|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
Gov. Mark Sanford said he was a broken man after admitting an extramarital affair in June, a revelation that required him to pick up the pieces of his administration and fend off efforts to remove him from office.
In the 100 days since he returned from his secret trip to Argentina to acknowledge his affair, Sanford's schedule shows - and observers agree - the Republican governor has turned his focus to the state's moribund economy.
But that new focus came only after weeks of vacations and apologies and a campaign to defend Sanford from questions about his use of state planes.
What has Sanford done over the last 100 days?
- He has been on out-of-state trips or vacations a fifth of the time.
- He has spent another 16 days traveling the state to speak to civic and community groups, generally opening his speeches with an apology.
- He has toured a handful of state manufacturing plants and small businesses and also visited with job-creation and technical school programs.
- He moved, by an executive order, a program for developmentally challenged infants and toddlers to First Steps, an early education program created by his Democratic predecessor.
Sanford's official schedule typically contains no more than three or four items a week.
Attempting to explain what it means to be chosen for leadership like King David was -- or Mark Sanford, according to his own estimate -- he asked a young man who'd put himself, body and soul, under the Family's authority, "Let's say I hear you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?" The man guessed that Coe would probably think that he was a monster. "No," answered Coe, "I wouldn't." Why? Because, as a member of the Family, he's among what Family leaders refer to as the "new chosen." If you're chosen, the normal rules don't apply.