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Sanford’s fatal sin: Crossing Donald Trump
Politico, by Alex Isenstadt

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/13/2018 4:39:36 AM

In the end, it wasn’t the Appalachian Trail that brought down Mark Sanford. It was President Donald Trump. The South Carolina congressman’s stunning defeat in Tuesday’s Republican primary effectively ended the turbulent two-decade career of a political icon who once harbored presidential aspirations. From his time as a congressman in the 1990s, to his eight-year governorship, to his unexpected House comeback that followed, Sanford had long established himself as a figure who cut against the grain — the rare politician who loved to break with his own party. Yet in taking on Trump, his friends and political allies say, he took it


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 6/13/2018 4:48:04 AM     (No. 11662039)


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum, 6/13/2018 4:57:47 AM     (No. 11662042)

FTA: “Sanford himself had expressed concern that a loss in the primary would discourage what dwindling GOP dissent among against the White House remains.”

Why does the Republican Party feel the need to have outspoken dissenters in its ranks? Do they not understand that we need unity to achieve the agenda that the American people voted for? It seems they just can’t help themselves. It really is disturbing that they cannot understand the concept of backing a winner. The democrats on the other hand stick together regardless. Buy a clue all you maverick minded Republicans! Do the WILL of the people, support this President. Good riddens, Sanford. We’re much better off without you and your sanctimony.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nimby, 6/13/2018 4:58:45 AM     (No. 11662044)

To praphrase this entire article in 2 sentences: Sanford never understood his voters. The tweet from POTUS may have been the final nail.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: rinohunter, 6/13/2018 5:26:11 AM     (No. 11662063)

Thank G-d...another "maverick" gone! Who needs ´em?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 6/13/2018 5:38:47 AM     (No. 11662066)

Headline worded to make PDT out to be someone akin to a mafia don (no pun intended). I´m willing to bet the writer has never had any problem with the iron-fisted Dem party leadership of Schumer and Pelosi.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bradcro, 6/13/2018 5:48:31 AM     (No. 11662071)

What a nice story to start the day. Love it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 6/13/2018 6:17:47 AM     (No. 11662087)

Great news! Now he and Kasich can go trolling for South American girlfriends...excuse me..."soul mates."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 6/13/2018 6:17:54 AM     (No. 11662088)

“He made a calculation in the post-Trump election that he was going to stand on principle."

WHAT principle? To be a jerk and work against the wishes of the People because you personally don´t like Trump? Because, like a whiny liberal, you are annoyed Trump won?

After Trump´s post election meeting with Congress, Sanford found it "necessary" to comment "I wasn´t particularly impressed". What snark. Arrogance, obnoxiousness, and obstructionism is NOT a principle.

Sanford richly deserves this loss. I hope it stings for a long time.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bigken2, 6/13/2018 6:21:27 AM     (No. 11662091)

another rino bites the dust

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 6/13/2018 6:23:30 AM     (No. 11662095)

FTA: ´´At issue: His relentless criticism of the president. State Rep. Katie Arrington, Sanford’s rival, cast the congressman as a disloyal Never Trumper.´´

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Udanja99, 6/13/2018 7:14:07 AM     (No. 11662123)

I’m happy to report that I voted against him yesterday.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: FunOne, 6/13/2018 7:26:42 AM     (No. 11662136)

Thank you, #11, for representing those of us residing outside your congressional district.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 6/13/2018 7:38:29 AM     (No. 11662147)

Sanford was a dyed in the wool McCain-ite. He loved thinking he was the only brain in the room and had all the answers. Hubris was his middle name. But, he failed to understand that old formulas does not work anymore. Trump changed everything- not only for Democrats and leftists- but also for these "Republican-Lite" pols who love to think their key to the power box lies with GD Democrats. The people are- for now at least - waking up to those kinds of filthy political charlatans.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Fysammy, 6/13/2018 7:41:09 AM     (No. 11662152)

#11, same here, first thing yesterday morning.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 6/13/2018 7:44:54 AM     (No. 11662156)

I know Mark. He is a strange guy. He is a nice enough person, but totally selfish and narcissistic. Glad he lost, and hope he can find some inner substance.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 6/13/2018 8:05:46 AM     (No. 11662187)

So the incumbent lost. Not a race I followed, but probably good reasons why voters chucked him out. But I don´t get all the "blue wave" crap. Still likely a safe GOP seat all things considered.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: strike3, 6/13/2018 8:11:52 AM     (No. 11662198)

If McConnell and Ryan were capable of providing some savvy leadership we would not have all of this independent action by whiners, never-Trumpers and peacocks. Hopefully the next election will fix that too. These people forget that what they want does not matter, it´s what the people who elected them want.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: hershey, 6/13/2018 8:15:22 AM     (No. 11662202)

Another swamp dweller down the drain...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: starboard, 6/13/2018 9:09:06 AM     (No. 11662259)

I liked Sanford before he fell from grace. Then when he came back into politics I was happy to see him return and forgave him. BUT his going against President Trump was definitly unforgivable.
I hope some of the other Republican congress critters get this message.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 6/13/2018 9:15:06 AM     (No. 11662265)

Note to the GOPe - elections (i.e., the Trump Victory in 2016) have consequences. The uniparty must go.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 6/13/2018 9:28:21 AM     (No. 11662282)

Next up: Romney.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 6/13/2018 9:36:18 AM     (No. 11662295)

Isn´t Sanford the guy that left his family, and abandoned his job of governor to go chasing after some Brazilian journalist like an infatuated high schooler? How can he criticize anyone without coming across like a total complete hypocrite? Considering the election results, it is safe to say he wasn´t successful.

Seriously, all too often, watching a critic is the equivalent of watching a dog that suddenly stops and relieves itself. Not pretty, and something you wish you hadn´t seen. More and more, that is what Trump critics are devolving into. Wish they would just stop.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: fayebeck, 6/13/2018 9:49:45 AM     (No. 11662308)

Maybe he can get a gig on Southern Charm..

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Reply 24 - Posted by: msjena, 6/13/2018 9:59:07 AM     (No. 11662325)

Sanford was a man who had it all. He was frequently named as a Republican candidate for President. And then he threw it all away for a sleazy affair. He got a temporary reprieve when he was elected to Congress and then, decided to take on Trump! Now he has lost the governorship, his wife, his girlfriend and his Congressional seat. I think God is trying to tell him something.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: TCloud, 6/13/2018 10:00:03 AM     (No. 11662329)

Hitting Trump means you get you a** kicked!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 6/13/2018 10:27:10 AM     (No. 11662373)

The white RINO - -

- - on the verge of extinction.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: NotaBene, 6/13/2018 10:42:55 AM     (No. 11662397)

Let Sanford be a lesson to all Republicans. We demand the MAGA program be implemented. I was glad to see so many retirements, starting with Ryan, Gowdy, Sasse and Corker. A surprise is that the Against Trump National Review is still published.

Now we turn to carpetbagger Mitt Romney. Please Utah, vote for Dr. Mike Kennedy who is also a Mormon and supports President Donald Trump the Great. I donated to his campaign.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: SALady, 6/13/2018 11:12:17 AM     (No. 11662449)

To go against your party because they are making a mistake or doing something evil is honorable. Look at Joe Lieberman. He was the perfect example of that.

But Sanford, McPain, Flake, and several others just go against their party so that they can be branded as "rebels". They go against the president and the Republican Party even when they are doing good things (like trying to do away with the huge evil mistake of Ovomitcare).

Thank God most of them will be gone shortly. Stanford got defeated. Flake knew he would be defeated and just "retired". McPain is on death´s doorstep due to his cancer. We can only pray that good, conservative Republicans will take their places and President Trump can continue his agenda to Make America Great Again!!!!!!!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: abuela10, 6/13/2018 11:56:53 AM     (No. 11662513)

Sad to say Trump has endorsed Rep. Donovan running for reelection in Staten Island against Michael Grimm under the impression that Donovan voted for tax cut. He did not. He is a RINO who votes with Pelosi on immigration and sanctuary cities. Hope he loses. Grimm is tea party

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Reply 30 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 6/13/2018 12:36:10 PM     (No. 11662545)

Now Sanford will have more time to hike the Appalachian Trail. Good Riddance!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/13/2018 1:35:29 PM     (No. 11662634)

It was more than that. He decided to rehabilitate his own tattered, irresponsible image by going full on anti-Trump. That was his focus, and apparently his constituents wanted a more positive, more productive representative.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/13/2018 1:41:54 PM     (No. 11662643)

I hope #29 has let President Trump know that!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: bhkat, 6/13/2018 2:31:45 PM     (No. 11662678)

these RINOs think their own constituents are the enemy instead of the dums.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: sinic, 6/13/2018 3:10:07 PM     (No. 11662697)

There´s a road down here in SC that leads to some property Sanford owns. It was a long, narrow dirt road, Hardly anyone lived on it, but it ended up at one of Sanfords´ properties on the waterfront. Then one day I´m driving by and .. VIOLA! ... the county had paved the road beginning to end. Needless to say, anybody down here can name 10 dozen well traveled roads that should´ve been paved before THAT one. He lost me right then and there.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: bighambone, 6/13/2018 10:28:31 PM     (No. 11662962)

This is bound to shake up a bunch of “Swamp Rat” establishment Republicans who have been trying to sabotage President Trump’s political agenda.

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