Remember When Mark Sanford Was A Conservative?

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME … || By FITSNEWS ||  Flashback to March 2009: Then-S.C. governor Mark Sanford was in the midst of his “stimulus” battle with the administration of Barack Obama.  At issue?  A whopping $700 million in federal funding for the state – money Sanford was ultimately ordered to…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  Flashback to March 2009: Then-S.C. governor Mark Sanford was in the midst of his “stimulus” battle with the administration of Barack Obama.  At issue?  A whopping $700 million in federal funding for the state – money Sanford was ultimately ordered to take by the S.C. Supreme Court.

But even though he lost the fight, the debate over accepting or rejecting the “stimulus” cash put Sanford squarely on the national stage … with fiscal conservatives hailing his principled advocacy on behalf of taxpayers.

That spring, Sanford was reaping the political rewards in a huge way …

“Sanford’s opposition to President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and in particular his insistence on using up to a fourth of his state’s stimulus funds to pay down debt or refusing it outright, has fast made him a folk hero to conservatives,” one columnist wrote at the time.

“If the promise of ‘hope’ in the form of bailouts fails to revive the American economy, Mark Sanford will be the GOP’s most dangerous man in 2012,” another opined.

“A slam dunk VP choice for 2012, assuming he’s not nominated for president,” another speculated.

Sanford was hailed as the GOP’s “Goldwater Solution,” a reference to 1964 nominee Barry Goldwater.

A wave was building …

Of course we all know what happened next …

At the peak of his national influence in June 2009, Sanford went missing … and then he was found someplace a very, very long away from where he said he was.  With someone who was not his wife.  And then he completely melted down.

The dishonesty (and taxpayer waste) associated with Sanford’s sex scandal was one thing … the real debilitation was his refusal to stop navel-gazing over it in the media.  Sanford’s fall from grace didn’t just expose him as liar and a moral hypocrite, it exposed him as a narcissist … one with some serious stability issues.

In the aftermath of the scandal, Sanford managed to hang onto his gubernatorial office … thanks in no small part to some serious accommodation of the status quo forces he’d spent the first six-and-a-half years of his administration battling.

Of course those sellouts were nothing compared to what was coming …

After winning a special election in 2013 to the U.S. House of Representatives, Sanford claimed his victory “sent a message to Washington D.C. and a messenger to Washington D.C.”

He was correct.  Unfortunately, the message has turned out to be vastly different than the one Sanford sent during the 2009 stimulus fight … or for that matter his first go-round in the U.S. Congress from 1995-2001.

And the messenger?  In addition to much more of the same navel-gazing, the man known in the nation’s capital as “Representative TMI” has been a profound disappointment when it comes to standing firm for freedom and free markets.

Sanford – who puffed himself up as a citizen legislator – has become nothing but a corporate whore.  And a political whore.   Of course according to him, it’s all okay because he’s got Jesus on his side … and any one who dares to criticize him has problems with their soul.

Ah yes … the “divine right of kings,” a crowning hypocrisy which fits Sanford especially well given his previous efforts to brand himself as King David.

But again … don’t try to expose this guy for the fraud he is.  Such dissent cannot be tolerated.

Here’s the bottom line on Sanford: He’s always been a terrible excuse for a human being (which we’re guessing his ex-speechwriter’s upcoming book will make abundantly clear) but we – and others – routinely tolerated him.  Why?  Because despite his nauseating obsession with himself, he tended to be on the right side of the issues – especially during his first stint in Washington.

Now?  Sanford has coupled his crazy train of a personal life with a rapidly escalating betrayal of limited government ideology.  And not just any ideology, the same set of beliefs upon which he built his career.

So … is there anything of good repute left in this man?

No.  Not a damn thing.

It will be awhile before Mark Sanford’s political obituary is written.  But you’ve just read his obituary as a conservative.


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GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 10:46 am

No, he’s always been a Liberal-Tarian. He was a McCain guy when elected Gov.

But I do remember when FITS CLAIMED to be a Conservative…

Zed May 8, 2015 at 10:57 am

McCain is, at least these days, a neo-CON. You hatin’ on him now, TL?

I thought it was wrong to hate on Republicans. Is it wrong when anyone does it, or just you? You hate on Sanford a lot. But not Haley. Haley is even more of a fraud than Sanford.

Zed May 8, 2015 at 10:58 am

“One other person is typing…”

Not really. It’s just GT.

Nölff May 8, 2015 at 11:04 am

He’s peeping through your windows.

Zed May 8, 2015 at 11:07 am

He’s peeping through your windows
He’s creeping down your hall
It seem like he is everywhere
But he’s really no place at all.

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

Liberals worry way too much about what I think about the nuances of GOP office-holders…

Your miserable piece of $#it, anti-American president is wrecking the F*#king country…

If you cared about America, as much as you wring your effeminate little fingers over me, you may wake and get your head out of your @$$#$…

Zed May 8, 2015 at 11:03 am

Lawrence of Cantstandia, I don’t worry about any of this. That’s another of your projections. It’s something to pass the time. Sport, as it were. Something like playing video games, for fantasy baseball.

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 11:16 am

I’m projecting…LMAO…That’s rich….

You run from what you are…that does not mean I have not pegged you perfectly…Hahahah…and you know it… (:

Comment Death Penalty May 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

Pegged – What GrandTurmoil’s mother does to him every night when he can’t get out for his gay sex trysts.

For those unaware the Urban Dictionary is your friend.

Pegging – anal sex reveresed. instead of the man sticking his penis up the womans butt, the woman wears a strap-on and sticks it up the mans butt.

ban 'Comment Death Penalty' May 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

You should be banned for that comment.

Comment Death Penalty May 8, 2015 at 11:37 am

Don’t like it when I expose you for “Who and What you are”, or in this case your friend GayTango. Y’all meeting up at the Motel 6 in Florence again for a gay sex weekend?

Really? May 8, 2015 at 11:59 am

Seriously, they meet up in Florence? WTF?!

Zed May 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Jim Nortonism is another word for it.

fc May 8, 2015 at 11:04 am

Zed is Limbaughsapazit is Boz is saluda Rapids is Rocky is SC Abortion Woman etc…

They hate or deny Jesus…abortion and perversion are their god’s…legalizing drugs and staying stoned makes it ‘real’…they would love to see America burn and the wealth stolen from those that have earned it….

Zed May 8, 2015 at 11:08 am

You have an excess of spittle on your keyboard.

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

Yeah, thanks for the heads-up…

I figure a lot of them change names, because they’ve contradicted themselves so much….and they so badly want to score, after failing again and again.

Outwitting them makes them go to clandestine measures to keep from embarrassing themselves, even more..

fc May 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

SynTwist is the latest.Said somebody hacked her email and changed her passwords when she began posting on Fits..left in a conspiratorial hissy fit…Boz told her he ‘didn’t want to lose her again’ or some such…she shows back up and starts throwing around allegations of bloggers on here being ‘plants’…

They are lunatics when presented with the truth…

GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

I figured it was only a matter of time before Boz took the bait…LMAO…

Also: It just shows you: if you lie about who, and what, you are, as the these liberals so often do…it leads to chaos, confusion and calamity…

John Boy May 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Funny…months ago you kept crying about being hacked and followed. You and your buddy Tango better get on down to Texas and support those patroits before Obama invades…

Zed May 8, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Haha! That is actually a recurring theme for pogo/flippy. Saying he’s being hacked and stalked. I once posted something about liking Yellow Springs Ohio on TSN’s “The SNOB.” Pogo went nuts and said I was stalking and hacking him, because that’s where he was at the time. No idea whether he really was there or not. Paranoid nuts who who think anyone can “stalk” a fake screen ID that uses a plethora of other fake ones — and bounces back and forth between them like a cyber-Sybil — are just a whole special order of fucked up.

Ban Pogo May 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm

You disrespect Jesus by posting your filth on this website. You are a sorry Christian and I hope these people do not look at you as a representative of the faith as a whole. You need help.

Zed May 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

I remember when he was a libertarian.

These days, those who call themselves conservatives mostly reject libertarian values.

Just in case you haven’t noticed. ;)

Gotta be all about Jesus and hating all muslimes, to a fanatical degree, AND/OR all about extreme drone warfare in about 10 different places at once, and needing more, AND/OR kissing the ultimate crony capitalist Koch brothers’ asses on every issue they want to dictate to the USA and the world about, AND/OR Etc.

It’s not at all clear what the “real” definition of a conservative is. That’s why the RNC will be a battleground of epic proportions.

easterndumbfuckistan May 8, 2015 at 10:56 am Reply
No Saints May 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm

But your BFF George Soros owes $7 billion with a “B” in back taxes.

Zed May 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm

In my opinion George Soros is a piece of shit, too. It’s not either/or for me. So calling him my BFF is just idiotic.

sparklecity May 8, 2015 at 10:59 am

There’s nothing to be remembered about Sanfraud whatsoever
All that needs to be KNOWN is that he is a duty shirking self-centered SOB

utah May 8, 2015 at 11:03 am

yeah, he was such a man for the people, promising to stay in congress only 3 terms–long enough to become fully vested in the extremely favorable congressional pension program. He’s been a government parasite since day one. It’s only been since 2009 that he’s been more obvious about it.

Transparent Motives May 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm

He was obvious about it from day one. If people are just now waking up to his crap then that’s on them.

Bible Thumper May 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

Who has been Will Folk’s closest friends throughout his life?
Nikki Haley
Thomas Ravenel
Mark Sanford
Having Will Folks as a friend would not give me a comfortable feeling.

tomstickler May 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

Employers added a better-than-expected 223,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level in almost seven years, the government said Friday.

Why no article on this month’s jobs report?

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/nation-world/national/article20488800.html#storylink=cpy

fc May 8, 2015 at 11:18 am

Maybe because although 223,000 jobs were created in April, OVER 1,000,000 first time claims for unemployment were filed.

You and Rocky are the only two people left in America that believes the fraudulent unemployment numbers that come from the socialist running the wHite House.

Bible Thumper May 8, 2015 at 11:23 am

“1,000,000 first time claims for unemployment were filed.”
That is the lowest month (actually four week moving average) since 2000. That means 1,223,0000 people got jobs minus 1,000,0000 new claims = 223,000 new jobs.

fc May 8, 2015 at 11:28 am

Gallup defines a good job as 30+ hours per week for an organization that provides a regular paycheck. Right now, the U.S. is delivering at a staggeringly low rate of 44%, which is the number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and older. We need that to be 50% and a bare minimum of 10 million new, good jobs to replenish America’s middle class.

I hear all the time that “unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren’t feeling it.” When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth — the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real — then we will quit wondering why Americans aren’t “feeling” something that doesn’t remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class.


ok Thumper.Whatever the math was you just used.

Bible Thumper May 8, 2015 at 11:28 am

Good point. FITS response is “Unfair, Imbalanced”.
April was a five week month though and the previous two months were revised downward by 39,000.

The three month average is 191,0000, which is not bad but is below the 200,000+ average of the 9 months before.

fc May 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

Other notable figures from the BLS report include the number of long-term unemployed — that is, people who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more — which held steady at 2.5 million, a figure that accounts for 29% of the unemployed population in the country.

How sad. Things are getting better? Really?

Zed May 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

Will, you always think these politicians are something special, until “something” happens and they go in another direction. I know this has been pointed out to you before. Sanford. Haley. T-Rav.

Face it. They were always self-serving narcissistic assholes. What “happened” to them was life. They made their own choices in how to be about their alleged “core values”, and nothing nor anybody forced any of it on them.

Narcissist Assholes May 8, 2015 at 12:01 pm

It’s hard to admit that you were duped, repeatedly, by people who were very obviously in the game only for themselves from the beginning.

Know what’s even harder?

Realizing that your way of thinking isn’t just an asshole magnet, but basically a methodology of accommodation for assholes right up until they start using you as a doormat.

Haley? Sanford? Ravenel? These aren’t exceptions. They’re the rule. There have been many before them and will be many after them.

fc May 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

Sanford NOT a conservative? Last time I checked he is pro-life,against the perversion of gay marriage and a FISCAL conservative.

Fits didn’t mention ONE thing about a an issue or vote he has taken that has changed who he is as a legislator-elected by the people in SC1.

The tone of the article is just another personal attack on Sanford.Fits couldn’t get Haley so it appears it is Sanford’s turn to be taken to the ‘unFits woodshed’ of public destruction?

My guess it that it will fail…my opinion is also that unlike Haley who appears to always ‘turn the other cheek’,Sanford appears to be very bright and plays for keeps.

This may be more entertaining than the T-Rav debacle.

Uh huh May 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

“against the perversion of gay marriage”

But, FOR the perversion of marriage itself. He told his wife that they could stay married, but he would be faithful.

Who knew Sanford has some balls?

Uh huh May 8, 2015 at 11:17 am


Maria Chapur May 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm

I knew, but only because Mark snuck them out of Jenny’s purse before the flight over.

T3s May 8, 2015 at 7:01 pm

That’s not Balls, that’s whiney boy, self-absorbed, entitlement. And, he’s still not “happy”!

Soulmates evidently have a shelf-life when they begin to see the REAL you!

Zed May 8, 2015 at 11:18 am

“the perversion of gay marriage”

Wow. You’ve uncovered a new, extremely dark trend.

Pray tell us, o sage, who exactly it is that’s perverting gay marriage?


GrandTango May 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

FITS laboring to talk about anything but:

Record 93,194,000 Americans Not In Labor Force…

Record 56,167,000 Women Not Working…

LEFT: Nightmare on Downing Street…

UK – Messina Trounces Axelrod…

UK – Pollsters another casualty…

Revised to 93,194,001 May 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm

They forgot to count GrandTango.

Diogenes May 8, 2015 at 11:32 am

“Remember when Mark Sanford was a conservative”? Hell, I can’t even remember when he wasn’t a hypocrite or an adulterer.

Deo Vindice SC May 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

I can remember when republicans were republicans.

Cheater Decoded May 8, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Sympathies to all who once thought better of this self-absorbed user. He was NEVER what we thought, because we looked and listened to
him through the prism of normal, with our chumpy hearts.



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SCBlueWoman May 8, 2015 at 10:41 pm

He was a conservative? I thought he was an asshole.

Lone Ranger May 12, 2015 at 1:40 am

Ummmmm…Kemosabe…Sanford bailing???–who’da thunk it–son of a gun
Previously he only bailed on his ignorant voters, his wife and his four sons !!!


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