A few weeks ago Mark Sanford was cruising down the comeback path. Sure polls had him slightly behind the presumed Democrat primary winner, Colbert-Busch, by 2-3 points, but most assumed once he locked up the Republican primary the heavily conservative leaning 1st District voters would fall in line. Sanford had a TV commercial that reminded voters he has a long history of fiscal conservatism. And while he had betrayed his family, he was forgiven by a God of 2nd chances. If you love God and conservatism you should forgive him too.
It worked! Sanford won the Primary by 14 points! Then suddenly last Tuesday the AP somehow received sealed court documents. Hmmmm. Anyways they show that Mark had been charged with trespassing in February at his ex wife's house. Not a big deal and most people found his excuse acceptable.
“I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn’t think he should watch it alone. Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened.”
Of course the jokes came quick!
But then the GOP dropped him. The State Newspaper headline said he'd been dropped like a hot potato! The comment made to Politico was "this is what happens when candidates aren't honest and withhold information". Then a fundraiser being hosted by the SC congressional delegation was cancelled. Those who thought Sanford lied to his staff, his wife, his kids, the press, and the voters only because he was having an affair...well a lot, though certainly not all voters could overlook that. Now he's just a liar! The GOP basically told voters the GOP would prefer Stephen Colbert's sister in Congress than this liar. The Colbert-Busch team, running on a platform of my brother is famous, released powerful campaign ads.
Now the poll shows Sanford down 9 percentage points! We are 14 days away from the May 7th election. The national Democrat party has increased their spending by $200,000 sensing a major upset. In a state where all 9 of our Constitutional officers, both of our Senators, and all but 1 of our Congressman are Republican, there's a chance we are about to send someone who is for Obamacare, higher taxes, and unions. What a momentum change it would look like to the rest of the country. Even SC voters are now on board with liberal policies!
Is it possible for the same voters who gave Romney an 18 point victory over Obama 6 months ago to send Obama a footsoldier to do his bidding? Uh yeah! As a matter of fact the only thing that can stop it now is the God of 3rd chances!