I had a reader named “Ally” call me out on something I had written aboot South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, where I had mentioned that I thought having another southern presidential candidate was the last thing the Republican party needs right now. She said my bias was showing, and while she had a point, I still for the most part stand by that.
That said, I am RAPIDLY warming up to the idea of current SC Gov. Mark Sanford as either a future presidential or vice-presidential candidate. He’s been the one cat who’s been against the bailouts/stimulus/deficits/socialism/whatever since long before he was even a Governor, back to when he and Congressman Joe Scarborough would get called into Newt Gingrich’s office to get yelled at.
This was Gov. Sanford speaking on most things economic this past Sunday:
“A problem that was created by building up of too much debt will not be solved with yet more deb. We’re moving precipitously close to what I would call a savior-based economy.”
The South Carolina Republican said such an economy is “what you see in Russia or Venezuela or Zimbabwe or places like that where it matters not how good your product is to the consumer but what your political connection is to those in power.”
“That is quite different than a market-based economy where some rise and some fall but there’s a consequence to making a stupid decision. A lot of people who’ve made some very stupid decisions are being bailed out by the population at large.”
My man has already decided that he won’t seek re-election in 2010, after serving two terms as Governor. After that…he’s definitely looking for something. I’m not sure how many people are going to be crazy enough to run against Obama in 2012, though Sanford has a built-in campaign message with his “savior-based economy.”
If not, and while I still have my doubts that Sarah Palin will run in ’12, a Palin-Sanford ticket would be if nothing else HIGHLY entertaining. 🙂
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