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
4:22 pm

Peter,
If you’ll read my 8:44am post on page 1, you’ll see that at that time my judgement of Sanford was pretty much on target.

Post Card from HECK

June 24th, 2009
4:22 pm

SPITZER/FRANK 2012 – I don’t know if they’ll be good for the country but they’ll have enough prostitutes and gay-pals running around to make the White House more fun than when Caligula ruled Rome.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:24 pm

WHAT DOES MY BLOG NAME SAY? EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP! JIMBO IT`S NO CRISIS WHEN A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR IS CHEATING ON THEIR WIFE,READ MY STATEMENT ABOVE ABOUT FAKE FAMILY VALUES G.AY O.PEN P.ARTY,WHAT CAN YOU HICKS SAY NOW? BUMPKINS!

conservative democrat

June 24th, 2009
4:26 pm

The news was all about Gary Condit on September 10, 2001…we better get our minds right…
BAGHDAD (AP) — A bomb hidden in a cart of vegetables ripped through a crowded market in Baghdad’s Sadr City on Wednesday, killing at least 56 people, Iraqi officials said, just days after the U.S. military closed its main base in the Shiite district.

Copyleft

June 24th, 2009
4:28 pm

Yet another humiliation for the GOP and their brain-dead supporters.

WHY do they insist on hypocritically preaching about “family values” all the time? Is this like homophobia–you only rant and rave about stuff you’re guilty of personally? “The Rabid Right doth protest too much, methinks.”

And another humiliating spanking for 1984 & co… great way to end the day for us REAL Americans (i.e., liberals).

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

I HATE EVERYONE CLOUDS UNICORNS I-85. THE GOP IS RACIST IDIOTS I HATE THEM MOM.

ncgreybr

June 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

I think I’m going to switch my party affiliation to Republican. Maybe my sex life will improve.

Hillary C.

June 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

I once got sweaty wid Janet Reno. She has such masculine hands and a great big ol’…head.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:30 pm

Copyleft YOU’RE TOO STUPID TO KNOW WHAT YOU R TALINKG BOUT. I HATE YOU. WHAT DOES MY NAME SAY? I CAN’T READ. YOU’RE A UNICORN FUZZ HEAD I HATE YOU.

At Least It Was HETERO

June 24th, 2009
4:31 pm

Thank god for small favors. At least he’s not Bwarney Fwank.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:33 pm

PALIN AND VICK ARE NOT THE SAME VICK ONLY KILLS DOGS,WITCH PALIN KILL DOGS WHICH WOLVES ARE THE SAME THING,SHE KILLS MOOSE,SHE KILLS BEARS,SHE KILLS DEER, AND SHE ALSO KILLS BIRDS HUNTING TO,BUT YOU DONT HEAR THE STUPID HICKS POINTING THESE ACTS OUT,WHERE IS PETA DO PETA ONLY GO AFTER ATHLETES WHICH ARE BLACK,AND DO THEY ONLY GO AFTER LIBRALS WHO ARE ACTORS AND SINGERS,THE GOP WHITES SHOW THE WORLD THAT THEY ARE NOTHING BUT SATANS CHILDREN MANIFEST IN THE FLESH!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:36 pm

I KNOW IT`S YOU 1984 THAT`S USING MY BLOG NAME RATBOY!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:36 pm

I HATE DOGS. DOGS MAKE ME SCARED OF BOZO THE CLOWN DOGS. MY MOM’S LIFE PARTNER MAKES ME EAT DOGS AND THEN SHE MAKES ME EAT HER. I HATE EVERYONE.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:37 pm

I HATE EVERYTHING. MY EVIL MOMS BUZZ CLOWN FLEW OVER MY HEAD.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:38 pm

COPYLEFT 1984 IS USING MY BLOG NAME,THAT WAS NOT ME RESPONDING TO YOUR POST! PHUCK REPUBLICANS 1984! TYPE THAT HICK!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:39 pm

MICKEL VICK IS BLACK. BLACK PEOPLE MAKE ME SCARED TO EAT DOGS NOW. ONLY WHITE PEOPLE ARE EVIL. I HATE THE JEWS IN ARABIA.

deegee

June 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

Is it “Olley, Olley In Free” for all backsliding politicians? Now’s the time to come clean, come out of the closet or whatever. There is still enough time before the 2010 elections roll around.

1984

June 24th, 2009
4:43 pm

I`M GLAD THAT MY PARTY IS BEING EXPOSED AS A PARTY OF GAYS
G.AYS O.PEN P.ARTY!

1984

June 24th, 2009
4:45 pm

2 CAN PLAY YOUR GAME BUDDY, I WISH I WAS JEW CAUSE I`M TIRED OF BEING A HILLBILLY COUNTRY HICK SLEEPING WITH MY SISTER!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:45 pm

I LOVE GAYS. I HATE THE GOP. GAYS GIVE ME MONEY AND CANDY AND TELL ME NOT TO ASK QUESTIONS OR TELL MY MOM. I HATE UNICORNS AND FUZZY BALLS.

Munch

June 24th, 2009
4:47 pm

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP, if you are going to attempt to blog as someone else please have the good sense to write like them.

1984

June 24th, 2009
4:47 pm

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THE PARTY OF DONT TALK WHAT YOU WALK,WE LOVE GAYS BUT ONLY AT NITE WHEN WE ARE PRACTICING OUR GAY LIFE STYLE,WE HATE BEING GAY IN PUBLIC,BUT WE LOVE IT WHEN OUR WIFE AND KIDS DONT KNOW!

RATBOY

June 24th, 2009
4:47 pm

Secretly I’m a member of NRA and jack off to hunting magazines. Don’t be fooled by EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP he is a card carrying member too.

Munch

June 24th, 2009
4:48 pm

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP, the way we all know it’s you is because you kept the ALL CAPS button on. Dip $hit.

1984

June 24th, 2009
4:49 pm

you are right munich

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
4:49 pm

Ah is goin on the Apalacian trail so ah kin get some strange in Argentina.

1984

June 24th, 2009
4:50 pm

and your momma is a dip$hit hick

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

Ah is a pubtard ignorant as a stump so all ah kin do is jerk mahself off on a blog and call people names.

1984

June 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

HA! This is too funny. Evil Republican is a moron.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
4:52 pm

AH failed da MCAT and my moma beat myyyyy ass wit a stick.

1984

June 24th, 2009
4:52 pm

ratboy 1984 ragnar che you are the same person, you are not fooling me! coward!

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
4:53 pm

Ah like to stick rods up my behind and swirled it around until I doo dooed all over da floor.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:54 pm

I’M A DONKEY I’M A DONKEY. HEEEEEE AAAAAWWWWWWW HEEEEEEEE AWWWWWWWW.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:57 pm

FACTS ONLY RATBOY 1984 RAGNAR OR CHE, YOU HILLBILLY BACKWOODS RAPING YOUR SISTER AND YOUR MOTHER,BECAUSE THAT`S HOW REDNECKS DO IT!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
4:57 pm

i invented the internet

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
4:58 pm

Ah loves the family values from the pubtards who do boys and girls who aren’t their wives.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
4:59 pm

Sanford Ensign on the Ectopic Schtup ticket for 2012. You betcha goshdarnit yes we kin.

As the elephant turns.

Get Real

June 24th, 2009
4:59 pm

Guess its a crisis now for Sanford, huh Wooten? At least you’ve kept your track record of ALWAYS being wrong intact.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
5:00 pm

MY MOM RAPED ME WITH A BROOM STICK AT DAY CARE. I HATE REPUBCLIANS BLACK JEWS PEOPLE.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
5:01 pm

I love the state fair because I found new farm animals to mate with. The corn dogs are good too. I have had a few bad run ends with chickens!

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
5:01 pm

I need a good Proctologist for my anus. I just found some sticky stuff on it.

Songbird

June 24th, 2009
5:01 pm

He was in Argentina having an affair. Now there’s some family values for you. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

AmVet

June 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

“I’m a bottom-line kind of guy. ~Mark Sanford

Is that the new code for backdoor man?

I’m guessing his equally dufus replacement Haley Barbour is headed off to Australia soon. To go down under…

AmVet

June 24th, 2009
5:08 pm

Ya know, I do like the back door myself. Oh, and reach arounds. Come to think of it I like a dirty Sanchez and a Cleveland Steamer every now and again.

Pubs=Psychotalk

June 24th, 2009
5:08 pm

I heard sailors like it in the back. I personally like dead dogs, no fight.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
5:10 pm

If your brain is mush, the Repubtard party wants to run ya.

Munch

June 24th, 2009
5:10 pm

How do you know when you’ve gotten under the wingnut’s skin? When they start posting under your name. I win. Priceless.

To “at least it was HETERO”…don’t be so quick to assume. South America is a vertiable playground for heteros on the down low. Sanford was just a likely gobbling the chowder as he was munching carpet.

AmVet

June 24th, 2009
5:11 pm

Munch, yeah, I sure would like to get under your skin if you know what I mean…wink wink…

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
5:11 pm

If you is a Wooten candidate, you is a liar and your little head runs you into the ground. That’s the pubtard motto.

Munch

June 24th, 2009
5:12 pm

Well, I have to head on over to the dry cleaners to get this spooge stain out. It’s not mine of course. It’s Janice, my gay lovers, who shot his load. I hope mom doesn’t find out.