Wronged South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford is blitzing the media--including Barbara Walters--to promote her new book. All most people can talk about, however, is one detail: that Mark Sanford cut any mention of fidelity from their marriage vows.
This may be the one thing that unites political bloggers more than the Obama-GOP debate
. Consensus that this was a "bad sign" is so overwhelming it's quickly becoming a cliche:
- 'Yep, That's Not a Good Sign' - Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall.
- 'In Retrospect, This Should Have Been a Warning Sign' - Doug Mataconis at Below the Beltway
- 'Sanford's Warning Sign' - Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
- 'Dept. of Warning Signs' - Politico's Ben Smith (who adds "Um" to his preface)
- 'A Bad Sign' - Brad at The Crossed Pond (addition: "Y'think?")
Of course, there are other Sanford marriage details to talk about. Gawker's Ryan Tate
is aghast at the governor's gifts to his wife, which included "a drawing of half a bike" and a diamond necklace he later took back. "You should buy the book," he concludes, "so that she can buy herself some proper presents." Meanwhile, Ann Althouse
, Glenn Reynolds
, and The New Republic's Jonathan Chait
debate whether Sanford really cheated, if he never vowed fidelity in the first place. Finally, Taegan Goddard homes in on this choice find
, under the heading of "quote of the day":
"How'd I do?"
-- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, on the phone to his wife after
holding a press conference admitting to an extramarital affair.
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