Will Sanford Hurt McCain in South Carolina?

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Mark Sanford is my favorite governor in the United States. He's not afraid to take on his own party and he's not afraid to cut spending. But, his "unique" style has rubbed some the wrong way in South Carolina and he has not been able to effectively insert himself into the power vacuum left by the death of popular former Governor Carroll Campbell.

Jonathan Martin gives a good overview of what's going on in South Carolina as Governor Sanford runs for re-election. It seems the Republican leaders in the state legislature are acting as snipers for the Democratic opposition -- if only because Sanford won't let them spend as much as they want.

For all the above reasons and more, these individuals have never really trusted Sanford. A maverick in Congress, Sanford resembled his Class of ‘94 classmates more than Thurmond and the other old-line southerners. Instead of greasing spending bills for his district, the libertarian-leaning Sanford spent his time in D.C. (or at least the three days a week he was there) decrying taxes and deficit spending. He was against earmarks before it was cool.

Read the whole thing. It's quite interesting.

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I think Sanford will be a non-factor for McCain.People like or dislike McCain for a lot of reasons little of which will have to do with Sanford.

"If they attack us, it means we're winning." - Rush Limbaugh

Nobody can hurt McCain more than McCain hurts McCain.
"I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more I have of it." -- Thomas Jefferson

He will certainly be a short-list Veep candidate for the nominee in 2008, particularly if the winner is not from the South. With the hapless Frist the only likely southern candidate, Sanford won't be out to tick anyone off early in the season.

Concerning McCain, he won't have to. People remember McCain from 2000, and not fondly.

It seems McCain has hurt himself more than anyone else can. The question is whether McCain hurts others?

As you know, I have been out of SC since my conservative conversion in 2001 and have many gaps in knowledge about Sanford's performance and the GOP in SC in general. I switched parties due to ideology and results of conservative policies, so it bothers me that SC GOP leaders back McCain. I am an ideologue!! I did vote for Mark before I moved. I have found him to be a bit odd at times. I will educate myself.

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