I could have been a lot harder on the South Carolina Governor who went missing in action only to be found visiting a lover in Argentina. If you’re going to take a Puritannical posture on love and sex, then by God, live up to it! But having read the emails Mark Sanford sent to his lover, I judged he was genuinely smitten with the woman, and well, that’s human–to fall short of your own ideals. (Though it does not negate the obnoxiousness of pushing a legal love and sex agenda…ie anti-marriage for gay people). Still, I cut him some slack.
Maher thought Sanford’s emails were awfully sweet, too. So, he juxtaposed excerpts with text messages from former Florida Congressman Mark Foley who liked to talk dirty to teenage boys!