I must say as a lifelong conservative (no “neo-con” I), I find the liberal charge of hypocrisy against Governor Sanford to have some merit. Even if it is rather opportune and morbidly gleeful, like the macabre glee of a buzzard as it flies over and circles its next meal — here the proverbial, bloodied carcass of the day’s daily roadkill. Of course the true issue here is much deeper and more profound than just a simple act of dalliance on the part of Sanford.
Nevertheless my first reaction in justification of his behavior was to compare it to the abdication of King Edward VIII from the throne of England for the sake of his great love for the American divorcée Wallis Simpson. My second impression was what I elicited from hearing him being described by some liberal, Democrat pundits as a man undergoing a “midlife crisis.” Well, I see it rather differently. In fact I am reminded of what one of my former professors of the Classics described when commenting on the rather eccentric, insufferable and annoying behavior of a male colleague of hers, whom in addition, I had the misfortune of having endured while a student of his in Rome. Well, she very accurately and aptly characterized him as a fifty-ish male undergoing “male-menopause.” How precise and right on she was! (By he way, I also characterized him as a fifty-ish “hippy” as well.) And Governor Sanford seems to fit this bill in spades (definitely as undergoing “male menopause” however definitely not a hippy, or at most a “hippy” wannabe).
But again, I must re-emphasize the point that there are broader and more meaningful issues at play here. There are very fundamental and profound issues concerning scandal herein and how the different players; how the political parties and factions are viewed and portrayed by both the talking heads of the “lame” main-stream, liberal media elite and by the American public generically. First and foremost, whether fairly or not, conservatives when it comes to personal, sexual dalliance and to sexual scandal in particular; are viewed and criticized as hypocrites, a fundamental charge which currently in America is probably, if not the very worst charge politically, certainly is right up there at the top of such accusations and allegations. And as such it is literally the political “kiss of death” for conservatives.
Again, whether fairly or not, liberals when it comes to sexual dalliance and the scandal thereof, therein; are viewed much more differently. Essentially it’s lowlife, immoral, scumbag, liberal cock hounds will be lowlife, immoral, scumbag, liberal cock hounds and no one save for moralist prudes, social conservatives and puritanical, Christian hypocrites really gives a rat’s ass.