Last week, VUI called for Sanford to resign for himself, his family and his state. VUI noted then how things were starting to happen as VUI predicted as Sanford remained in office. Not even the staff of VUI could have seen the release of the AP interview Tuesday of Governor Mark Sanford.
In that interview, Sanford contradicted his previous statements about how much he met with his Argentine lover. Sanford even dubbed her his "soulmate." Sanford admitted "crossing the line" with other women. It was sad, shocking, angering, whatever.
Mark Sanford seems to be a man hellbent on self destruction. Sanford's most recent interview with the AP sounded more like a man talking to his counselor or friend than a sitting Governor in an interview with a reporter. While long time couples break up, and one partner falls out of love, very few sit down with the AP and talk about the other person being a "soulmate" and about trying to fall back in love with their spouse. It is just not something an adult does. Especially if there are children who can read or hear the remarks so public. Further, the Governor has given up his biggest card in the events of the past week or so. Before the interview, he could claim his private life was private and that he had no comment on it. Now, he has went there.
The issues are now beyond his AWOL status. By giving such details in a press interview, Sanford has opened the door for the press to follow up his remarks and expand upon them. It was remarkably poor political judgment.
Further, that poor judgment has turned the Sanford scandal into a soap opera for himself and for South Carolina. If the man Mark Sanford wants to live a soap opera life, that is fine with VUI. However, South Carolina, with its soaring unemployment and other problems, can not afford 18 more months of this soap opera.
There comes a time when a man has to forget about himself, and put his family and his state before himself. Now is that time for Mark Sanford. Tuesday's interview showed, that on so many levels, Sanford should not remain as Governor. However, he should do one last act as Governor before he resigns. Sanford should fire whomever set up the AP interview. It was perhaps the stupidest political move ever seen in SC politics.
Click below to hear some of the Sanford interview courtesy of the AP and WIS-TV of Columbia.