Seems like Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty sees an opening in the his possible race for the White House in 2012. What? You think he suddenly truly upset that one of his own has strayed and is taking a moral stand?? As Senate GOP proved when it comes to one of their own, they accept their apoligies but not their resignations (see John Ensign & David Vitter)? In fact, they seem to high-five them.
From Sam Stein:
Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) offered one of the harshest rebukes from within the Republican Party of Mark Sanford, suggesting on Sunday that the South Carolina governor was hypocritical and had damaged the GOP at a time when the brand was already hurting.
"It's hard to quantify [the damage he has done]," said Pawlenty. "But clearly there has been damage. Any time you have leading figures who are engaged in behavior that's sad and troubling and hypocritical other people are going to look at that and say, 'Hmmm, they don't walk the walk. And so the words and the actions don't ring true."
Later in his segment on CNN's "State of the Union," Pawlenty would not push back against suggestions that Sanford had been directly derelict in his duties when he traveled to Argentina to conduct his affair. "Your staff has to be able to reach you and reach you quickly," Pawlenty said. "He should not have left the state and not allowed people to know how to contact him if something happened. That's obvious."read more...
Always the apologist for his fellow rethugs, Lindsay Graham has taken the opposite tact with Sanford, declaring he can remain Governor ff he reconciles with his wife.