up and disappear for days on end over.
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I figured it was an affair. I guess that's what they're calling it these days hiking on the Appalachian Trail

I guess he was just e-mailing/speaking to her for years before they "hooked up" for about a year now. The wife knew about the affair before he went there this time, supposedly.
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I guess that's what they're calling it these days hiking on the Appalachian Trail.


If he was an 'ordinary guy' with an 'ordinary life' I'd have figured that likely too, but as it is, I guess this is just one of those Dude-what-the-hell-were-you-THINKING?? moments of incredulity for me. I mean, the guy was the president of the Republican Governors' Association, rising national star in the GOP, talked up as a 2012 Presidential candidate and all that--why would someone ambitious and disciplined enough to have made it that far suddenly do something as positively-begging-for-it-stupid as up and leaving the country for several days without telling either his staff or his family where he was going? If nothing else, how hard can it be to plan your 'exotic hiking trip' so that you've at least got a passable alibi and aren't pretty much guaranteed to return to heated speculations about your mysterious absence splashed all over the national papers?

Anyways, this would be a good time to be acquainted with some Southern humor blogs...
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I guess they just become so arrogant that they don't even think about the common sense questions. Maybe someone on his staff did know, and maybe he told his wife he was going there to break it off with the woman. I don't know, but it's like a soap opera.

Makes Silvio seem boring
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easy mistake to make - very similar to hiking that Appalachian trail.

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If he was an 'ordinary guy' with an 'ordinary life' I'd have figured that likely too, but as it is, I guess this is just one of those Dude-what-the-hell-were-you-THINKING?? moments of incredulity for me.

he forgot about the part
where he went through customs

and boarded an international flight to Argentina.
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Don't cry for me Argentina

What happens in Buenos Aires stays in Bueno Aires,

or maybe not?

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Mark Sanford Admits Extramarital Affair

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In an emotional press conference this afternoon, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted that he had been cheating on his wife with a woman in Argentina, where he had been secretly vacationing the past six days. Sanford, who announced he was resigning his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, repeatedly apologized to his wife and kids and to his staff, whom he admitted misleading about his whereabouts. The governor’s aides told reporters yesterday that Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail, when in fact he was in Buenos Aires. “I’ve been unfaithful to my wife, and I developed a relationship with what started as a dear dear friend from Argentina,” Sanford said, tearfully.

The Gaggle : Mark Sanford Admits Extramarital Affair
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Everyone is sleeping with everyone.
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wow, read this article

Sanford met in Atlanta after returning from South America - Local / Metro - The State

the guy just flat out lies, people have personal failings, that is understandable.


but this guy is not fit to serve in office, one can not go AWOL for days at a time.
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Everyone is sleeping with everyone.
it seems to be more of a problem for GOP, family values, 2012 Presidential hopefuls.

Palin is looking pretty good. (in her slutty way)
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wow, read this article

Sanford met in Atlanta after returning from South America - Local / Metro - The State

the guy just flat out lies, people have personal failings, that is understandable.


but this guy is not fit to serve in office, one can not go AWOL for days at a time.
This guy makes me like Eyes Wide Shut even more.

South Carolina Gov. Sanford Admits Being 'Unfaithful' to His Wife, After Secret Argentina Trip - Political News - FOXNews.com

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Sanford explained that he had "developed a relationship with what started as a dear, dear friend" from Argentina. He said they first met eight years ago but the romantic relationship began more recently.

"It began very innocently as I suspect many of these things do ... Over this last year it developed into something much more than that," he said.
If this was recent he really didn't care much about his career.
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He wanted to "do something exotic"

And he did so on Father's Day weekend. Bonus points
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I can't believe the media is now printing his personal emails with this woman.

I mean, I can believe it - but I don't understand why it's anyone's business. He disappeared, we know why, it's awful for everyone, but why do we need to know the content of email exchanges between them?
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^ Hadn't heard about that until you mentioned it but, yeah, that's beyond the pale to me too. If I started into an article then discovered it contained chunks of his private e-love letters or whatever, I'd just stop reading.
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These supposed emails could be fakes

I doubt he will ever confirm or deny

they seem a bit too contrived to me

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. You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details ...

Three and finally, while all the things above are all too true - at the same time we are in a hopelessly - or as you put it impossible - or how about combine and simply say hopelessly impossible situation of love. How in the world this lightening strike snuck up on us I am still not quite sure. As I have said to you before I certainly had a special feeling about you from the first time we met, but these feelings were contained and I genuinely enjoyed our special friendship and the comparing of all too many personal notes ...

Lastly I also suspect I feel a little vulnerable because this is ground I have never certainly never covered before - so if you have pearls of wisdom on how we figure all this out please let me know... In the meantime please sleep soundly knowing that despite the best efforts of my head my heart cries out for you, your voice, your body, the touch of your lips, the touch of your finger tips and an even deeper connection to your soul.”
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Good lord. I hear Harlequin romance accepts novels on spec.
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Sanford must have a ghost writer.



somehow, I think this is worse than John Edwards
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I totally agree with this opinion.

Salon.com | The strange nakedness of Mark Sanford

By Gary Kamiya

Jun. 25, 2009 |

When South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford told the world he had been having an extramarital affair, I didn't expect to feel any sympathy for him. The ritual in which a married, male politician appears in front of the cameras, confesses to having an affair, and asks his family, friends, constituents and God for forgiveness has become so familiar and formulaic that it usually feels like the sinner is reading from a teleprompter. I let my wife and kids down -- check. I let myself down -- check. I broke God's law -- check. The whole thing is a shtick, a plastic act of absolution performed by men who are just as plastic. Its banality, its creepy decorum, belittles everyone associated with it. There is no grand, destructive passion, no fire, no chaos. There are no Anna Kareninas, only their soulless husbands.

Moreover, I was hardly predisposed to cut Sanford any slack. From Bob Livingston to Newt Gingrich, the hypocrisy of sanctimonious, Bible-thumping, family-values-espousing GOP politicians who get caught with their pants down has become a national joke. Until Republicans abandon their judgmental moralism about all things sexual, their marital peccadilloes will inspire schadenfreude, not sympathy.

But something strange happened during Sanford's confession. He broke the formula. He got lost. He went too deep. He exposed his soul. He got all weird and human on us. His life had become an awful train wreck happening in front of the whole country, and it didn't seem like he had any idea of how it was going to end up and he didn't care who knew it. Instead of a press conference, we had been carried into some Eternal Bedroom of Misery that most of us have been in at one time or another, that room where marriages and love affairs -- all alike, all different -- come to a painful end. Surreal, jagged emotional shards flew through the air. "I spent the last five days of my life crying in Argentina." "I'm committed to trying to get my heart right." "The odyssey that we're all on in life is with regard to the heart." Sanford used some of the familiar rhetoric, speaking of God's law and asking for forgiveness, but this was not another blow-dried, prefab confession. It was unscripted. It was so intimate it was almost unwatchable.

Politicians, in particular Republicans from the South, are not known for psychological introspection. But Sanford talked like one of the id-excavating characters from "Six Feet Under." He sounded like a man who's been digging so deeply through his soul, was so wounded, so beyond quotidian concerns, that he didn't care anymore what anyone thought. He was following his own compass. Maybe that explains his almost unprecedented willingness to talk not just about his wife and their children, but his lover. He talked about how their "remarkable friendship" of eight years started, ironically, when she was separated from her husband and he tried to convince her to stay with him for the sake of their children. He recounted that a year ago, their friendship sparked into something "much more" -- not just "more," but "much more."

Unprompted, he talked of the period of time after they first became lovers as "that whole sparking thing," and went on to say that after they were discovered five months ago, they "went into overdrive trying to figure out where do you go from here." He said that during this agonizing, life-upside-down time, the one thing he absolutely wanted was "resolution." And he said that "While indeed from a heart level there was something real" between him and his lover, because of his wife, children, and where he and his lover were in their lives, they decided "it was a place that I couldn't go and she couldn't go."

These are not the kinds of thing that public figures who have been caught having affairs say. They go far beyond the necessary, the conventional, the tasteful. But as e-mails between Sanford and his lover show, this does not appear to have been a casual fling. This was not conventional or tasteful. This was a love affair. (When was the last time a public figure got caught in a love affair? It's always bimbo eruptions and high-priced hookers.) And Sanford was strung out. His wife separated from him two weeks ago, as a trial to strengthen their marriage, and he promptly headed to his purgatory in Argentina. He was obviously still burned by that fire. He looked and sounded like a man who has just been taken by Eros on a guided tour of heaven and hell -- mostly the latter.

I'm neither defending nor condemning Sanford -- such judgments, from outsiders, are meaningless. I know nothing whatsoever about Sanford, his wife or his lover. I also admit I might be wrong about him. He might simply be a good actor, who cynically donned a devastated mask to win sympathy. But I don't think so. Whatever happens to Sanford politically will happen, and it won't be pretty. He knew the rules of the game, he broke them and now he has to pay the price. But that press conference was about something much deeper than politics. It was awful, but it was real. And painful as it is, in the repressed American sexual landscape, reality is better than artifice. For the real enemy is not sin. The real enemy is plastic.
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Good lord. I hear Harlequin romance accepts novels on spec.
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Ew, those e-mails should have been kept private. If any of the content was related to his job as governor the public had a right to know (did the lt gov even know where he was when he was really in Argentina?) but they don't need to know about the magnificent-parts- of - yourself stuff. I guess the media had those e-mails months ago when rumors started about his affair, don't know how they got them. They even e-mailed the woman and asked her to authenticate them-she never replied.

Who knew a Republican guy could be so poetic and romantic?

Jon Stewart apologized last night for having said South Carolina Mark Sanford was on the Appalachian Trail having sex with a coyote when in fact he was in Argentina having sex with a married woman.

Sanford held a press conference yesterday after being missing for seven days. He apologized to his wife and four sons for the betrayal and resigned as head of the Republican Governors Association. Stewart, who had hunkered down for an exciting announcement with popcorn and movie-sized soda, was disappointed saying:

"Oh, marital infidelity, you're just another run of the mill human being whose simple moralizing about the sanctity of marriage is only marred by the complexities of their own life. Well just another politician with a conservative mind and a liberal penis."

Stewart was, of course, referencing Sanford's views on marriage which he thought should only be between a man and a woman.
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somehow, I think this is worse than John Edwards
Dare I ask...

How so?





Fox News later correctly identified Sanford as a Republican
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