I think the point that everyone here is missing is that it's an issue of "responsibility." Being a governor isn't the same as being in Congress where you can vanish for weeks at a time and nobody would miss you. A governor is the chief executive of his or her state. You do NOT just head off to the hills with no way to contact you, nobody knowing where you are, no security, and your own wife doesn't even know how to find you. It doesn't matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat. It's called being RESPONSIBLE.
Okay, here's the latest word from South Carolina, where I live.
Per Miz Sanford and the gov's staff, he's out hiking, probably on the Appalachian trail. He's had a tough time for several months fighting with our Congress over the unfunded liabilities of the stimulus bill, and he wanted some time alone to depressurize and maybe write something.
They knew that was what he was doing all along, any dithering on their part was an attempt to protect Gov Sanford's privacy and keep the media from swarming out there to find him.
He supposedly has a phone with him, and has checked in a couple of times. There's nothing really going on right now in SC politics that requires his attention or the formal handing-over of power to the LtG.
You have to understand SC politics: there is ONE party in SC, and it is called "The Good Ol' Boy Network". You have to be of the right families, or know the right people, to join. It's a political and economic back-scratching network.
Amazingly enough we have a half-way decent State gov't anyway, most of the time.
Mark Sanford isn't part of the GOBNW. They've always hated him for that, and for his principled stands, and have tried to embarass him every half-a-chance they got.
There's SC politics in a nutshell.
For those being so harshly critical of his absence, I'd say that if this is the worst thing he does during his two terms as Gov then he's better than 48 other governors. Hey, I gave Obama a big pass for his at-taxpayer-expense travels and entertainments, at least our Gov is just out hiking...
Last edited by Goshin; 06-23-09 at 04:03 PM.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
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"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
I like Sanford. He's awesome.
I guess it's time to call a vote to have him removed from office.
If wanted his job, he would not have abandoned it.
On that note, though, up the road in North Carolina they will be attempting to set a Guinness Book world record next month for the largest gathering of skinny dippers ever.
NC nudist resort joins try for skinny-dip record - Local / Metro - The State