South Carolina just elected Mark Sanford to Congress; A guy who got caught cheating on his wife and using taxpayer money to visit his mistress because you know…
Republicans are the party of strong Family Values and Fiscal Responsibility.
This is actually a HUGE win for liberals across the country, and I’ll explain why:
Mark Sanford is going to be the poster child for GOP Hypocrisy in 2014. If you look at the way Republicans across the country seem to run their campaigns not against their opponents, but instead against Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama – turnabout would be fair play. How can Republicans ever complain about sexual transgressions ever again? How are we as a nation not supposed to laugh in your face when you mention the cost of Barack Obama’s trips now? They just elected a man who was drummed out of office for ethics violations while using taxpayer money to disappear for days while leaving the country to cheat on his wife with his Argentinian mistress. Need to go deeper into the hypocritical rabbit hole? Sanford voted to impeach President Clinton for lying about his alleged affair.
But… Mark Sanford had this to say in regards to lying about an affair:
“The issue of lying is probably the biggest harm, if you will, to the system of Democratic government, representative government, because it undermines trust. And if you undermine trust in our system, you undermine everything.”
Maybe it’s time for him to apologize to Bill Clinton and LGBT couples everywhere for his views on the institution of marriage.
So thank you, South Carolina. It’s typically very tough to frame such a strong argument against your entire party, and your entire platform in one easy-to-understand symbol. The only thing that could have made it better is if Sanford forced his wife and mistress to get abortions. Wait… Am I getting my hypocritical Republican politicians mixed up?Seriously.
The next time anybody in the GOP talks about how important it is for them to protect the “Sanctity of Marriage” – Democrats can just point to Mark Sanford.
The next time anybody in the GOP talks about how important it is to tell the truth, honor your oaths, and behave ethically – Democrats can just point to Mark Sanford.
The next time anybody in the GOP talks about “Christian” or “Family” values – Democrats can just point to Mark Sanford.
The next time anybody in the GOP talks about how important it is to eliminate wasteful spending in government – Democrats can just point to Mark Sanford.
So with all of that off of the table, will Republicans have to actually start talking about ways to fix the economy, offer a jobs plan, get serious about immigration reform, and engage in meaningful debate on ways to improve gun safety while preserving our right to bear arms? Probably right after they force us into another unfunded war, defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare, and make sure those queers can’t get married because… Priorities.
If Mark Sanford wants to atone for his past, and save the taxpayers a bit of money while streamlining government: Maybe he can have his swearing in ceremony for Congress at the same time that he’s being tried for trespassing. Hey, smaller government, right?
I’d hate to see the GOP look like a bunch of idiots who claim to have strong convictions on these issues that they consistently seem to ignore. Maybe it’s time for Americans to stop voting against their own interests to support a party that clearly does not believe in its own platform. Maybe Republicans are just happy that THIS GOP politician was having an affair with a woman this time. Maybe instead of the party of “Family Values” and “Fiscal Responsibility” the GOP should just become the party of “Do as I say, not as I do.”
–Sean Kemmerer is a freelance writer, administrator of Politics Without The Crazy Pills , and wrote this column while sitting with a “wide stance.”
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