Welfare for Mark Sanford
The Associated Press releases a brutal report on Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and his use of state resources. The most damaging items: $1,265 for a flight from Myrtle Beach to Columbia to make a haircut appointment, and $5,535 for trips from the capital to his family home.
The ship has sailed on a possible Sanford resignation, but stories like these make it clear that Sanford, whom many economic conservatives considered a strong possible presidential candidate in 2012, would have been felled by the scrutiny into his habits. You can’t run as an economic conservative while explaining away a thousand-dollar haircut. What would Mike Huckabee have said?