Governor’s absence is no crisis

In the midst of a season where national unemployment is pressing against 10 percent, where GM is about to eliminate 4,000 white-collar jobs,   where the number of mass layoffs (50 or more employees from a single employer) is at record levels, where a new President “sharpens” his rheotric on Iran but is powerless to do more, where Congressional Democrats attempt to cram-down radical legislation  on energy and health care and where crises loom large and small, this question captivates national attention:

Where was South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford for four days? He was spotted in Atlanta.  He was believed to be on a “secretive Appalachian Trail hike.”   Or in Argentina. He may have been somewhere writing, clearing his head, or otherwise relaxing after the close of the tough legislative session.

His whereabouts nevertheless prompted pundit speculation on the network news that the getaway seriously damages his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  Term limits prevent him from running for reelection in 2010.  One of the politicians most alarmed by the governor’s absence is the lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer, who wishes to succeed him and who may not be Sanford’s choice.

Those who might like to see Sanford’s presidential prospects aborted early make much of his disappearance without staff or security.  While no President should try such a getaway, the universe doesn’t revolve around a governor, any governor. Even on the Appalachian Trail it’s possible to keep up with the news and thus be informed whether there’s a crisis or some emergency that requires a governor’s attention.  Naturally we’re all curious.  And when he returns to work today, some explanation is warranted.  But, really, it’s no crisis. It’s a celebrity-watch story.

Two governors — Sanford and Sarah Palin — are in that phase of their political lives where every action is magnified to high drama.  Palin, for example, elected to reimburse the State of Alaska $8,143.62 for air travel accompanied by her children.  An ethics complaint filed against her alleged that she’d abused her power by charging the state for them on 19 trips that were of debatable state interest.  The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrong-doing.  But, hey, she’s a serious contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  The fleas come with the dog.

282 comments Add your comment

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
8:44 am

True, Jim …”But, really, it’s no crisis…” Probably just another republican sex scandal or maybe another “bondage” story. Maybe Sara Palin was involved in the bondage…now that would be a celebrity watch story.

Steven Daedalus

June 24th, 2009
8:59 am

He went to Argentina, guess the guys in South Carolina aren’t exotic enough.

Tricky D

June 24th, 2009
9:13 am

“He may have been somewhere writing, clearing his head, or otherwise relaxing.” Yeah, by himself during the Father’s Day weekend and no one knew where he was. Obviously, not even his Chief of Staff because he said the Governor went hiking. Goes to show you, politicians and their staffs lie more often than not. Democrat or Republican. If he was just ‘relaxing’ as you say, then why not just say that upfront. I’m sure he’ll say that its some aide’s fault for saying he was somewhere that he wasn’t, but it sure looks like his staff was scrambling for an explanation. Bush spent an entire year in Crawford clearing brush, yet Obama is blamed for taking his wife on a date night. And its no problem when a Governor goes on the lamb for 5 days and can’t be found. On the taxpayer dime mind you, yet Wooten is telling everyone to cool their jets. With South Carolina having the highest unemployment in the country, its good to know the Chief Executive of that state has the time to fall of the radar for awhile.

Get Real

June 24th, 2009
9:14 am

I thought you were a family values man Wooten? The guy dissed his kids on Father’s Day to go relax in Argentina by himself. Thank goodness he wasn’t a ‘brotha’ or you’d have been all over him about how irresponsible he was.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
9:28 am

Gosh Jim a real statement…….She is a DOG with fleas !

dave

June 24th, 2009
9:29 am

Relax guys, he could have done what the President did on Fathers day, while people were dying in Iran, play golf. If Bush had done that, you guys would have gone crazy, ops you guys are already there. Never see as much “hate” as from the gentle “progressive” who lurk here… get a life folks.

1984

June 24th, 2009
9:30 am

IS this really a story? The governor goes on a vacation and people are talking about him committing career suicide? Nothing has come out of this except for Chris Matthews blowing his load all over Joe Scarborough. This is a NON-Story much like the Swine Flu. The only reason any of this is making headlines is the fact that he is a Republican and all conservative Republicans must be killed on site by the Government News Organizations like NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN AND PMSNBC. Obama Hussein is killing off his democrat support and the world is now seeing what a buffoon he really is.

1984

June 24th, 2009
9:33 am

I really do wonder why no one is talking about how idiotic and inexperienced Obama Hussein looks to the world right now. Sanford is a governor of a small southern state. Obama Hussein is the leader of the “free” world right now. It’s just a matter of time before another terrorist attack hits us. If NK ends up bombing us I bet he pulls a Ray Nagin and hides in the bathroom with his head tucked away in the toilet.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
9:33 am

YOU KNOW THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE NEW DOWN-LOW GAY PARTY,PRETEND YOU ARE A HAPPY MARRIED MAN WITH A WIFE AND KIDS,BUT SECRETLY LIVING A DOUBLE LIFE OF GAY HAPPINESS,LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN SENATOR FROM IDAHO WHO WAS CAUGHT IN MINN TAPPING THE STALL FOR MALE SEX,LOOK AT THE MARRIED REPUBLICAN SENATOR FROM FLORIDA THAT GOT CAUGHT WITH HIS MALE YOUNG COLLEGE STAFFBOYS,SEE IT IS A PATTERN HERE THAT THE GOP G.AY O.PEN P.ARTY DONT TALK WHAT THEY WALK!

Mister Earl

June 24th, 2009
9:35 am

If you complete a quick google search on “sex tourism”, Buenos Aires came right up! Check out this snippet I grabbed from cybertraveltips.com: “ANOTHER IMPORTANT FACT THAT IS DRIVING BUENOS AIRES TO BE ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT OUT SEX TOURISM DESTINATIONS IS ITS TOLERANCE TOWARDS HOMOSEXUALITY” The evidence is really piling up…

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
9:44 am

Tricky D
You wrote, “Yeah, by himself during the Father’s Day weekend and no one knew…”. He was probably with his other family…you know the secret one nobody knows about. And, “no problem when a Governor goes on the lamb (SIC, should be lam) for 5 days…” maybe that’s a family of sheep he’s sired.

jackets

June 24th, 2009
9:44 am

Tricky D, way to jump the gun with assumptions….who said this was on the “taxpayers dime”? How do you know he didn’t pay for the trip himself (which Im sure he did). The man DOES get vacation and he doesn’t have to explain to you or anybody else why he went anywhere. Besides, are you a South Carolina taxpayer? If not then cheer up, its not your money anyway.

Churchill"s MOM

June 24th, 2009
9:48 am

” The fleas come with the dog.” Are you saying our next President is a dog & she has fleas? Your love of Obama is showing.

**********Handel 2010*********Palin Mccain 2012***********

Mister Earl

June 24th, 2009
9:48 am

1984 – whatever.

Do you really think the vanishing Governor of South Carolina has anything to do with President Obama?

Give it a rest.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 24th, 2009
9:53 am

After all those losses and bailouts, rank-and-file employees of
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The troubled banking giant intends to raise workers’ base salaries by
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Like Citigroup, financial companies, including Bank of America and
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The Citigroup proposals, discussed internally this week, present a
crucial test for the Obama administration, which has vowed to rein in
runaway compensation at companies that have received large
taxpayer-financed bailouts.

catlady

June 24th, 2009
9:55 am

If you lie about little things, think how much more you will lie about big things. Someone lied. Why, shades of Bill Clinton! Let’s impeach him!

Who is more clueless–Mr. Sanford, his wife, his security detail, or the electorate? If they are wise they are preparing the recall petitions. You don’t need a governor who flakes out.

The SC police really look like the Keystone Kops on this one, don’t they? Susan Smith again. (”Some black man hijacked our Governor!”)

And all he had to do was put out a statement that he would be gone on a well deserved vacation for a week. What an idiot! Why is the South cursed with idiot governors? (This is a rhetorical question. Look at the political affiliations of most.)

I hope he had a good time, and it was worth shooting himself, as guaranteed by the 2nd amendment, in the “Presidential” foot. Or some other part of the body.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 24th, 2009
9:56 am

American International Group’s efforts to sell its broker-dealer
business, AIG Advisor Group, have run into difficulties, raising the
prospect of mass departures among its financial advisers,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 24th, 2009
9:57 am

JPMorgan Chase leads a list of the world’s strongest banks, while the
Royal Bank of Scotland reported the biggest loss of any lender last
year, according to the British magazine The Banker.

Koz

June 24th, 2009
9:57 am

It’s ok, because we all know Bush caused the train crash in Washington

catlady

June 24th, 2009
10:01 am

Koz: It was a “train wreck”. Oh, wait, you aren’t talking about the economy, are you?

Copyleft

June 24th, 2009
10:02 am

“Governor’s absence is no crisis.”

Absolutely correct in this case… because the less time Sanford spends “governing,” the better!

catlady

June 24th, 2009
10:03 am

All this business about hiking was a misunderstanding. The SC Legislature told him to “take a hike.”

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
10:05 am

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work,
How come you left out this story, “…The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday that developed economies will shrink less sharply this year than it previously expected, and will grow next year.
The projection was the first upward revision to the OECD’s growth forecasts since June 2007, before the financial crisis began. The International Monetary Fund is likely to follow suit when it releases new forecasts July 7.
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Many risks remain, the OECD warned. Chief among them is the possibility that the financial system could be more vulnerable to a rise in business and household defaults than the organization assumes in its new forecasts.”

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
10:21 am

Two governors — Sanford and Sarah Palin — are so out of touch and stupid when confronted with basic decisions in 2009 that they, and every other pubtard candidate are dead on arrival for political office. Disappearing and not telling your wife where you are, however, is standard operating procedure for a pubtard politician–and a rite of passage.

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
10:23 am

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work,
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New orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose by a much stronger-than-expected 1.8 percent in May, Commerce Department data on Wednesday showed.

Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast durable goods orders would decline 0.6 percent last month. May’s increase, the third gain in 4 months, followed a revised 1.8 percent gain in April.

U.S. stock index futures rose on the much stronger-than-expected durables report, the dollar pared gains and U.S. government bond prices fell, although trading was also somewhat overshadowed by a Federal Reserve policy statement due later.

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The U.S. central bank is also likely to stress that the economy remains fragile, although acknowledging signs that activity is picking up here and there.

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New orders excluding defense were 1.4 percent higher, versus a Reuters’ poll prediction for a 0.4 percent drop.

More importantly, non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending, jumped 4.8 percent in May, the largest gain since September 2004. May’s sharp rise compared with forecasts for a 0.6 percent drop and followed a revised 2.9 percent fall in April.

“The numbers point to a stabilization, but certainly not a robust recovery,” said Keith Hembre, chief economist at First American Funds in Minneapolis…”

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 24th, 2009
10:29 am

A Senate investigative committee has concluded that excessive
speculation by commodity index investors has inflated the price of
wheat and distorted trading in the wheat futures markets.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 24th, 2009
10:31 am

Protein Sciences, a small biotechnology company facing possible
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June 24th, 2009
10:32 am

Lawyers for Bernard L. Madoff, who has confessed to running what may be
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Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 24th, 2009
10:33 am

Ikea said it was suspending further investment in Russia, apparently
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Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 24th, 2009
10:34 am

After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The
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Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 24th, 2009
10:36 am

conservative democrat
10:23 am

Thanks for your help, I just do little short stuff. Keep up the good work.

RK

June 24th, 2009
10:37 am

Andre Bauer shouldn’t be anyone’s choice.

Elephant Whip

June 24th, 2009
10:51 am

“where a new President “sharpens” his rheotric on Iran but is powerless to do more”

Gee, I wonder why he is “powerless” to do more (if, indeed, he is). Maybe it’s that useless war in neighboring Iraq and the other half of Neo-Nam, Afghanistan. Who put us there, Jim?

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
10:57 am

“Don’t Cry for me Jimmy the Wooten”

It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
that I still need your love after all that I’ve done

You won’t believe me
All you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she’s dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn’t stay all my life down at heel
Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it tt

Mah people wuz starvin; the schools sucked as bad as JawJaw’s; and Steven Cobert and Colbert Nation constantly makes fun of our state full of hick rednecks so ah rejected a million bucks in stim funds only to be ordered by mah Soopreme Court tuh accept it and then ah runs.

jc_atl

June 24th, 2009
11:06 am

More roadkill from the GOP presidential hopeful list.

A man leaves the country to “get away from his kids” on Father’s Day weekend, leaving his staff and security clueless, but to the local apologist writing for the AJC it’s no big deal. Right. How stupid are conservatives to buy this load of crap?

Dusty

June 24th, 2009
11:07 am

Jim Wooten,

You really got this one right. The absence of the SC governor is not a crisis to anyone but snoops. South Carolina is doing just fine. I do worry a bit about some of the bloggers here.

Every imaginable sex connected incident is mentioned by liberals whose minds can’t seem to get away from such thoughts.

Clean it up, ladies & gentlemen. The governor took a vacation. Maybe you need one too.

Pa

June 24th, 2009
11:11 am

You can bet your britches he was off a-doin’ somethin’ he ought not a been.

@@

June 24th, 2009
11:12 am

The funniest thing about all the hoopla, Jim, is that no matter where I go, liberals are implying SEX. Kinda lends credence to the study done proving that conservatives have better sex lives while liberals LUV talkin’ bout it among “their circle” of online friends.

Apologies for being crude but when it comes to liberals blogging and screwing political opponents is not a life I’d call productive.

Talk about delving into personal lifes….

UnEFFIN’ believable? Absolutely!

Pa

June 24th, 2009
11:13 am

You’d thank ol’ Wooten an’ Dusty would jest set back an’ wait a spell before sayin’ this feller weren’t up to nothin. “Cause the fact is, they don’t know. I don’t neither, but hit shore do look funny. Smells thataway, too.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
11:15 am

Instead of the pubtards shaking their fists at Iran without a scintilla of a specific suggestion as to what they want Obama to do besides denounce the clerics or perhaps spend 3 trillion bombing Iran and sending in troops we don’t have, simply ending the pubtard Hummer SUV addiction to oil would take down the theocrats. That would mean theocrat pubtards could take down theocrat Ayatollahs by ending their theocrat addiction to the theocrat’s oil as Tom Friedman says.

deegee

June 24th, 2009
11:19 am

I am no governor of a state but I do manage some projects for my employer. It would be irresponsible for me to go on vacation without notifying my employer and making sure that someone is in charge during my absence. Don’t you think that would have occurred to a personal responsibility type of guy like Mark Sanford? Can someone please recite those republican values again for us?

Name One

June 24th, 2009
11:20 am

I’m not a Dem or Republican. I work with public safety, and when there is a crisis, the governor needs to be available. Whether it’s a bad storm/hurricane, forest fire, mass shooting, a large highway/train/airport accident, the governor needs to be reachable ASAP, or at least have the Lt. Gov. be in charge.

Wooten is clearly an apologist for Sanford. His actions are indefensible.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
11:28 am

Cloture on Harold Koh, Dean of Yale for Counsel to SOS, by 75% of the Senate. Another pubtard defeat. Next comes Dawn Johnsen who blogged on how Bush shreded the Constitution clean up the mess the pubtards left at OLC DOJ. Johnsen moved her family to DC last week, and Franken will be seated soon.

And what is Jaw Jaw doing about it? Suxby is rambling about the JawJaw Southern cheerleading squad. LOL.

The Anti-Wooten

June 24th, 2009
11:40 am

The Wootnenanny is right about just one thing, there was no crisis, thankfully. Had there been some type of crisis that required the activation of the SC National Guard components(among other gubernatorial duties)Sanford would already be on the road to impeachment.

I’d be the last person to deny Sanford a vacation no matter where he wandered off to. If he wanted to go alone, fine, but the facts are that he should have designated Bauer as the “go to” person in his absence. It didn’t have to be announced publicly or at all but he left without taking care of the business of the state. I’m not going to delve into lurid speculation since Sanford himself caused plenty of that all by himself.

Please, please run Lil Boy Lost Sanford for POTUS in ‘12. I could really use the laughs.

Is there any Republic that you and Dustbin won’t defend?

1984

June 24th, 2009
11:40 am

Mister Earl, are you missing some brain cells? Maybe a class in reading at your local community college would help you understand basic reading skills. MORON, if you’d read what I wrote then you’d fully understand that I was making a point about Obama Hussein and his idiotic presidency. Mark Sanford is a NON STORY!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
11:42 am

I’M GAY AND I HATE EVERYONE AND I HATE MY MOM AND HER LIFE PARTNER. I AM GOING TO SUE EVERYONE AND GET MY MONEY TO BUY MY DRUGS! YOU REPUBLICANS ARE MEAN AND I HATE YOU. I WANT TO SHOOT YOU WITH MY POTATO GUN AND MAKE YOU EAT WERMS. I HATE CLOUDS AND UNICORNS.

Ernesto

June 24th, 2009
11:44 am

Pubs=Psychotalk, how are Palin and Sanford out of touch? They both have high poll numbers and are very popular in their states. They both make great decisions and are there for the people. I can’t name ONE democrat governor with higher approval numbers.

DB

June 24th, 2009
11:48 am

But tf he had not been a republican you would have skewered him.

Ernesto

June 24th, 2009
11:52 am

DB, who would have skewered him? How about the corrupt democrat governors of Illinois and NY? They actually committed crimes and yet you idiots on the left worship them.

Really Jim??

June 24th, 2009
12:01 pm

And if Sanford had a big D after his name instead of an R for Republican I am SURE your opinion of his absence would be exactly the same – right Jim??? NOT!!!!