Many in the South Carolina GOP don’t care if Mark Sanford loses his House race — in fact they’d prefer it that way. They felt he should have resigned as governor, if not over the lying and adultery, then over the ethics violations that resulted in a $74,000 fine, the largest in the state’s history.
From their perspective, if Sanford loses, he’s dead politically, and that means more to them than giving up the seat for the rest of the term to the Dem, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. They don’t need the seat now because the GOP controls the House, and they figure they can take it back in 2014 with someone they like better than Mark Sanford. Maybe Jenny Sanford… The power of incumbency once Colbert Busch wins? Meh… You can ask Scott Brown about that. It’s a solid GOP district — Mitt won it by almost 20 points.
Will conservatives flock to the polls to vote for Colbert Busch? I doubt it. They’ll just stay home. They won’t make her win, they’ll let her win.
I knew Sanford’s hubris had gotten the better of him yet again when I saw his mistress up on stage with him the night of his primary victory. I knew Jenny wouldn’t let that slide. What I didn’t know at the time, and what really pissed off Jenny, was that Sanford brought two of his sons up on that stage who hadn’t met his mistress before. Jenny Sanford has a very low tolerance for tacky.
Jenny Sanford could have kept her trespassing claim against Mark quiet till after the election. He chose to flaunt his mistress, Jenny chose to flaunt his violations of their divorce decree.