In Affair, Mark Became Marco, 'Canoodling Lothario'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 28, 2009 9:02 AM CDT
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, center, is greeted by the joint legislative session as he arrives to give his State of the State address at the State house in Columbia, SC, in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
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(Newser) – Mark Sanford’s affair stemmed from his love of a woman—and his love of the “dashing new version of himself he saw in her molten eyes,” writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. Mark, the Sanford we knew, “was the self-righteous, Bible-thumping prig who pressed for Bill Clinton’s impeachment,” while “Marco, international man of mystery,” was “the un-self-conscious Lothario, canoodling with Maria.”

Mark is “frugal for taxpayers”; Marco had them fund his trip south. Mark slammed Clinton’s lies; “Marco lies with brio, misleading his family, his lieutenant governor, his staff and his state,” Dowd writes. “The Republican Party will never revive itself until its sanctimonious pantheon—Sanford, Gingrich, Limbaugh, Palin, Ensign, Vitter and hypocrites yet to be exposed—stop being two-faced.”