GOP worried that Sanford will implode?

posted at 12:41 pm on April 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Mark Sanford won the runoff election and the Republican nomination to replace now-Senator Tim Scott in South Carolina’s 1st CD, with a special election in a little under five weeks against Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch next on the horizon. Sanford’s convincing win even in a low-turnout runoff would normally give the GOP some confidence in such a red Congressional district, but Politico reports that Republicans are even more worried now about the prospects for holding the seat.  Five years ago, Sanford imploded in a personal scandal that arguably couldn’t have been handled any worse than Sanford did in attempting to deal with it, and they’re getting worried that it might happen again:

Mark Sanford won over primary voters Tuesday night, but national Republicans aren’t celebrating: Many privately concede the former governor could hand a safe Republican seat to Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

The affair that sent Sanford’s political career off the rails only begins to describe his baggage.

Fellow GOP pols don’t like him. Neither do female voters.His campaign is largely an exercise in seeking forgiveness for his transgressions four years ago — a defensive crouch that makes it tricky to take the fight to Colbert Busch, the sister of late-night comedian Stephen Colbert.

National Journal reports that this won’t be a slam-dunk for the GOP, but that may end up playing into Sanford’s favor:

Those two factors apply to the upcoming South Carolina Congressional contest pitting former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford against Elizabeth Colbert Busch.  It’s a matchup for the ages:  Sanford, who famously lied about hiking on the Appalachian Trail while cheating on his wife in Argentina, and Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.  Even if this race wasn’t competitive, there would still be political reporters flocking to Charleston to catch a celebrity sideshow.  But aside from the spectacle, it’s shaping up to be one hell of a barnburner. …

Stu Rothenberg, one of the sharpest election analysts, wrote an article Tuesday downplaying the significance of the internal polling showing Colbert-Busch ahead, mocking the poll memo’s cherrypicked findings. But picking apart an optimistic polling memo is missing the forest for the trees.  For a Democratic candidate to even be polling competitively in a solidly-Republican district (R+11 PVI, per the Cook Political Report) suggests something is seriously amiss.  It’s even more striking when the Republican candidate is as well-defined as Sanford – the numbers aren’t a reflection of one candidate’s name identification advantage.

Sure, Colbert Busch’s personal favorability is artificially high since she hasn’t faced many Republican attacks — yet.  That will change now that Sanford is the nominee. Expect Republicans to carpet-bomb the district with ads portraying her as an out-of-touch liberal.   They recognize Sanford is far from a lock to win the seat, and won’t take anything for granted.

In other words, this may wind up forcing the GOP to spend a lot of money in South Carolina that they may not have otherwise committed.  Sanford has done a pretty good job in lining up cash for his comeback effort, but going up against Colbert Busch and Stephen Colbert’s fundraising abilities means that national Republican organizations will have to get into the game to keep from an embarrassing loss — even if they’re not happy about the outcome of the primary.

Politico believes that Sanford’s scandal will make it more difficult for him to go on the attack against Colbert Busch:

The fact that his opponent is a woman further complicates Sanford’s task.

“It’s going to be virtually impossible for Mark Sanford to attack Colbert Busch. It’s extremely tricky political territory for several reasons,” said Hogan Gidley, a former South Carolina Republican Party executive director.

“One, Sanford can’t effectively execute an apology tour and consistently be on the attack. Two, any political attack on Colbert Busch would be used against Sanford and the party as proof of a perceived ‘war on women.’ Three, we have a huge problem right now with the women vote – so any candidate perceived to be one who disregards women is going to face issues getting votes. Sanford could overcome these things, but it will be very difficult in the current political climate.”

That means national GOP groups such as the National Republican Congressional Committee will have to do the dirty work on Sanford’s behalf, Republicans say. Party officials say Sanford’s weaknesses make it incumbent on outside forces to drive up Colbert Busch’s negatives.

I’m not so sure about that.  For one thing, in an R+11 district, the real trick was getting Republicans to trust him enough with the nomination.  He came out of the first round with 37% of the vote in a 16-way race, which one could have chalked up to simple name recognition.  When presented a binary choice, though, Sanford won 56% of the Republican vote in a low turnout that should have favored his opponent, Curtis Bostic.  Sanford went on offense against Bostic during the campaign while offering his apologies for the personal scandal, and seems to have succeeded — at least so far.

Furthermore, Colbert Busch has some real weaknesses, especially her ties to the unions that tried to close the Boeing expansion in the state, and her liberal stances on social issues in a socially conservative state.  Even if it’s not Sanford doing the attacking, she’s going to look a lot less representative of an R+11 district at the end of five weeks.  Colbert Busch and her allies will almost certainly play the “picking on a woman” card, but how well will that play in an R+11 district? If her brother jumps in with both feet and goes on the attack against Sanford — as he probably will — then that damsel-in-distress strategy is going to look hypocritical and silly.

Sanford wasted no time in shifting his runoff strategy to the general election the day after winning the nomination.  He appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talked a little about dealing with the scandal, but spent at least as much time framing Colbert Busch as a novelty celebrity-once-removed candidate whose famous brother won’t be on the ticket.  That sounds like a pretty good start for an offense:


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lsm had no problem going after palin…but I’m sure the first ad against colbert will be deemed sexist

cmsinaz on April 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Ugh, it was beyond disgusting to see Sanford and his mistress/fiancé all over each other at his victory celebration, IN FRONT OF HIS CHILDREN. Sanford has no scruples and no shame.

Pork-Chop on April 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

How about “No More Busch” campaign? How many SC liberals actually know the exact spelling?

Archivarix on April 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

free advertising on his show for little sis…is that allowed?

cmsinaz on April 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I fully expect the sister of Stephen Colbert to win. It’s only America’s destiny, that the sister of such a misfit would become a political pig in perpetuity.

I’m just surprised that her brother, whose shining moment was playing a closet homosexual in Strangers With Candy, isn’t in Congress, already.

With every day, I lower my hope for America.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Sanford has no scruples and no shame.

Pork-Chop on April 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

You say it as if it’s a bad thing. Democrats never had any, and yet they trounced us twice in the national elections. Honestly, Sanford can wet his wick in every willing female around the world for all I care, as long as he’s voting the right way.

Archivarix on April 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

John McCain will start apologizing in 5…4…

pat on April 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

free advertising on his show for little sis…is that allowed?

cmsinaz on April 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

No, but who is going to prosecute – Eric Holder?

Archivarix on April 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Archivarix on April 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

good point

msdnc touting some poll that shows she is ahead by 4 points…

cmsinaz on April 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

GOP worried that Sanford will implode

GOP, thy real name is irony.

msupertas on April 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/04/02/michelle_obama_agrees_president_obama_is_a_sex_symbol.html

It’s okay for Baracka to be a stylish swaggin sex symbol but just because Vera Baker isn’t available for comment he gets a pass?

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT: [Jackie Kennedy] was also one of the first to have a president — husband — who is kind of a sex symbol. Like, people used to look at JFK, ‘Oh, he’s sexy.’ And then it was Bill Clinton, and now it’s your husband, Barack Obama is looked upon by women across the country as a sex symbol. What do you think?

MICHELLE OBAMA: He’s got a little swag, you know. That’s Okay. I mean, I’m proud of him. He’s a stylish, I think, man who is healthy and he’s smart and he’s passionate and he’s inspiring. And who wouldn’t fall in love with that, you know? It’s okay, yeah.

Go Sanford go. Show em that Carolina Swag back in D.C.

PappyD61 on April 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

South Carolina is much more red than Missouri. Sanford should be ok where Akin was not; also, he seems slightly less of an idiot. Slightly.

alwaysfiredup on April 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Send Karl Rove in. He can have him.

portlandon on April 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

He’ll win unless something else comes out. Colbert’s sister is not the type of Democrat that can get elected in Republican districts. Joe Manchin pretty much authored the book on how to do that, and she’s not the type to get it done.

LukeinNE on April 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

It’s the Establishment Ayatollahs of the GOP that don’t like Sanford. They have shat on him so much they know that he’ll bolt on voting for their boy for SOTH.

Watch ‘em though – just like Todd Akin, they’re just waiting for him to make a mistake so they can pull his funding and throw this race to the Dimmocrit. That’s the way the GOP Ayatollahs roll you know … can’t get their owned boy in – then let a Dim have the seat!

Sanford had a great career and was spot on right on most of the issues. He’ll be an asset in Washington, DC. The fact that he’s been humbled by personal experience is a positive – not a negative.

HondaV65 on April 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

GOP worried that Sanford will implode

GOP, thy real name is irony.

Further evidence the GOP rightfully has earned the title “The Stupid Party”.

hawkeye54 on April 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

implosion simplosion. the doe eyed look maria belen gives sanford makes it all worth it.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/03/south-carolina-mark-sanford-wins-gop-primary-for-old-house-seat/

renalin on April 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

All he has to do is run against the democrat party. Keeping Nancy Pelosi from having another shot should trump any other issue.

I don’t have to take ownership of Mark Sanford’s marital problems any more than dem voters don’t ever take ownership of ANY consequence their party binds us with.

Let’s not fall for demedia efforts to hold us to standards they are trying their best to destroy.

DanMan on April 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Why are people the least bit concerned about Sanford?

David Vitter patronized prostitutes in DC and Louisiana for years. It’s said he liked to dress up like a baby in a diaper when he visited them.

Hell – he’s MY Senator and I voted for him. I don’t give a sh!t what he does off the clock – he votes solidly conservative – more conservative than just about anyone in Congress.

Sanford? Hell … the dude fell in love. He wrote poetry to his woman. She was his downfall but then again, women are the downfall of each and every one of us men at some point in our lives.

I mean, he was listening to country love songs and writing bad poetry … dude was head over heels in love. Not like he was asking DC call girls to spank his ass with a diaper on! LMFAO.

Perspective.

HondaV65 on April 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

The stupid party is still stupid?

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Sanford’s convincing win even in a low-turnout runoff

Hmmm, think there might have been some “straw voters” there? Why would there be such a large turn out for someone with so much negative baggage as Sanford if not with the goal of having an un-electable Repub running? I claim foul play is afoot here…

Big John on April 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

What is the GOP worried about?

Bill Clinton had sex with an Intern ad lied about it WHILE he lied under oath during a sexual harrassment hearing against him, perpetrating a felonious perjury and obstruction of justice for which he was charged with contempt and stripped of his law license. Clinton went on to finish as President.

Sanford was exposed as a hypocrite for demanding Clinton step down at the time yet when exposed for being awol and having his own affair, he refused to step down and declared his situation & ‘Slick Willie’s circumstances were differen’t.(…or in this case in his defense, may be they are too much alike – If it was ok for ‘Slick Willie’ then it should be ok for Sanford, right?)

And are we seriously forgetting about Hillary? Hillary completely & utterly failed as a Sect of State by single-handedly being responsible for the 1st assassination in over 30 years of a U.S. Ambassador. Hillary did not only ignore 1 attempted assassination attempt against Ambassador Stevens, she completely ignored TWO (2)! The 2nd terrorist attack left a 4-foot hole in the compound wall. Hillary ignored repeated pleas for additional security from Stevens, ignored reports/warnings of growing Al Qaeda presence in Benghazi, and ignored Stevens last warning that he would die if a 3rd attempt was made. The administration lied, the cover-up that still continues – to include Hillary’s part in it, and Hillary is on record/video declaring ‘what does it matter who killed Stevens’?!

We KNOW a CIA cable went to the State Dept and the WH War Room within minutes of the start of the Benghazi attack informing them this was indeed a TERRORIST attack. Rather than having AMERICANS guard our Ambassador, Hillary entrusted his security to terrorist-backed/associated Libyan tribesmen with his protection. The attack lasted for HOURS with no help coming. Reports show Hillary/Obama even ordered teams ready to respond to ‘stand down’!

Amazingly enough the 2 Democratic Party presidential nominees who argued who better was suited to answer that proverbial ’1am phone call’ & whom would be better to entrust the security of our nation, BOTH MISERABLY FAILED THAT TEST…yet, Hillary, is somehow the ‘Democratic Party Presidential Nominee for 2016?!….And somehow SANFORD is a worse choice/risk than HILLARY?! Granted, neither one should ever hold public office again, but if we are racking & stacking politicians by whose have fewer &/or less horrific scandals, Sanford should infinitely win hands down.

easyt65 on April 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Elect the Democrap… Sanford is radioactive nationally. A complete scumbag. I’ve had it with supporting scum ‘pubbies.

CatoRenasci on April 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I’m fascinated by the fact that we are 10 minutes into this story and haven’t heard from Dick Harpootlian. Talk about a miracle….

Hat Trick on April 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

msdnc touting some poll that shows she is ahead by 4 points…

cmsinaz on April 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

That’s actually good news. If they believed she has a snowball’s chance in you-know-where, they’d be downplaying expectations so to encourage Sanford to stay in the race, like they did to Akin the Toad.

Archivarix on April 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The stupid party is still stupid?

Leadership is chronically stuck on stupid. But, of course, being DC political elites, they have their reasons for remaining that way.

hawkeye54 on April 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Elect the Democrap… Sanford is radioactive nationally. A complete scumbag. I’ve had it with supporting scum ‘pubbies.

CatoRenasci on April 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

So you’re supporting scum demmies instead. I got it… See, I’m all for ousting RINOs and liberals from their warm, fluffy GOP perches, but I don’t care a whit if the guy is an adulterer, a bank robber, or even a serial rapist as long as he votes the way I want him to vote. We’re not voting for a reality show celeb to be voted off the island, remember?

Archivarix on April 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I’m trying to figure out why it is that this guy gets a pass after what he did when a four star general gets publicly humiliated for his indiscretion and his career ended.

scalleywag on April 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

America loves a comeback story full of forgiveness but not someone who has a (R) after their name.

Not to many people go from Governor to congressmen when they had problems at the end of the term of Governor. The Media will lie to say he resigned early as Governor and not just the RGA.

tjexcite on April 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

I’ve had it with supporting scum ‘pubbies.

CatoRenasci on April 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

keep us posted big boy. Anybody ever hear of this poster?

DanMan on April 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

It’s the Establishment Ayatollahs of the GOP that don’t like Sanford. They have shat on him so much they know that he’ll bolt on voting for their boy for SOTH.

Watch ‘em though – just like Todd Akin, they’re just waiting for him to make a mistake so they can pull his funding and throw this race to the Dimmocrit. That’s the way the GOP Ayatollahs roll you know … can’t get their owned boy in – then let a Dim have the seat!

HondaV65 on April 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Except the GOP, from what I can tell, didn’t back Bostic at all. If they were trying to screw Sanford over, they’d have poured money into Bostic’s campaign in the last week to rescue him. I share your mistrust of the GOP’s leadership but I think you’re misreading this particular situation.

Doomberg on April 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

scalleywag on April 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

military code…he broke it and has the honor to acknowledge it, after hearing he was working with Hillary to arm Syrians through Benghazi he ain’t worth spittin’ at so he did the right thing

DanMan on April 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Elect the Democrap… Sanford is radioactive nationally. A complete scumbag. I’ve had it with supporting scum ‘pubbies.

CatoRenasci on April 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Sanford isn’t running nationally. He’s running locally so it doesn’t matter how “radio active” he is nationally. Only South Carolinians are voting for or against him. I’ll take a dozen “scum ‘pubbies” over one Dem (who, by the way, are all huge scumbags) any day of the week…

Big John on April 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I am not too worried. With all his experiences, Sanford will eat Busch.

Dr Snooze on April 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Honestly, Sanford can wet his wick in every willing female around the world for all I care, as long as he’s voting the right way.

Archivarix on April 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

And surely he will, he promises he will, he’ll take an oath of office, and people will rely on him. So you can trust him.

If you can’t trust a man who will drop everything and break his word for his own personal benefit to do right by you, who can you trust? Right?

It’s silly to look for people who have been trustworthy in the past to support; we should look for untrustworthy people who have violated their word and promises in the past… those are the ones you can really trust this time.

Oh, and Charlie Brown will surely get to kick the football next time.

gekkobear on April 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

military code…he broke it and has the honor to acknowledge it, after hearing he was working with Hillary to arm Syrians through Benghazi he ain’t worth spittin’ at so he did the right thing

DanMan on April 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

True, but he stood up and told the truth and apologized. He has a lot more honor and character than this weasel.

scalleywag on April 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

And yea, he’s an idiot, he probably will implode. This is the guy who asked his ex-wife to run his campaign.

scalleywag on April 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The GOP needs to “man up” . . . don’t they own the “Republican” brand or at least have unofficial title to it? If so, they should not let this loser use it and call himself a Republican.

rplat on April 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

If Akin is an embarrassment that the Dems used and will use to cast the Rs in a bad light then what is Sanford?

Sanford lied, stole(the public funded the affair), broke his vows to God, lied some more, came up with even more ridiculous lies, lied again and then made out with his mistress for the the camera after invoking God’s name.

It’s is a fun day for the R libertines when the Socons wear hypocrisy like a dunce cap.

BoxHead1 on April 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM

This is the guy who asked his ex-wife to run his campaign.

scalleywag on April 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

That was actually a smart move if scumbaggy. If it had worked out it would have been brilliant. How do you go out after a guy for his adultery when he can point out that the wronged woman so believes in his candidacy that she’s his campaign manager?

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Only South Carolinians are voting for or against him.

Big John on April 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

These are the same morons who voted for Lindsey Graham. These are the same morons that thought Newt was the best candidate for the Presidential nomination. I have no confidence in South Carolians.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Only 40,000 people in the entire state bothered to vote. That is why we need to get active in the COUNTY committees and get people motivated.

crosspatch on April 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Yes, if you listen to Politico and National Journal (because after all, they are nothing but sympathetic to the cause of Republicans, conservatives, and reformers) and the hand-wringing opponents of Sanford from his days as Governor – the corrupt old guard establishment in SC – then you are going to think it will be close.

And you would be wrong, AGAIN.

The problem starts with getting your news from tainted sources. Those you name might as well be OFA. Stacy McCain actually came to SC, but before he hit South of the Border he was already quoting Will Folks, who is about as much of a pariah in SC politics as you can find, and whose “inside sources” have all proven imaginary in the past.

But on behalf of the good people of the 1st CD, I’d like to thank all you carpetbaggers, establishment types, corrupt old boy network supports, RINOs, snake handlers, armchair analysts, idiots, and buffoons for all your great advice. Did it never occur to ANY of you – even once – that the people in the district who have known Sanford and Bostic all their lives and have lived through their business, personal, and political careers just might have more information on the candidates than you do?

Once again, we appreciate your concerns, bless your hearts. But we can take it from here, thanks – while maybe you could use the time at home to set your own elected officials in order, mmmkay?

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I am a conservative Republican but I actually hope Colbert’s sister wins. No one is a better poster boy for the Dem’s faux “War on Women” meme than Mark Sanford.

bw222 on April 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

And surely he will, he promises he will, he’ll take an oath of office, and people will rely on him. So you can trust him.

If you can’t trust a man who will drop everything and break his word for his own personal benefit to do right by you, who can you trust? Right?

It’s silly to look for people who have been trustworthy in the past to support; we should look for untrustworthy people who have violated their word and promises in the past… those are the ones you can really trust this time.

gekkobear on April 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

If you still believe that you can, or ever should, trust your Representatives in the Congress, I have a nice oceanfront property in Colorado that you might want to buy. The point is, a perfect congressman is not one you can trust, but one that reliably votes your way. Incorrect votes cause vastly more damage to the country than whatever he or she manages to steal.

Archivarix on April 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

A large number of bloggers and blog commenters have, over the years, begun to imagine themselves as political analysts. Then they begin linking and quoting each other, reinforcing whatever conventional wisdom first arose.

Before long, it becomes “common knowledge” but only because the BS has been repeated so often. It’s the Pauline Kael syndrome – you are shocked when reality doesn’t conform to your narrow little view of the world as painted by your incestuous little circle of blog friends.

And some of you accuse Obama of hubris? Motes and beams, Chuckles.

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I for one appreciate the Mark Sanford types running for the GOP. It’s time we stop trying to run “good” people with “morals”. I’d rather have us lose because of their depravity than their ideas being rejected by the electorate. It’s just easier to take.

happytobehere on April 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Only 40,000 people in the entire state bothered to vote. That is why we need to get active in the COUNTY committees and get people motivated.

crosspatch on April 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The election was for a single congressional district, not the state. South Carolina has 6 congressional districts.

bw222 on April 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

He make appear to be restored, but he’s a broken man.

And he caused unimaginable pain and confusion to his FOUR BOYS, pain and confusion which they don’t understand (or realize). They are not set up to not trust THEIR OWN FATHER, not to mention the damage done to their relationship with their HEAVENLY FATHER.

and TOTAL WIPEOUT OF Mrs. Sanford.

and he is the poster child now of Congress. Dims never forget.

williampeck1958 on April 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Colbert’s sister is going to start her five day Appalachian Trail walk tomorrow, if she’s smart. She can call into district radio and TV stations every day (“hi! I’m hiking the Appalachian Train”) and the laughter will subside only on election day. The GOP primary voters may be the single dumbest, most easily fooled group of Americans anywhere. It’s very depressing.

MTF on April 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

These are the same morons who voted for Lindsey Graham. These are the same morons that thought Newt was the best candidate for the Presidential nomination. I have no confidence in South Carolians.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

You don’t mention your state, but I’m sure every member of your congressional delegation is a stellar performer, right?

Heh.

Here’s a clue – free, since I’m sure you couldn’t buy one – if you don’t like SC voters’ choices, you could just MIND YOUR OWN FREAKIN’ BUSINESS!

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

So, the Democrats are going to bring in Bill Clinton to shame Sanford for his infidelity…?

PersonFromPorlock on April 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Alright, alright, enough with the SC Homerism. Take it as said and read.

MTF on April 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

The GOP primary voters may be the single dumbest, most easily fooled group of Americans anywhere. It’s very depressing.

MTF on April 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

You could always commit suicide, then. Or just keep whining.

The election was for a single congressional district, not the state. South Carolina has 6 congressional districts.

bw222 on April 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

SEVEN, but at least your heart is in the right place.

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Asa Hutchinson and Sanford are two good examples of loser Rs. Asa sounds more like Chuck Schumer in creating a national database so the ‘we’ get to chose who is qualified for a gun. Asa has lost more elections than he’s won. He is a loser, with lose lips

Sanford is just a loser loser who is too vain too retire. Everything is about him…he’s the one that needs to do things his way. And he likes the power and glory and TV of being in Office. A loser, who will probably lose…but even in the wierd SC politics, he is still a loser (on, and btw, remember how much the SC R party hated Haley?…losers)

there are a lot of loser in the party.

r keller on April 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Vote for the Democrat.

Another Republican will get the seat back with 10 points to spare next year. But even if the Dem got to keep it, 1 House seat is not worth the constant reminder about Republicans that the media would trumpet about Republicans nationally concerning GOP Republican Mark Sanford – the Republican who hiked the Appalachian Trail as Governor before resigning in disgrace as a Republican Republican the GOP.

And aside from the imbalance in reporting the other side, the media would be totally justified in staining the GOP and yes, Republican voters, and yes, CONSERVATIVE Republican voters non-stop, by the way. After all, he won a primary in SC-1. Can’t blame that on RINOs.

HitNRun on April 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Sanford is just a loser loser who is too vain too retire. Everything is about him…he’s the one that needs to do things his way. And he likes the power and glory and TV of being in Office. A loser, who will probably lose…but even in the wierd SC politics, he is still a loser (on, and btw, remember how much the SC R party hated Haley?…losers)

there are a lot of loser in the party.

r keller on April 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Did you go to school to learn to structure your arguments so logically?

BTW, counting primaries, runoffs, and general elections, Sanford’s lifetime record is 11-0 – soon to be 12-0.

The SC GOP nominated Haley, you idiot. The people who “hated” her were the old guard, the corrupt establishment, the same people who hate Sanford and Tim Scott, the same people who were pushing Bostic on the suckers.

But at least you don’t allow your near-complete ignorance to stop you from expressing your opinions, bless your heart!

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Say, here’s a idea, since so many of you self-righteous, holier-than-thou moralists can’t seem to get over yourselves: leave the GOP and form your own party!

It will be small, of course, since there are so few perfect people like you, but on the bright side you can sit in a circle and pat each other on the back.

You need a catchy name – maybe “Perfect Purity Party” or “First Stone Casters” or “Pharisee Party.”

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

True, but he stood up and told the truth and apologized. He has a lot more honor and character than this weasel.

scalleywag on April 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I agree he did the honorable thing and I am sure he has plenty of that in reserve but I don’t like the notion he is allowing Hillary cover because he was involved with her scheme. Not saying he had a thing to do with the 9/11 deaths there, but the arms diversion is coming out as the reason those folks weren’t protected, Hillary has bloodon her hands and he is a part of that, intended or not. His stock would soar if came out and cleared up that aspect of his involvement. That he had an affair is his problem as well.

DanMan on April 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

GOP worried GOP Establishment and Liberal Media Hopeful that Sanford will implode?

FIFY. Get the headlines right, Ed.

williamg on April 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

You don’t mention your state, but I’m sure every member of your congressional delegation is a stellar performer, right?

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Jim Moron is my Congressman so don’t you dare start making absurdly ignorant comments you arrogant ass. South Carolina isn’t the only state with stupid voters. It just seems the Palmetto state has more idiots than villages.

My problem with Sanford is pretty straightforward. I don’t care much about his infidelity but his abandonment of his family and job, his lies, his theft…… All that goes to integrity and clearly Sanford has none.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

GOP Establishment and Liberal Media Hopeful that Sanford will implode?

FIFY. Get the headlines right, Ed.

williamg on April 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I don’t think you fixed it quire right. Liberal media will do more than hope for an implosion.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I am a conservative Republican but I actually hope Colbert’s sister wins. No one is a better poster boy for the Dem’s faux “War on Women” meme than Mark Sanford.

Agreed. Barring a huge scandal implicating a number of Republican Congressmen, a Busch win will not tip the balance of power during this Congress. In 2014, she’ll face a new opponent who won’t embarrass the Republican ticket nationwide and will win easily in a R+11 district.

blammm on April 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

And he did more than just cheat on his wife. He abandoned his office to go be with his mistress; his own staff didn’t even know where he was or how to contact him for five days. What if there had been some kind of emergency while he was down in South America boinking his mistress?

If it was just the affair that would be one thing; I abhor it but he’s hardly the first. Running out on his responsibilities as governor was dereliction of the duty he was elected to perform. I don’t care which side of the political aisle he’s on: he is a disgrace

Shadow on April 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

As a resident of South Carolina’s first congressional district, i have to laugh at all you nervous-nellie types who gave us nothing but applause for sending Tim Scott to Washington, but don’t trust on us wanting to return Mark Sanford. You all sound like a bunch of whiny, defeatist Democrats. I personally don’t give a proverbial pinch of excrement what you think, but for goodness sakes shut up and stop the hand-wringing and the recitation of Donk talking points.

tryptic on April 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Agreed. Barring a huge scandal implicating a number of Republican Congressmen, a Busch win will not tip the balance of power during this Congress. In 2014, she’ll face a new opponent who won’t embarrass the Republican ticket nationwide and will win easily in a R+11 district.

blammm on April 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

There’s some logic in this line of thinking. If nothing else just get some fresh blood in there. Surely Sanford isn’t the only conservative in the district. Run one of them, ANY of them, and they should win in 2014. I’d rather at least look for a potential rising star than hand the seat to a scandal-tainted known quantity who at best will hold a safe seat and do nothing for as long as he’s in Congress.

alchemist19 on April 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

And he did more than just cheat on his wife. He abandoned his office to go be with his mistress; his own staff didn’t even know where he was or how to contact him for five days. What if there had been some kind of emergency while he was down in South America boinking his mistress.

Shadow on April 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Oh my, must be hard to live with the weight of your own self-righteousness on your shoulders :) for crying out loud, he was gone for a week or so,..it’s not like S Carolina would have perished or gone extinct with him gone for a little while on a soul searching and love finding mission :)…and what kind of emergency do you exactly have in mind? I am sure he checked weather.com before he left (and by that I do not mean the Buenos Aires temperatures :) and he made sure no super storm was heading the way of the great state of S Carolina, so he cleared himself out and made himself good to go…to S America :)…big f…deal…imagine if Bubba hit the nuclear button by mistake while Monika was at it, I mean in the heat of passion, a sudden movement, anythingnis possible…now, that could have have some serious impact :)…and yet he will forever be the ‘scumbag kid’ in the American people psyche :)…oups, I spelled ‘come back’ in French, helas,, again :)

jimver on April 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

If Sanford were a democrat none of his sexual escapades would be in question. Republicans need to quit eating their own.

woodNfish on April 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Furthermore, Colbert Busch has some real weaknesses, especially her ties to the unions that tried to close the Boeing expansion in the state, and her liberal stances on social issues in a socially conservative state.

Do you really think that’s going to matter when her opponent has indulged in socially liberal practices?

Stoic Patriot on April 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

You could always commit suicide, then..

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

What a foul person you seem to be. Disgusting comment. You have no idea who you are talking to, and yet you say something like this.

MTF on April 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Actually, this will force the *democrats* to spend money here that they normally wouldn’t have.

SouthernGent on April 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Only 40,000 people in the entire state bothered to vote. That is why we need to get active in the COUNTY committees and get people motivated.

crosspatch on April 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Actually, the turnout was over 46,000 in a Congressional DISTRICT (there are 5 of them in SC), where general-election turnout is usually around 250,000. Still, Sanford will have to triple the total Republican turnout in order to win the general election.

Steve Z on April 3, 2013 at 8:01 PM