Not long ago, IÂ defended the ethical weakness ofÂ some lawmakers who deviate fromÂ their spouse. I argued that it wasÂ a personal matter; an expected side-effect of egotistical overachievers; aÂ pimple on the face of otherwise unblemished leadership.
Well, Gov. Mark Sanford's recent tryst complicates theÂ issue. It's one thing to duck the press and the wife, but something's odd when your own staffÂ thinks you're hiking in the AppalachiansÂ on a squirrel and moonshine diet, when, in fact, you're essentially aÂ sex tourist in Argentina. Not a good look. Like all cheating politicians that get busted, SanfordÂ faced the time-honored tradition of extreme public humiliation viaÂ press conference. Although painful to watch, these public displays of grief areÂ necessary tools to healÂ our wounds ofÂ lost trust. Let's a take a glance back...Â Â
Â 5. Gov. James McGreevey (D) NJ, 2004
Never one to waste time, McGreeveyÂ consolidatedÂ several things with this one conference:Â Admitted cronyism, resigned from office, terminated his marriage, announced his new loverÂ and became the first openly gayÂ governor is U.S. history.Â His wife at the time would laterÂ compare this press conference to their sex life: "It's almost like an out-of-body experience. You're there physically, but your mind is elsewhere."
Â 4. Sen. Larry Craig (R) ID, 2007
When Sen. Craig wasn't voting against gay marriage, he was being arrested for engaging in gay sex acts in the Minneapolis Airport's bathroom.Â It's safe to say, his career was a wrap once they leaked the rap sheet. Shout out to his wife for remaining in denial. Â Â
Â 3. Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) NY, 2008
In what was one of the biggest political bombshells in recent memory,Â Spitzer seemed more irritated than anything in this infamous clip that endedÂ his promising, hypocritical career. Ashley, on the other hand ...Â
Â 2. Sen. John Edwards (D) NC, 2008
Edwards made a name for himself eloquently describing the struggle between "Two Americas". Little did we know, he was actually talking aboutÂ two women. Realizing that his image of a morally-soundÂ dreamer had been shattered, Edwards hit primetime to bullshit his way out of divorce court. You almost fooled me, John!
1. Gov. Mark Sanford (R) SC, 2009
The pressures of running South Cackalack took its toll on the Republican Governor,Â who startedÂ running around with a mysterious Argentinean woman. Apparently, the governer's office doesn't block AdultFriendFinder on their computers.Â Hopefully it was worth the kisses, because heÂ can certainlyÂ kiss those presidential aspirations long goodbye.