South Carolina GOP Governor Agrees to Divorce

Jan 10, 2010 | Posted by: Iria | Full story: www.nytimes.com

Gov. Mark Sanford has responded to his wife's divorce petition, admitting he had an affair and asking a judge to approve her request to end their 20-year marriage.

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progressive

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Jan 10, 2010
 
Well, good for him. Now he can retire in 2011 and go to Argentina and prove that the woman there realy was his true love and soul mate, and not jsut a fling. His wife will be OK> I feel more sorry for his kids.
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progressive wrote:
Well, good for him. Now he can retire in 2011 and go to Argentina and prove that the woman there realy was his true love and soul mate, and not jsut a fling. His wife will be OK> I feel more sorry for his kids.
His kids will be better off in the long run.
The GOP should have ambitious plans for Sanford. Not that I'm suggesting anything, but when Sarah gets fed up with the snowmobile fumes and dumps Todd...

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Jan 10, 2010
 
Personally, I have nothing against divorced people....I even have divorced friends, but the whose sanctity of marriage is ruined by divorce, and it cheapens my marriage. I believe that marriage should be between two people who don't cheat on each other, and divorce should be banned.
Barbara

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Jim Trebowski wrote:
Personally, I have nothing against divorced people....I even have divorced friends, but the whose sanctity of marriage is ruined by divorce, and it cheapens my marriage. I believe that marriage should be between two people who don't cheat on each other, and divorce should be banned.
They can only cheapen themselves ... sadly for them. But in some ways, they make your commitment even more precious because of its apparent rarity.
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Jan 10, 2010
 
Jim Trebowski wrote:
Personally, I have nothing against divorced people....I even have divorced friends, but the whose sanctity of marriage is ruined by divorce, and it cheapens my marriage. I believe that marriage should be between two people who don't cheat on each other, and divorce should be banned.
Then the murder rate will increase.
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Jan 10, 2010
 
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>Then the murder rate will increase.
Adds a whole new dimension to "Give me liberty or give me death." LOL

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lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>Then the murder rate will increase.
I think you're right..it's just that there are some people who want to ban marriage...ridiculous, isn't it?

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Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>Adds a whole new dimension to "Give me liberty or give me death." LOL
yup.
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Jan 10, 2010
 
I remember the press conference when he went on and on about the affair...soul mate.....and, then, had the audacity to say he was going to try and fall in love with his wife again. i hope she left for the attorney's office after that statement.
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Lance Winslow wrote:
<quoted text>His kids will be better off in the long run.
The GOP should have ambitious plans for Sanford. Not that I'm suggesting anything, but when Sarah gets fed up with the snowmobile fumes and dumps Todd...
No - Sanford is too classy for her! He is not the smear-monger that she is. and he is a romantic, have you read his e-mails - they are better than some of the junk in the ordinary romance novels (I only read the Regencies with horses in them, or humor, or a feisty heroine - and the ones with a real mystery and foreign setting - gothics like Madam Will you Talk?-, and the new and very rare Harlequin eclipses - love scenes of a woman and a ghost are really in good taste and not at all graphic or explicit or tacky! Sanford's passionate prose is not as good as the good ones, but better than the bad ones. sort of a second-rate song of solomon. Besides, he cried and was totally disorganized when he confessed, which was admirable, I thought. Compare that with Ensign, who brazened it out. and notice that the republicans are all trashing Sanford, but not the other GOP adulterers, Ensign, McCain, Guiliani, or Gingrich, and others, or the client of the D. c. madam. Vitter is getting GOP support for Senate re-election. I think he should be dumped, by family values types, for going to prostitutes - yuk. Instead, the candidate should be that nice young asian-american Congressman who defeated Jefferson. I assume he will have more difficulty defeating a black Democrat who is not indicted and found with too much cash in a stash. he would be better off running for the Senate. I have a great idea - Democrats should offer him their nomination for the Senate! He voted with them once, and is sure to be called a RINO soon.
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hopeandfaith wrote:
I remember the press conference when he went on and on about the affair...soul mate.....and, then, had the audacity to say he was going to try and fall in love with his wife again. i hope she left for the attorney's office after that statement.
I think he was being very honest and candid. In fact, I rather liked him that day. My objection was in his going to Argentina during Father's Day weekend when he should have been with his sons. He should have gone on Valentine's Day, or for Mardi Gras, or on St. Patrick's day, when it would not be a memory for his kids that would hurt them to recall. Or he should not have gone at all, and should not have broken off with the lady who is his soul-mate - but should have told his wife he no longer loved her and wanted her to get a divorce and be free to find someone who does love her. She has lots of money, contacts, and ability - she'll find someone to love her or lie to her.
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I also thought that s. c. got some of its best days of governing when he was out of state and the Lt. Gov. was not authorized to take over either. and folks accuse us liberals of being pro-government. That depends on the Governor or President, or VP. we are not pro-cheney government. as a libertarian, Sanford should have felt confident that the state could function without government from the top down, for a few days!
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hopeandfaith wrote:
I remember the press conference when he went on and on about the affair...soul mate.....and, then, had the audacity to say he was going to try and fall in love with his wife again. i hope she left for the attorney's office after that statement.
sp many sanctimonious hypocrites who voted for the adulterer McCain, now trash Sanford.
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Jim Trebowski wrote:
Personally, I have nothing against divorced people....I even have divorced friends, but the whose sanctity of marriage is ruined by divorce, and it cheapens my marriage. I believe that marriage should be between two people who don't cheat on each other, and divorce should be banned.
What others do in their marriage does not cheapen your marriage. You are nuts! You want no divorce - then you want women to be sex slaves to abusive husbands. Shame on you - you are usually somewhat sensible! on other things. and if folks want an open marriage, they can write the vows that way - telling lies is not a good thing, but a promise that is not kept is not the same thing as telling a deliberate lie with a promise that one does not intend to honor. People can outgrow the person they are married to, or grow more distant. if you have a good marriage fine, but do not try to turn marriage into a prison for others. You must be some sort of religious right-winger, or something that I did not realize you were - you are usually rational about ordinary politics.
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Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>Adds a whole new dimension to "Give me liberty or give me death." LOL
Hi Barbara - us feminists must not be too rough on Jim - he is good on other issues, often. I am sure his wife does not want to murder him.
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lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>Then the murder rate will increase.
Yes, there was a cute movie called divorce Italian Style. I think opposition to divorce and opposition to birth control amount to slavery for women, and legalized rape.
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Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>They can only cheapen themselves ... sadly for them. But in some ways, they make your commitment even more precious because of its apparent rarity.
Hi - are you the same Barbara I usually like - but I thought had another town name? but in Mass. is it true that martha Coakley is getting a closer contest than she expected? she had better run hard, she was not entitled to the nomination only to take election for granted. I like the way you replied to Jim - lead him gently away from the nonsense idea that what he wants for himself he has a right to impose on anyone else. He certainly is not a libertarian!
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Lance Winslow wrote:
<quoted text>His kids will be better off in the long run.
The GOP should have ambitious plans for Sanford. Not that I'm suggesting anything, but when Sarah gets fed up with the snowmobile fumes and dumps Todd...
Sarah would be too ambitious to settle for someone on the way down politically. and yet she would not want to "play second fiddle" to some male, either. what a strange role model for women. I approve of her hairdos and her glasses, and many of her lovely clothes, and even of her figure which is not a model for starving oneself, like those horrid harpies (apologies to real harpies whatever they are) ann coulter and laura Ingraham. I am quite comfortable looking at Palin, and do not have to look away in disgust, or feel that I would like to be able to murder her through the tV screen, which is how I feel about Coulter and Liz Cheney. The nicest gOP woman is Peggy Noonan - what a lady and class act!

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progressive wrote:
<quoted text>What others do in their marriage does not cheapen your marriage. You are nuts! You want no divorce - then you want women to be sex slaves to abusive husbands. Shame on you - you are usually somewhat sensible! on other things. and if folks want an open marriage, they can write the vows that way - telling lies is not a good thing, but a promise that is not kept is not the same thing as telling a deliberate lie with a promise that one does not intend to honor. People can outgrow the person they are married to, or grow more distant. if you have a good marriage fine, but do not try to turn marriage into a prison for others. You must be some sort of religious right-winger, or something that I did not realize you were - you are usually rational about ordinary politics.
And I still am. I'm just pointing out the ridiculousness of same-sex marriage bans. We both know that one of the right-wingers arguments is that it cheapens marriage. So.....:)
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progressive wrote:
<quoted text> Hi - are you the same Barbara I usually like - but I thought had another town name? but in Mass. is it true that martha Coakley is getting a closer contest than she expected? she had better run hard, she was not entitled to the nomination only to take election for granted. I like the way you replied to Jim - lead him gently away from the nonsense idea that what he wants for himself he has a right to impose on anyone else. He certainly is not a libertarian!
Martha Coakley better get cracking, the Republican candidate is gaining steam, it would be a travesty for Ted Kennedy's seat to go to the right.

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