Well of course Sanford got a chilly reception from his fellow congressmen. He was just another flagrant reminder to the public that the beltway bunch operate on the credo, "do as I say, not as I do"...and when your transgressions are exposed, guilt-out your constituents with the tried and true, "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."
Rep. Lazarus? Why play into the ego driven narrative of a troubled soul? Figuratively speaking, it would have been better for all concerned (including himself) had Sanford remained politically "dead."
If Sanford is already apologizing to his lady love for her "long-suffering" while he has been on the campaign trail, I suspect the fractures in their relationship are already forming. The only difference from now and the past is perhaps he knows enough to voice a glib apology.
Acknowledging someone who has the guts to step forward and challenge the status quo, someone who has put some plans in writing to get the discussion rolling is lots different then fully endorsing them as a candidate. People have a thirst for the truth and should all these sexual harrassment allegations disqualify this candidate, it's doubtful many including Sanford would stand behind him. We need to encourage a truthful vetting process that rids us of political charlatans without all the sensationalism and partisanship. Unfortunately, sensationalism is a great tool for those with an agenda. I believe Mrs. Sanford mentioned in her piece something about less "rhetoric," "false hope" and more "honest political discourse." That to me was the theme of her piece and her sentiments seem genuine rather than "disconnected from political reality." They are certainly shared by people from both sides of the aisle.
While it would be nice to compartmentalize the perversions and quirky-ness of these guys, their actions can't help but spill over into other areas of their lives and their constituents. In just about all cases, their individual behavior wasn't just one isolated incident and was characterized by a trail of lies told to family, friends and constituents. Doesn't their behavior make them targets for blackmail or further corruption? Couldn't that information in the wrong hands affect commerce, national security, and state and national legislation?
If as you say there is "...routine immoral behavior committed in Washington every day by even the most personally wholesome politicians." we should identify and change the root causes (term limits, lobbyists, campaign finance,etc...) before we have any hopes of an appreciation for the protection of the fruits of our labors, our military sons and daughters, and the constitution.
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