Andrew Sullivan on Mark Sanford

June 24, 2009 | By | 28 Replies More

The story on South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is now out:

After going AWOL for seven days, Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday that he’d secretly flown to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he’d been having an affair. He apologized to his wife and four sons.

Some in the media are urging that this is not really a story. It could have happened to anyone, which is true.  And when it happens to most politicians it isn’t much of a story in my opinion.   On the other hand, it’s not every politician who preaches sexual purity, “family values.”  The Republicans have been thumping their chests and claiming moral superiority and that’s a valid reason for skewering cheating Republicans. Andrew Sullivan points out the hypocrisy:

The party that has gone on and on and on to prevent me getting married, and prevent my own marriage from being recognized by the federal government is the party of David Vitter, Mark Sanford, Rush Limbaugh and Larry Craig. It’s like taking lessons on sexual maturity from the Vatican. And, yes, Sanford was a dedicated opponent of gay couples being allowed to marry.


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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Sanford and God have been busy figuring everything out.

    "One thing Mark Sanford isn't doing is resigning. Why? Because God Himself wants Mark Sanford to stay on as Governor of South Carolina. Just ask Mark Sanford."

    This is a highly humorous read by Chris Kelly, called "God is my Doorman."

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Another family values conservative politician goes down in flames. This time it's Michael Duvall is a conservative Republican state representative from Orange County, California. These family values "experts" need to shut up about sexual permissiveness of others and get their own houses in order.

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