Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We don't believe you/You need more people

UPDATE: To borrow a riff from blogmate Shani-O, Sanford has, er, outsourced his affair.

That means you, Mark Sanford.

Even the notoriously staid AP is looking at the South Carolina governor's bizarre explanation a little sideways:

He declined to give any additional details about what he did other than to say he was alone and that he drove along the coastline.

Trying to drive along the coast could frustrate a weekend visitor to Argentina. In Buenos Aires, the Avenida Costanera is the only coastal road, and it's less than two miles long. Reaching coastal resorts to the south requires a drive of nearly four hours on an inland highway with views of endless cattle ranches. To the north is a river delta of islands reached only by boat.

Maybe this is much ado about nothing. But I doubt it. And I'm not alone. His explanation doesn't add up. It doesn't make sense.

Also, I think Ta-Nehisi has this right: this reeks of amateur hour.
"There are a lot of pretenders out there who don't understand that this really is the big leagues. This just strikes me as the sort of thing that pro can't do. This isn't the college game anymore."
Not that I think Sanford was a serious contender to the throne anyway. He was bound to be exposed as a lightweight. Might as well happen now instead of the fall of '11.

But the thing to watch for is what happens from here. There's no way that this story simply goes away. Speculation about what happened and with whom is already underway.

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