COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina lawmakers voted down a measure to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday, but recommended a formal rebuke that said his travels and trysts with an Argentine mistress brought the state "ridicule, dishonor, disgrace and shame."
Most of the seven legislative panel members said the Republican should resign, though his affair, use of state planes and a 2008 taxpayer-funded trip to Argentina were not serious misconduct that merited removal from office.
Instead, the lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution saying he has "brought ridicule, dishonor, disgrace, and shame not only upon Governor Sanford but upon this state and its citizens which rises to a level which requires a formal admonishment and censure."
Sanford has been under scrutiny since June when he tearfully revealed a yearlong affair. Ensuing probes of his travel and campaign spending led to more than three dozen state ethics charges and the potential for $74,000 in fines. His second and final term ends in January 2011.
"We can't impeach for hypocrisy. We can't impeach for arrogance. We can't impeach an officeholder for his lack of leadership skills," said Rep. James Harrison, the Columbia Republican who headed the panel.
State Rep. Jenny Horne, a Republican, sobbed as she spoke of Sanford hurting his family. "I can only imagine the pain that they have endured and will continue to endure," Horne said.
Haha! Wow -- if conclusive evidence ever existed proving the hypocrisy superiority of American conservatives and Republicans in general -- this has to be it.
Can you imagine if S.C. Governor Mark Sanford had the letter "D" after his name instead of an "R"? Oh my -- the hue and cry that would have burst forth from the GOP morality police would have been deafening!
And check out those hilarious quotes from the crestfallen South Carolina Republicans in the article (bold lettering)! Comedy Gold!!
Funny thing -- I can't seem to recall any Republicans poo-poohing the hypocrisy, arrogance and lack of leadership when it came to Bill Clinton's Monica dalliance. On the contrary -- those transgressions were central tenets of the GOP's argument in favor of Clinton's impeachment.
Nor do I recall any Republicans sobbing crocodile tears on the floor of the House while lamenting the spiritual and emotional damage Clinton's affair may have had on poor Hillary and Chelsea.
What a bunch of soulless, hypocritical, phony bastards your modern day conservatives have become. It's why I despise them and mock them so mercilessly.
There's been a long-standing internet acronym that describes this kind of political hypocrisy from conservatives/Republicans -- it's IOKIYAR (It's OK If You're A Republican). As of today I'm modifying that acronym -- to me it shall hence forward be changed to IAOFKIYAR (It's A O Fucking K If You're A Republican).