The Other Women
Wednesday, July 1, 2009; 9:16 AM
It seemed like Mark Sanford had slowly and painfully let it all hang out.
Turns out he hadn't.
Now we're into the drip-drip-drip portion of the scandal. Sanford admitted to more contacts with Maria Belen Chapur -- not just in Argentina -- and "some physical contact" with other women.
First lady Jenny Sanford, the ball is in your court.
I know, none of this is as important as the U.S. military completing its pullback from major Iraqi cities yesterday, but that has been all but overshadowed in the post-Michael Jackson media.
The Sanford saga has sparked more of a national conversation about public officials and infidelity than just about any episode since Monicagate. I mean, who can still remember what John Ensign did? (For the record, he slept with a former campaign treasurer who was married to a former top aide.)
But the South Carolina governor has struck a nerve for several reasons:
a) His "Appalachian Trail" disappearance
b) His choice of an Argentine lover
c) His stream-of-consciousness press conference
d) His wife hanging him out to dry, especially after he asked permission to visit his gal pal
e) His endless apologizing