A brief thought on Mark Sanford's win
So some people seem surprised that Mark Sanford won his old seat in Congress yesterday, beating Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch. While this win was by no means inevitable, given Sanford’s infamous “hike” on the Appalachian Trail,” it wasn’t fundamentally surprising. SC-1 is a strongly Republican district, and Mitt Romney polled 58% there.
Still, some seem shocked that the allegedly Christian, fundamentalist, “family-values” voters who make up the core of the Republican coalition would support a known adulterer. But this surprise misses a simple political rule that explains much of what happens in politics, whether elections or international relations. Everyone would do well to remember it:
Our son-of-a-bitch is better than their saint.
If you remember that notion, and the concept of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard), pretty much all of politics will make sense to you.
Even when it makes no sense at all.
In which the Washington Post's David Ignatius says something really, really, REALLY stupid ...
The Washington Post’s David Ignatius has written, re: the sequester and what President Obama should do about it, thusly:
In my analogy, he should take the steering wheel firmly in hand and drive the car toward the destination where most maps show we need to be heading.
Umm …. government isn’t a car. The Constitution doesn’t give the President the power to decide that one branch of government is drunk driving (which is what Ignatius says is going on with the House Republicans) and then to take its power away like one can take a drunk driver’s keys away. So, Mr. Ignatius, a simple question:
Until you can answer that, don’t act like the rest of us ought to pay even the slightest bit of attention to you.