Saturday, June 27, 2009


Struggling to restore his political capital and hold onto his job, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford held a televised meeting of his cabinet Friday, during which he offered another emotional apology for an extramarital affair and six-day disappearance to Argentina.

He's really sorry.

State Sen. Tom Davis, one of the governor's closest allies, said Friday the governor's ability to remain in office "will depend on whether the people of South Carolina think he's sincere."

Is he really sorry? And, of what: doin' it, or gettin' caught?

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who took over as chairman of the governors group and is one of the most influential leaders in the party, said admissions like Mr. Sanford's do harm a party that has tried to define itself around strong moral principles, but that he is focusing now on gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia.

"There's certainly a negative," Mr. Barbour said. "But as to a practical effect...I don't think a single voter in New Jersey or Virginia is going to be affected by what happened to Gov. Sanford."

THAT remains to be seen.

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