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.

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Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

Gingrich, Foley, Craig, Ensign, Vitter they be the Orgie club.

Munch

June 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

Pubtards Continue to Lose, girl I’m with you. I hate hetero sex. I much prefer butt sex with a little anal ease.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
5:15 pm

Frank, Clinton, Spitzer and Edwards beez the ugly woman orgie club.

Munch

June 24th, 2009
5:15 pm

“I developed a relationship with what started as a dear dear friend from Argentina,” Gov. Sanford said.

Aside from this sentence, there is no clue as to the identity of the other “woman”. No mention of gender at all. This says it all.

Che/Andy etc….go away, no one is listening.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
5:18 pm

Munch, yeah, he needs to go away so we can have some alone time. I’ve missed your kisses.

AmVet

June 24th, 2009
5:23 pm

So the guy disappears for days on end. His staff concocts a farcical, lamebrain story or two. And the most gullible sheep on the planet – the neo-conned – think it is all harmless.

Geez, no wonder they keep getting annihilated every other November…

AmVet

June 24th, 2009
5:27 pm

Speaking of concocts and staffs….I love playing with my lovers staff. And sheep, oh boy.

Peter

June 24th, 2009
5:33 pm

Hey Peter the Republican…One thing I can agree with you on……….”Name one person who is without fault “.

Poor Jim with his backwards spin today !

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
5:37 pm

The jig is up on the insurance companies. Public alternative will happen.

Insurers have forced consumers to pay billions of dollars in medical bills that the insurers themselves should have paid, according to a report released today by the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee.

The report is part of multi-pronged assault today on the trustworthiness of private insurers by Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.). It comes at a time when the insurance industry is battling efforts to offer consumers a public alternative to private health plans.

At a hearing this afternoon, Rockefeller’s panel is slated to air allegations by a former industry insider that insurers have put profits before people’s health.

The report released this morning alleges that insurers have systematically underpaid for so-called out-of-network care. The issue has been brought to light in past litigation and investigations, including a probe by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
5:46 pm

Maybe the Pubtard NC can start issuing chastity belts or black boxes to put the genital organs of their male candidates in.

AmVet

June 24th, 2009
5:53 pm

Poor 1984CheWhaleboy, reduced from his usual hate filled stupidity to sheer incoherence.

Fitting.

Good luck with your “conservative” blog, Mr Wooten and fans.

I’ll check back tomorrow to see if the inmates are still running the asylum…

Copyleft

June 24th, 2009
5:58 pm

The loser resorts to namejacking when he gets upset, as usual.

Liberals win again… as always. Have a great evening, everyone! Can’t wait to see what the Confederate Party cooks up for tomorrow’s forum.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
6:04 pm

Two of the most intense, bitter critics of Clintong demanding resignati
were you guessed it: Ensign and Sanford.

Where are the resignations of Promise Keeper and Sanford two charter members of the ectopic schtup club?

F22 guy

June 24th, 2009
6:17 pm

If we had elected Martin, I would have a job but no we elected the draft dodget Saxby Chambliss and I am out of a job.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparing for a possible showdown with Congress, the White House has threatened to veto a $680 billion military spending bill if it contains money for jet fighters the Pentagon doesn’t want.

In a statement of administration policy, President Barack Obama’s Office of Management and Budget said the $369 million a House committee added to the bill for 12 additional F-22 fighters runs counter to the ”collective judgment” of the military’s top leaders.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to end production of the radar-evading F-22 after 187 aircraft have been built. Last week, in a preview of the White House’s veto threat, Gates called the funding boost a ”big problem.”

Copyleft

June 24th, 2009
6:31 pm

I just got a job as Hillary Clintons tampon.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
6:33 pm

We need to stop all antiquated F22s and the panoply of crap on the defense welfare roles so we can put those dollars into health care. If the WH is playing hardball with the huge defense lard, it’s about damn time. If ignoring the pubtards is what it takes, then let’s roll with it. They can’t do a thing about it except lose more elections sending their self righteous out of touch candidates out to let the little head get some strange and lose elections.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
6:43 pm

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
6:58 pm

I LOVE THE REPUBLICAN FAMILY VALUES, CHEAT ON YOUR WIFE WITH (MAN OR WOMAN) HATE THE GAY LIFE STYLE IN PUBLIC,BUT LOVE THE GAY LIFE STYLE AT NITE,GREAT TO SEE WHAT FAMILY VALUES THE REPUBLICANS BELIEVE IN!
P.S. THE G.AY O.PEN P.ARTY IS MADE OF OLD GAY WHITEMEN THAT WANT TO KEEP THEIR GAY LIFE STYLE SECRET,ASK J.EDGAR HOOVER FAMILY MEMBERS ABOUT HIS SECRET GAY LIFE STYLE!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 24th, 2009
7:03 pm

I LOVE MY ANUS AND MY MOMS ANUS. GAYS LIKE IT UP THE BUTT I LIKE BUTTS. GAYS MAKE ME HAPPY AND GAY MEANS HAPPY. DEMOCRATS LOVE GAYS AND I LOVE BUUT SEX GAYS.

1984 CHE RAGNAR RATBOY

June 24th, 2009
7:31 pm

i love using other peoples blog name because i cant fight the truth,so i come up with lies!

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
8:12 pm

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.

Dimwit is a serious contender we sure hope yes we does can. If you’re dumb enough to believe that nominat her and Obama will set a record landslide.

But, really, it’s no crisis

Unless you consider that Sanford is toast politically and Britney Spears has better odds to run for President.

Wooten has less grip on political matters than a 5 year old.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
8:22 pm

“Ah wuz drivin’ along the coast.”

Ahve done heard it called a lot of words, but coast is a new one. If he was implying a geographic coast line there ain’t none there.

When a pubtard want’s to get laid with some strange, they call in sick. The party of responsibility.

HNBC

June 24th, 2009
9:17 pm

So, Jim Wooten, how you gonna justify Sanford’s absence now?

Shucks, I forget!! You Republican hypocrites know how to spin, don’t you? You’re the masters at that.

And, Sanford voted for impeachment of Clinton! What a bunch of hypocrites. I know I’m repeating myself but it has to be said again … and again … and again.

Republicans are nothing more than hypocrites who know how to spin things to make their transgressions against family values okay but it’s not okay for anybody else.

Bah.

benman

June 24th, 2009
9:22 pm

Gee Jim. I bet he was in Argentina on a “mission trip”. OH no, he went there for sex. Gee…..what a great guy.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 24th, 2009
9:47 pm

Victory in Iraq done happened and next week forces pull out from the fiasco. 3 bombs in 2 weeks. Mission bah Gawd accomplished you betchy betchy.

Still, the attacks have been chilling — especially the killing of the three Americans, whose 11-vehicle convoy of armored sport utility vehicles was headed into Camp Baharia when the bomb destroyed one of them.

About a week later, on June 3, the Falluja reconstruction team went to a meeting with local officials in nearby Karma. A sniper shot one of the Marine escorts, wounding him, but not fatally.

On Saturday, a bomb hidden in a parked car near Karma blew up and killed three members of a passing Iraqi police patrol.

Maj. Gen. Tariq al-Youssef, the Anbar Province police commander, arranged a street-level tour of Karma for a reporter with The New York Times last week. But the walk was cut short after just three blocks, and took place only after the general ordered dozens of Provincial Security Force troops to clear the streets and rooftops first.

Mission Acomplished you betchy. /we won that one. Ga.-Fla game okey-dokey.

1984

June 24th, 2009
10:17 pm

Okay, I fess up to the fact I’m a name stealing douchbag who also writes under the names CHE, COMMIE AJC…and a host of others.

I’m as crazy as a rat in a sh*t house and have a fixation on masculine rear ends. I admit to being banned from Bookmans blog for talking dirty, and ….oops moms calling , got to go!

1984

June 24th, 2009
10:29 pm

Mommy dearest threatened to take away my big wheel away if I didn’t quit blogging, and hurry up and find a job! Nasty and mean …she even forgot my 30th birthday!

One Voice

June 24th, 2009
11:24 pm

Sanford’s absence was actually probably good for the state. Such is the governing power of modern Republicans. However, his hypocrisy has most likely caused quite a crisis.

Of course, considering how consistently wrong Wooten (Mr. Right) has been on just about every issue he chooses to comment on, I don’t think his own impending absence will be much of a crisis either. (Except for those of us who come here to get a good laugh at what the silly monkey has written today.) Nice topic and title today, Wooten. And your timing couldn’t have been worse. I’m guessing you’ve heard that last statement from more than a few women in your life. Maybe that’s why Republicans seek to hold office- it’s the only way they can get women into bed.

Oh, and by the way, it’s not gay marriage that hurts the sanctity of the union between man and woman; it’s Republican politicians who do that.

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
7:35 am

Copyleft,
The job you got working for Hilary is sorta like the reeeeeally scarey dream I had about her. She had on a skirt with a deep slit instead of pants suit. It was reeeeeeally scarey during the job interview:)

TechLover

June 25th, 2009
7:50 am

Dear citizens of South Carolina, This has all been a big misunderstanding. First, I never said I was going to the Appalachian Trail, I said I was going to get some Argentenian tail. It’s been real tough after the fight over the stimulus money. My personal belief is that people should have to stimulate themselves. If you work hard and make enough money, then you can afford to have someone else stimulate you. Personally, I prefer getting stimulated in South America, but this country can’t afford to pay for everyone else to fly around the world for their stimulation. We would be passing this debt to our children and grandchildren and I just couldn’t see doing that to little Javier and my other kids. Thank you and God Bless America, Sincerely, Mark Sanford

ScottR

June 25th, 2009
7:50 am

Like I said before, way to go Wooten, you really nailed it this time. Typical – if you never look for problems, you’ll never find and then we’re all OK, right? Sorry, but a politician’s odd behavior is rarely just odd behavior. Paging Dr. Freud!

Mister Earl

June 25th, 2009
9:59 am

Journalism Is Dead

The truth still might not have outed were it not for Gina Smith, the enterprising, Nancy-Drew-style, sleuth reporter from The State newspaper, who decided on a hunch to go to the Atlanta airport and caught Sanford getting off a plane in the international terminal—thus forcing him to admit he’d been abroad. Up until then, Sanford’s office had been sticking to the Appalachian alibi.

Yet, the full extent of Sanford’s irresponsibility might never have come to light were it not for Smith. It’s a reminder of how much we count on local newspapers to keep politicians honest at the state and city level—and how much we’re going to miss those reporters if and when their newspapers are gone.