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Stop the presses! Right-wing Republican wins election in right-wing Republican district!

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It should come as no big surprise that former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (above) won a congressional election yesterday in a solidly Republican district, but the national media are playing the story as a huge deal.

Yes, Pat, but Sanford had been tainted by a sex scandal. The story is big because his victory signals an unlikely political comeback.

Horsefeathers! Sanford’s not the first politician to survive a sex scandal. Does the name Bill Clinton ring a bell?

But, Pat, Sanford prevailed in a district crawling with moralistic Religious Right types.

Sure, but those people are ideologically predisposed to prefer any conservative Republican to a Democrat, no matter the Republican’s moral lapses. As Franklin Roosevelt once said of some unsavory politician: He may be an S.O.B, but he’s our S.O.B.

But, Pat, Sanford got only 54 percent of the vote in a district where Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by 17 points last November. If Sanford had lost, Republicans would have been in big trouble.

Wake up, Doofus! Sanford didn’t lose! And even if he had, nothing much would have changed in Washington. The balance of power in the U.S. House would have been pretty much the same. Besides, in the long run, the Republican Party is still in trouble, no matter that Sanford won. The party is a captive of its most extreme elements, which inevitably will be its undoing.

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  1. Steverino

    Sanford also received support from Gerry Mander.

  2. Brian Opsahl

    Who in there right mind votes for a guy who spent thousands from his taxpayers money so he could go hide in Argentina with his misstress while at home everybody is looking for him including his wife and kids, then find out not only was he lying about where he was but who he was with…be proud republicans …be very proud of what you have asked for..and this guy wanted Bill Clinton impeached and voted for it…hhhmmm what a hypocrite and total loser you all just voted for…!

  3. expdoc

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/08/politics/sanford-five-things/

    5. Money doesn’t always matter

    Colbert Busch’s campaign outspent Sanford’s operation in the closing weeks. And the DCCC and House Majority PAC combined spent around $900,000 to try to defeat Sanford, who received far less support from outside groups. Money matters in campaign politics, but it’s just one factor in determining a race.

  4. expdoc

    That is crazy.

    Kind of like demanding gun control to stop gun violence when gun violence is on a continued downward trend.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-gun-crimes-pew-report-20130507,0,3022693.story

    Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.

    Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.

    In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.

  5. Robert

    Let’s not forget about what the Bible says about adultery… oh wait, the Bible only matters when its used as a hammer to demonize who the far right don’t like and need to use to get out the vote, hence the buffet version of pick and choose those parts they want to apply and those they choose to overlook.

    Notice there’s no Constitutional amendment being sought to outlaw adultery and divorce, but sure can’t let them Gays get married, that’s against God’s will…. so apparently, adultery and divorce are part of God’s plan because at least its straight people doing it, and quite often and people really knew.

  6. Robert

    Correction-
    …so apparently, adultery and divorce are part of God’s plan because at least it’s straight people doing it, and quite often, if people really knew.

  7. Steverino

    There are many retirees (Fox watchers) moving to SC, wonder what impact that had on this election.

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