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For once it's not Louisiana caught up in scandal

DATELINE MINNESOTA! As David Winkler-Schmit noted earlier, the proper term for former comedian-talk show host Al Franken is now Senator Al Franken. Update: Franken's challenger, Norm Coleman, has conceded.

DATELINE S. CAROLINA! For those who thought South Carolina governor Mark Sanford was (R-TooMuchInformationville) in his tear-soaked confession, wait till you get a load of this:

The governor said he "never crossed the ultimate line" with anyone but Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine at the center of a scandal that has derailed his once-promising political career....

During an emotional interview at his Statehouse office with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sanford said Chapur is his soul mate but he's trying to fall back in love with his wife.

And this:

In early 2009, after Jenny Sanford discovered the affair, the couple went into counseling. She has told The Associated Press that he asked her several times to visit the mistress and she refused.

Awk-ward. And Sanford's now gone from (R-TooMuchInformationville) to (R-FunnyFarmMaterial).

DATELINE ALASKA! Much will be made about "It Came From Wasilla," the profile of Sarah Palin in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair (now available online for pre-publication mastication).

That's got to cheese off the poor editors at Runners World magazine, who must've thought they had an Alaskan gubernatorial scoop with their own Palin interview in the new issue. But Runners World has something the Vanity Fair story doesn't, and that's this:

Sarah

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