Put me down as happy to see former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford coming back
to Washington. He handily defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch in Tuesday's special
election for a House seat he himself once held.
I hope he brings his piglets with him.
Once as governor, Sanford showed up at the statehouse in Columbia with two
piglets -- one named "pork" and one named "barrel" -- to protest the
Legislature's quick move to reject his proposed budget that included large
It's this kind of flair that has characterized Sanford's political career, both
his six years in Congress and eight as governor.
He has always been a consistent, principled and courageous conservative. And he
has always done it with showmanship and clarity that gets the points across to
He displayed this showmanship in this campaign of redemption, in which he was
combatting not just his opponent, but also his deeply tarnished image as result
of serious ethical transgressions during his second term as governor.
The story is well known. While governor, Sanford conducted an adulterous affair,
disappeared to visit the woman in Argentina, lied about his whereabouts and
misused state funds in making the trip.
He survived to serve out his second term as governor, but departed as what
seemed to be permanently damaged political goods.
But in the campaign against Colbert Busch, Sanford propped up and debated a
life-size poster of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and reminded
voters that this was about the left-wing Democratic establishment that has taken
control of Washington and changed the course of the nation.
Sanford appealed to voters to look past his personal transgressions, about which
he has been upfront and apologetic, and to look to his impeccable conservative
credentials and his political experience to do battle in Washington.
Those personal transgressions have, of course, been raw meat for those on the
According to Alixandria Lapp, executive director the House Majority PAC, which
poured some $450,000 into ads and mail against Sanford, "The House Republican
caucus has added yet another ethically challenged embarrassment who will be an
albatross around the neck of every Republican forced to answer for Sanford's
embarrassing and reckless behavior."
The irony does not drip but pours forth like a tsunami when liberals start
talking about morality and ethics.