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Sanford In a Box

ONE – CUT A HOLE IN THE BOX, TWO – PUT YOUR GOV IN THAT BOX, THREE – MAKE ‘EM OPEN THE BOX, AND THAT’S HOW YOU DO IT!

FITSNews – January 8, 2007 – You know the funny thing about this post is we’re not even going to make fun of Jim DeMint. Turns out we did that already today.

Sure, we think the junior U.S. Senator from South Carolina is a total chopper and the man he’s endorsing is the mother of all choppers, but as Cleo McDowell once said in Coming to America, “This is America, Jack!” and Jim DeMint can endorse anybody he wants. Jack.

As much as it may surprise some of our readers, we actually respect DeMint (well marginally, and just for the next thirty seconds) for making his preference known. Maybe that’s because he and Sen. Lindsey Graham (who is backing John McCain) are exhibiting the kind of balls testicular fortitude that seems so foreign to Gov. Mark Sanford.

Basking in the warm glow of the tanning booth 55% victory he won back in November, you’d think Sanford would be in an ideal position to show off some of that fortitude in announcing his presidential preference, perhaps the same way he did back in 2000 as an outgoing, term-limited Congressman who enthusiastically pimped for McCain.

Not that endorsements matter all that much, or that Sanford’s recent track record in doling them out has made a lick of difference in South Carolina (just ask Greg Ryberg, Ralph Norman and Karen Floyd).

But that’s not the point.

The point is that this so-called, self-branded straight-shooter who’s supposed to be a leader, not a politician, happens to be the only major Palmetto politician still sitting on his hands in the ’08 horserace.

Looks pretty political to us.

Check the language in his recent interview with The State newspaper reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin. He never mentioned having not made up his mind. He talked only about whether or not he’d “get involved.”

Come on, Governor. Show some “fortitude” for once, would ya?