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Published: Monday, May 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

Why do Republicans keep nominating boneheads such that "solidly republican on paper" districts are competitive or are actually going to democrats? I was so frustrated last November by the two senators who made boneheaded remarks about rape during the last election and gave senate seats in Missouri and Indiana to Democrats. How did Newt Gingrich and all his baggage ever get more than a handful of the Republican vote in the primary? We should have the courage to cut back the dead wood from the party and not nominate people like Sanford with all of his baggage to run in these races.

1Observer
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't begrudge Sanford trying to redeem himself. I am not sure that what he did is/was any worse than Bill Clinton's Oval Office escapade and the American people gave him a pass and he still seems quite beloved by the people and the media. The media attack Sanford because of his party affiliation - he just foolishly gave them fodder for their attacks. The commenter "conservative scientist" asks a good question about the quality of the GOP candidates. The Republican Party has yielded the floor to an ultra-conservative faction of the party that is out of touch with Main Street America and consequently, good people who would make great leaders are shying away from running under the banner. Romney is a classic example of what happens to more mainstream candidates who have to drift so far right that they can never recover enough to be acceptable to most voters. I believe if Romney could have maintained his more moderate persona he would have won the election in November - though he probably couldn't have won the nomination. The GOP is its own worst enemy at this point. The mid-terms are looking grim for the GOP.

SUNNY ALL DAY
Saint George, UT

Redemption?

A big affirmative!

However, redemption for mark sanford should not stifle critical thinking skills of the voters in that sc district.

mark sanford forfeited his chance to represent the people of sc.

mark sanford as a lobbyist or political operative?

Go for it.

Even someone like mark Sanford should have an opportunity to make a living.

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