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

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:28 pm

Hey 1984……. Palin and Mike Vick are cut from the same mould !

You are the typical Hateful Republican, if you like to run over animals ……..”Hell, I run over dogs all the time. Damn dogs.”

Obviously You are not a Christian, loving God’s creatures as yourself.

The Anti-Wooten

June 24th, 2009
2:32 pm

1984 states the he runs over dogs all the time. First of all, he/she/it has now confessed to a crime on this public blog and the AJC should involve the authorities.

Secondly, I hope that on Tuesday of next week that your doctor informs you that you have stage 4 pancreatic cancer and have six extremely painfilled months to live.

Interesting to note that you’re a Birther, it certainly explains the existence of that IDIOT tattoo on your forehead.

1984

June 24th, 2009
2:32 pm

Peter, Palin doesn’t mistreat animals. Moron. I run over dogs because they run out in front of my car. You are obviously too stupid and ignorant to understand a joke. Moron.

Mister Earl

June 24th, 2009
2:34 pm

1984 – Sanford resigns from Chair of Governors Association

thoughts?

1984

June 24th, 2009
2:35 pm

The Anti-Wooten Idiot Goat Blower, yeah, but in your idiotic rant you fail to understand that EVIDENCE is needed to convict someone of a crime. Besides, the dogs that I have hit with my car all ran out in front of me because some idiot owner failed to chain up their dog. What an idiot you are. You claim to be all high and mighty then throw out threats and insults.

I hope your doctor figures out if you are a male or female.

beatle fan

June 24th, 2009
2:36 pm

Orwellian scarey guy 1984,
This is what I mean about taking things out of context…
1:47 PM, June 24, 2009 | Source: The Associated Press | Relevance: 27.951%
“Billionaire Warren Buffett said Wednesday the economy has not yet had any bounce and will take some time to recover, BUT HE COMPLIMENTED THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS OVER THE PAST YEAR TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS…”
Buffett is no republican.

1984

June 24th, 2009
2:36 pm

Mister Earl, well, it turns out that he had an affair. Oh well, another one bites the dust.

1984

June 24th, 2009
2:37 pm

beatle fan, yeah, the government has done a great job. 10% unemployment and record deficits.

1984

June 24th, 2009
2:38 pm

Well, I guess this is a story after all. I did give the guy the benefit of the doubt but oh well.

Shawny

June 24th, 2009
2:38 pm

The people paying attention to this non-story are probably the same ones getting emotionally involved in the divorce of Jon and Kate. Who cares? MUCH bigger fish to fry.

John Edwards

June 24th, 2009
2:40 pm

Mista Sanford can join me in North Carolina for some hot chicks.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:42 pm

Pretty funny that Sanford is being attacked, and rightfully so, but when Bill Clinton cheated on Hillary it was Monica who the media went after.

jc_atl

June 24th, 2009
2:45 pm

Good luck with that presidential bid, Sanford. Does this mean Palin gets the nomination? One can only hope . . .

Wooten, good luck wiping the egg off your face. The ink isn’t even dry on this worthless piece and Sanford has admitted to an affair. A governor disappears for days without alerting anyone to his whereabouts, and it’s for an extramarital affair. I call that a crisis.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:45 pm

Sanford could have been our own JFK.

Trudy

June 24th, 2009
2:45 pm

GOP = Hypocrisy AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

Hey 1984 I guess you are incapable of bantering …….duhhhhhhhh !

Love the Christian attitude you exhibit ! Find the joke, please go look in the mirror.

By the way learn to drive so you won’t hit your kids.

Anyone who allows the shooting of wolves from a helicopter Does actually mistreat wolves……duhhhhhhh.

Palin and Mike Vic cut from the same cloth !

The Anti-Wooten

June 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

1984,

So it appears that you not only run over dogs you believe in chaining them up. I’m wondering just what sort of hillbilly you are.

Insults yes, you deserve the full scorn that can be brought to bear upon you for your attitudes. Threats? Where? Your real name doesn’t happen to be Trig does it?

deegee

June 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

Lessons republicans should learn that democrat presidents and advisers already know – Keep your mouth shut until you know what you’re talking about.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

jc_atl, I still don’t know what Palin has to do with this. She is smart, a great governor and has a big family. Plus she is hot.

Ray Pugh

June 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

Pardon me for just one moment…

a ha… ahh haha…. AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!

OK, carry on….

Trudy

June 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

1984 – we inherited the economic mess from you! Stupid.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

Hey Peter the impostor…….JFK was a slut…..

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

Orwellian Scarey Guy 1984,
Sanford admit affair with six foot Argentinian girl with really large wrists.

1984

June 24th, 2009
2:48 pm

Trudy, I caused the recession? Hmmm, I didn’t even know I made policy. STUPID!

1984

June 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

conservative democrap, yeah I read that. If you could read you would have read my above comments.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

yes, JFK was a slut. And a drug addict.

Trudy

June 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

I’z werks da streets every nite. Anyone want a good time?

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

Peter,
Coldest state, hotest gov’nor…yeah, she’s smart and well read, too. Just ask Katie Curic to give you the list of reading material she got back to her…

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

conservative democrat, well, you got me there. I mean, Obama reads the Communist Manifesto so I guess that makes him smart, huh?

Jackie

June 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

The Repubs are working feverishly to deflect any criticism they may take relative to the economy.

Rep. Issa(R-Ca) stated that Ben Bernanke, Chairman of Federal Reserve, is engaged in a cover-up and should come clean with his role in the alleged scheme.

First, how does one prove a negative; second, the Repubs continue to dig the hole deeper.

I just can’t wait for the next election cycle to see what these clowns say to defend their outrageous statements and actions. Is it not time for everyone to work toward getting the economy out of this major slump?

Mister Earl

June 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

1984 – I could care less about the affair.

no, it turns out that Governor Mark Sanford was a liar

jc_atl

June 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

Peter, if you think Sarah Palin is hot then you and I have completely different tastes in women.

I truly hope she can win the GOP nomination. It guarantees months and months of classic comedy from the late night and Comedy Central shows, not to mention 4 more years without a GOP president.

1984

June 24th, 2009
2:57 pm

Mister Earl, yes he is a liar. We agree on that. Good day to you.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:57 pm

jc_atl, I doubt she’ll win the nomination. Mitt Romney is looking more and more great everyday.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
2:58 pm

Yup no Crises…….Just slut ting around with another woman !

Wow he is so great for dumping the wife and kids on Father’s day !

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

Peter,
Communist Manifesto…c’mon…just because he fired Rick Wagoneer your mad. The guy made $30 million between 2007 & 2008 and couldn’t see this downturn coming. At that payrate, he shoulda known…somebody at Ford saw it. Government Motors or any other company shareholders should be able to fire inept management. The system needs fixin.

clyde

June 24th, 2009
3:00 pm

Good way to blow a career Gov.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
3:00 pm

jc_atl, Palin is hot. You must think Hillary is hot. Or maybe Helen Thomas. Oh well.

The Anti-Wooten

June 24th, 2009
3:00 pm

And in late breaking related news, it’s now been shown by scientific methods that The Wootenanny is a total apologist for ANY Republic official or candidate.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
3:02 pm

conservative democrat, GM needed to fold a long time ago. Where is the stimulus money now? GONE!
Romney was 100% correct.

jc_atl

June 24th, 2009
3:02 pm

No Peter, I don’t. I’ll go so far to say that if you held a gun to my head and made me pick between Palin and Hillary I’d go for Sarah, but only at gunpoint. Otherwise I’d walk away.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
3:03 pm

The Anti-Wooten, and Jay Bookman is an apologist for the DNC. What’s new?

Mister Earl

June 24th, 2009
3:03 pm

Bufoonery

1984 – 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.

Bufoon?

No 1984, the bufoon is Mark Sanford

The Anti-Wooten

June 24th, 2009
3:04 pm

jc_atl, given the choice of the two to sit down and have a discussion or even a beer with my choice would be Hillary hands down.

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
3:04 pm

jc_atl,
…with Palin the gunpoint thing can be arranged…

Peter

June 24th, 2009
3:04 pm

jc_atl, I would never point a gun at your head. We still live in a free republic and you can chose whomever you want. Just as long as you are not a douche bag like Sanford, Edwards, Clinton and Spitzer.

catlady

June 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

Love those family values! If the people of SC don’t boot him out, they show they are morons. They don’t need duplicious fools to “lead” them.

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
3:06 pm

The Anti-Wooten,
I had a dream about HC that was reeeeeally scarey.

Bruce Wayne

June 24th, 2009
3:06 pm

Mister Earl, didn’t I fire you?

Peter

June 24th, 2009
3:06 pm

No Crises in the Republican Family Values Plan !

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday he’s been having an affair with a woman he visited on a secret trip to Argentina and said he’ll resign as head of the Republican Governors Association.