I live in the United States which during the past two decades has witnessed the ongoing saga of Republican political leaders stressing their party is the party of morality and good honest Christian life. George Bush worked hard to convey that Republicans were the party of God and morality. During the past several weeks, a Republican senator was found in a compromising position in a men’s room, another admitted to having an affair with a member of his staff who was married to another member of his staff. However, the ongoing saga of Mark Sanford is truly a love story for the ages. In an emotional interview he admitted he still loved the woman in Argentine who was his life “soul mate.” However, he emphasized that he just didn’t want a lay in the sack with her. “This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story. A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day.”
The American people are happy that anyone, particularly politicians, finally encounter a love story that makes their life mean more. It would even be a more powerful love story if Mark Sanford fell in love with poor people, with those lacking health insurance, with those who a re persecuted and oppressed. But, that type of wishy washy liberal stuff can never match meeting the love of your life and having ongoing sexual encounters with her.
Of course, this is the Mark Sanford who condemned Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades and demanded his resignation. At the end of the day, we are left with some confusion about the love life of the governor. He told an interviewer that he had “crossed the lines” with a handful of other women, but he insists “I’ve never had sex with another woman.”
Could the governor fill the rest of us in on what he means by having a love affair for eight or so years and “crossing the line” but never having sex. Does he mean while Bill had a blow job, he had a series of hand jobs?