Our friends over at RedState.com are all abuzz at how badly the media have mistreated S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, the conservative Republican who disappeared mysteriously last week.
As chief honcho Erick Erickson put it:
“First, we need to be clear on the facts — not the media speculation:
* Sanford did tell his staff and family where he was going.
* Because he was traveling without a security detail, it was in his best interests that no one knew he was gone.
* His political enemies — Republicans at that — ginned up the media story.
* When confronted by a pestering media, things went downhill.
* Again though, at all times there was no doubt that Sanford’s staff and family knew where he was.”
All I can say is that Erickson and I must have different definitions of the word “fact.”
For instance, in Erickson’s world it’s a fact that Sanford did tell his staff and his family where he was going. In fact, they knew at all times.
Except for the fact that somebody pretty high up in law enforcement found it necessary to run a trace on Sanford’s cell phone over the weekend, in hopes of finding out where he was. Odd behavior if, as Erickson claims, they already knew. (The last connection to the phone was here in the Atlanta area.)
And then there’s the fact that Sanford’s wife was quoted as saying she had no idea where he was. And that even today, she’s telling the press that she has yet to hear from him. “I am being a mom today,” she told CNN Tuesday. “I have not heard from my husband. I am taking care of my children.”
Then there were the confusing if not dueling explanations for what Sanford was doing. First, he was going off to write and finish some projects. Later, he was reported to be hiking the Appalachian Trail.
And now there’s this, from a Greenville, S.C. TV station:
“On Tuesday, sources told News 4’s Nigel Robertson that a state vehicle is missing and was tracked down, not to the Appalachian Trail, but to the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta.
Sources told Robertson that a federal agent spotted Sanford in the airport boarding a plane. Robertson was told that the governor was not accompanied by security detail.
…sources told WYFF News 4 that the federal agent who spotted Sanford saw him at the Atlanta airport, which is about 80 miles from the start of the trail.”
Again, if Sanford’s staff knew where he was all along, why did the state vehicle he was driving have to be “tracked down” to Hartsfield? And what connection does that have to the Appalachian Trail?
Certainly, we don’t know all the “facts” in this case and maybe never will. But the facts we do know are pretty peculiar. And that too is a fact.