PPP: Colbert Busch takes the lead from Sanford in South Carolina?

posted at 5:21 pm on April 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

According to Public Policy Polling, anyway. Granted, polling is especially tricky with a special election, because it’s difficult to really gauge what turnout is going to look like … but it’s kind of starting to look like, if any Republican could somehow possibly manage to lose this deeply crimson seat, Sanford could.

PPP’s newest poll on the special election in South Carolina finds Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch expanding her lead to 9 points over Mark Sanford at 50/41. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt polls at 3%.

Colbert Busch’s lead is on the rise for several reasons. She has a 51/35 advantage with independents. She’s winning over 19% of Republicans, while losing just 7% of Democrats. And it also seems that after last week’s revelations about Sanford that a lot of GOP voters are planning to just stay at home- while the district supported Mitt Romney by 18 points last fall, those planning to turn out for the special election voted for him by only a 5 point spread.

Sanford continues to be unpopular in the district with 38% of voters rating him favorably to 56% with a negative opinion. 51% say the revelations about his trespassing last week give them doubts about his fitness for public office. Interestingly the events of the last week haven’t hurt Sanford too much with Republicans though- 65% say the trespassing charges don’t give them any doubts about him, and his favorability with GOP voters has actually improved from 55/39 a month ago to now 61/32.

Yikes. This is all coming after the NRCC decided to jump ship and leave Sanford’s campaign to itself after last week’s revelations that he’s been caught violating his divorce agreement by trespassing at his wife’s home earlier this year, and big-name DC Republicans canceled a fundraiser they were planning to help out his campaign in the short space left before the May 7th election. And heck, with solid gold campaign tactics like this, who needs ‘em, anyway?

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford returns to the campaign trail next week and wants his Democratic congressional opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, to join him. …

The campaign released a statement Friday saying Sanford plans to make 15 stops in five days next week in the Republican-leaning district on the state’s coast.

“To date, my opponent has refused to do any joint public appearances or debate the issues for the benefit of voters in the 1st District,” Sanford said. “Without debate on issues we are getting what President Obama and Nancy Pelosi gave us with ObamaCare – pass it and then you can see what’s in it. Now it’s vote for Colbert Busch and then see where she stands on the issues.”

The Colbert Busch campaign did not respond directly, but said that the candidate, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, has her own aggressive campaign schedule for the coming three weeks. She has scheduled a full day of events in Beaufort County today.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/04/19/2732462/sanford-to-travel-1st-district.html#emlnl=Morning_newsletter#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/04/19/2732462/sanford-to-travel-1st-district.html#emlnl=Morning_newsletter#storylink=cpy

And then, there’s this. I just can’t summon anything to say about this.

Usually, it’s Texans who are notorious for invoking the Alamo amid tough circumstances.

But this weekend, former Gov. Mark Sanford referenced the epic battle in a full-page newspaper advertisement in the Sunday edition of Charleston’s The Post and Courier. …

So Sanford is invoking the Alamo in his struggle to return to Congress:

“In March of 1863, there was similarly little time. A South Carolinian by the name of William Travis drew a line in the sand with his sword and simply asked those who would stay and fight, to cross it. His efforts, and that of those who died with him there at the Alamo, ultimately inspired Texans to come to the aid of their brethren and defeat Santa Anna’s army though they were outnumbered at the onset by six to one. I’m outnumbered right now, but will fight to the end toward freedom and financial sanity in Washington so important to sustaining it. …”

There’s a problem with this anecdote: the Alamo fell on March 6, 1836.


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Colbert Busch takes the lead from Sanford in South Carolina

No way! How is this even possible? (said no one ever)

Pork-Chop on April 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Is he a douche- Yes.. Did I want him to win the primary- No..

But now that he has- can we save the seat from the Hollywood idiot’s sister please?

melle1228 on April 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Please GOP, recruit a good candidate to retake this seat in 18 months. I’m sick of blowing these special elections.

Doughboy on April 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

This guy needs serious professional help. He is cracking up. I don’t think it matters how red this district is, they aren’t going to elect a loon like Sanford.

Doomberg on April 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Welp…..

On the brighter side, if this pans out it might be stark and harsh enough to piece the bubble Mark Sanford appears to live in and convince him he should give up politics.

And Erick Erickson is still an idiot.

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Waiting for Jenny Sadford or her sons to endorse Colbert-Busch.

I wouldn’t blame them one bit.

portlandon on April 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Is he a douche- Yes.. Did I want him to win the primary- No..

But now that he has- can we save the seat from the Hollywood idiot’s sister please?

melle1228 on April 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

He’ll have to sink or swim on his own. Too much stink on him for the GOP to get involve.

I’ll be honest… I’ll never vote for another damned Democrat as long as I live. These last six years or so have seen to that. But if I was a South Carolinian, I’d either stay home or write someone in.

Murf76 on April 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Akin 2.0

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

In March of 1863,

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Limerick on April 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

The GOP has him propped up the GOP can choke on him.

Limerick on April 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

The GOP has him propped up the GOP can choke on him.

Limerick on April 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

When and how did the GOP prop him up?

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 5:37 PM

In the end, none of this matters much. Even if Sanford loses, it won’t change the balance of power in the House much and the seat will go red next year.

AngusMc on April 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Sanford – he’s a one man wrecking crew. That’s awesome. Way to go, South Carolina.

Hey – how about that Lindsay Graham?

beatcanvas on April 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Put an eyepatch on him, and he’s the Governor from Waling Dead.

portlandon on April 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

In the end, none of this matters much. Even if Sanford loses, it won’t change the balance of power in the House much and the seat will go red next year.

AngusMc on April 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

That’s my view of it as well.

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Shocker!///
Btw: Sanford is a total, uber-SCMUCK!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Same here.

Abby Adams on April 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Unfortunately, even if Sanford loses, my guess is he’s just going to keep running for office — he’s pretty much the southern, Republican version of Anthony Weiner.

But hopefully the next time Sanford runs, the voters in whatever area is blessed with his presence won’t simply mark the ballot based on name recognition as in the recent primary election.

jon1979 on April 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

She is a Progressive/Socialist!Wake up South Carolinian fools!

redware on April 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Abby Adams on April 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Mine as well. This district gave us Tim Scott so I’m inclined to believe they can do better than Mark Sanford, and it should be an easy pickup for anybody-but-Sanford in 2014.

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I don’t trust PPP, but Mark Sanford is the ultimate scumbag. I knew South Carolina Republicans were stupid (re-electing Miss Lucy) but until they nominated Sanford, I didn’t realize they were beyond help.

bw222 on April 22, 2013 at 5:48 PM

The GOP has him propped up the GOP can choke on him.

Limerick on April 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

When and how did the GOP prop him up?

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 5:37 PM

WEHT to those commenters from the day before the election here who were voting Sanford (Mister Conservative anti-spending) and that the GOP and Karl Rove and Ann Coulter and anybody here who didn’t like him could go…..

Marcus on April 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Mark Sanford walked into a bar, the bartender asked him “Why the long face?”.

smokin hot politics on April 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

If I lived in that district I would sit out the election. I hope she wins. Having this lying weasel creep in Congress would do far more harm than good to the conservative cause.
Why is this blatantly dishonest man even allowed to hold a Republican affiliation anyway? Last I looked, the party of law-breakers, liars and cheaters was the Democratic party. Republicans used to hold a higher standard. I look forward to seeing him kicked out of the GOP very soon, I’ll be disappointed if that is not the case. Not only is he dishonest, he’s proven to be very dumb and to think people are even dumber. He’s delusional.

ChristianRock on April 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Marcus on April 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Wait, there were people on here who thought this was a good idea?

o_O

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

“Granted, polling is especially with a special election…”

I say that all the time. Polling is especially!

;)

Kevin M on April 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM

1863 was the middle of the Civil War (known as the War Between the States in South Carolina).

bw222 on April 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

So it seems that character does count.
So when are Repub’s going to stop falling for marketing and actually nominate politician’s who reflect what they believe…unless they are?

RAN58 on April 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

When and how did the GOP prop him up?

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 5:37 PM

He got the GOP nod and support and only after the news came out in early April did they pull the plug. Between the time of the trespassing complaint until April they were what, snookered? Didn’t know? No way in heck. I’ll give the GOP credit for pulling out, but I’m not letting them off the hook for putting in in the first place.

Limerick on April 22, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Why did the R voters in SC chose this guy over generic Republican again?

18-1 on April 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

At least Republicans in Missouri didn’t know Akin was a screw-up when they nominated him. Republicans in South Carolina knew Sanford was.

bw222 on April 22, 2013 at 6:01 PM

WEHT to those commenters from the day before the election here who were voting Sanford (Mister Conservative anti-spending) and that the GOP and Karl Rove and Ann Coulter and anybody here who didn’t like him could go…..

Marcus on April 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I think there was maybe one goof who was for him on this board. Sanford had no significant Tea Party support and I was against his return as soon as I heard about it. If he had Tea Party support, we’d have heard oodles about how “the Tea Party is forcing another unelectable candidate on us! It’s another Akin.”

Instead we heard silence. Karl Rove never made any bombastic statements on TV and we didn’t hear any leaks from Unnamed Republican Strategists. The national party has instead quietly been creeping away from Sanford and cutting his support.

To the extent that conservatives supported anyone over Sanford, it was Bostic: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/2013/0320/Mark-Sanford-inches-toward-redemption-but-tea-party-dark-horse-looms

You’re just wrong. Quit trying to blame the Tea Party. If anything, they tried to SAVE you from Sanford.

Doomberg on April 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

We laughed our asses off at the Ashley Judd situation the Democrats had themselves in, but at least they were proficient in kicking her to the curb behind the scenes. Does anybody in the GOP know what the hell they are doing?

Mark1971 on April 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

What did he do outside politics beside plotting to get back into politics?

Buddahpundit on April 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

meh, SC sends the “happy” and liberal Lindsey Graham to the senate time after time, I’d say deeply chartruese but even I’m not sure what color that is

DanMan on April 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

This man is a total loon. He keeps changing his story about the night at the beach house. And who speaks to their ex-husband/wife by the light of their cell phone? He really needs to stop repeating that line.

He is entertaining, though.

MustLoveBlogs on April 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Wow! did not realize that was Tim Scott’s old district. My goodness. I’d still take him over the dem anyway. Dems have proven to be enemies of the country too many times lately.

DanMan on April 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Colbert Busch takes the lead from Sanford in South Carolina

Expectedly.

Stoic Patriot on April 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I disagree with the “holier than thou” posters. Sanford has a very high conservative rating from various groups that rate that sort of thing.

It is more important that we judge a politician on his record and conservative voting than his personal life, especially being that he is not a serial adulterer like others in public office.

I think the article leaked by his wife as to his watching the football game with his son when not first cleared by her is lowering his percentage in the polls. People (women) tend to think with their heart instead of their heads. They are all mad because they can envision their husbands doing that to them.

And the husbands are mostly going, “Good for you”.

Amjean on April 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

It is more important that we judge a politician on his record and conservative voting than his personal life, especially being that he is not a serial adulterer like others in public office.

Amjean on April 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Yeah. He’s not a serial adulterer. He’s just an ordinary adulterer, who also blatantly lied to the public and engaged in trespassing.

Character counts, and Sanford doesn’t have any. Let Colbert-Busch have the seat.

Stoic Patriot on April 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

PPP = Piss-Poor Polling, so let’s take that with a grain of salt.

slickwillie2001 on April 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

It is more important that we judge a politician on his record and conservative voting than his personal life, especially being that he is not a serial adulterer like others in public office.

Amjean on April 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Yeah. He’s not a serial adulterer. He’s just an ordinary adulterer, who also blatantly lied to the public and engaged in trespassing.

Character counts, and Sanford doesn’t have any. Let Colbert-Busch have the seat.

Stoic Patriot on April 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Let’s call him ‘Clintonesque’!

slickwillie2001 on April 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

PPP = Piss-Poor Polling, so let’s take that with a grain of salt.

slickwillie2001 on April 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Yeah, remember when we were all saying that last fall when they had Obama ahead?

Mark1971 on April 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

He is Todd Akin…but creepier.

Rational Thought on April 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Yeah. He’s not a serial adulterer. He’s just an ordinary adulterer, who also blatantly lied to the public and engaged in trespassing.

Character counts, and Sanford doesn’t have any. Let Colbert-Busch have the seat.

Stoic Patriot on April 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I am a woman and could care less about Sanford’s personal life. Bottom line Colbert-Busch is a FAR LEFT liberal zealot, and I’d vote for Sanford any day of the week over any Democrat.

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Amjean on April 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Glad you could make it. Now, if we can just get that “THE ONLY PEOPLE CRITICIZING SANFORD ARE UGLY WOMYN (jealous of the home-wrecker) AND GAY MEN (jealous of… HAHAHAHA WUT) guy in here, we’ll have about 99% of Sanford’s HotAir apologists.

Jeddite on April 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Yeah, to heck with a smart, new, aspiring face. We’ll just wash the crap off the soiled one. It gives us Green Party traction for recycling.

Limerick on April 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Yeah, remember when we were all saying that last fall when they had Obama ahead?

Mark1971 on April 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Thing about PPP is that they ONLY get their polling right a couple days before an election. Before that they “push poll” Remember they had Akin up 1 over McCaskill right after the rape comments. And they had Walker and Barrett in a statistical tie a week before the recall.

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Glad you could make it. Now, if we can just get that “THE ONLY PEOPLE CRITICIZING SANFORD ARE UGLY WOMYN (jealous of the home-wrecker) AND GAY MEN (jealous of… HAHAHAHA WUT)“ guy in here, we’ll have about 99% of Sanford’s HotAir apologists.

Jeddite on April 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Look I don’t like the guy, and personally he repulses me. But I would still vote for him over a FAR LEFT ZEALOT or any democrat for that matter, but then I repeat myself. Give me a break. All I care about is how he votes.

Who gives a s— about what he does in his personal life?

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

The GOP’ers shoot themselves in the foot, again. The guy is an idiot. Sorry, this is just playing dumb. Another seat to the progs.

tommy71 on April 22, 2013 at 6:34 PM

I must admit I find the faux outrage being exhibited by many on this board quite funny.

Can anyone please point out politicians that have no faults? I bet they can be counted on the fingers of one hand and most probably it is because they haven’t been caught yet.

The choice is between Sanford and a flaming liberal… or one can choose not to vote. For those qualified to vote in that district, choose carefully. The rest of us will pray for you.

But don’t come crying to us if the liberal wins and proceeds to take your guns away from you…

TheRightMan on April 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Character counts, and Sanford doesn’t have any. Let Colbert-Busch have the seat.

Stoic Patriot on April 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

know anything about Colbert’s sister? I’m in the pinkbullet camp but no worries since I live in Tx…would prefer less dems until they repatriate

DanMan on April 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

You’re just wrong. Quit trying to blame the Tea Party. If anything, they tried to SAVE you from Sanford.

Doomberg on April 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I didn’t bring up Tea Party. In fact I had posted if Sarah Palin wanted to make a splash she would have worked for the other guy.

I was pointing out that there were at least two self-proclaimed residents of his district here the days before the primary election who swore he was as pure Conservatively as the driven snow and his opponent never met a spending bill he wouldn’t sign and was an “ambulance chaser”, a Republican of convenience only.

Who exactly was the “Tea Party” candidate here? No one outside of SC liked ANYONE they had running.
But to now say that this jerk was “Establishment” and “GOPe” is also re-writing history….

And know what, I think he still may win.

Marcus on April 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

know anything about Colbert’s sister? I’m in the pinkbullet camp but no worries since I live in Tx…would prefer less dems until they repatriate

DanMan on April 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

There’s only one thing you need to know about Colbert’s sister.

She’ll never survive in that district, in a mid-term election, against a guy who’s not a total scumbag.

KingGold on April 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

PPP = Piss-Poor Polling, so let’s take that with a grain of salt.

slickwillie2001 on April 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Lets get that guy from Unskewed Polling back up and running, he will get Mark back up and running.

smokin hot politics on April 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Marcus on April 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Wait, there were people on here who thought this was a good idea?

o_O

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

That would have been Obama Voter Honda, probably out of some delusional idea that there was strategy involved.

Or something. Hard to distinguish logic from an Obama voter.

kim roy on April 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

@TheRightMan Your post is amusing. GOP’ers ain’t built that way. Just demonizing the opposition ain’t gonna work. Thats what you’ll never understand. Our candidate should earn our vote, period. This dude hasn’t. Grow up, GOP voters want a candidate that they can proudly vote for. Or they’ll not vote. Thats just how they are. The candidate has to earn our votes, period. Demonizing the oppo means jacks**it to GOP voters.

tommy71 on April 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

We all knew Sanford would lose..wonder why SC Republicans didn’t know it

Redford on April 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

He’s an idiot for violating the divorce agreement. A 14 year old is not going to be “traumatized” by watching the Super Bowl alone.

I just wonder if the son knew the divorce agreement. If he did, then how is it trespassing? He simply allowed his father into the home in which he lived (and where the hell was the “adult in the house” taking care of this 14-year old while his mother was out of town?) If he didn’t, then his mother should have told him.

I have no sympathy for Sanford as he is a total idiot, but this comes across as the ex-wife not taking care of things.

My ex is blocked on facebook and he has no key to my apt, and if my son were to let him in without my permission, my son would be living with my ex, or foster parents, without a key to my house.

ladyingray on April 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

This why I never trust the god old boy network of any kind.

This is end result…a broken down retread

William Eaton on April 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Look I don’t like the guy, and personally he repulses me. But I would still vote for him over a FAR LEFT ZEALOT or any democrat for that matter, but then I repeat myself. Give me a break. All I care about is how he votes.

Who gives a s— about what he does in his personal life?

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I share your revulsion to far left zealots but this race isn’t happening in a vacuum so I think we can be a little more discerning.

For president I’ll take a conservative I’m repulsed by over a liberal zealot each and every time. In a House race on Election Day where we don’t know what the final balance of power will be then I’ll probably still overlook some personal failings. But in a special election where we know for certain that the balance of power won’t be affected and where a GOP pickup is highly likely next cycle I think we’ve got room to be more selective.

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

The choice is between Sanford and a flaming liberal… or one can choose not to vote. For those qualified to vote in that district, choose carefully. The rest of us will pray for you.

But don’t come crying to us if the liberal wins and proceeds to take your guns away from you…

TheRightMan on April 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

This election is for NOW to 2014.

There seem to be two choices.

1) Sanford wins, is the incumbent; and holds the seat while being a joke for the GOP for the foreseeable future.

2) A liberal wins, doesn’t change a damn thing in the balance of power in the House until 2014 when she loses to a stable/reliable GOP candidate… and I don’t have to live with Sanford jokes for the next decade.

I’m sure the jokes will be funny; but not funny enough to have “I do what I want and who cares about the consequences” Sanford tied to the GOP.

How do you think ONE seat in the House from now to 2014 means “they’ll take away all our guns”?

Is the House that narrowly balanced? Or do you think she’ll get more than one vote in the House if she wins?

gekkobear on April 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

All I care about is how he votes.

Who gives a s— about what he does in his personal life?

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

His personal life gives a strong pattern of “I do what I want, who cares what happens”… or even an Animal House “You ****ed up, you trusted me”. Sorry, that doesn’t leave me convinced he’ll be a stable conservative in office… or a stable anything.

Why give him incumbency in a seat for a year when it doesn’t change the balance of power?

You’re saying they can’t possibly do better in 2014? Or they should be fighting an incumbent in 2014 to do better?

gekkobear on April 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

tommy71 on April 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Don’t misunderstand me. I certainly understand those that have been put off by Sanford’s shenanigans. Those in his district are well within their right to vote or not to vote for him.

I am just sick and tired of establishment types that usually tell us – actually command us – to hold our noses and vote for their candidates no matter their foibles. Unfortunately, the same never seems to apply to candidates who are not “blessed” by the GOP establishment.

Sanford has his many weaknesses but as far as I know, he is a fine anti-establishment conservative. I can count on him to stand up to Boehner and his RINO/Democrat accomplices.

And that is all that matters to me…

TheRightMan on April 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The senator should resign to run for the House seat as a tea party candidate. The governor appoints a new conservative senator. Without question, the guy who surrendered his senate seat becomes the most powerful person in DC and the next Speaker of the House.

Buddahpundit on April 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

The senator should resign to run for the House seat as a tea party candidate. The governor appoints a new conservative senator. Without question, the guy who surrendered his senate seat becomes the most powerful person in DC and the next Speaker of the House.

Buddahpundit on April 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Are you referring to Graham? Cause I support that plan (mostly).

nobar on April 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

gekkobear on April 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Don’t make me laugh and don’t be so sure that once a liberal takes over a GOP/conservative stronghold, he/she will be easily kicked out. I could cite some recent elections that have disproved that theory.

If Sanford is as hated as you all paint him to be, why not vote for him against the liberal and then kick him out in 2014? :)

TheRightMan on April 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

If Sanford is as hated as you all paint him to be, why not vote for him against the liberal and then kick him out in 2014? :)

TheRightMan on April 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

When we have the likes of Boehnor, McCain, and Graham representing us, do we really need Sanford for them to target?

nobar on April 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

So Sanford is invoking the Alamo in his struggle to return to Congress:

“In March of 1863, there was similarly little time. A South Carolinian by the name of William Travis drew a line in the sand with his sword and simply asked those who would stay and fight, to cross it. His efforts, and that of those who died with him there at the Alamo, ultimately inspired Texans to come to the aid of their brethren and defeat Santa Anna’s army though they were outnumbered at the onset by six to one. I’m outnumbered right now, but will fight to the end

And will probably end ust as the real Alamo did. This guy has S*** for brains.

This election is for NOW to 2014.

There seem to be two choices.

1) Sanford wins, is the incumbent; and holds the seat while being a joke for the GOP for the foreseeable future.

2) A liberal wins, doesn’t change a damn thing in the balance of power in the House until 2014 when she loses to a stable/reliable GOP candidate… and I don’t have to live with Sanford jokes for the next decade.

gekkobear on April 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Maybe Sanford would vote as a conservative if he wasn’t MIA. Maybe he wouldn’t commit record numbers of ethics violations. Maybe he wouldn’t blatently appropriate taxpayer dollars for his personal use. But what makes anyone think he’s changed?

talkingpoints on April 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Don’t misunderstand me. I certainly understand those that have been put off by Sanford’s shenanigans. Those in his district are well within their right to vote or not to vote for him.

I am just sick and tired of establishment types that usually tell us – actually command us – to hold our noses and vote for their candidates no matter their foibles. Unfortunately, the same never seems to apply to candidates who are not “blessed” by the GOP establishment.

Sanford has his many weaknesses but as far as I know, he is a fine anti-establishment conservative. I can count on him to stand up to Boehner and his RINO/Democrat accomplices.

And that is all that matters to me…

TheRightMan on April 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Let’s suppose that all this is true. Is Mark Sanford the best SC-01 can do in finding an anti-establishment conservative? Is he even close to the best they can do?

alchemist19 on April 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Well, as a SCarolinian and in DS1 and conservative I would vote for Sanford and his issues over a batshat liberal anyday. And that is what this comes down to, for all the conservatives that want to take your ball(vote) and go home because you have stompy feet because Sanford is a screw-up in his personal life well, just move out of the district.Why because you sat home and then we will hear yáll biatch about the votes that Hyphen women colbert will be doing and that will get you slapped upside your miserable long term goal lacking melon!

GunnyRet03 on April 22, 2013 at 7:32 PM

If I lived in SC-1, I’d vote for Sanford. With no enthusiasm.

22044 on April 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

What a great land the USA has become!

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

1863, 1836, 6813…

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE???

/s

Marcola on April 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I’m a South Carolinian, and I’d have to say that these two suck dog sh!t. Both are useless — one is bat sh!t crazy and the other is a RINO fudgie.

Conservchik on April 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

So this guy is going to lose a seat in a district where there are no Democrats? Weird.

Cindy Munford on April 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

GunnyRet03 on April 22, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I don’t suppose the Canadian angle could be exploited?

Cindy Munford on April 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

People with sociopathic personalities are naturally attracted to politics, because of the power that comes with elective office. The best thing that you can do is to weed them out, once they have shown their true selves. The repeated weird cr@p that Sanford is pulling is evidence that he can not change. If he is re-elected it is probably only a matter of time before he will pull some other bizarre stunt – which will hurt the GOP and the conservative cause. (Recall that the Mark Foley scandal was a factor in flipping the House in 2006 – proving that the misbehavior of one Representative can adversely affect the entire party.)

At the present time, we don’t need the extra one vote in the House, and South Carolina can elect someone conservative AND SANE in 2014.

SubmarineDoc on April 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Yeah. He’s not a serial adulterer. He’s just an ordinary adulterer, who also blatantly lied to the public and engaged in trespassing.
Character counts, and Sanford doesn’t have any. Let Colbert-Busch have the seat.

Stoic Patriot on April 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Why does character count more than being a leftist?

Our politicians aren’t there to be looked up to and to be role models. It’s obviously better of they set a good example, but they aren’t our leaders. They are appointed to do specific jobs in the government, and their execution of those jobs is the primary consideration.

All other things being equal, I’ll take the one with better character, but that’s nowhere near the top consideration.

This emphasis on politicians with good character is part of a misguided mindset that sees politicians as people who we’re supposed to look up to. That is not what we have a government for. In fact, there’s a silver lining to appointing these sleazy characters to office; the more scummy the politician, the better the reminder that this institution (the government) is to be tolerated, not respected or celebrated.

RINO in Name Only on April 23, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Who gives a s— about what he does in his personal life?

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

The voters, apparently.

More importantly though, it wasn’t just his personal life. He lied to his supporters, just like he lied to his family, and went totally incommunicado for nearly a week. The governor of the state couldn’t be found. His staff didn’t know where he’d gotten to, his security was baffled and his family was left in the lurch. This wasn’t the exercise of his “personal life”, this was a dereliction of duty.

He is a wacko. Worse yet, he is a wacko with an outsized ego who cannot give up on his public salary. If he truly gave a rats you-know-what about the GOP and South Carolina he would never have run. It’s disgusting to see this happening.

MTF on April 23, 2013 at 8:26 AM

This emphasis on politicians with good character is part of a misguided mindset that sees politicians as people who we’re supposed to look up to. That is not what we have a government for. In fact, there’s a silver lining to appointing these sleazy characters to office; the more scummy the politician, the better the reminder that this institution (the government) is to be tolerated, not respected or celebrated.

RINO in Name Only on April 23, 2013 at 12:06 AM

No, it isn’t. I don’t look up to many politicians, though some have my respect.

It has to do with the fact that these people are being put in a position of power and of trust. The reason we have an emphasis on good character is because although power corrupts, its corruption is harder to resist if you don’t have good character in the first place.

Since we don’t care about character anymore, our politicians, on rather modest salaries, comparatively, have become millionaires while in elected office. That should make every person question just who we elect into office.

Instead, we are told, “it’s just a job, character doesn’t matter!”

Keep voting that way while they vote to enrich themselves. (You know, like the House voting out the bill to force transparency on the government employees investment. Good thing we can count on their good character not to cheat…)

makattak on April 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Test

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Si, se puede

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM