Every once in a while, if you write a column, you sit in front of the computer wondering what to write about. I want to thank the voters of the First Congressional District in South Carolina for answering that question. I can write about the astounding election they had yesterday.
You may remember former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. He disappeared for five days telling his staff and security that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Nope. Turned out he'd been in Argentina with his mistress. He dropped her, of course, as the scandal broke? Nope again. She is now his fiance and was with him on Tuesday, Election Day. He lost his job as governor? Nope. He kept his job but he did lose his wife. His mind? Well, that's another question, isn't it?
Now he is the newly elected Congressman Sanford.
What does this prove? True love conquers all? Well, his wife back when the scandal broke would probably argue with that. Congressmen are weird. Some, surely, but in this case weird was also lucky or blessed or whatever.
Once upon a time, before the scandal, some talked about Sanford as a presidential possibility. Now? Seems unlikely, but of course getting the House seat must have seemed pretty damned unlikely too.
Miracles happen. Maybe this guy has a special gift. You'd have to ask the voters in South Carolina.