Monday, June 22, 2009

Mark Sanford Disappears--Check His Meds

Mark Sanford, the Governor of South Carolina, has at least temporarily disappeared. Well, his staff says they've located him. But it appears that his wife and his South Carolina detail have had no idea where he is for the last four days.

Gov. Sanford has made his name as being the farthest out on the fringe of the Republican governors with his neo-nullificationist approach to the Obama stimulus package.

Farther out than either Sarah ("Bridge to Nowhere") Palin or even that secessionist teaser Rick Perry of Texas.

But if I were a South Carolina voter, I'd be concerned about Mark Sanford.

That's because his wife is "not concerned." It appears these kind of episodes happen often enough that Mrs. Sanford isn't particularly worried about it.

The official line is that Sanford wanted to take some time away from his kids to get some writing done.

On Father's Day weekend?

Of course, it's common knowledge that many conservative Republicans like John Ensign, David Vitter, and Mark Foley are much less concerned about their own families than they are about "family values."

But I don't believe for a second that Sanford's "trip to nowhere" was about getting work done.

My own guess is that Gov. Sanford is on some heavy anti-depressant medication and that he's either gotten off his meds or needs another prescription.

Here's hoping that Sanford gets the help he needs.

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