Gov. Sanford Blows Chances for 2012 Republican Nomination
Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), a deeply religious conservative Christian
and frequently mentioned 2012 presidential candidate was caught with his
Like Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), the married governor has
admitted to having had an extramarital affair.
The woman lives in Argentina and has been identified only as "Maria" so far.
That pretty much ends any chances he might have had to be the Republican
nominee in 2012. While Democrats don't care much about politicians
having affairs, the Republican base cares a lot about it.
An interesting question is why did Sanford admit to the affair and
thus destroy his political career? The reason appears to be that some
steamy emails sent by the governor were obtained by a newspaper in December.
Undoubtedly Sanford knew they were about to be
so he had to go for a preemptive strike. Also, his wife knew about the
Republicans like Sanford, Ensign, and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) aren't
alone in having (paid or unpaid) affairs. Democrats such as former
governor Eliot Spitzer, Gov. David Paterson (D-NY), and former senator
John Edwards have also admitted to affairs. The difference is that the
Republicans have all made "family values" the central theme of their
campaigns and wooed the Republican base by saying: "Vote for me because
I am more moral than the other guy." The Democrats have never made family
values a key issues and can't be charged with hypocrisy as the
It is long obvious that the Republicans need some new young faces and some
of the potential candidates, like Ensign and now Sanford have self
destructed. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) gave the rebuttal to one of
President Obama's speeches in February and demonstrated that he is not
ready for prime time. Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) hasn't destroyed himself
yet, but is peripherally ensnared in the long-running Minnesota
Senate election contest. The other "new" Republicans, like former
Speaker Newt Gingrich and Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) aren't all that
new and young. All this strengthens the chances of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK),
former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and former Massachusetts
governor Mitt Romney in 2012.
If you like this Website, tell your friends. You can also share by clicking this button
-- The Votemaster
Your donation is greatly appreciated. It will buy ads to publicize the site.