Sanford should resign

Several things have become sadly clear in the weeks since South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's shocking confession to an affair with an Argentinian woman.

 

One is that he wasn't what he purported to be in his professional life either. News reports allege his travel spending at state expense was excessive and that he was negligent in reporting private travel as required by ethics laws.

Another is that he can't apologize his way out of the mess he created.

Yet another is that the scandal is never going to recede while he's in office -- and that the state's vital business will suffer as a result.

Indeed, even his Republican friends are telling him the state legislature may be caught up in impeachment proceedings next year. And a Republican House caucus this weekend is expected to focus on Sanford's scandal rather than the other pressing issues of the day.

The long and short of it is that Sanford's attempt to cling to power is failing to help him and is only damaging the state he's made his home.

It's time for him to resign.

Even as a friend and supporter, we're not sure why Mr. Sanford feels that forgiveness should, or even can, come while he hangs onto power for dear life.

In his earlier actions, Mr. Sanford was undoubtedly thinking primarily of himself. Yet, he seems not to have learned a thing from his comeuppance, for he is still out for himself alone. Why else would he put the state through this continued drip, drip, drip?

His attempt at personal and professional redemption is beginning to cost the state dearly.

And that's another thing. When did we get the idea that we can seek forgiveness and redemption without paying the price for them?

If redemption is to come in any form, it will likely only arrive after Mr. Sanford thinks about others before himself.

It's time he does that.

 

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