I have to admit to having tepid interest, at best, in the affairs of Gov. Mark Sanford. He was never more than a blip on my radar, and now he’s simply morphed into a sordid blip. To the extent I have anything to say on the subject, I think Terresa covers it all (including links I like).
If I had to add one thing, it would just be to say that I found peculiar how light and emotion free Sanford’s voice was during the presser. If I didn’t speak English, I would have had no idea that he was talking about an emotionally hot topic. He could as easily have been discussing the weather or a shopping list.
The other thing I would add has nothing to do with Sanford and everything to do with the media. The press has been somewhat lethargic about covering events in Iran (the SF Chron, for example, has barely noticed it), but I can guarantee that Sanford’s pecadillos will be in every media outlet for days.
The media’s interest in this matter isn’t just anti-conservative animus. This is a combination of laziness and . . . and . . . damn! I’ve forgotten that word — you know, the word about people who are obsessed with other people’s sex lives. The media has neither energy for nor interest in matters of genuine importance. Even the national media slips too easily into the role of gossip columnist.