Governor Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina) rather famously disappeared about 5 days ago. The timeline on this story is bizarre! He lied to his family and staff about where he was going, leaving them to come up with one cover story after another. At first he told them he would be "writing" then he told them he was hiking alone on the Appalachian Trial. Meanwhile, it turns out he was in Argentina pursuing an extra-marital affair with an Argentine woman. It goes without saying at this point that Sanford is famous for his strong "Christian family values" positions. He opposes both same sex marriage and civil unions. He has also voted to ban adoptions by gay citizens. As LTG pointed out in a recent phone conversation, these people clearly think the gender of your spouse is more important than your fidelity to them.
There is a clear pattern here. The same psychology that makes men want to become religiously themed politicians seems to make them incapable of having healthy relationships and leading healthy, honest sexual lives. So all you women out there. If your husband tells you he's "been saved" or has "accepted Jesus as [his] personal savior" check his collar for lipstick - the more he prays the more he's getting laid.
He's just resigned as Chairman of the National Republican Governors' Association and he has (until today) been talked about as a potential Republican candidate for the Presidency in 2012. Most recently he tried and failed to get his state to refuse to accept any federal stimulus money. The immediate conventional wisdom is that this helps Sarah Palin in 2012. Palin and Sanford appealed to the same kind of voter.
However, I think that this continuing parade of social conservative Republicans getting caught with their pants down just reveals the hypocrisy of an entire movement. I doubt true independents will be open to the kind of culture war crap that these people peddle in the future. I certainly hope that as the "Religious Right" continues to implode that the momentum for marriage equality will continue to increase.
PS: I can't wait to see the comments from the Republican counter-bloggers.