How weird is this world? This weird:
Gina Smith (now Gina Smith Gilbert), who now handles the editorial page at the Island Packet in Hilton Head, posted this on Facebook today:
My favorite politician of all time, Rep. Mark Sanford, stopped by the paper today to talk Trump, offshore driling, etc. I’m always happy to see him. He’s a great sport who — unlike many of his brethren — does not hold grudges against reporters.
And what would Sanford hold a grudge about?
Gina, then at The State, was the reporter who caught Sanford coming back from Argentina in June 2009, thereby breaking that whole story. A few hours later, having been caught red-handed, Sanford came clean in his own peculiar way at that infamous presser.
And you know, it’s just like Sanford to happily pose for a picture with Gina today.
Which is weird to me because, had I been in his place, I’d have:
- Resigned as governor.
- Never, ever run for any public office again.
- Lived in dread of anyone ever taking my picture and publishing it.
- Experienced tsunamis of guilt at the mention of anyone or anything associated with the Argentina scandal.
But that’s me. I’m dramatic that way. I lack the insouciance that Mr. Sanford wears so easily.