The press is simplistically treating South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford's Tuesday Republican primary loss as exemplifying the price one pays if one doesn't learn, per the Associated Press, "not to cross (President Donald) Trump." A closer look at Sanford's history illustrates that this is a classic case of sudden media respect which ignores why Sanford was so vulnerable.
While he was South Carolina's Governor in 2009, Sanford, then considered potential 2012 presidential timber, disappeared for five days. He claimed he got lost hiking the Appalachian Trail, but he had really gone to Argentina pursuing an extramarital affair.
Press - Ridicule - Sanford - Contrition - Marriage
Press ridicule, mostly deserved, followed. Sanford's forced, clinical contrition came as not genuine. It wasn't enough to save his marriage. However, in the interest of doing a victory dance on Sanford's presidential ambitions and smearing Republicans as sexual hypocrites, the Associated Press first ran a ridiculously biased story headlined "Cheating SC Gov Says God Will Make Him Better," and later filed a national story on his return to work which contained no real news. I noted that the latter story's only conceivable justification was "a need to keep fresh the memory that a fiscally conservative Republican had an affair."
Sanford avoided impeachment and finished his gubernatorial term in January 2011, re-emerging two years later to run for Congress after then-First District representative Tim Scott replaced Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate.
Fact - Candidates - March - GOP - Sanford
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