But if his supporters follow his example, Sanford may not get much sympathy after his confession of an extramarital affair. As a member of the U.S. House, where he served from 1995 to 2001, Sanford was not very forgiving of prospective House Speaker Bob Livingston when it was revealed he'd had an affair. "The bottom line is Livingston lied," Sanford told CNN. "He lied to his wife."The man is a child. And a laughingstock. Literally, this is what a laughingstock looks like. Better yet, from his look of surprise in the picture taken of him when he got back, I'll bet you anything he had no idea anyone had noticed or cared. I'll bet he thought everyone would capably cover for him. In any event, I absolutely, positively, do not think that, before he returned to America, he had planned to have this press conference. Which would be magnificent stupidity. And of a kind only today's GOP can give us.
...I suspect that Sanford is only half-politician. He cries in front of a reporter. He protests too much. He can't make basic chit-chat. He'd rather talk about riding a raft as a kid than his latest policy proposal. And he clings, despite the homogenizing influences of our political process, to a stubborn, impractical libertarianism derived, at least in part, from the writings of Ayn Rand. For years, this refusal to compromise, this individuality, served him well politically; Sanford slept on his couch in Washington, got trims at Supercuts (with coupons!), railed against spending and won every election he entered. But no longer. In the real world, you can't refuse $700 million meant for teachers and cops. And you can't run away to South America, unannounced and untraceable, simply because you had a bad day at the office—however much you might think it's your prerogative. Especially if you worked, say, at the White House.
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