The last time I wrote about Mark Sanford I called him â€śtruly ridiculous.â€ť That was just on Monday. But leave it to the lovelorn former governor who violated the no-trespass rule of his divorce agreement to catapult from ridiculous to absurd.
Sanford is running for his old congressional seat against Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Before the May 7 election, Sanford wanted to debate her four times. But Colbert Busch agreed yesterday to only one get-together. So Sanford today went to the site of what he said â€śwould have been the first debate between himself and his opponent.â€ť Not only that, he showed up with a cardboard cutout of Nancy Pelosi and â€śdebatedâ€ť it.
â€śNancy Pelosi and other national Democrats have contributed nearly $1 million to [Colbert Buschâ€™s] effort, and we know what Nancy Pelosi stands for â€“ she is anti-Boeing, pro-stimulus, pro-Obamacare and supports raising the debt ceiling,â€ť Sanford said in a statement on his Web site. â€śBut because my opponent is refusing joint appearances Â to answer questions about where she stands on the issues, all we can assume is that she is going to be a reliable vote for the Pelosi-Obama agenda, were she to be elected.â€ť
Running against Pelosi is no surprise in a red state such as South Carolina, especially since, as Rachel Weiner points out, â€śPelosi is the best known and least liked leader in Congress, according to a new Gallup poll.â€ť But even the most rock-ribbed Republican must be looking at Sanfordâ€™s antics today and thinking, â€śWhat in the…..?!â€ť
For her part, Colbert Busch said, â€śIf we had a longer period of time, for sure” sheâ€™d do more debates. “I want to get to know the district. I already know Mark.â€ť Unfortunately, we all already know Mark. What I want to know is who is the well-heeled staffer who had the humiliating task of holding â€śPelosiâ€ť in place?
UPDATE [4:15 p.m.]: Here is the video of Mark Sanford â€śdebatingâ€ť a cardboard cutout of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. All I can say is wow, just wow.
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