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June 25, 2009

State Records: Sanford's Love-Jaunts Cost Taxpayers $9,000; 50% Want Him to Resign

Obama's date-night cost a lot more money, but that was with his wife and he didn't check out for six days.

The costs, by the way, are for his multiple trips while on official state business (kinda-sorta), though of course he had a hidden agenda in being so crazy-hot to meet with businessmen and politicians from South America.

I don't think he used state funds to pay for the latest trip.

Sanford's travels to Brazil and Argentina cost taxpayers at least $9,000 in airfare, lodging, meals and phone charges, according state records.

Eh, pretty cheap, really. Particularly when you consider there was some official reason for the trips, even if that wasn't the primary one.

But 50% want him to resign, and even if you believe he's an important voice for fiscal discipline, it's a very big question whether anyone will hear him over the furor.

It's also a very big question as to whether he wants to keep his job. He committed very deliberate political suicide, Charles Krauthammer notes, and is obviously more committed to his current infatuation than South Carolina governance.

A tidbit from Allah: He actually intended to stay in Argentina for ten days, and would have, had someone not leaked the mystery of his whereabouts to the press.

Ten days? This is a midlife criss thing. He needs to resign. Even putting aside the moral and character questions, his heart is not in his job. It's very much somewhere else entirely.

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