Chances are you didn't see the one and only scheduled debate between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch last night. Chances are most of the mainstream media didn't see it either, but that hasn't stopped them from spinning it for the Democrat.
Don't get me wrong, the former governor has been his own worst enemy. He doesn't need biased reporting to bring him down, he has done a terrific job of that all by himself thank you.
Still it infuriates me to see headlines like "Colbert Busch debate zinger keeps focus on Sanford" and "Elizabeth Colbert Busch boldly calls out former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford for his cheating scandal in the candidates' first debate".
Did these "reporters" SEE the debate? Sure Colbert Busch meekly mentioned Sanford's fling as an afterthought to a statement on spending, but to hear the media tell the story she was the aggressor and the clear winner of the debate.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Colbert Busch came across as nervous, unsure and not very well informed - a point she once even conceeded. As one Citadel political science prof said, after this debate the election comes down to nothing other than being a referendum on Sanford.
But don't let any of that get in the way of a good story. Let's face it, sex sells. If it weren't for that angle there really wouldn't have been anything to report from last night.