Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Sanford Debacle

"I am so very weary, yea, so worn out,
With tales of those who visit foreign lands."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, "The Traveled Man"
Watching the beginning of the Sanford news conference, I couldn't help but think something was missing. What? Well, Lori Otter, for one. When the no longer missing Governor Sanford stood before the mics and had absolutely no direction in his discussion of his love for the Appalachian Trail, I saw the press conference rapidly turning into a train wreck. On par with the Larry Craig press conference where he said he'd resign and that he wasn't gay, never had been, yada, yada, yada.

MSNBC is calling it a "startling news conference." I call it Republican hypocrisy. Perhaps that's exactly what Governor Sanford was pointing out when he mentioned the congressional Christian Bible group (C-Street) that he was part of. He's right to resign his position as head of the Republican Governors Association, but if this press conference is any indication, his state of mind is not one that you would want running your state if you were a South Carolinian.

After watching what seriously took two staffers pulling him away from the reporters, all I can say is wow.

This is a guy that has been given a 92% lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union, the people responsible for CPAC and a group that claims to support those time-honored conservative "traditions" like family values. He is was the best and the brightest of up-and-coming GOP leaders? And just to be clear Governor Sanford, that "whole sparking thing" you thought referred to your relationship with the woman in Argentina, that was really the explosion of your political career as it hit rock bottom.


1cc said...

Why do you liberals get so self-righteous over good conservative men admitting that they are just that--mere mortal men?

Tara A. Rowe said...

You can't be serious. We get irrate because the so-called Christian right shoves their "family values" down our throats and talk about what god-fearing people they are and then consistently end up on our televisions admitting that they have cheated on their wives, completely ignoring those sacred marriages they're trying to protect from the gays, but apparently not from their own faults and misgivings.

Anonymous said...

The difference is that liberals, having an affairs or not, aren't the ones saying that we are all moral and better than others because of some belief in God, the Bible or any other number of faith-based principles.

(An aside: I thought anonymous comments got banned?)

Tara A. Rowe said...

Kent, I'm not sure what the deal is with commenting. I've heard from other readers that they'll come one day and be able to comment and come back the next with no luck commenting. I have the settings disabling all anonymous comments, even the ones that allow you an URL. Given what the settings are, I didn't pick up on 1cc's comment or that it was anonymous because there was a link included. I think it is about time I get to the bottom of the commenting fiasco.

And I agree with you Kent, I couldn't care less who Mark Sanford sleeps with--his wife, his mistress or a prostitute--what bothers me is that he is of that Christian conservative mindset that goes on and on about how liberals are so immoral and conservatives have the upper hand. They don't practice what they preach--exactly the definition of hypocrisy. Sleep with who you want, I don't want the details and I don't want you to tell me I'm anti-God, anti-religion, immoral, etc. because you're better than me some how. We all mistakes, some of us are just smarter than to go around throwing stones when/if we live in glass houses.

Anonymous said...

1cc, as Tara noted, we normally could care less, because it's not our business. But we keep being put down for our supposed lack of morals, usually by the very men who are having to inevitably admit their foibles.

And when they say gay people can't get married because that destroys the sanctity of marriage, we get frustrated because we see marriage as something the conservatives are secretly destroying in other ways...

Or Sarah Palin, the darling of the conservative crowd, having a grandchild born out of wedlock...yet we constantly hear about conservatives having family values and how abstinence works if we just teach it to our children...

It's the utter hypocrisy of those who are judging us that causes us to come unglued, sometimes.