|"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
Today is day five since South Carolina Governor Marc Sanford went missing, and I have a bad feeling about how this is all going to turn out, so until he is located and known to be safe, I will be refraining from snark and mockery.
Too much of this story simply doesn't add up.
First he leaves the mansion alone in a state-owned SUV without his security detail, presumably telling his wife he needed to "get away from the kids" so he could "write something" and that at least sounds somewhat plausible - he had an editorial that appeared on Father's Day in one of the state's major newspapers, bemoaning the ten vetoes the state legislature overrode the last day of the session, and decrying the need to reform the legislature because it effectively checked his wingnuttery. Except anyone who has ever contributed anything to a newspapers editorial page knows that the op-ed page is laid out days in advance. In my experience, an op-ed column for Sunday has always had a Wednesday deadline. I have never contributed so much as an LTE to the paper that ran his op-ed, but I can't imagine that the deadlines are that much different at the Post and Courier than they are in every other dead-tree paper in the country.
After the story broke on Monday, the Lt. Governor called the Governor's office and demanded to be allowed to speak to him. Of course that wasn't possible, because no one knows where he is or what he is doing and he has turned off his cell phones.
WYFF News 4 has received exclusive information from sources who say they have information about Gov. Mark Sanford's whereabouts during a mysterious absence over the past several days.
Sanford's wife Jenny said she last talked to him on Thursday, and though she didn't know where he is, she said she wasn't concerned. She said he had left to have time to write.
Joel Sawyer, communications director for the governor's office, then said the governor had been on the Appalachian Trail. Sawyer said staffers heard from Sanford on Tuesday morning and the governor plans to return Wednesday.
Sawyer said the governor is surprised by all the attention.
On Tuesday, sources told News 4's Nigel Robertson that a state vehicle is missing and was tracked down, not to the Appalachian Trail, but to the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta.
Sources told Robertson that a federal agent spotted Sanford in the airport boarding a plane. Robertson was told that the governor was not accompanied by security detail.