“I think it would be much better for the country and for him personally (to resign). I come from the business side. If you had a chairman or president in the business world facing these allegations, he’d be gone.” [Sanford on Clinton, The Post and Courier, 9/12/98]
Obviously, I am not the first to point this out. It came up gleefully the day the facts broke. But then Sanford says this:
Immediately after all this unfolded last week I had thought I would resign – as I believe in the military model of leadership and when trust of any form is broken one lays down the sword.
See, because unlike Bill Clinton, Sanford is man who sticks to his hard earned convic-
He even cites King David…
I have been doing a lot of soul searching on that front. What I find interesting is the story of David, and the way in which he fell mightily, he fell in very very significant ways. But then picked up the pieces and built from there.
Republicans could, of course, avoid such charges of hypocrisy (and make no mistake, this is one of the most blatant displays of political hypocrisy in awhile-which is quite an accomplishment) by simply not going fervently after Democrats for for their affairs. If they treated Democrats with the sympathy and mercy that Republicans like Lindsey Graham are requesting for Sanford? This would not be news, and the left would nt be coming down as hard as they are. It’s not the fact that he is unfaithful to his wife that offends the left…it’s that he is unapologetic ally hypocritical about it.
And hey, he would be getting off easy if he resigned.
A long list of close friends have suggested otherwise – that for God to really work in my life I shouldn’t be getting off so lightly. While it would be personally easier to exit stage left, their point has been that my larger sin was the sin of pride.