Political Animal


April 02, 2013 10:04 AM Judgment Day In South Cackalacky

By Ed Kilgore

Election-starved political junkies will get some rare sustenance tonight when we learn whether disgraced ex-governor Mark Sanford will take another step back towards the congressional seat he once held, or will have to find some other time-honored way to make a living for people in his caste, like strip-mall development.

The CW is that Sanford will dispose of underfunded and largely unknown runoff opponent Curtis Bostic and then spend the month he has before a May 7 general election contest against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch preaching “Republican unity” against the godless liberal hordes that would swarm the district like zombies if Busch were to win. In that scenario, there would be intense pressure on the dominant political personalities of the district, Sen. Tim Scott and Jenny Sanford, to come to Mark’s rescue and argue any “personal differences” with the candidate are less important than protecting the good people of the district from looters and baby-killers.

On the other hand, reaction to an earlier PPP poll showing Busch doing better against Sanford than against Bostic has given the latter the important talking point that Sanford’s past is a millstone for the GOP. Bostic’s gotten national love from Rick Santorum and Ann Coulter, and local backing from the more intense Christian Right types. So it could be a lot closer tonight that earlier expected. And either way, we hope Sanford’s fiancee will soon be allowed to set foot in her presumed new South Carolina home, unless he loses and decides to relocate to Buenos Aires.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on April 02, 2013 10:54 AM:

    Maybe if he loses, Sanford can become a Tour Guide on the Appalachian Trail.

    If his new Mrs will let him.

  • schtick on April 02, 2013 12:40 PM:


    Would probably be all teapubs wanting to take that tour if they haven't already.

  • MuddyLee on April 02, 2013 3:11 PM:

    Appalachian Trail guide? Wouldn't that make the libertarian Sanford a federal government employee? But wait a minute, he's running for Congress, so he's trying to become a "taker" surviving on other people's taxes, right? Sanford is bad enough, but his repub opponent is supported by Santorum and Coulter. Maybe Elizabeth Colbert Busch can actually win this office and hold it for a while - until one of Strom Thurmond's descendants decides to run for it. If Strom's name was on the ballot today, he would probably win - even though he is no longer alive.