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Into The Woods

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Elizabeth Colbert Busch KO'd Mark Sanford last night in a series of masterful -- and indefensible for Sanford -- debate points that illuminated the disgraced former governor's glaring hypocrisy and unsuitability for public office.

While she scored bulls-eyes on multiple topics, it was her razor-sharp retort on Sanford's claim of fiscal responsibility that led the local newscasts. has the highlights:

"It was their sole one-on-one encounter of the general election -- and Colbert Busch, who is leading in polls, was so aggressive that Sanford at times looked like he didn't know what hit him.

"Sanford spoke repeatedly about his extensive efforts as governor and House member to cut wasteful spending. Colbert Busch then turned to Sanford and delivered this zinger:

"'When we talk about fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the taxpayers, it doesn't mean you take the money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose.'

"That was a reference to Sanford's use of state funds to fly to Argentina to visit his mistress and now fiance -- an affair that derailed his political career four years ago.

"'She went there, Governor Sanford,' one of the debate's moderators responded.

"With much of the crowd hooting and hollering, Sanford seemed shaken.

"'I couldn't hear what she said ... repeat it, I didn't hear,' he said.

"'Answer the question,' Colbert Busch interjected.

"'What was the question?' Sanford said, appearing stunned. 'Ok, but anyway, ah ah, on the sequester, I'll go back to the sequester.'"

Oooh -- SNAP! You almost have to admire his chutzpah for even seeking elected office after his infamous infidelity. After all, he was personally responsible for coining a new euphemism for adultery -- "Hiking the Appalachian Trail." Lest we forget, this was the ridiculous lie he fabricated to cover his taxpayer-funded South American booty call.
It is rather insulting to the people of his State (or any State for that matter) that he thought they would be convinced by his inane cover story. He expected us to believe he experienced a sudden and overwhelming urge to go hiking ... a calling so powerful he could not stop long enough to tell his wife and family, or his staff, or the Lt. Governor where he was heading? We are to believe he had no choice but to don his boots, grab a bag of gorp and his mighty staff (!) and disappear into the woods.
And it was perfectly appropriate for Colbert-Busch to "go there." When the conservative media skewer Obama for "squandering" taxpayer monies on things like air traffic control or improved infrastructure, it is certainly fair to criticize a governor for spending the people's money to boink his mistress, dont'cha think?

For those who claim Busch's remark was hitting below the belt (so to speak), then just forget the sexy elements of the scandal. Forget that he violated a couple of those commandments (adultery and lying) he claimed to hold so dear. There remains a glaring problem with integrity and dedication to office that cannot be denied: the governor went MIA for five days with no notice or advance warning to anybody. What if there had been a natural disaster? A terror attack? A mass shooting?

Doesn't his disappearing act in itself question his fitness for office? Kinda like Sarah "Mama Grizzly" Palin sniffing around the possibility of running for President when she couldn't even commit to a full term as governor. Or the audacity of Rick Perry to advocate the secession of Texas from the United States, then run for President of the United States. What is up with these Republican Governor -- do they swallow a handful of stupid pills as soon as they're elected?

You go Elizabeth, and I'll "go there" all day long with you. We deserve politicians who fulfill at least the barest minimum expectations of the job -- showing up.

As for Sanford, it looks like voters will have two words for you on election day -- Happy Trails!
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Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few (more...)
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