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Mark Sanford, Welcome Back to Washington
Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2013 | Star Parker

Posted on 05/13/2013 7:27:02 AM PDT by Kaslin

Put me down as happy to see former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford coming back to Washington. He handily defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch in Tuesday's special election for a House seat he himself once held.

I hope he brings his piglets with him.

Once as governor, Sanford showed up at the statehouse in Columbia with two piglets -- one named "pork" and one named "barrel" -- to protest the Legislature's quick move to reject his proposed budget that included large spending cuts.

It's this kind of flair that has characterized Sanford's political career, both his six years in Congress and eight as governor.

He has always been a consistent, principled and courageous conservative. And he has always done it with showmanship and clarity that gets the points across to voters.

He displayed this showmanship in this campaign of redemption, in which he was combatting not just his opponent, but also his deeply tarnished image as result of serious ethical transgressions during his second term as governor.

The story is well known. While governor, Sanford conducted an adulterous affair, disappeared to visit the woman in Argentina, lied about his whereabouts and misused state funds in making the trip.

Sinful stuff.

He survived to serve out his second term as governor, but departed as what seemed to be permanently damaged political goods.

But in the campaign against Colbert Busch, Sanford propped up and debated a life-size poster of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and reminded voters that this was about the left-wing Democratic establishment that has taken control of Washington and changed the course of the nation.

Sanford appealed to voters to look past his personal transgressions, about which he has been upfront and apologetic, and to look to his impeccable conservative credentials and his political experience to do battle in Washington.

Those personal transgressions have, of course, been raw meat for those on the left.

According to Alixandria Lapp, executive director the House Majority PAC, which poured some $450,000 into ads and mail against Sanford, "The House Republican caucus has added yet another ethically challenged embarrassment who will be an albatross around the neck of every Republican forced to answer for Sanford's embarrassing and reckless behavior."

The irony does not drip but pours forth like a tsunami when liberals start talking about morality and ethics.

A few weeks ago, Washington Wizards basketball player Jason Collins announced that he is gay. This was an event of such apparent import that he received a congratulatory phone call from the leader of the Democrat Party, President Barack Obama, and an official tweet from first lady Michelle. Both expressed their pride and joy about Collins' courageous coming out.

The plight of Carolyn Moos, the woman with whom Collins was living for eight years and to whom he once was engaged, was apparently of no interest to the Obamas, despite the president's supposed great concern for women's affairs, nor was the deceptive life that Collins lived with her.

Moos, 34, expressed distress at eight wasted prime years with Collins. She said that she never had a hint that Collins was gay and living a double life, and that she actually believed marriage and children were in the cards for them.

Perhaps if Sanford's adultery was a gay affair, liberals would be more understanding.

When the National Republican Congressional Committee pulled its support from Sanford's race following the news that he trespassed in the home of his former wife (to watch the Super Bowl with his son), support came in from both FreedomWorks PAC and the National Right to Life PAC.

Sanford's persona pulled in two streams of conservatives -- the economic conservatives and the social conservatives -- that many see at odds with each other.

A seasoned, principled and exciting conservative politician and leader is exactly what Republicans need today.

Welcome back to Washington, Mark Sanford.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
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1 posted on 05/13/2013 7:27:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Was there no conservative Republican who did not have a very public affair and marriage breakup?


2 posted on 05/13/2013 7:29:46 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: mbarker12474

In the photo Sanford is surrounded by women. Astonishing.


3 posted on 05/13/2013 7:30:36 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Kaslin

The man fell in love. Maybe not in the best circumstances but when it happens I think all men are weak. It’s not like B.J’s in the Oval Office after numerous other bimbo eruptions. I don’t hold it against him.


4 posted on 05/13/2013 7:30:50 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Kaslin

He won’t come down with “Potomac Fever”, instead he will succumb to the “Argentinean Flu”...


5 posted on 05/13/2013 7:33:54 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin
Mark Sanford, Welcome Back to Washington

He'll fit right in.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

6 posted on 05/13/2013 7:35:04 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

“He’ll fit right in.”
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No, he won’t. The only bad thing we know about Sanford is that he fell for another woman, cheated on his wife and lied about where he was. That is bad enough but it doesn’t even begin to compare to some of the crud piles we already have in power. Sanford looks like a saint compared to the current president and all too many others. He fits in like a naughty three year old locked up with career criminals. I would trust my life to Mark Sanford before I would trust Barack Obama or even John McCain with fifteen cents.


7 posted on 05/13/2013 7:45:35 AM PDT by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Kaslin

The beginning of the end.

The Republican party machine could not come up with a new candidate.


8 posted on 05/13/2013 7:45:53 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
The man fell in love.

Too bad he did not fall in the love with the family he publicly trashed, or with his obligations as a husband and father. People of character fall in love too, but they don't desert their children to satisfy their lusts. If this unprincipled person is conservative, I'll be a liberal, thank you.

9 posted on 05/13/2013 7:47:03 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: DIRTYSECRET
The man fell in love. Maybe not in the best circumstances but when it happens I think all men are weak. It’s not like B.J’s in the Oval Office after numerous other bimbo eruptions. I don’t hold it against him.

Now how about we deal with the truth.

The man cheated against his wife whom he promised to love through good times and bad times until death due them part.

After having been exposed, he then refused to repent of the issue and continued on with the affair.

There is nothing honorable in what he did.

He lusted after another woman that wasn't his wife.
10 posted on 05/13/2013 7:49:25 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Moonman62
He'll fit right in. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Amen

11 posted on 05/13/2013 7:50:52 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I hold it against him that as Governor, he left the country to fly to South America for a bootie call and lied to everyone in his office to his whereabouts.


12 posted on 05/13/2013 7:53:30 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
The man fell in love.

No, he fell in lust.

From a personal perspective, it he gets right with God after his adultery, God bless him.

But from a political perspective, the Republican machine should simply have done the WORK of finding a NEW candidate. But they were lazy. It reeks of dirty deeds done dirt cheap. It causes me to question whether he is honestly repentent. It sounds like he's had a political career and just can't resist the attraction of it, that the idea of having a regular job or business bores him.

To see those women fawning all over him is a display that comes across as the height of idiocy.
13 posted on 05/13/2013 7:54:29 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
It’s not like B.J’s in the Oval Office after numerous other bimbo eruptions.

Mr. Clinton says he committed adultery for the worst possible reason: "Just because I could."

14 posted on 05/13/2013 7:55:10 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: PieterCasparzen
The Republican party machine could not come up with a new candidate.

I'm very pleased to find this rare occasion when I can inform YOU of something. 8>)

Mark Sanford did not enjoy the support of the SCGOPe or the National organization either. It's clear that SC-1 voters (Charleston area) selected him by 8 or 9 percent over his Dem opponent.
16 posted on 05/13/2013 7:58:41 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Moonman62
My feelings, exactly. I really liked Mark Sanford at one time (relatives in SC) and thought he might make a fine POTUS someday. That was before he demonstrated that he couldn't control his zipper.

I'm glad he won only because it will give the far more treacherous DemocRATS one less talking point. But had I been in the district and the RAT candidate even somewhat conservative, I would have voted for the RAT or Libertarian.

I will also admit that it is a perverse sort of fun to see the RATS squawking about someone's extra-marital affairs.

17 posted on 05/13/2013 8:02:01 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: mbarker12474

Well, if you want to consider Newtie.


18 posted on 05/13/2013 8:18:00 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Kaslin
As the delightful Star Parker says in her article...”Welcome back to Washington, Mark Sanford.”

This thread is sure to attract those who are bitterly disappointed that the Pelosi Democrat did not prevail over Mark Sanford despite the large sums of national progressive money thrown into the race.

Yet another reliable conservative in the House—let's keep it up.

19 posted on 05/13/2013 8:32:45 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Resettozero

Thanks for the info.

It would seem the next logical question is the list of his backers.

(i.e., not the electorate, but his backers).

Might be interesting to see...


20 posted on 05/13/2013 8:35:25 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Kaslin

“He has always been a consistent, principled and courageous conservative”

Well right after I hurled my breakfast bagel over the word principled I reminded myself that at least he’s our scumbag. Pretty sad when thats the highest emotion you can muster about a legislator from your own party. At least he’s not from GA. We have our own two RINO’s in the senate to shame us.


21 posted on 05/13/2013 8:39:09 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

If he winds up on all the Congressional junkets to Argentina then we’ll know something’s up.


22 posted on 05/13/2013 8:40:51 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: DIRTYSECRET
The man fell in love. Maybe not in the best circumstances but when it happens I think all men are weak.

You make the destruction of a family sound like a romance novel.

23 posted on 05/13/2013 8:42:15 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: madprof98

Exactly. This isn’t, as Bill Clinton’s defenders put it, “just about sex.” Its not as if he had a fling at a local motel. Its about a sitting governor disappearing, lying to the public and misusing state funds. And then he publicly trashed innocent people. I’m glad he won to keep a liberal zealot out of Washington. And I hope the SC Republican voters boot him out in the primaries when he comes up again for election.


24 posted on 05/13/2013 8:49:37 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: PieterCasparzen
It would seem the next logical question is the list of his backers.

Yes, but since Sanford isn't my Representative (Trey Gowdy is), I am disinclined to research it. My impression from the Upstate is that Sanford did not really have much financial support. The Republican primary and runoff was based on the personalities involved and not quality or quantity of advertising. In the special election, Sanford was outspent by the Dem by a large margin; some say 5 to 1.
25 posted on 05/13/2013 8:50:16 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Kaslin

Part of Sanford’s rehabilitation has been appearing on FOX News and other outlets as a political observer. He came across—to me anyway—as articulate and astute. I was amazed because I could only remember the ridiculous Sanford trying to explain his bizarre behavior to the press.


26 posted on 05/13/2013 9:21:48 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
the ridiculous Sanford trying to explain his bizarre behavior

yep.

If he had told the truth: "Yep. I did it. I screwed up and the wife is divorcing me this week." he'd have been fine.

As always, it's the coverup that gets people.

27 posted on 05/13/2013 11:30:43 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“......And I hope the SC Republican voters boot him out in the primaries when he comes up again for election.”
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That would be the GOPe’s dream...but “nevah happ’n GI”. You do know that he just won a Republican primary and then went on to win the general election IN A LANDSLIDE?

So he’s going to be successfully primaried after he spends the next year and a half being a credit to the Tea Party element of Republican? I guess that delusion knows no bounds.


28 posted on 05/13/2013 11:41:36 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: DIRTYSECRET

His supporters are creepy—either naive fools or guys who are hoping that Mark shares his hooker with the hot pants.


29 posted on 05/13/2013 12:39:38 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
He'll likely win again in 2014, unfortunately. But by 2016 he'll have another breakdown and all these FR folks here will be crying in their beer.

The man is a mental case.

30 posted on 05/13/2013 12:42:04 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: PieterCasparzen

Um, the Democrats came up with this candidate. It was the one guy that Colbert thought she had a chance to beat. They made sure he primaried in. Then the GOP in SC found itself trapped in the same room with this kook...and kook he is, which you will soon find out, and I hope before the next election.


31 posted on 05/13/2013 12:44:35 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

GOPe - Simply Brilliant !

You should deliver the news, Mamzelle. Or at least write it. I like your style.


32 posted on 05/13/2013 3:10:41 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

The problem with Sanford isn’t that he had an extra-marital affair. The problem is with the fact that he’s a crook who embezzled state funds (i.e. money for official travel) to carry on his affair.


33 posted on 05/14/2013 10:23:28 AM PDT by ek_hornbeck
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