Not that it really matters, but we’re wondering if the editorial boards of South Carolina’s two largest newspapers would have been as vocal in encouraging S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford to remain in office had they known of the gubernatorial implosion lurking on the horizon.
Both La Socialista (a.k.a. The State newspaper) and the Charleston Post and Courier editorialized this morning in favor of Sanford staying on as governor – but that was before he gave an ill-fated interview with the Associated Press that read more like a private therapy session than an on-the-record conversation.
Sanford’s interview will likely go down as the turning point in this protracted drama. Most political observers felt he had a good chance of surviving initially, but now they’re not so sure.
Our founding editor called on Sanford to resign the day after his affair was made public last week, basically saying that the governor’s need to rehabilitate his public persona was not a good enough reason to remain in office.
Now we can add this bizarre behavior to that list …