South Carolina governor Mark Sanford has decided at the eleventh hour to accept the federal stimulus package. I’m shocked—shocked!—by this reversal of his principled position.
Only a true cynic would think even for an instant that Sanford saw this as win-win for himself. First he got to polish his conservative bona fides by trashing the stimulus as a socialistic corruption of the traditions that made this country great. Then he could point to South Carolina’s 11% unemployment rate and say he had to take the money against his will and better judgment because his people are hurtin’ bad.
He might as well announce the creation of his exploratory committee for a 2012 presidential run now and get it over with.