Favorite

That was him, this is me 

That was him, this is me

When Bill Clinton was president and Mark Sanford was in Congress, the South Carolina representative and moralist was unforgiving of Clinton's marital misconduct. Reports of the president's relationship with Monica Lewinsky were “very damaging stuff,” Sanford said, expressing particular concern for the president's family. Of Clinton himself, Sanford said “I think it would be much better for the country and for him personally [to resign] … I come from the business side. If you had a chairman or president in the business world facing these allegations, he'd be gone.”

That was then, this is now. Having discovered the pleasures of adultery himself — for the first time, surely — and been caught, Sanford says he won't resign the South Carolina governorship, not even to ease the pain of his own wounded family. Resigning, he says, would be “the easy way out.”

It would be easier for his constituents, certainly, to be rid of this cynical slacker. Clinton was a hard-working chief executive, whatever his other failings. Sanford violated the trust not only of his wife but of the taxpayers, disappearing from the office for days at a time, telling no one where he'd be, leaving his state leaderless while spending public money on assignations. And Clinton didn't bawl about other people's failings. Clinton was just horny; Sanford is horny and hypocritical.

The Republican Party seems to have not much left in positions of leadership except scoundrels such as he. A gang of publicly pious Republican officeholders have been surprised lately with their Bibles raised and their pants dropped. The whole party needs to repent, and take a cold shower. And try to win back some of the kind of people it's chased off in recent years, the Colin Powells and Arlen Specters.      

Incidentally, the last sentence of that statement Sanford made about Clinton remains as it was then, completely untrue. Corporate bosses are not fired for philandering, they're fired for not making enough money for the company. The market has no morals. It's like a Republican convention.

Sanford has resigned as president of the Republican Governors Association, more concerned for his party than his state, and been replaced by Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, a former Republican national chairman. Barbour said of the Democratic Clinton in 1998: “And now we have this president who treated Monica Lewinsky in such a way that it makes prostitution look dignified and ennobling.” Barbour says of Sanford in 2009: “I've been in politics a long time. I've made it my policy, I just don't talk about people's personal problems. I don't think it's appropriate, I don't think it's polite, and I don't think it achieves any purpose.” A worthy successor.

 

Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

Latest in Editorials

  • The end of an era

    We're sad to report that Doug Smith has decided to retire. Though he's been listed as an associate editor on our masthead for the last 22 years, he has in fact been the conscience of the Arkansas Times. He has written all but a handful of our unsigned editorials since we introduced an opinion page in 1992.
    • May 8, 2014
  • A stand for equality

    Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first elected statewide official to express support for same-sex marriage. His announcement came days before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is expected to rule on a challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Soon after, a federal challenge of the law is expected to move forward. McDaniel has pledged to "zealously" defend the Arkansas Constitution but said he wanted the public to know where he stood.
    • May 8, 2014
  • Same old, same old

    Remarking as we were on the dreariness of this year's election campaigns, we failed to pay sufficient tribute to the NRA, one of the most unsavory and, in its predictability, dullest of the biennial participants in the passing political parade.
    • May 1, 2014
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Arkansas is the perfect place to try out this new health trend. Read all about the what, why, where and how here.

Event Calendar

« »

March

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Don't cry for Robert E. Lee

    • Thank you Max. Wonderful, pointedly (if that is a word) laying out what is so…

    • on March 25, 2017
  • Re: More on pits

    • Well, aren't we the compassionate one - "own family members" can mean small children -…

    • on March 24, 2017
  • Re: More on pits

    • Of course you don't care. If you cared, you might want to find a solution…

    • on March 24, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation