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Editorial: Sandford wins. Why?

A few weeks ago, Mark Sanford, the supposedly disgraced former governor, remarked to a reporter, “South Carolina is the land of strange politics.”

He was right on the mark. Sanford just won election in a special election for a vacant seat in the US House of Representatives.

Driven from politics by a notorious extramarital affair with an Argentine mistress — during which he tried to hide a tryst by claiming he was hiking the Appalachian Trail — Sanford spent months appearing before audiences in his state, claiming to seek forgiveness for what he called “my fall.”

And, despite being outspent by his Democratic opponent, abandoned by his national party, held at arm’s length by state GOP officials and drawn back into court by his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, he prevailed.

“Strange politics,” indeed.

But remember, Sanford was running in South Carolina, an historically eccentric part of the US. It is, after all, the state that first attempted to “nullify” any federal law it disagreed with and then led 11 other states into secession, which triggered the Civil War.

And it’s also true that Sanford probably won’t stand out in the House, which is full of people who have had their brushes with lapses in morality and ethics.

Still, it’s sad to see that even lying publicly to your constituents, disappearing from the office of governor for days, using taxpayer’s money to visit your mistress, admitting to numerous affairs and then abandoning your wife of 20 years isn’t enough to turn off the state’s voters.

What WOULD it take?

Why does The Recorder have such a bad website? It's terrible. I've read hundreds of newspaper sites over the years and never encountered one so difficult to navigate and designed to turn off readers as this one.

Umm, Sanford won because he got more votes. I think most people would consider MA to be an "eccentric state," what with a sitting Lt. Governor who crashed his state car at 108 mph (and took three attempts to pass the Bar Exam), an unbroken string of indicted House speakers dating back to the 1980s, and a Senator who has claimed to be a Cherokee Indian despite all genealogical evidence to the contrary. Then there's the MA state rep who made up some drug allegations about her opponent and then reported them to the police. These gems keep getting re-elected in "educated," "progressive," "smarter" MA. Let's not forget the late MA Senator who drove drunk off a bridge, killing a young woman in the process. The voters had several more terms (and decades) to offer him. Yes, I do wonder WHAT it would take for voters to stop re-electing those of questionable moral character. I wonder it every time I see the MA election results.

Also, my condescending Valley friends, let's not forget Barney Frank and the "Hot Bottom" affair. Remember? That little incident when your favorite Congressman's "roommate" used their house for an illegal male prostitution ring? Perhaps, Mr. Blagg, as an active local historian, you will have your memory refreshed by this: http://www.aim.org/aim-column/media-whitewash-barney-frank%E2%80%99s-scandalous-legacy/ This smug sense of self-righteousness from the newspaper that was duped into thinking that Deval Patrick would deliver "Property Tax Relief" (lol!). Kinda like you were all duped when Dukakis said that his last set of tax increases were "temporary" and would only last through the "fiscal crisis" of the late 1980s. And that Obamacare would cut costs. If you're ever looking to sell your crystal ball, don't bother calling me. How soon we forget the cavalcade of Massachusetts political greatness that we've seen in just the recent years: Jim Marzilli, Tim Cahill, Tom Finneran, John "Offshore" Tierney, DeMasi, Flaherty, Asselin, the list goes on. The Crescent State has nothing on our esteemed political culture. I also loved this part: "Still, it’s sad to see that even lying publicly to your constituents, disappearing from the office of governor for days, using taxpayer’s money to visit your mistress, admitting to numerous affairs and then abandoning your wife of 20 years isn’t enough to turn off the state’s voters." You do know that several biographies from Kennedy insiders state clearly that JFK and Teddy had affair after affair on the public dime? Like the then-college student who recently wrote a book about her affair with JFK? The one that happened just yards from where Jackie was, with the Secret Service in tow? And before you start going all White Knight on Mr. Sanford leaving his wife, I suggest you check up on where Teddy's first wife is today and the state the "good guys" MA political establishment left her in. It might make you regret all the ink you spilled endorsing him again and again. But I don't think it will. After all, The Recorder loved Bill Clinton. P.S. Please upgrade to a 21st century web platform so people don't have to re-register everyti me they want to post a new comment. Your website would win awards... in 1996.

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