I have to give Gov. Mark Sanford credit for one thing – he got me back into thinking about politics for the first time since the drama that was the 2008 Presidential election. Since then, I’ve turned a deaf ear to the constant bickering over the stimulus package or whether Justice Sotomayor is a reverse racist or not. But there’s nothing like a good ‘ol fashioned sex scandal to perk things right up. And when it involves a prominent Republican who cited “moral legitimacy” as a good enough reason to impeach President Clinton….well even better!
Now to be fair, Democrats are (and have been) just as capable of sticking their penises in places they don’t belong, but that’s not really the point. The point is that the Republican party keeps preaching that they are the party of real American values. That they are the party of responsibility whereas the Democrats are just a bunch of liberal, hippie, pot smoking, lazy SOB’s. The Republicans represent the true America – the 1950’s Leave It To Beaver/Daddy Knows Best America.
I just have one simple question for Republicans. How the hell do you expect to make any gains in 2010 and 2012 with these kinds of shenanigans? I mean, for me, as a Democrat, it makes great political theater and just helps the chances that my party will continue to remain in the majority for the foreseeable future. But how can a party that has the audacity to draft a resolution demanding that the (majority) Democratic Party change its name to the Democratic Socialist Party? How can a party that lambastes the Obama administration for being irresponsible have the head of the Republican Governors Association go MIA for 5 days to Argentina.
If the Republicans want any chance in 2010 and 2012 they need to do one simple thing – STOP pretending that they are God’s chosen people! The problem with these Republicans who have gotten into these sex scandals is realy to me, more of a physiological problem than anything else. At the end of the day they are still men and men have libidos. The problem for Republicans, especially the ultra conservative Southern ones, is that the more you set restrictions upon your policies and views, the more you crave the opposite. Let’s face it, being a tightwad, fiscally conservative, church going Republican governor of a poor state like South Carolina seems pretty depressing and boring. How mundane to spend Father’s Day with your 4 boys when it would be much more exciting to slip off to Argentina for a secret lovefest.
The Republicans are dogged by the perception that they are purely a Southern white ultra Christian party. They need to shed that image fast. But of course in true Republican style, they botched that up big time by replacing Sanford atop the RGC with Haley Barbour who to me (and I’m sure many others) is the poster boy for the old white good ol’ boy. Just watching and listening to Barbour, I can’t help think that he’s running secret KKK meetings in the Mississippi Governor’s mansion. To be fair, I don’t really know the man, but its the perception he exudes – and perception is king these days.