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"People want to hang" Mark Sanford, self-proclaimed "Buddhist Christian"

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In case you somehow missed it, Mark Sanford said that if you say God forgives you, then cheating on your wife and lying to America shouldn’t matter any more. He then asserted, “None of us go through life without mistakes.” To which I continue to respond, define “mistakes.”

Also, to refresh your memories, Stephen Colbert’s sister is running as a Dem in the South Carolina House race… against Mark Sanford.

And finally, to recap, Sanford is the former South Carolina governor whose Appalachian Trail led him straight to political hell. But 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.

Now that you're all caught up, allow me to share some random and amusing tidbits from an L.A. Times article, "Mark Sanford gambles on South Carolina's forgiveness."

For example, Sanford's ex, Jenny, who ran his earlier campaigns and wrote a "blistering book about their marriage" popped out with this:

"Mark did ask me to run his campaign and I told him clearly, I wasn't interested. I also declined requests to help others in the race and hope to remain fully on the sidelines watching the race unfold like everyone else in the 1st District," she wrote in response to an emailed question. Jenny Sanford herself pondered running, but dismissed Congress as a "dysfunctional" waste of her time.

Wait. So Mr. Family Values broke his vows to Jenny (and of course, broke his oath of office), but then asked her to run his campaign? As if she and her fellow scorned voters would want to ever support him ever again in the history of ever? He seriously had the unmitigated nerve to ask her to do that? Wowzers.

Here's another fascinating little nugget:

Sanford's appeals to old constituents can verge on psychobabble, with practiced lines like, "Our brokenness is indeed our connection." More recently, he remarked that he had been so focused on living in the moment that he was becoming "a Buddhist Christian."

What exactly is a Buddhist Christian? "Buddhist Christians" everywhere are scratching their Buddhist Christian heads.

As for pscyhobabble, I'm pretty sure we can call just about anything that dribbles out of Appalachian Mark's mouth "babble" by a "psycho." But psychobabble? That's too complicated for his overworked, undersized mind.

Enter Teddy Turner, son of Ted Turner:

[Teddy Turner], a teacher at a private high school who said he had already put $200,000 of his own money into the race, predicted that Sanford would have a hard time surviving a runoff. He said internal polling showed that only a minority of voters were backing the former governor and that "the rest of the people want to hang him."

That can't end well.

Meantime, Sanford is "proudly telling voters how he rejected federal money under President Obama's stimulus package. (He makes no reference to the fact that he accepted some of the stimulus money.)"

And the hypocrisy continues.

family values my ass

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VIDEO-- Mark Sanford: "None of us go through life without mistakes." Define "mistakes."

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Previously, Mark Sanford said that if you say God forgives you, then cheating on your wife and lying to America shouldn’t matter any more:

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.”

And like that! (snap of fingers) his evil ways have been forgiven, they are no longer a factor, and, well, vote for 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.

He's now suggesting, screw it, cheating on your wife and lying to the people who voted for you shouldn't matter any more in the least, and he goes there in a brand new ad!

(CNN) - Former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford addressed the controversy that derailed his marriage and reputation in his first television ad for the special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

And we know he means it, because he looks straight at us! Right in the eye! If that's not sincere, I don't know what is:

"Washington's math doesn't add up..."

"I've experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes. But in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances, and be the better for it. In that light, I humbly step forward and ask for your help in changing Washington."

Here's something else that doesn't add up: Sanford's rationale. Or as I like to call it, B.S.

Yes, we all make mistakes, but not on such a colossal level and with so much hypocrisy. Nor do many of us "go through life" deceiving millions of Americans and our children and spouses while also abandoning our elected positions. Those weren't mere "mistakes." That was done intentionally. That was calculated. And it was done while espousing "family values."

As for his "second chances," they involve a second marriage to his mistress as he publicly humiliated his wife.

Let's hope Stephen Colbert’s sister beats the pants off him. Erm, well, you know what I mean.

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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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Stephen Colbert's sister to run as a Dem in South Carolina House race... against Mark Sanford

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She's considered a long shot, but she does have name identification. And think of the fun the Colbert Report will have with this:

CNN - Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the sister of Stephen Colbert, will seek the Democratic nomination in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, the seat left vacant by Tim Scott's appointment to the Senate to replace Jim DeMint, two sources told CNN.

It is the seat also being sought by the state's former Republican governor and congressman, Mark Sanford, as well as others on both sides of the aisle. An investor named Martin Skelly is also seeking the Democratic nod.

The district leans Republican, but that could work in Colbert-Busch's favor, as she has voted in at least three Republican primaries, including 2010, according to a Republican source.

Via the Post and Courier, a little background from a 2010 article:

Her father and two of her brothers were killed in a plane crash when she was 19. She was married to a man who ended up on "America's Most Wanted." And in 2001, while at a business conference in New York City, she was sitting in a building directly across the street from the World Trade Center when two jetliners slammed into its twin towers, forever changing the landscape of America. [...]

As director of business development for Clemson University's Restoration Institute, Colbert-Busch is, for lack of a better term, the school's corporate matchmaker. She finds companies that could benefit from the kind of advanced environmentally conscious research the university is doing -- wind turbine testing, water studies, different kinds of renewable energy -- and partners with them. More to the point, she asks them for money. In return, the corporations get the kind of cutting-edge information to help them stay one step ahead of the competition.

And now she's running against Mark Sanford. You all remember C-Streeter Mark, don't you? 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 avoided criminal charges following an ethics investigation, so everything is hunky dory! And "family values" Republicans will actually vote for this guy. Again.

Now that he's found the woman of his dreams, he can devote himself to smearing, er, trying to beat Ms. Colbert-Busch. Keep your eyes peeled for her press releases and donations buttons. We have work to do.colbert

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With brother Stephen and mother Lorna. Via postandcourier.com

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Sanford Divorce Televised

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By GottaLaff

As the Stomach Turns:

The Charleston Post and Courier reports the final divorce hearing for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) will be televised tomorrow with Jenny Sanford taking the witness stand to explain why her marriage is over.

As many as three television outlets have showed an interest in being in the courtroom Friday, some looking to broadcast live.

I'm glad there won't be reruns.

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VIDEO- Levi Johnston: Sarah Palin tried to have me arrested

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By GottaLaff

And now it's time for the next episode of...

As the Palin Spurns:

That's what Johnston told The Insider on Friday, where he appeared to give his response to Palin and Bristol's appearance on Oprah. He didn't say what the alleged charges were, but if we had to guess, we'd go with crimes of fashion...

Join us again as Barbie McLipSchmutz reveals that it was Levi who actually carried her baby Trig Paxson Van Palin... so that she could fit into her hip waders when a photo op arose... However...dun-dun-dunnn... as it turns out Levi's baby bump was nothing more than one of his hockey sticks gone wrong.

She had to carry her own baby! To term! But was it her own baby? And whose term was it... really?

Will Barbie take him to court? Will there be sue-age in Alaska? Or was that just Exxon doing its thing again?

And will First Dude let it slip that the real father was none other than.... John Edwards? Is Trig..... half philandering Democrat?!

Stay tuned for the answers to these questions and more on the next... As the Palin Spurns.

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