Mark Sanford: If you say God forgives you, then cheating on your wife and lying to America shouldn't matter any more

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Who knew there was a statute of limitations on being disqualified from running in elections when you're a lying, sneaky, philandering hypocrite who isn't fit to hold office?

According to the disgraced Mark Sanford, all you need to do is convince everyone that God whispered, shouted, texted, or tweeted his forgiveness and you're home free. Didn't Newt Gingrich already use that one? Yeah, he did, and then he ran for president. And then he lost.

But that won't stop C-Streeter Mark.

To recap, he’s the former South Carolina governor whose Appalachian Trail led him straight to political hell. But hey, he’s still with his Argentine “soul mate” and fiancé, María Belén Chapur and has avoided criminal charges following an ethics investigation, so everything is just dandy... especially now that he's convinced himself that his god decided he can be the “family values” guy who Republicans will actually trust and vote for again...

... against Stephen Colbert’s sister.

Politico:

“I’m not in any way unaware of how I’ve let you down. I’m not in any way unaware of my well-chronicled failings as a human being,” Sanford told a Hilton Head Island Republican group last week, in the first public speech of his campaign. “But I am equally aware that God forgives people who are imperfect.”

Thanks largely to his sky-high name ID, Sanford, who spent eight years as governor and six years in Congress, is the early favorite in a crowded field  [...]

Crisscrossing South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Sanford is presenting himself to voters as an open book, willing to answer any questions they might still have about his fall from grace. He sent a letter to voters last week acknowledging that he “failed miserably in my personal life at the end of my term as governor” and inviting people to reach him on his personal cell phone number or email, which were both listed.

Hey, come on people, he apologized. He's an open book-- now. People goof. Give the guy a break. After all, he said his “personal storm,” gave him a new perspective on public service, and that his "misfortune" has given him an"added level of reflection, of empathy," so what's not to like?

Again, it's not so much the infidelity as it is the hypocrisy. This is the holier-than-thou, "family values" C-Street guy whose ethics are a loose as his pants, and who is once again using his religious beliefs to get ahead.

Then again, if David Vitter-- who favors corporations over sexual assault victims; who wants to defund Planned Parenthood; who was subpoenaed by the D.C. Madam and who has a diaper fetish-- can reinvent himself, anyone can.

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