Mark Sanford: ‘None of us go through life without mistakes’; Many conservatives not in forgiving mood

Disgraced former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is hitting the campaign trail with a new ad:

Sanford’s weak mea culpa has left many conservatives feeling cold:

  • StandSomeMore

    Remind me the difference between Mark Sanford and David Vitter?

    • goldwater89

      Well, they both cheated on their wives, but only one of them liked to do it while wearing a diaper.

    • TugboatPhil

      Vitter’s payments were direct. Sanford’s were indirect.

  • CatHerder

    Go sell it to a tell-all magazine, son. We’re all pretty much sick of public officials who can’t even respect their own wedding vows, let alone their constituents.

  • Lady 12

    Here’s a quarter. Call someone who cares.

  • TugboatPhil

    Hey, Mark. We don’t care if you go away mad or not, just go away.

  • Stupid Republic

    He’s unrepentant. Several months after the affair news broke out, he gave a speech at a luncheon at the company I was at. No less than four times did I observe him gawking at a half-Hispanic, five months pregnant female co-worker sitting next to me (the fourth time I motioned at my eyes that I had caught him). Then he has the gall to make jokes about him being in the national spotlight just a few months before, irrespective of the fact that the shenanigans nearly cost the 787 program for Charleston.

    We can find more worthy candidates. And idiots like Sanford merely give a soft underbelly for the left to attack ad nauseum.

  • traffic_robot

    New threshold for a whoopsie daisy. Go away Sanford, you are sociopathic scum.

  • Mario Leone

    He’s the best candidate by far. He was a staunch fiscal conservative before it was cool to be one. This isn’t a popularity contest or a church group.

    • Ben Bollman

      Saying staunch fiscal conservative means nothing without being reliable and trustworthy. On paper he may be the best, but you will never get voters to trust him again. If he was a liberal it would be a different story.

    • TugboatPhil

      The problem will always remain with him that at any point in the future, he may decide to abandon his office and “go hiking on the Appalachian Trail.”

    • Zanshi

      The thing is, we should be holding politicians to a higher moral standard than we hold our neighbors to. This is because pols have access to info we don’t so getting caught in a comprimising situation opens them up to blackmail. Pols having moral also (mostly) have the added benefit of them protecting our liberties. This is why DC is broken.

  • Harry A

    maybe its just me (and it probably is), but i honestly dont care what Mark Sanford did in his private life? is that bad?

    • Rashied Rushing

      Not really, its just that our private lives are an indicator of how we’ll eventually manifest in our public lives. It’s an issue of character.

      • Harry A

        its like theres a part of me that gets that, but then the other part of me says are biggest issue is the debt and the economy and mark sanford sleeping his way through every south american country isn’t going to affect how he feels about that. i guess, thats how i feel.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          It’s an indicator of his character, sense of honor, and honesty, and how he feels about his responcibilities. If he can’t be honorable in his marriage and famly life, and can blow them off so easily; then how can his constituants trust him to honor any promises he makes regarding any office he might hold? Oh wait…

        • CatHerder

          It’s an issue of honor. If he and his wife could not get along any more, they should divorce first. Then I would have no problem with him having ‘a girl in every port’. Unless he then tries to lie to constituents about it…again.

          • Zanshi

            If politicians want to make laws against what they see as a sin, then they better damn well not do things that are nothing short of brazenly hypocritical. That is all.

    • Thane_Eichenauer

      It may not be bad but it just might be that 90% of the motivated public just don’t agree with you. I find his affair to be an issue to note but move past. Taxes and sex just aren’t a 1 to 1 overlap.

  • Ben Bollman

    As a Christian I could maybe forgive him as a person, but as a voter not so much.

  • Rashied Rushing

    One of the basic tenets of “mistakes” is although they are forgivable, there are consequences. You can’t just say sorry, and all the consequences go away…I hope SC does the right thing.

  • fivebyfive

    Don’t go away sad,

  • Mike Rogers

    Where’s his (ex) wife? If she an, she’d win n a landslide!
    Mark Sanford is toast.

    • Thane_Eichenauer

      Just because she was wronged shouldn’t be any qualification to an elected office.

      • Mike Rogers

        Fair, but Mark Sanford was beyond stupid – the usual excuse for an affair – he was deceitful on the public’s dime. He’s DISqualified.

  • Steve_J

    A mistake doesn’t involve disappearing for a week or two and then lying about the circumstances.

  • Maxx

    They always call it a mistake AFTER they’ve been caught. I mean, if you can’t even be loyal to the woman who has to put up with your daily crap, how in hell are you going to show loyalty to a voter you’ll never meet?

    Go away.