And what the Democratic party so vocal against Sanford? Why he has requested a waiver to use stimulus dollars allocated to South Carolina to help pay down the state's sizable debt instead of using the money to create a larger state bureaucracy. It sounds a lot like what Governor Bobby Jindal proposed for Louisiana, but in that case, Jindal simply turned down the funds, while Sanford is requesting to apply them to another area of need in the state.
The Democratic National Committee was outraged and produced this ad.
Allegations have run the typical Democratic gambit of accusations of being against jobs, the environment, and health care to character assassinations. And of course the obligatory cry of racism from House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn because Sanford compared the out-of-control spending to the economy of Zimbabwe, a country riddled with corruption and plagued by 76,000,000,000% inflation (prices of products double every 24 hours).
The DNC sent this message to media outlets on Friday:
Mark Sanford is putting his personal ambition ahead of the people of South Carolina by cow-towing to the Rush Limbaugh-led, obstructionist wing of the Republican Party," said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. "Now is not the time to politicize these practical steps to create jobs in South Carolina and across the country. Governor Sanford should stop playing politics and work with leaders from both parties who want to use the economic recovery funds to help create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, make America energy independent, and lay the foundation for long-term growth in the 21st Century.Far be it from me to criticize the enlightened left, but wouldn't the correct term be "kowtowing" not "cow-towing?" Unless they really do believe Gov. Sanford wishes to tow a cow, in which case, I would put his presidential campaign in the unlikely category. Instead I'll put the DNC in the "stupid" category.
Rather than read what people have said that Sanford wishes to do with the money, read it in his own words in the actual letter the Governor sent to the Senate and House of Representatives.
According to the letter there are funds that the stimulus bill requires the states to take, but there are other portions of the funds that the state does not have to accept.
But why would the Democrats make such a strong attack against a man who is serving his final allowable term as the governor of South Carolina due to state term limits?
The DNC claims, "If [Sanford] wants to posture for 2012, it will have a price." Democrats think that any time a Republican does something he believes in it's "posturing" or he is being an "ideologue," and they use both contradictory terms as insults.
Anyone can look at Sanford's record and know that this is not "posturing."
But, winds of a possible presidential bid place a man directly in the crosshairs of the Democratic Party.
Which is more than you can say for some of the other people they have targeted in recent days, like Santelli, Cramer, Limbaugh, and Joe the Plumber.