Looks who’s asking for a second chance

Not only is he asking for a second chance, but he’s invoking that God is a God of second chances and therefore you should be too:

I happen to think that Sanford would probably be a decent legislator. But the bond that he broke was the one of the most serious bonds we make, and it’s that of marriage. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve a second chance – in fact he may be a better man now than he was before. But given the cynicism of so many these days I think it’s gonna be a hard road for him to hike. And invoking a ‘God of second chances’ might seem a little too manipulative for some.

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  • toby66

    Take a hike.

    • crosshr

      Few times I were told of that ” take a hike” Toby66.I always almost could never argue, realizing my shortfalls, shortcomings, much to learn about whatever. Never perfect and may never ! Just greatfull for being forgiven.

      I do believe in 2nd chance and forgiveness. I highly recognize that time is of the healing, and I believe in this case, it will take time for a bad name to get healed.
      Trusting Sanford is absolutely something Sanford has to earn over time of proven change in his daily, weekly, and annual conduct. I know this is not a call for Sanford to Pastor a group of believers, but don’t we in our businesses like to hire honest stable knowledgeable experience helpers ?

      I may sound bias, since I am a Newt, Palin fanatic. I feel that Newt has gone thru the length of his spiritual and personal rehab and came out healed and ready( my personal feeling, so don’t freak out). In the end,success is an attitude, still a moral attitude.

      • Haywoodjbl

        Great…..he can be forgiven…..just start his own business or get a job outside the public sector….why must he suck at the teets of the government?

  • pdxlady

    No, no, no, no NO!

    • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

      Trying to take away Tim Scott’s newly-acquired position? I say, let the new guy have a go at it.

      • crosshr

        for that, I’ll stick with Tim Scott, no question !

  • poljunkie

    Sorry Mark, but the way you handled your jaunt on The Appalachian Trail was embarrassing. You managed to disrespect your wife, your marriage, your family and tarnish the Republicans all is one swoop, all so you could run off and spend a little time in a motel.

    You’re going to have to do more than make one ad to convince me.

    • crosshr

      take a long time to heal a bad name, I belive you so polj.

  • Ummm….NO!

    • I’m also going to add that people like him that can’t find something else to do with their life besides politics makes me queasy.

      • marketcomp

        Right on, Laurel! Go find a job. We are not the party of Bill Clinton!

      • warpmine

        …..and if that’s the short of it, change parties and run as a life politician DemonRat that way you can shirk all responsibilities without so much as a whimper from constituents.

      • deTocqueville1

        Very good point.

  • No bueno.

  • deTocqueville1

    There are many applicable scriptural passages admonishing us to forgive and not judge. He should be assessed on both his record during his period of governance and his position on constitutional conservative principles. Can he make the sale? I see Erik of ‘Red State’ late of CNN and now of FAUX supports him so that already seems reason to doubt the guy.

    Of course his personal peccodillos will be mercilessly exploited by the LSM and leftist opponents because we know how there is a double standard.

    One would hope there is a good Tea Party candidate who can succeed both in the primary and the general.

    • Patriot077

      We can be non-judgemental about his personal life, leaving that up to his wife and to God, but we should still expect our politicians to be able to demonstrate a high degree of character and good judgement.

      I really liked him as a governor but I can’t trust him any more than I can trust BJ. Lies are very hard to excuse.

      • Betsey_Ross

        I guess we can take solice in the fact that Jenny Sanford didn’t give him a second chance. If she couldn’t do it, then I sure as h*ll am not.

        I was hoping that Jenny Sanford was going to run for office. Apparently she was the brains behind that team. Maybe she will, eventually.

        • Patriot077

          What you said!

          I had wondered about his wife too but haven’t heard further. I hope her life wasn’t derailed irreparably. When you have children the trauma is magnified.

    • Cindy09

      Reality is: when he sinned, he could have made a 180-degree turn and ask forgiveness from his wife, stayed with her (if she wanted him back) and put a lot of distance between his “stray life” and his vow to commit to his family. But he didn’t! He chose to listen to his passion, defended it and in the process shred all commitment to his wife, to his vows and to God.
      Now that his passion has probably died down, he is looking for some excitement in his life.

      There is no guarantee what he could do else. He is a “loose canon”.

      • crosshr

        Cindy, myself as a male, I can only say Amen !

        I do see too many “loose canon” nowadays

  • PhillyCon

    What’s does Rove’s special group think? We need to ask him first and need this special group to do our research for us, so we don’t have another Akin on our hands, or a Christine O’Donnell. I think its so nice of Rove and his special group to help out in such matters. He really does care about ideas and electing the right person to office.

    I will not make up my mind until Rove weighs on this very important issue.

    • JRD1

      I’m with you Philly. Whatever Tokyo Rove and the Bush mafia want is the way to go!

    • Rshill7

      That could and should be sarc, but I can’t tell.

      Did you see Rove on FoxNews Sunday with Bob Woodward? Woodward said that he was going to write another book entitled “People That Won’t Go Away” and dedicate a chapter to Karl Rove. That made Rove squirm a little. They were sitting right next to each other during that little exchange.

      Would probably be a good clip to show. Yep, in this case, it’s a clip, not a magazine.

      • PhillyCon

        That could and should be sarc, but I can’t tell.

        That, my friend, is some good ole, Northeastern humor. We say it (or write it) in such a way that you can’t tell. LOL.

        I did see Woodward’s quote, how brilliant! Hopefully, some of that karma will bite Obama and the Leftists … here’s hoping!

      • Guest1776rcp

        That was hilarious, after Rove’s little squirm Woodward said “I think I’ll write two chapters”. LMAO!

  • I’m willing to give second chances, but “God gives second chances so vote for me?” Don’t use God to win elections.

    • Guest1776rcp

      Its okay to forgive him but not vote for him and still be considered a good Christian.

      • It’s up to God to forgive him… He is the only One that knows his true heart.

  • sDee

    Oh my Sanford. You’re no Bill Clinton.

    But hey, put a D after your name, spend a few years in the Chicago bath houses, snort some blow in the back of limos on the down low, and you might have a shot at a comeback.

  • Sorry, I’m not God and I am willing to not vote for you and let him make that final call.

  • I’m wary of any politician (Right, Left or Center) using God’s word in this way to push for reelection. I get the same queezy feeling you get when you open your door to find two Mormons or similar types there trying to convert you right on your own doorstep!

    Besides all that… Actions speak louder than words… What has he DONE, not what has he SAID that might demand I reassess him. That’s fair to ask isn’t it?

    • cabensg

      Exactly. You have to do something to earn respect and forgiveness from people you’ve betrayed.

  • Rocco11

    Those dopes continually vote Lindsay Graham into office, I wouldn’t put anything past them…

    • PhillyCon

      He’d probably have a better voting record.

  • Rshill7

    I wonder if Sanford is still with his “soulmate”. Haven’t heard.

    You know what they say though, “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”.

    Here’s a different version:

    A moment in the sack, you won’t be coming back.

    Find something else to do.

    • I think they are engaged.

      • Rshill7

        Oh, swoon-double-snap 🙂

  • colliemum

    A look at his eyes told me all I want to know: he’s another one who talks about Jesus, but his words are empty.
    He is a politician first, a Christian only a very distant second.

    Someone offer him a real job.

    Btw – if you want to know how a real gentleman dealt with his fall form grace, look here:

    “[…] he [John Profumo] is best known today for his involvement in a 1963 scandal involving a prostitute. The scandal, now known as the Profumo Affair, led to Profumo’s resignation and withdrawal from politics, and it may have helped to topple the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan.
    After his resignation, Profumo began to work as a volunteer cleaning toilets at Toynbee Hall, a charity based in the East End of London, and continued to work there for the rest of his life.[1] Eventually, Profumo volunteered as the charity’s chief fundraiser. […]”


    • deTocqueville1

      Yes, I recall Colliemum. As a university student at the time I was actually very impressed with Profumo’s contrition and his apparently genuine attempts to make amends through humility.

      • colliemum

        Yes, he worked very quietly, nothing was heard of him for years.
        He only came back into the spotlight when the Queen honoured him for the decades of his charity work.

        • That takes real class… A true act of contrition!

          • colliemum

            Yes. He may not have acted like a gentleman when he was a politician – but afterwards, he did.
            His wife stood by him, btw., until she died.

            • She was right to… His change of heart wasn’t for gain… A true heartfelt change of heart. I can understand that. This guy in the video creeps me out… So different!

              • colliemum

                Yes – I watched his eyes and they are as cold and calculating as those of any politicians. He creeps me out as well.

                • Think “shark” Black dead cold lifeless eyes 🙁

    • Hehe, hey maybe there are opportunities for Sanford to clean porta potties for the rest of his life.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Yep, you nailed it Scoop… it does seem to be very self-serving. He may indeed be better for it… but at this point, I don’t plan to support him.

    I know a Pastor who has some issues (many of which people suspect and will never know the full details of) and who is being urged to step down. He is so far refusing… but his issues persist nonetheless. If a person is in a position of authority, I believe they should be above reproach. It’s hard to support or trust someone when they’ve crossed the line.

  • Creepy. Just creepy. How utterly creepy this guy is. And he keeps evolving along that dimension.

  • Sanford was an outstanding congressman and governor. He went to capitol hill and begged them not to send SC stimulus money. He is truly on the look out for taxpayers. I hope SC send him back to congress. I trust that they will.

  • Rshill7

    What do so many men who have “everything” give themselves? Moral turpitude.

    He should open a restaurant specializing in various kinds of stew.

    He could call it “Stew Pid”.

    I know, cha…ching!

  • sharpley

    I’ve read 15 comments – instant reaction to this clip, and must offer a dissenting opinion.

    Politics is not religion. Politicians will not be elected to be Pastors.

    I think Christian conservatives make a mistake when saying that a candidate must have a clean moral record, or he is disqualified.

    We are competing with extreme leftists for the direction of congress, EPA regs, tax increases, etc. Would you rather have a weak and wounded Akin voting mostly conservative, or McCaskill voting 100% with Obama & Reid?

    Obama has no official record of an extra-marital affair. Does that mean he passes the moral test? This is why I could support a Newt or a Herman Cain as a politician.

    That said, I’m not sending Sanford money. (Not in the state to have to decide whether to vote for him or not.) If some better Tea party comes along, great. I do NOT prefer a candidate with moral issues, but it is not the first automatic disqualifier.

    I think the comments, so far, sound a bit too righteous (pharisee-ical).

    • cabensg

      Christian conservatives do not expect the politicians they elect to be preachers. They do expect honesty, integrity and moral character. If a person has these qualities they will also be fiscally responsible and want what is best for America. We’ve already tried immorality, dishonesty and Godlessness in our government, our schools and our entertainment. A little discernment might be in order if we think
      we’re going to return our country to lawfulness, fiscal soundness and liberty.

    • Betsey_Ross

      The only thing I really require of a person who wishes me to vote for them is a modicum of doing the right thing especially when no one is watching. It’s almost unheard of in the regular population and almost never in the world of politics. Unfortunately I have had to vote for the lessor of the two evils most of my voting life. These people barely exist, but messing up once and then asking for a second chance eliminates that person.

    • Betsey_Ross

      The only thing I really require of a person who wishes me to vote for them is a modicum of doing the right thing especially when no one is watching. It’s almost unheard of in the regular population and almost never in the world of politics. Unfortunately I have had to vote for the lessor of the two evils most of my voting life. These people barely exist, but messing up once and then asking for a second chance eliminates that person.

  • Amjean

    Heck, we gave Obama a second chance didn’t we?!!!/sarc

    That said, “let he/she without sin cast the first stone”. I like the guy.
    Give him another chance. He didn’t seem like a “player” to me; just a guy
    who found love and couldn’t resist. Doesn’t sound like his marriage was
    anything to brag about. More business oriented than love. I always feel
    sorry for the children when public figures act up; they are really the ones who pay the price. I hope he does well, puts his life back together and moves on
    in whatever way he can.

  • nibblesyble

    Well I love Newt and thought he would be the best to run for President inspite of his many sins in the past….so I looked at Sanford’s record and he was pretty conservative as a Gov..so I say go by that and not his personal life.

    • PhillyCon

      I think he was one of a few Gov’s to not accept Obama stimulus money … this was back when Orange Charlie “hugged” Obama.

      • nibblesyble

        I love that about him. Don’t get me wrong I found what he did was horrid and so wrong to his wife and sons…but I am not sinless nor do I hold anyone to a standard that I cannot attain myself..perfection. I think if he holds true to his conservative principals now, then I think he deserves another chance.

        • PhillyCon

          If Ted Kennedy and Robert Bryd can be elected Senators, then I don’t know why Sanford can’t. He’s a saint compared to those two.

          • nibblesyble

            He is better on fiscal issues then most conservatives…he deserves another chance. I would rather him then say Huckabee(I know he isn’t running, just using him as an example) who has never wronged his wife, but would be more for Big Gov’t than Sanford. I say we need to go by his record and trust that he has changed. Besides I have learned never to put any political figure on a pedastal as they always disappoint.

    • cabensg

      I to supported Newt but Newt stood by his life changes and Christian beliefs for many years and earned back the respect he lost from his earlier mistakes. In my eyes Sanford has many years to go to prove he’s changed and is standing by his Christian beliefs.

      • nibblesyble

        True enough, but I remember Newt getting hammered over and over for his personal life when I just wanted everybody to focus on what he accomplished…so I give the same leeway to the Gov, afterall, God forgives instantly not gradually.

        • cabensg

          I agree God’s forgiveness is instantaneous but betrayal is betrayal and you need to earn your way back in the eyes of the people you’ve betrayed. Having God’s forgiveness and living a Christian life helps you do that.

          • nibblesyble

            I guess it is up to the voters in the end. I just think as a Christian he has probably asked God for his wisdom on this very thing and felt led to do it, who are we to determine when he has lived a Christian life long enough to stand before the public again? It will all come out in the wash in the end. Nice debating with you cab!

            • cabensg

              No debate from me anybody who loves Newt had it right. I don’t in fact disagree with how you want to make a decision or anyone else for that matter. I just wanted to express how I made my decision but sometimes I have to think about it for awhile before it comes out right.

              I don’t know that Sanford has asked God’s forgiveness we only have his word. I do believe Newt asked for God’s forgiveness and proved it because of the way he lived his life after his mistakes. That’s what I was trying to say.

              They should have listened to us Nibblesyble.

              • nibblesyble

                Sigh, they really should have listened my friend!

      • crosshr

        that how I feel

    • crosshr

      nibble, I do love them both. Even both men are of high quality expert in leadership field especially in politic.My own feel, I would vote for Newt as of the moment, although you’re only hearing from another human (myself)

      • nibblesyble

        I always respect your opinion cross!

  • Patriot077

    I don’t think Christians expect politicians to be perfect. Speaking for myself, I leave it up to him and his wife to sort out his betrayal. What bothers me is that he lied and lied and lied to his Lt Governor and his constituents until he finally had to come clean.

    • sharpley

      Sinners lie.

      I have lowered my expectations in the world of politics (but see a polician’s public sins as a distraction from political issues).

      Prime example is Clinton – Lewinsky – impeachment. That was the wrong focus. All the Republicans wanted punishment for immorality, while nothing was made of his selling/ giving nuclear secrets to the Chinese at the same time.

      • Patriot077

        Agree that impeachment for Clinton’s traitorous actions re nuclear secrets would have been a good thing to pursue, but he wasn’t impeached for immorality. As I recall, he was impeached for lying under oath.

      • sDee

        Yep. He is a con man preying on Christians’ capacity for forgiveness.

        It goes to principle. If Sanford had none and now found it, he would stand and say that his betrayal of the public trust is unforgivable, caused lasting and permanent damage, and, that he is no longer worthy of such trust and the enormous responsibility that goes with it.

        That would be the first baby step toward earning it back.

    • GWShrub

      Good point about all the lies. But another poster made this point which is also good:

      >>> Would you rather have a weak and wounded Akin voting mostly conservative, or McCaskill voting 100% with Obama & Reid? <<<

      Actions speak louder than words and trust is earned, so I guess he has some work to do.

      And being from Pennsylvania, he kind of gives me the willies as he just reminds me of Jerry Sandusky.

      • Patriot077

        All good points, and I had to laugh at your last line!

    • Amjean

      And he should have told the Lt. Gov he was having an affair?

      • Patriot077

        No, but I would have expected he should have let him know where he could really be reached. (that was the protocol in my working years and my responsibility was nowhere near as important as the gov’s)

  • G_unitttt

    he never actually said he made a mistake. he always sounded mad he was caught, but no true contrition

  • cabensg

    This isn’t just about adultery and forgiveness it’s about his stupidity and peoples trust. God may forgive him here and now but he needs to earn back the trust from the people he betrayed. Maybe he should run as a Democrat we know betrayal and lying are resume enhancements for them. It’s actions like this that have made people cynical and distrustful.

  • RKflorida

    Crawl back into your hole, you scum bag.

  • toongoon

    God is a God of forgiveness, and that’s between you and him.
    Second chances have to be earned, but need not ever be given.

  • PapaLouie

    Sorry, I’m not buying it. If he had learned from his mistakes, he would want to avoid the situations that got him into trouble in the first place, and that means avoiding politics. Washington is not the place for a recovering liar. Sending Sanford to Washington would be like hiring an alcoholic to manage your bar.

  • PapaLouie

    Sorry, I’m not buying it. If he had learned from his mistakes, he would want to avoid the situations that got him into trouble in the first place, and that means avoiding politics. Washington is not the place for a recovering liar. Sending Sanford to Washington would be like hiring an alcoholic to manage your bar.

  • I’ve sent him $100.

    Sanford is an outstanding fiscal conservative.

    RedState.com have endorsed him in this race.

    Go Mark!


    • Amjean

      Good for you! Repubs need to get rid of the “holier than thou” attitude
      some have.

  • He doesn’t have the guts to allow ratings and comments on his video. Such arrogance and cowardice.

  • Dino Ierardo

    Dump this bum…Let the Crotch-a-crats both white and minority shame their worthless, situational-ethics existence and destroy their own, and their childrens’ future: not mine.

  • A second chance is not a pass.

    A second chance is when you take time, work hard, and earn your respect back.

    For most people, that takes several years.

  • Ray

    It’s the same old story. Whoever said it best: Power corrupts.
    Once someone senses that he has some sort of power, he can’t give it up. He has to continue to think he is so important that the public will forgvie and forget. No way.

  • Tim Scott is the man, and this clown can burn in hell for all I care.

  • c4pfan

    I noticed Erick Erickson and some radio talking heads already forgave him and want him to win. I DON’T! Too freaking late and I don’t like how the same people treat Sarah Palin like trash and she didn’t do anything wrong & gets her whole life inspected with a microscope.

  • OneThinDime

    Well this looks promising! Maybe a potential Tea Party candidate in McConnell race 🙂 http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/283681-tea-party-challenger-to-mcconnell-emerging

    • cabensg

      Looks good so far and if he pans out to be the real deal let’s hope Sarah gets behind him. Her influence has helped before.

  • 1endtimes2020

    Go get a real job for a change. Let that be your second chance.

  • ladyjk

    What Sanford did is nothing compared to Clinton, LBJ, JFK, and so many others. This was an issue between Sanford and his wife and family. Sanford was doing a good job as governor; however, I like Tim Scott and would like to see him continue in that position. Tim Scott deserves his chance.

  • He’s a rank amateur at philandaring compared to most Dems; the Kennedy’s come to mind. I don’t know what kind of governor he was, but that would be my criteria.

  • 2yves

    He is just apologizing publicly because he wants you to vote for him. He should of apologized a long time ago but he didn’t because he is not really sorry. He is only sorry that he lost his cushy job.

  • mike3e4r7

    Can’t these people get over their need for political power? You’ve repented? Great. I wish you the best, but can’t you find something else to do with your life? For 90% of politicians, it’s an addiction for them. He’s probably more upset about the loss to his political career then the harm to his marriage. There are pleanty of honorable things you can do with your life outside of politics. When a politician needs to get right back into politics, that tells me he shouldn’t be in politics.

    Political power is like the one ring in ‘Lord of the Rings’ for most politicians. They all think they can handle it without being corrupted. Very few of them can.

  • stage9


    Go and repent to your wife and children! Get right with them and put them first! Your days are over as a politician and the fact that you’re trying to scheme your way back into the good graces of the public trust PROVES that you’ve learned NOTHING!

    The most important thing in this world right now to you should be your family, but it’s not! It’s politics! You’re a con man Sanford!

    Join the scum bag liberal party. They can always use another lying fool!

  • Jim Botts

    This man is sick, his narcissism rivals that of Obama.

    If grass roots conservatives vote for this man in the primary, shame on them.

    I don’t want to hear about how libertarian he is or that he is good on spending. His wife couldn’t trust him and his voters couldn’t trust him to even show up for work. He was out of the country banging his mistress instead of doing his job, and lying to cover it up.

    I still can’t believe he is running. These people have no shame, NONE!

    No telling what other skeletons are in this man’s closet, and if sent to Washington our ideological enemies would find out about his other transgressions and blackmail him into voting against us. He would turn into another RINO.

    No thanks!

  • You can’t ask for a second chance when you don’t have any intention of making amends. That’s not a second chance anymore, that’s a way of life.

  • You had your shot, Sanford, you blew it. Your sex was more important to you than your duty to your state. Go live with the consequences of your actions. Which, by the way, is another lesson God provides ie David & Bathsheba, Jonah, Adam & Eve. Suck it up and deal with it.

  • aZjimbo

    Do these idiots always find God after banging chicks on the side while married?