I was going through stuff looking for something else, and I came across this older piece by John Hayward over at, ahem, RedState:
“Aha!” cried liberals across the land, when the election returns from South Carolina came in, and the zombie political corpse of Mark Sanford had somehow managed to score a landslide victory over the vivacious Elizabeth Colbert Busch. ”Now we’ve got you right where we want you, Republicans! Your hypocrisy on family values will be your undoing!”
The idea is to tear off Representative-Elect Sanford’s zombie arm – the one he prefers to wrap around the trim waistlines of Argentinian cuties – and beat the rest of his party senseless with it. The party of John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, and Anthony Weiner will ask the public how they could possibly support a party that would tolerate adulterers in its ranks. When the public raises an eyebrow at these demands, Democrats will say you can’t accuse them of hypocrisy, because they’re not serious about all that “family values” stuff, no matter what they say in red-state campaign ads.
…and it struck me: for all the talk of Sanford being used as a club by Democrats against Republicans, two months later it looks like the practical result seems to have been that Sanford’s election has convinced Democrats like Bob Filner, Eliot Spitzer, and Anthony Weiner that serial groping, out-of-control use of prostitutes, and sending pictures of your penis to young women on the Internet are actually survivable behaviors. I await with bated breath the announcement from David Wu that he’ll be running for Congress again, what with the new drug cocktail working so well and everything.
Hey. Don’t laugh. It might very well happen.