Sanford should resign

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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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justus4
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justus4 08/27/09 - 05:29 am
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Resigning would be the
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Resigning would be the honorable thing to do, but there may not be any honor in the individual. Absent that character, U fall back on what has worked for others, who looked like U, and was in similiar situations. The common defense for refusals to resign are: "They have conspired to hurt me" or "This is personal and doesn't effect my officials duties" or "This is only political or politics", all examples of arrogance and denial. The governor suffers from both. So yes, it has long been time for him to depart due to his betrayal of the people, but this guy, like so many others in public office, are never observing the clock.

opiner
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opiner 08/27/09 - 05:30 am
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While I agree Sanford's

While I agree Sanford's political career ended weeks ago and he epitomizes the "lame duck" politician, while he's in office he gives the AP something to focus on.

TechLover
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TechLover 08/27/09 - 06:13 am
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Sanford para el Presidente

Sanford para el Presidente (de la Argentina).

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/27/09 - 06:21 am
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Yes, he should resign, but

Yes, he should resign, but with time his image may change after we reflect on what he did. I will bet my last dollar many politicians in office have affairs going on right now. They simply handle them "better." Clinton denied his office affair with Monica and then called her "that woman" until finally forced to admit the realtionship along with some pornographic type sexual play due to the DNA designer dress. Clinton appears to be doing okay today.... Sanford, foolishly, didn't try that hard to hide the affair, goes on national TV and declares his love for the wonderful "soul mate." He was about as honest as I've ever seen a politician be. Mr. Sanford, step down and let history give you a better break than most are doing today.

lulu
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lulu 08/27/09 - 06:30 am
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Men are horndogs

Men are horndogs

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/27/09 - 06:33 am
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Sanford pour le president.

Sanford pour le president. TechLover made me think. Sanford for president would be a wild turn-around. What if he resigns and the public contemplates the episode and decides he wasn't all that bad, but arrestingly honest. He is a celebrity now and will draw lots of attention. I bet if he would seek the presidential nomination he would surprise many with his support and would be an instant frontrunner.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 08/27/09 - 06:35 am
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Honest? What choice did he

Honest? What choice did he have? Stupid fits better. I do not live in S.C. so it is not up to me whether or not he resign, that is up to S.C. voters.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/27/09 - 06:50 am
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OMG the editorial staff is

OMG the editorial staff is against another Republican *Scratches my head*

opiner
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opiner 08/27/09 - 07:03 am
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while head is scratched, a

while head is scratched, a hollow strumming sound is heard throughout the room.

Irish
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Irish 08/27/09 - 07:05 am
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Clinton didn't resign even

Clinton didn't resign even when he was caught in several lies. The left circled the wagons and said it was just "sex".

TechLover
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TechLover 08/27/09 - 07:07 am
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river: De la Argentina, no

river: De la Argentina, no los Estados Unidos. It went on for years, and he "crossed the line with other women". Seems he worked to hide it fairly well. If he hadn't pulled his disappearing act to the AT (hah) and been caught by a reporter getting off the plane, I'm sure he would still be hiding it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/27/09 - 07:15 am
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Oh come on, Tech, he could

Oh come on, Tech, he could have hid this so well. Or he could have left his wife due to "differences" and all would have been forgiven. I mean the man goes on national TV and says he fell in love with someone else. That really begs comparison with the way Clinton handled his mess and the way he belittled Monica and all women.

Irish
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Irish 08/27/09 - 07:18 am
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river u forget the double

river u forget the double standard rule here.

TechLover
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TechLover 08/27/09 - 07:28 am
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Irish: Clinton didn't call

Irish: Clinton didn't call anyone else having an affair a "rascal" and call for them to resign. For me with Sanford, it's not so much the affair (people do screw up), it's the hyporirsy and the holier than thou attitude (even going so far as to compare himself to King David).

TechLover
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TechLover 08/27/09 - 07:36 am
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River: I'm sure if he hadn't

River: I'm sure if he hadn't been caught, the "difference" excuse would have been used. It was all about to be exposed, and Sanford knew it.

mable8
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mable8 08/27/09 - 07:41 am
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Who among you are so perfect?

Who among you are so perfect? People have been having "affairs" since the beginning of time, so what's new? For some naysayers, including staff at the AC, what is it that your life is so holy and sanctified that you have never erred in your ways? Could it be that your own silence about your own behaviors have kept you as being seen as a person of good character? On the other hand, it takes character to admit you have done something wrong and own the errant behavior. The man had an affair; it is no reason to self-righteously demand his resignation and condemn him for the rest of his life. Christianity is, supposedly, a 'forgiving' religious ideal and I see very little of that in the article or in the posts.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 08/27/09 - 07:54 am
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Didn't we hear all day

Didn't we hear all day yesterday about "he who is without sin", especially from some of these same libs?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/27/09 - 08:13 am
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No, no, no. The state's

No, no, no. The state's "vital business" will not suffer as a result of the Gov.'s affair. The SC legislature has shown that the Gov. is pretty much irrelevant. They passed legislation over his objections, overrode his vetoes, sued him over stimulus money and won. No, the governor should hang in there and do his duty until his term is over. Bringing in Bauer now would be worse than Sanford. It would require an on-the-job training period that the state does not need. SC needs an open and fair election campaign next year with no incumbent privilege extended to Bauer.

bentman
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bentman 08/27/09 - 08:17 am
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Sanford should move on.

Sanford should move on. Let's let the libs continue to re-elect their reprobates. This type of stuff is a resume' enhancement for them.

Boston93
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Boston93 08/27/09 - 08:18 am
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Hey, hang in there Governor.

Hey, hang in there Governor. It was wrong what you did, but that is personal and nothing to do with your leadership. Hope you and your wife can work things out. Bill Clinton's wife is now Secretary of State and he is appointed to some big job by Prezbho and moving up the ladder. Your TV interview Wednesday showed your toughness and that none of the ones trying to get you to step down had any real facts. Only hear say stuff. If you are innocent of the monies they claim you used, make them prove it. Good luck to you and especially your family whome I know have been hurt but are willing to work together to get things back in order.

teharper428
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teharper428 08/27/09 - 08:40 am
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Let's ignore the fact that he

Let's ignore the fact that he did not report his private travels as required by state ETHICS law. And wouldn't he want to resign rather than cost the SC taxpayers for the expenses involved in impeachment?

deros
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deros 08/27/09 - 08:58 am
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I have an idea...Let's

I have an idea...Let's pretend he is a democrat for about 16 months. All will be well then. No fuss!!

jackeejones
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jackeejones 08/27/09 - 09:06 am
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Why should he resign---seen

Why should he resign---seen any democrats resign lately?

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 08/27/09 - 09:16 am
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The Aflac duck is now more

The Aflac duck is now more popular and can do more for the sorry state of SC than this lame duck lethario. But he will not quit, and why? Simply because he has noplace else to go. Who is gonna want this doofus, maybe Argentina?

concernednative
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concernednative 08/27/09 - 09:27 am
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I don't want to see the Lt

I don't want to see the Lt Gov given any advantage at this point. It may be a circus but Sanford can still do the job. I have always said that neither party is ethically or morally superior. But, the republicans pretend to be so they end of with amazing hypocrosy. I mean Newt and Clinton were both having affairs which by God's law is wrong. However, Newt compounds his with hypocrisy by running in front of every camera to bash Clinton then go home and sleep with his own mistress. The right doesn't get it is the HYPOCRISY that makes you look bad. Just as with Sanford during the Clinton affair. Just as with Senator Craig voting against anything that may be remotely supportive of gays while being gay and sleeping with men himself. And if anybody doesn't believe Sen Craig is gay I concede the point to you in advance. I won't argue. He is either gay or about as unlucky as O J Simpson.

Jake
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Jake 08/27/09 - 09:45 am
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He should stay. The comic

He should stay. The comic relief from all of this is a good thing. But I do feel sorry for his wife and children.

concernednative
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concernednative 08/27/09 - 09:53 am
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Republican Hypocrisy 101,

Republican Hypocrisy 101, classes begin daily--This is "very damaging stuff," Sanford declared at one point, when details of Clinton's conduct became known. "I think it would be much better for the country and for him personally (to resign)... I come from the business side," he said. "If you had a chairman or president in the business world facing these allegations, he'd be gone."

Explaining his decision to back impeachment articles against Clinton, he added, "I think what he did in this matter was reprehensible... I feel very comfortable with my vote."

peace4784
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peace4784 08/27/09 - 09:57 am
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Mark Sanford is the typical
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Mark Sanford is the typical right-wing conservative Christian. Industrial strength hypocrite. A wolf in sheeps clothing. A whitewashed tomb. A fraud. He is the face of the typical American Christian.

jackeejones
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jackeejones 08/27/09 - 10:22 am
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Mark Sanford is acting like

Mark Sanford is acting like your typical democrat!

MadSnapper
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MadSnapper 08/27/09 - 10:41 am
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Peace what do you call your

Peace what do you call your beloved Bill Clinton? He lied under oath, yet Dems still loved him. He had sex in the oval office, yet Dems still loved him. Yeah, Sanford is a hypocrite and should resign, just let me hear the Dems say Clinton is a liar and should have resigned also, if they won't say that then they too are hypocrites.

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