So, this “Republican nominee Mark Sanford” thing is probably happening, huh?
posted at 5:29 pm on April 1, 2013 by Guy Benson
My understanding is that Sanford’s last (primary) opponent standing isn’t exactly a shoo-in either, but still. Are we really about to do this? Politico shakes the Magic Eight ball, and all signs point to yes. You know all about his fall from grace, his subsequent apology tour, and his mind-bending conception of propriety. You even know about his precarious poll position against the celebri-fied Democrat on the ballot. But check out this passage from Politico’s story, which describes how indignant and stunned Sanford staffers werewhen a rival Republican took a fairly subtle jab at the former governor’s not-so-distant adventure along the “Appalachian Trail:”
Forced on the defensive, Sanford tried to argue that Bostic hasn’t come clean about some of his own weaknesses, such as missed votes on the county council. But Bostic hit back, saying he took time off to care for his wife during her bout with cancer. And he managed to throw in a veiled barb at Sanford going AWOL from the governor’s office — he infamously claimed to be hiking the Appalachian Trail — to visit his mistress. “My absence is because I was home taking care of her largely — doing what I should have been,” Bostic said. “People knew where I was. I did my job just the same.” Outside the debate hall, some Sanford advisers seemed shaken, pointing out that Bostic had said he wouldn’t raise the former governor’s personal troubles during the campaign.
To recap: (1) Bostic misses some city council votes to care for his ailing wife. (2) Sanford — who dropped off the radar for nearly a week as governor to carry on an affair with a South American journalist — attacks Bostic for, um, shirking his duties. (3) Bostic offers the always-compelling “wife with cancer” excuse, and twists the knife a little by noting that at least people knew where he was. (4) “Shaken” Sanford aides reach for the smelling salts because Bostic dared to exhibit the dishonor of mildly referencing an episode over which Democrats will clobber Sanford every single day through May 7th if he becomes the nominee. Terrific. As I stipulated in my Townhall post on this story, I believe strongly in grace. As a Christian, I’m acutely aware that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But forgiveness doesn’t require restoring a disgraced politician to power — particularly when said politician betrayed virtually every one of his principles, then lied about it. Maybe the crimson demographics of the district will carry the day regardless of who’s nominated. Maybe not. But this race is shaping up to be Stephen Colbert’s sister against this guy:
I can’t imagine what could possibly go wrong.