Mark Sanford has reentered the political landscape by winning the special election for South Carolina’s first Congressional District–proving once again that as long as a shamed and blacklisted Republican politician is subservient to corporate interests and campaign donations, says a few scary things about the Affordable Care Act and pretends to be a born-again Christian, he/she can ride the pseudo-populist wave, otherwise known as the Tea Party, back to public office.
To really understand the true scope of just how hypocritical and corrupt the Republican Tea Party’s embrace of Mark Sanford is, we must take a look at his trip to the “Appalachian Trail“:
For six days in June 2009, the then South Carolina governor’s whereabouts were unknown and there was national media coverage of his “disappearance.” Subsequently, the Governor reappeared and reported that he had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair. He stated that in 2001 he met and became friends with this woman and that they started having a sexual relationship in 2008. His wife became aware of the relationship in January 2009, and it was later revealed that two weeks prior to June 24 Sanford and his wife had begun a trial separation. The woman was later identified as Maria Belén Chapur, an Argentine journalist.
During his six days of absence, one of the excuses offered by Sanford’s spokesperson was that Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail. As a result, “hiking the Appalachian Trail” or “hiking the Appalachians” became an acceptable euphemism for having an affair in the English language.
“I am one imperfect man saved by God’s grace,” the Republican told about 100 cheering supporters Tuesday after defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch to win back the 1st District seat he held for three terms in the 1990s. “It’s my pledge to all of you going forward I’m going to be one of the best congressmen I could have ever been.”
“Some guy came up to me the other day and said you look a lot like Lazarus,” Sanford told the crowd, referring to the man who, according to the Bible, Christ raised from the dead. “I’ve talked a lot about grace during the course of this campaign,” he said. “Until you experience human grace as a reflection of God’s grace, I don’t think you really get it. And I didn’t get it before.”
While he touted his conservative credentials, he did not back away from his problems.
“I let a lot of folks down back in 2009 and yet I’ve been on a remarkable personal journey since then and I hope my life will reflect that going forward,” Sanford said.
Shamelessly forgiving morally and politically corrupt politicians is par for the course for Tea Party Republicans. Backing and electing a cheater, liar, and adulterer like Mark Sanford jives well with their record of politicians who claim to be born again Christians, like former Pres. George Bush and current Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Scott managed to ride the Tea Party wave to the governorship in 2010 after resigning as the CEO of a healthcare conglomerate which received what was, at the time, the largest corporate fine in the history of the United States. Of course, the fine was due to rampant Medicare fraud which stole billions of dollars from the American taxpayers.
What conclusions can we draw from his re-entrance into the political scene and Tea Party endorsement? Even the untrained political eye can see that virtually any politician, regardless of his past, can use corporate right-wing campaign donations and hoodwink the Tea Party into supporting a man that has zero ethics and always puts his own interests and that of multinational corporations and big banks ahead of his country and constituents.
Even politicians that break every single moral, ethical and religious code can reinvent themselves and be embraced by a spineless and intellectually dishonest political movement and conservative establishment that will look the other way and support him/her at any cost.
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Watch John Fugelsang eviscerate TEApublicans for their Mark Sanford hypocrisy here: