Do we need to know this?

8 years ago

Although what I'm thinking about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford could not be described as sympathy, I'm growing increasingly distressed about the personal nature of the coverage.

While it is amusing to be chortling about the downfall of another blowhard Republican (misidentified by FOX News as a Democrat) who made his career waving the morality flag during the Clinton administration; I really don't care to read, and haven't read, his love letters to his mistress.

I don't think that the public benefits in any way from their release. Even if you have no respect for him, imagine what this must be doing to his wife and children. 

Focusing on the more prurient aspects of the story puts too much of the spotlight on his family, and not enough on the ethical questions of his use of taxpayer money. It is for that that the governor should be prosecuted. Let's see if he ever is.

Sadly, this is a mess of his own making; not just directly, but indirectly as well. Here is a man whose party insists that "family values" are of paramount importance and that it is therefore not just acceptable, but desirable (ha!) that we look into the private relationships of our leaders and even ordinary citizens and judge them. That attitude has contributed to the notion that releasing and reporting the details of this correspondence is the "right thing to do," thereby making Jenny Sanford's ultimate public humiliation that much harder to recover from.

And they gave Obama a hard time for taking his wife on a date. Sheesh!

Lisse also blogs at @ Home in the World.

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