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
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.