Mark Sanford Is Still Talking
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, still clinging to office after admitting to an extramarital affair, wrote in an opinion piece released Sunday that God will change him so he can emerge from the scandal a more humble and effective leader.
"(W)hile none of us has the chance to attend our own funeral, in many ways I feel like I was at my own in the past weeks, and surprisingly I am thankful for the perspective it has afforded," Sanford wrote in the opinion piece widely published online Sunday by South Carolina newspapers.
I'm fine with Sanford thinking he needs to get right with God. I just wonder why, at this stage, with his family's wounds so raw, he feels the pressing need to share about it at every turn through mass media. (It's an ongoing habit discussed this top-notch Jon Stewart clip, which includes the deathless line "That's Episcopalian for shut the fuck up.")
Sanford's behavior reminds me of a line from a play, Shaw's Man and Superman (which I saw in England in the early 80s with Peter O'Toole, drunk off of his ass, effortlessly nailing the lead role):
My dear Tavy, your pious English habit of regarding the world as a moral gymnasium built expressly to strengthen your character in, occasionally leads you to think about your own confounded principles when you should be thinking about other people's necessities.
Mark Sanford, think of your family, and shut up.
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