Another one bites the dust
29 June, 2009
By Bryan Lower
Mark Sanford’s scandal leaves a thin field of Republican presidential contenders for 2012.
I didn’t see this coming. South Carolina’s governor Mark Sanford was skillfully setting himself up as the logical challenger to run against President Obama in 2012. He refused to take the federal stimulus money for his state (a position he fought for and lost in the courts). He was as ideological as Limbaugh or Gingrich, but his was rhetorically less shrill. With his conservative street cred, Sanford could have been the candidate that galvanized the GOP base without alienating the center. All of Mark Sanford’s potential is wasted because of a zipper problem.
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