Whoops! Looks like the 2012 presidential field just got thinned by one:
South Carolina's wandering governor, Mark Sanford, said today he had an affair with an Argentine woman and that was why he disappeared without telling anyone he went to South America.
"The bottom line is this: I've been unfaithful to my wife," he said. "I've developed a relationship with a dear dear friend from Argentina."
Speaking at a nationally televised news conference, Sanford apologized to his wife, his four boys, his family and the people of South Carolina for his disappearance and for leaving his staff and family to make up excuses for his absence. Sanford's staff had insisted at one point that he was off hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Mark, Mark, Mark, how many times you gotta be told? You bring your "dear friend" from Argentina to see you; you don't go see her, especially if you think it might be neat to just take off without telling anybody. As I've said befoere (notably during the Clinton administration, when there were so many opportunities to say such things), it's not the sex, it's the judgment. I have to admit, though -- flying off for a fling beats hiking any day.