James Antle says Gov. Sanford should shut up. For some reason, the cheating, lying chief executive of South Caroline believes that we all need to know more details of his “love story.” Uh, no. I lost interest long ago. In fact, I never was interested in the details.
While the loquacious, clueless guv is humiliating himself, he’s also further hurting his wife and children. But apparently he is too self-centered to notice. The true heroine here is Jenny Sanford. She’s conducting herself with dignity and putting her kids first. She appears to have all of the class that her husband lacks. As Ruth Marcus writes in an appreciative column in today’s Washington Post:
What I admire most about Sanford’s response is that she has apparently concluded — correctly so — that the person who is humiliated by her husband’s affair is, in fact, her husband, not her. And so she is not standing by his side, but she is not hiding in a hole, either.
Instead, she took the kids out to see the tall ships — and breezily told the press mob, “I wish we had room on the boat for you all, but we do not.” He rambled on in a news conference; she crafted an elegant and thoughtful statement.
Shutting up isn’t enough. Gov. Sanford: please, resign and go away. Go heal your family. But if you’re too selfish and myopic to do that, go follow your illicit love or whatever else you want to do. Just do it out of the public view and stop inflicting your tortured views on the rest of us. Really, just GO AWAY!
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