Something's Rotten in Argentina

UPDATE: Yep, I was right. Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having a marital affair. What an idiot.

Previously…

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford resurfaced yesterday after mysteriously disappearing for seven days. His wife didn’t know where he was. His staff didn’t know, then did know, then didn’t know, then misled the press about it. What makes it even more strange is he missed Father’s Day.

I know one thing. If I just took off and didn’t tell my wife where I was going and it just happened to be Father’s Day weekend, all hell would break loose.

Yet, Sanfords staff and his wife spoke to the media about his disappearance with minimal emotion. Almost like a coordinated response. Weird.

Yesterday it was reported that Sanford went hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Well, at least that’s what the staff said. They lied. In fact, Sanford flew to Argentina, by himself, to “unwind”. And it appears that his staff new where he was all along, since someone called the governor to warn him that the media was on to his sudden absence and that he should get back to town before things really get out of control. Weird.

Instead of flying home to South Carolina, Sanford flew to Atlanta in hopes he could avoid the media throng who by this time were hiring their own people to search the globe for the governor. Much to Sanford’s dismay, he was found out. When confronted about his vanishing, he appeared dumbfounded that anyone would care. Weird.

Who do you think you’re fooling, Mark? You’ve either got a severe marriage problem or hidden substance abuse issues which involve blacking out and landing in foreign countries.

The point is, when you’re a public official, your every move is public. If you want privacy you should stay out of public service. If you are having marital problems you must face the fact that they will become public. If you don’t like that you should resign and then work on your issues in private. No politician should love the trappings of a public life and then demand privacy when life’s problems creep in. In this day and age, it’s impossible for the public to butt out. Your drive-by media will guarantee that.

So, we await a press conference from the governor today. We’ll either be told to mind our own business and this is much ado about nothing (more lies) or someone with a brain will tell the governor to come clean about whatever it is that’s messing up his family life. I’ll give you one guess as to which explanation we’ll hear.

Another Republican Screws Up

Great…just great.

Sen. John Ensign of Nevada resigned his Republican leadership post Wednesday, one day after confessing marital infidelity. Aides refused to answer questions about records showing that a woman on his political payroll received a promotion and a pay raise around the time he said the affair began in late 2007. Nor would Ensign or aides respond to reports of an earlier affair, in 2002.

Ensign, 51, has said he intends to remain in the Senate.

The Nevada lawmaker is a member of the Christian ministry Promise Keepers and has championed causes pushed by the GOP‘s conservative religious base while seeking to raise his political profile for a possible presidential campaign.

He offered to resign as head of the Republican Policy Committee in a phone call with Sen. Mitch McConnell, the party leader.

“He’s accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to his family and constituents. He offered, and I accepted, his resignation as chairman of the Policy Committee,” said McConnell, R-Ky.

OK, everyone is human, we’re all fallible, blah blah blah. I understand all that. The problem is, once these guys get elected and they live within the Washington bubble for any amount of time, they start to believe they’re infallible. They think the rules apply to the people they govern, not themselves. And this isn’t just a Republican problem, obviously. It happens in both parties. I’m not just talking about infidelity. I’m talking about ethics, personal responsibility, the rule of law. Increasingly, our leaders in Washington are living in a parallel universe. They look upon their constituents as if they are gods, wielding power and implementing their superior will.

I’m sick of it.

So long Ensign. You deserve to be expelled and it’d be great if you could take a few more with you.

We desperately need a reset button for congress.

Obama's Brother Has Book Deal

They didn’t meet as children. They’re 20 years apart in age. Yet, Simon and Schuster, the big time New York City publisher, thinks there’s a story for George Obama to tell. In fact, he’s worthy of an entire memoir. George is Barry’s half brother, and another on a growing list of Obama family members to cash in on the fame of the most recent White House occupant.

Little is known about George Obama. The book, tentatively titled “Homeland” and to be written with author-journalist Damien Lewis, will tell of George Obama’s fall into crime and poverty as a teenager and his eventual embrace of community organizing — a passion shared by the president — and of advocacy for the poor, an identification so strong that he chooses to live among them.
“Even had George Obama not been our President’s half brother, his story is moving and inspirational,” David Rosenthal, Simon & Schuster publisher and executive vice president, said in a statement Sunday. “It is an object lesson in survival, selflessness and courage.”

Little is known about George Obama. The book, tentatively titled “Homeland” and to be written with author-journalist Damien Lewis, will tell of George Obama’s fall into crime and poverty as a teenager and his eventual embrace of community organizing — a passion shared by the president — and of advocacy for the poor, an identification so strong that he chooses to live among them.

“Even had George Obama not been our President’s half brother, his story is moving and inspirational,” David Rosenthal, Simon & Schuster publisher and executive vice president, said in a statement Sunday. “It is an object lesson in survival, selflessness and courage.” (AP)

Riiiight.

I bet there’s a political action committee being put together right now for ol’ George. And why not? He has become a community organizer after a life of crime. After all, it worked for his half-brother, and that’s all it takes to be elected U.S. President these days.

The Desperation of Calvin Klein

Has the clothing market gotten so bad that to be noticed you must put up an ad that has nothing to do with jeans but everything to do with orgies?

Apparently.

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So, you’re a mom and you’re taking your kids out for a walk and all at once they look up and say, “Mommy, what are those three people doing?” Awkward, to say the least. But the point is, why should anyone be forced to confront a question like that? Frankly, I’m sick of this kind of thing. Are you? If you are, get in touch with the parent company of the Calvin Klein brand. Give them a piece of your mind. You can find the details here: www.pvh.com/contact.aspx.

Let’s put an end to this crap and send a signal to Calvin Klein and others like ’em (did someone say, Abercrombie and Fitch?)

This Just In From Client #9

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is doing whatever he can to get back into the spotlight…heck, any spotlight for that matter. His latest remarks come on the heals of the Senate take over in Albany, NY.

“Yes, the Senate takeover is being orchestrated by a rogue’s gallery of politicians and their associates, grabbing for power in a base, self-interested way,” the disgraced ex-governor wrote in his latest column on Slate.com.

“If you look at the upheaval from a different angle, it begins to make sense and to seem like a step forward in New York politics.”

“The use of that power by two Democratic senators, though perhaps for questionable purposes, is emboldening others to use their leverage to bargain for worthwhile causes,” like same-sex marriage,” wrote Spitzer.

Or the legalization of prostitution, perhaps.

When Barney Walks

U.S. Representative Barney Frank loves to be in front of the camera answering questions. Well, actually, he likes to be in front of the camera when he can answer questions he likes. Ask him something he doesn’t like, and he walks.

Like he did just now on CNBC.

Our represtatives in congress act like kids on an elementary school playground. If they don’t get their way, the take their ball and go home.

Jobs Appear Automagically

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The U.S. economy continues to lose jobs, and everyone agrees that more will be lost before we bottom out. Everyone except Barack Obama. In Obamaland, we’re not losing jobs at all. He’s creating them, as Karl Rove points out.

Mr. Obama has an ingenious approach to job losses: He describes them as job gains. For example, last week the president claimed that 150,000 jobs had been created or saved because of his stimulus package. He boasted, “And that’s just the beginning.”

However, at the beginning of January, 134.3 million people were employed. At the start of May, 132.4 million Americans were working. How was Mr. Obama magically able to conjure this loss of 1.9 million jobs into an increase of 150,000 jobs?

As my former White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto points out on his blog, the Labor Department does not and cannot collect data on “jobs saved.” So the Obama administration is asking that we accept its “clairvoyant ability to estimate,” and the White House press corps has let Mr. Obama’s ludicrous claim go virtually unchallenged.

While its pretty clear that a majority of the American public are still hypnotized by The One, they won’t stay that way for long. In fact, I’ll venture to say that they’ll send a message to Obama on November 2, 2010, the same message they sent Bill Clinton in 1994.

Laughing At Their Own Dysfunction

You may have heard about the Democrats plan to use a speed reader to assure the voters that the bills they pass are actually being read. Well, it’s true, as evidenced by the video below.

It’d actually be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.

Pastor Beaten and Tased by DHS

This guy is a piece of work.

Steve Anderson is a pastor in Arizona. He’s also been known to harrass people who are in authority over him. On May 10th, Mother’s Day, Pastor Steve asked too many questions when he tried to cross the border back into the U.S.

The result? Well, let the video tell the story.

And it gets better than that…here’s video Pastor Steve took himself, almost like he was prepared for something to happen.

Stopped at checkpoint. Refuses to cooperate. Probable cause to search the vehicle is developed. He is ordered out of the vehicle for the search. He refuses. Keeps doors locked. Refuses to exit. Argues. Told that he is under arrest. Continues to argue. Gets the door forced open and is arrested. Seems cut and dry to me.

Kids…this is the face of stupidity.

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Pastor Steve and his wife have a blog where they provide play-by-play of the events surrounding their “activism”. And don’t miss all the videos of Steve’s fifteen minutes of fame. Feel free to browse – it’s a hoot.

Oh, and one more thing. Wonder what it’s like to sit in Pastor Steve’s church on Sunday? Here’s a taste…

Today's Must Watch Video

I’m sure I’m late to the party on this one, but it’s definitely worth a second watch if you’ve already been down this road once before. Steven Crowder does a great job with this.