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Even I know enough not to just wander off without saying anything to anybody. My friend would rush over to the house to make sure I hadn't keeled over and become cat food. My sister would drive up from Indianapolis with a State Police escort. They'd probably rent out my office at work. Apparently, I'm a tad smarter than South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Everybody in the state was freaked out for days over his unexplained disappearance, and it turns out he just had a notion to go hiking on the Appalachian Trail:

Earlier in the day, Sawyer said that "the governor put in a lot of time during this last legislative session, and after the session winds down it's not uncommon for him to go out of pocket for a few days at a time to clear his head. Should any emergencies arise between the times in which he checks in, our staff would obviously be in contact with other state officials as the situation warrants before making any decisions."

"Out of pocket." Right. The governor seems to be a bit of a libertarian politically, but he might want to consider a little more structure in his personal life. There are a few politicians, though, that I wish would follow his example and just wander off.


Tue, 06/23/2009 - 9:56am

Back in my drinking days, I had a bad habit of wandering off when I'd had enough. I'd head toward the bar or the bathroom and then just leave without letting anyone know -- that way they couldn't try to pressure me into having another or into waiting until they were ready to go.

It's a bad habit and not necessarily commendable, but I sympathize with the Governor.