by Chris Haire
Here's the thing about confessing, you know, the really good kind of confessing that goes on between you and the Big Kahuna up in the sky: you've got to really admit what you did wrong for it to work.
Surely Mark Sanford knows this; after all, he's been apologizing for his transgressions for weeks now. In fact, there's nothing that he likes more than to talk about what a bad bad boy he was. (Mark, is that a podium in your pocket or are you just glad to remember your nights with your Latin lover.)
But if you're a member of the press or a state legislator, it ain't none of your business; you can't bring that stuff up. Sanford doesn't work for you. He works for the Lord.
And that's fine. Lord knows, that firm is always a bit understaffed. But I transgress.
Here's the problem with Mark's never-ending confession tour: He only wants to confess so much — or to take full responsibility for his actions. He'll bob and weave if given the chance.
Consider a report yesterday from the Rev. Moon's Washington Times in which Sanford proclaims that God has a plan for him:
Mr. Sanford vowed not to quit despite growing pressure from South Carolina lawmakers and Republican Party officials to resign or face impeachment. He said he intends to complete his term, not to hold on to power but to fight for conservative principles of governance.
"I feel absolutely committed to the cause, to what God wanted me to do with my life," he said in an interview. "I have got this blessing of being engaged in a fight for liberty, which is constantly being threatened."
Maybe so, Mark. Maybe so.
But what's that you say about that hike on the Appalachian Trail and the story you told your staff — and by extension the entire state of South Carolina? It was just a what ... no ... seriously, dude, fess up.
Here's what the Moon man's paper said:
With a record that included business tax cuts, promoting charter schools and criticizing Mr. Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus spending plan, Mr. Sanford was riding high in the state until he made a clandestine trip to Buenos Aires in June to see his lover. To conceal the trip, he told his staff a "little white lie."
Hmm. A little white lie? Really?
Like the time I told my wife that I hadn't watched the season finale of Lost yet, when I actually had, so that we could watch it together for the first time?
Is that what we're talking about here?
Somehow, I don't think so.
Oh, and by the way, instead of looking into the air travel habits of state legislators, Sanford is targeting state-supported colleges. What a yellow-belly, lily-livered chicken.
Head to The State's S.C. Politics Today blog for more.