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Mark Sanford Punks Out … Again

SOUTH CAROLINA CONGRESSMAN’S SECOND STINT IN WASHINGTON CONTINUES TO BE A PROFOUND DISAPPOINTMENT …  It’s tough to keep up with the excuses offered by U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford every time he loses track of his ideological compass.  Or for that matter … his mind. (Both of which are happening with increasing frequency…

SOUTH CAROLINA CONGRESSMAN’S SECOND STINT IN WASHINGTON CONTINUES TO BE A PROFOUND DISAPPOINTMENT … 

It’s tough to keep up with the excuses offered by U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford every time he loses track of his ideological compass.  Or for that matter … his mind.

(Both of which are happening with increasing frequency of late).

Sanford, of course, is “that guy.”  The former “Lov Guv” of the state of South Carolina.  The narcissistic whiner who will forever be remembered for confusing the Argentine coast with the Appalachian Trail – and then waxing like a “lovestruck mooncalf” about the “soulmate” responsible for his confusion.

He got reelected, though, because “Republicans” in the Palmetto State are gluttons for punishment.  And because he desperately needed an outlet to continue his navel-gazing.

Anyway, the current iteration of Sanford – strolling contemplatively through the halls of the U.S. Capital complex with his paramour at his side – is a far cry from the principled, limited government lawmaker who courageously found himself on the wrong end of some 430-1 votes during his first stint in the U.S. Congress.

The Sanford of 1995-2001, whom we loved, was a term-limited pro-freedom, pro-free market champion – a guy who eschewed congressional retirement benefits, refused money from political action committees and returned millions of dollars from his congressional budget to taxpayers (famously sleeping on his couch).

Sanford 2.0?  He’s a sellout … a stooge for the same “Republican” establishment he spent the first decade-and-a-half of his political career fighting against.

Of course he’s got every excuse in the book for his conversion to the dark side – including invoking of the divine right of kings.  When he cast his ballot last year for uber-liberal U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, for example, Sanford said he did it because Jesus told him to.

Then flipped out when we criticized him.

Sanford’s most bizarre excuse, however, came after he abandoned his opposition to the corrupt, crony capitalist slush fund known as the U.S. Export-Import Bank.  Sanford flip-flopped on the Ex-Im bank because he claimed his constituents benefited from it.

That’s not true … wealthy CEOs benefit from it.

But even if it was true, Sanford had previously stated he wouldn’t make such a calculated, self-interested move if it was bad for taxpayers across the country.

“When I ran for office the first time, I said I would vote against any piece of legislation – regardless of the good it had for the District – if it was bad for the country as a whole,” Sanford wrote in his book The Trust Committed To Me.

So much for that “trust.”

Sanford 2.0’s latest betrayal?  Refusing to support the newly-formed Article I Caucus in its efforts to reassert the GOP Congress’ power over the purse in Washington, D.C.  Specifically, Sanford refused to join this group of lawmakers because they approved some language about Cuba as an amendment to a multi-billion dollar bailout for Puerto Rico.

We oppose the Puerto Rican bailout … as we oppose all bailouts … but that train has left the station in Washington, D.C. thanks to the new Barack Obama/ Paul Ryan “Republicrat” majority (a cabal Sanford is also on the hook for, incidentally).

The Article I Caucus – led by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado – knew it couldn’t block the Puerto Rico bailout, so its members decided to attach their amendments to it in the hopes of getting a little something good out of the larger “bad.”  Basically, the effort is designed to restore many of the fiscally conservative amendments previously gutted from the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed the U.S. Congress last December (which one member of the Article I Caucus correctly railed against).

Sanford was supposed to be on board with the Article I Caucus’ efforts, but at the last minute he bailed – citing his objection to so-called “anti-Cuba” language proposed by U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida.

“The Cuba provisions were a non-starter for Sanford,” a lobbyist familiar with the negotiations told us.

A non-starter?

This website has been relentless in its criticism of America’s boneheaded Cuban policy – but Diaz-Balart’s amendments have nothing to do with trade relations or normalizing diplomatic ties.  He’s simply trying to keep U.S. taxpayers from subsidizing Cuba’s military or intelligence agencies – and to keep the Cuban government of Raul Castro from profiting off of properties it seized.

“The death squads … the torture chambers, (these) would be very good reasons not to do business with the Cuban military,” one limited government advocate in Washington, D.C. told us.  “Even Michael Corleone knew to get his assets out of Cuba.”

Indeed …

So … what’s Sanford’s deal?

“He must have a Cuban girlfriend,” one D.C. insider speculated.

“A girlfriend in the Cuban military,” another joked.

Honestly … it’s not out of the question.  And we can’t think of any other compelling reason to oppose these provisions, no matter where one stands on the broader Cuban question.

Sadly, Sanford’s real reason for bailing on the Article I effort appears to be far more predictable: He didn’t want to make his new puppet masters angry.

“(Sanford) doesn’t want to add his name to anything he thinks might piss off the GOP leadership,”a veteran Capitol Hill activist told us.  “So he came up with some bullsh*t reason to oppose us.”

Vintage Sanford 2.0, in other words.  Sell out … then lie about why.

What a shame …

A growing group of genuine limited government lawmakers – including South Carolina’s own Jeff Duncan – are working hard in our nation’s capital to try and hold the GOP leadership in the U.S. Congress more accountable to the people it’s supposed to be representing.  The Article I Caucus represents the front line of that effort – a group dedicated to exercising the constitutional authority over the government’s purse strings.

Rather than join them in their efforts to slow the growth of government, though, Sanford has stabbed them in the back … demonstrating once again that he’s become nothing but another status quo hack committed to doing the bidding of the “Republican” establishment.

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37 comments

idcydm February 3, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Too bad you couldn’t get to what yo wanted to convey without the oratorical on Sanford’s foils, we all know what they are.

Now what was it you wanted to say?

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Will Folks aka Sic February 3, 2016 at 7:46 pm

What I have written, I have written.

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idcydm February 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm

Over and over and over again.

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sparklecity February 3, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Agreed………………

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idcydm February 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm

When Sanford lied to the people of SC, that did it for me.

sparklecity February 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm

Why even waste precious electrons over the internet for this duty-shirking SOB????
I can’t believe FITS====wasting time on “Sanfraud”
I don’t know who is worse “Sanfraud” or that lying draft avoiding coward Donald Trump.
Come to think of it, both have shirked their duty so I guess it’s two narcissistic self-absorbed peas in a pod and both of them deserve each other (not to mention FITS spends a lot of time having stuff about both of them…..why the hell is FITS still kissing Sanfraud’s ass by even posting about him..???
Makes one wonder don’t it?????

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shifty henry February 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm

next up: T-Rav updates //

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mamatiger92 February 4, 2016 at 9:37 am

He’s sure to knock up his girlfriend again soon.

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shifty henry February 4, 2016 at 9:59 am

her recycle date is about to expire?

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yawn February 3, 2016 at 10:51 pm

He used to be good click bait?

His more ardent supporters, other than a forlorn and desperate Belen, have seen the light.

His adversaries have little to add in the way of kindling to his self-started funeral pyre.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein February 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm

…every time he loses track of his ideological compass.

Heh. That’s what they call it these days.

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idcydm February 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Which way does an ideological compass point? Is there a declination angle for adjustments?

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shifty henry February 3, 2016 at 8:27 pm

100+ for knowing about “declination angles”

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idcydm February 3, 2016 at 8:31 pm

I bet the GPSers don’t know about it.

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The Colonel (R) February 3, 2016 at 9:36 pm

Most GPSers don’t even know what a compass is, the few that do don’t know how it works…

Grid to magnetic add east…

idcydm February 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

To a certain degree.

shifty henry February 7, 2016 at 11:10 am

True Story: More than a few years back I had a sweetheart from Hartford, Conn who was living in Columbia. She wanted to go to the big hot air balloon festival. She was a women’s libber and belonged to NOW. We couldn’t find the road cut-off so we stopped at a gas station for directions. They guy told us to turn around, go back to a road, turn right, and go to the “nigger church” and keep right. Perfect directions so when we got to the festival she told me she resented the guy using the term “nigger”, and she asked me how I knew which church to turn at. I told her that I read the pastor’s name on the big sign in front of the church.

The Colonel (R) February 7, 2016 at 11:49 am

I’m not sure if I should laugh or be ashamed that I get it…
+10 either way!

shifty henry February 7, 2016 at 1:54 pm

I’ve always felt the same way.

Tazmaniac February 4, 2016 at 7:33 am

First you know how to read a map, now a compass. I think you are bragging, LOL.

idcydm February 4, 2016 at 7:55 am

Well, when you don’t own an iphone a map and compass can come in handy. Technology’s great when it works but a backup plan will eliminate a lot of butt hurt.

pot meet kettle February 4, 2016 at 9:18 am

‘Folks resigned from the governor’s(Mark Sanford) office August 1st.’

Why? Just found it….Folks is just bitter that Sanford apparently got rid of him for beating on a woman?

(Columbia) September 28, 2005 – Former gubernatorial spokesman Will Folks has pleaded guilty to criminal domestic violence in a Columbia court.
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House Ethics Committee Chairman Kenny Bingham has lawyered up and is suing S.C. political blogger Will Folks – the scribe behind the opinionated political blog Fitsnews.

Bingham’s lawsuit is the first against Folks since launching his website in 2006, the blogger said.

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Somebody apparently lost their ‘mind’.

TroubleBaby February 3, 2016 at 9:02 pm

For most pols it just spins round and round.

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No surprises February 3, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Could paramour’s family be working on business interests in Cuba? She seems to have a soft spot for renewing relations there too. The both of them are integrity challenged and they are good at talking themselves into self-serving deeds.

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Rocky Verdad February 4, 2016 at 8:06 am

She cuts a deal with him – go soft on Latin America and you’ll get hard at home.

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shifty henry February 7, 2016 at 10:57 am

pretty good .. !!

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tomstickler February 3, 2016 at 10:21 pm

At least Sanford supports his district’s opposition to seismic testing and oil drilling off our coast. Maybe this economic analysis (click the button for your copy) helped him decide: http://www.drilldownsc.com/#!tvo/c1sav

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Tired and Retired February 3, 2016 at 11:18 pm

When, if ever, will Fits stop putting the word Republican in quotation marks (I.e., “Republican”)? If Mark Sanford, Nikki Haley, Lindsay Graham, and Henry McMaster are “Republicans”, but are not real Republicans, then who are the real Republicans?

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CorruptioninColumbia February 3, 2016 at 11:29 pm

In the spirit of my hero, Mark Sanford, I have decided to come clean. My fellowship trolls, I am a twice convicted homosexual pedophile and I am on the Sex Offender Registry. The only thing hopelessly corrupt in Columbia is me. I can’t help myself. I just adore little boys and their little pink tushies!!!!!!

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CorruptionInColumbia February 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Nice try, asshole.

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CorruptioninColumbia February 4, 2016 at 10:33 pm

The truth hurts didn’t it, fake ass troll!

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dsf February 4, 2016 at 8:36 am

I want Sanford gone as much as anybody; he’s an embarrassment to the state. However, this article is nothing more than a weak-ass attempt at a hit piece. Because he wouldn’t join a caucus? Really? That’s the best you got? Did you write an article just to fill a quota or something?

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flip February 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Vote stupid politicians, get stupid policies.

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Columbia Insider February 4, 2016 at 10:04 am

Duncan’s ponying-up money to FITS. Two pieces in the past two days. Sic doesn’t even try to hide it anymore. He’s strictly pay-to-play.

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ted February 4, 2016 at 10:20 am

Wonder what Jesus told him to do on that China flight?

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Lone Ranger February 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm

That’s right—you all-day suckers who keep reelecting this scumbag deserve just what you get

A thug-RINO-Boehner-supporting serial adulterer and liar who’s only begun to shaft you yet

But hey…I-Lie-To-Cons-And-Rip-Patriots’-Flag-WITHOUT-Your-Vote-Joe Wilson—yes…YOU

When we take out Mark-Sure-I-Left-My-Wife-And-Four-Sons-Sanford—you
WILL go down, too !!!

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