HOT BLAST: What does it take? (The Mark Sanford edition)
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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford signs in before voting in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford signs in before voting in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
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In June 2009, Mark Sanford's political appeared to be roadkill.

As CBS reportedat the time:

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, whose mysterious disappearance last Thursday prompted national headlines, acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that he had an extramarital affair. "I've been unfaithful to my wife, and I developed a relationship with what started as a dear, dear friend from Argentina," he said, breaking down in tears.


Fast forward to last night. Sanford won a Republican Party primary race for a U.S. House seat representing South Carolina's 1st District. As a sportscaster might say, he's on the comeback trail.

A May 7 contest against the Democrat in the race is the only thing standing in Sanford's way.

In a way, Sanford's success might give hope to this guy or this guy. It might make voters wonder what sort of scandal could keep a politician permanently on the sidelines. And it certainly provides material to these guys.

UPDATE: Frank Rich asks it this way: "If the religious right can’t beat Mark Sanford in a Republican primary in South Carolina, can it win anywhere?" 

-- Bob Davis

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