Lewis W. Diuguid

‘Forgiving’ one of the ‘F’s of the South that lifted Sanford to victory

Updated: 2013-05-08T15:56:52Z

Former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford can credit his election Tuesday to a South Carolina congressional seat to the four “F”s of the South.

Voters are “forgetful.” That little thing he did four years ago as governor is ancient history. You remember — running off, though a married man, to Argentinia to be with his mistress while telling people he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. After all, he’s divorced now and together with the other woman.

South Carolina voters are “forgiving.” People make mistakes, right? Bill Clinton did, and he recovered. Give Sanford the same chance, right?

Voters in South Carolina for 30 years also have screamed “forgetabout” ever electing a Democrat. Sanford’s Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, even as Stephen Colbert’s sister, didn’t have a chance of winning.

People in South Carolina couldn’t care less if the rest of the country and even the world think they look “foolish” for putting Sanford back in an elected office. It is the South after all. People have their own way of life.

Northerners may laugh and point but they just don’t understand.

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