Well, dear readers, I take a weeklong blog break, and my South Carolina governor goes, pardon the expression, ape sh*t crazy.
Don’t blame me, though. Rush Limbaugh’s got it all figured out.
In his own words:
LIMBAUGH: This Sanford business! I'll tell you, one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind, with Mark Sanford ... this is the first thought: What he did defies logic. This is ... more than being 180 degrees out of phase (BJ: possible transcriber error, probably “180 degrees about face”), because of lust or love. To split the scene for five days, and we know he's been separated, and he knows, by the way, that the newspaper in his state has the emails between him and his concubine down there in Argentina. He knows this. He knows that somebody knows what's going on. He knows his wife knows. So he ups and leaves for five days, doesn't leave anybody in charge of the state, in case there's an emergency.
This is almost like: I don't give a damn! Country's going to hell in a handbasket. I just want out of here!
He had just tried to fight the stimulus money coming to South Carolina. He didn't want any part of it. He lost the battle and said "What the hell? The federal government is taking over! I want to enjoy life!"
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Right now, if you’re old enough, you’re probably thinking of Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine, and her memorable line, “The devil made me do it.”
In Rush Limbaugh’s twisted logic, the devil is Barack Obama.
Never mind that Sanford wanted to use the $700 million in stiumulus package funds to pay off state debts, that the people of South Carolina were on his case, that the state supreme court ordered the governor to accept the funds for their allocated use (LINK).
Rush pardons the governor’s infidelity with “The federal government’s taking over!”
Sanford, who stated Sunday he will not resign, has settled into a “business as usual” mode, hiding behind the cloak of Christian forgiveness. But, many state Republicans as well as Democrats are demanding he step down.
I’m with Jenny Sanford: Mark Sanford’s “political career is not a concern of mine.”
Both she and the state of South Carolina would be better off if he took the next flight out to Buenos Aires.
On his own dime, of course.