The Pink Flamingo has been pondering the Mark Sanford Scam for months. It’s all about Mark Sanford, and Mark Sanford’s march to the nomination in 2012. It’s about the abject disaster Mark Sanford has been as the grand-standing governor of SC, and his constant back-stabbing of Sarah Palin. It’s about Sanford conning conservatives.
For some very strange reason, Mark Sanford continues to con conservatives with his “conservative” version of Barack Obama’s empty rhetoric. If he is like so great why the heck does he have an approval rating that barely makes it to 40% in the most Republican state in the country. While you might point to GWB’s low poll numbers, keep in mind they were national. He had higher numbers in GOP pockets like South Carolina. Not Mark Sanford though. In South Carolina he is considered a joke.
It’s like New Mexico and Bill Richardson. No one around these here-parts could figure out what the national love affair with Richardson was all about. We all know he’s corrupt and incompetent. It just took the rest of the country awhile to figure it out. Same thing with Mark Sanford. He’s incompetent. It’s just going to take conservatives awhile to figure it out.
Like Obama, Sanford talks a very good game.
“…Here’s the background: Before the stimulus bill passed, I asked for states not to be bailed out. After it was signed into law, I said that a state bailout would create more problems than it solved, and that we shouldn’t spend money we don’t have. That debate was lost, so I looked for a reasonable middle ground. I asked the president for his support in using the $700 million to pay down state debt.
If we’re going to spend money we don’t have at the federal level, it becomes all the more important that our state balance sheet is in good order — particularly if this is a protracted downturn. But many people do not realize that the stimulus money runs out in 24 months — at which point South Carolina will be forced to find a new source of funding to sustain the new level of spending, or to make sharp cuts. Sure, I could kick the can down the road; in two years, I’ll be safely out of office. But it would be irresponsible.
If South Carolina could use stimulus money to pay down debt, in two years we will be able to spend, cut taxes or invest even if the federal government can no longer provide more money — not a remote possibility. In fact, paying debt related to education would free up over $162 million in debt service in the first two years and save roughly $125 million in interest payments over the next 13 years — just as paying off a family’s mortgage early frees up money for other uses….”
Sarah Palin’s basically saying the same thing, but she’s so busy being a real governor and taking care of her growing family she doesn’t have time to pontificate. This is something I’ve not been able to understand about Mark Sanford.
Voting Under the Influence is a reliable Republican blog from South Carolina. Evidently there are rumors that Sanford is planning a run against Jim DeMint in 2012. By grand-standing on the stimulius money, he makes himself look good to conservatives and pulls the stool out from under Jim DeMint. In many ways it is poetic justice, the old Mad Magazine Spy Vs. Spy. Both men would sell out their country for a spot on national news.
Like Voting Under the Influence, I think Sanford has been reading too many of his conservative reviews and thinks he is the 2nd Coming of Reagan. He has already done his level best to stab Sarah Palin in the back. He has made the denigrating of Sarah Palin somethign of a personal hobby. It has reached the point with Sanford, that when someone in the GOP is after Palin, he’s the first rat I go after.
Voting Under the Influence writes:
“…Some hushed rumors have Sanford considering challenging Jim DeMint for the United States Senate in the 2010 Republican primary. Though unlikely, if Sanford decided to challenge DeMint in the Republican primary, the Governor’s recent acts would give the Governor strong credibility among the party’s right wing. There is no better way to frame a campaign against a sitting Senator then to battle Washington, regardless if DeMint supported the stimulus or not.
Chances are, Sanford has another office in mind. Over the years South Carolina governors always seem to fancy themselves as contenders for the White House or at least the Republican ticket. Sanford is no different. Free from having to face voters in 2010, Sanford can play the national game of chess and make his moves against Obama and for the Republican activists that will be key to his nomination in 2012. While it might not be the best thing for South Carolina today, it is good politics for the Governor in the long run. Sanford’s refusal of the stimulus money is just another chess move. Unfortunately, South Carolinians are the pawns he sacrifices for the big move to come….”
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