Mark Sanford

Love, Shmove
July 01, 2009

I must admit I've been a little perplexed by all the cooing and ooing over Mark Sanford's being in loooooove. Awwww, look at him, we are urged. He's not just another self-important dirtbag with pants aflame. He's found his other half. He's found The One. He's found his Soul Mate. As the heart-sick governor so helpfully explained to the AP, "This was a whole lot more than a simple affair; this was a love story. A forbidden on, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day." (Nope. Nothing self-aggrandizing about that statement.) OK. Fine. The governor fell in love.

Why Hypocrisy Is The Least Of Mark Sanford's Sins
June 29, 2009

Alan Wolfe is a TNR contributing editor and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. His latest book is  The Future of Liberalism (Knopf, 2009). Charging Mark Sanford and his fellow roaming Republicans with hypocrisy is a story that writes itself. Yes Democrats, the most conspicuous being John Edwards, do these kinds of things too. But Democrats, or so my friends and colleagues tell me, have not made conventional sexual morality their path to power.

Love Actually
June 27, 2009

"I never figured Sanford for anything like this," mused one of the governor’s constituents in The New York Times this week. Mark Sanford’s friends are aghast. His neighbors shake their heads. His community simply could not see it coming. The Internet is in convulsions: Who would have thought Sanford capable of this? Give it a rest. The man didn’t commit murder here. He’s in love. Anarchic, hurtful, but seemingly true love. Governor Sanford of South Carolina had what would, under ordinary circumstances, be considered an ideal romantic relationship in the 21st century.

Who Leaked The Affair?
June 25, 2009

As Jason notes, while the blogosphere may have provided much of the necessary skepticism toward the evolving explanations of Mark Sanford's several-day absence, it's unlikely the story of his affair would have broken (at least any time soon), had The State newspaper not received a few anonymous tips--specifically, a few romantic emails provided to the paper last December, and word that Sanford would be arriving at the Atlanta airport on a plane from Argentina yesterday morning. Both of these tips seem as though they could only have come from an awfully small universe of possible sources: someo

Grover Norquist, Quote Machine
June 25, 2009

I think reporters (inculding myself) tend to rely a bit too much on Grover Norquist for quotes, but you can't blame them when he offers up gems like the one he gave Dave Weigel about Mark Sanford: “It does indicate that men who oppose federal spending at the local level are irresistible to women.” If only he'd put his talents toward comedy instead of politics. --Jason Zengerle

Sanford '12!
June 24, 2009

At least one Sanford supporter is hanging tough: the operator of the website, who writes: Where in the world is Mark Sanford? Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Well, thanks to the invasive media, starting today he is back at work in Columbia. So where has he been hiding? I’ll let the government-run media fight over which trails he was at. But don’t believe for a second that his wife and other VIP’s didn’t know where he was. Quite simply, he left for a few days to clear his head. He did this without taking his private security detail, which you and I pay for.

Sanford's Next Recess: Spring Break In Daytona
June 24, 2009

Hmmmm. I have to mildly disagree with Crowley. Yes, Mark Sanford's impromptu 5-day mental health break to Buenos Aires shows him to be quite the cool, unpredictable, unconventional guy--which would be fine if he were Joe Shmoe. But he's not. He's the governor of South Carolina.

You Say Appalachia, I Say Argentina (er, Updated)...
June 24, 2009

Granted, if you're the governor of a state, it is a little strange to disappear for almost a week without telling your staff your whereabouts or setting up any kind of contingency planning. As South Carolina's The State reports: S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford arrived in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this morning, having wrapped up a seven-day visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, he said.

Sanford: Not Quite Thoreau
June 24, 2009

Turns out Mark Sanford wasn't hiking, he took a solo trip to Buenos Aires. It's eccentric, to be sure, but I still maintain there's something cool about that. Don't lots of people spend a fair amount of time fantasizing about making a getaway like that? If you can't show any harm done to the peoples' business, and his family doesn't care, I'm not sure what the big deal is. (That said, after a planned trip there with friends fell apart last December, I myself considered going to Buenos Aires solo, and decided it was perhaps a slightly odd city to visit on one's own..) --Michael Crowley

Mark Sanford, Modern Thoreau?
June 23, 2009

Yes, it was flaky and probably even reckless for Mark Sanford to go AWOL. Returning to work, say, sometime on Monday would've been a whole lot better than his planned return tomorrow. But I hope that amid the ridicule and retribution people will also stop to ask when it became outright bizarre for a man to to want to--god forbid--unplug and enjoy a little solitude. Especially in a world like this. --Michael Crowley