A Mark Sanford Comeback?

Some are wondering if  the resignation of Jim DeMint means a chance for Mark Sanford to make a comeback:

So could departing Sen.Jim DeMint be followed in a few years by…Sen.Mark Sanford?

Don’t rule it out. In an interview, the former South Carolina governor said he’d been by bombarded Thursday by calls and emails from former donors and allies encouraging him to consider a run in the 2014 election for Mr. DeMint’s seat. And, guess what? He’s not dismissing the idea.

“It’s not a ‘no,’ but it’s not a ‘yes,’ ” Mr. Sanford said.

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So, does he want a second act in politics?

“What we all pray for is redemption in many different ways in life,” Mr. Sanford said. “Whatever we get wrong, we want that much more to get it right the next time. It’s a fairly consistent theme.

“Second acts are what marks the American experiment and is something at one level or another we all hope for.”

But, he says, “that’s a concept, not an action.” So don’t take it to mean he’s made up his mind.

Maybe he should take a hike on the Appalachian Trail to clear his head and think about it.

FILED UNDER: Quick Takes, US Politics
Doug Mataconis
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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. stonetools says:

    You can’t put anything past South Carolina.

    “Too small for a country, too big for an insane asylum”.

  2. Tsar Nicholas says:

    The jetting off on the public dime to South America for mistress/”soul mate” sexcapades would be a tough sell in California. One must presume that in the Bible Belt it would be a political death sentence, no?

  3. de stijl says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    One must presume that in the Bible Belt it would be a political death sentence, no?

    Remember Sen. David “Diaper” Vitter? Re-elected. IOKIYAR

  4. Rick Almeida says:

    I’d love to see Gov. Haley appoint Rep. Tim Scott.

  5. beth says:

    If the Republicans were smart, they’d appoint Jenny Sanford, not Mark.

  6. bill says:

    he has something for everyone, fiscally conservative (republican) but cheats on his wife (democrat). win-win situation.

  7. An Interested Party says:

    he has something for everyone, fiscally conservative (republican) but cheats on his wife (democrat).

    That’s quite a load of bull$hit there, as adultery is a completely bipartisan activity and Republicans only seem to be fiscally conservative when a Democrat is in the White House…

  8. OzarkHillBilly says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    One must presume that in the Bible Belt it would be a political death sentence, no?

    Actually, no Tsar. America is the land of 2nd chances and Christians put a great show on forgiveness… As long as you regret your sins in a Christian way.

  9. OzarkHillBilly says:

    @bill: Huh? What? Did you say something?