Fine line between stupid and clever
This is one for the record books. It seems South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was AWOL for 7 days. He was out of touch with his office, security detail, his family — he even skipped Father's Day, having four sons.
Well, the truth is he was in Argentina visiting his girlfriend, "Maria." Racy e-mails are surfacing, and the governor’s wife, who has a penchant for quoting Biblical scripture, might give him a second chance.
She'll need a lot of passages to get past this one.
America loves second chances, but with married men in public office, the line is drawn. Is it in the political DNA why these men, who have everything to lose, cross that line and act stupid?
Bill Clinton is one for the history books. Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Elliot Spitzer, Larry Craig, Mark Folley fall in step. I thought John Edwards explanation of having an affair — possibly fathering a child — while on the campaign trail with his wife suffering from incurable uterine cancer, was the worst possible sob story and fate to destroy one's political ambitions.
Gov. Sanford was on the "short list" for a Republican 2012 presidential run. That list just got one name shorter.
Paul D'Argent, 37209
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