News Roundup for 6/22/10

Wandered off again

-Headline of the day-
"Where's Gov. Sanford?"

Oh crap, not this again...

Remember how S. Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford disappeared a while back and no one knew where he was or what he was doing and it turned out he was making kissy-face with Evita Peron in Argentina? Yeah, that was about a year ago. And it looks like Sanford's decided to commemorate the time his political career evaporated by re-enacting that event. He's gone and no one knows where.

"The governor is entitled to personal time, vacation time. No problem with that," says John Crangle, director of Common Cause, a nonprofit that encourages open government. "But, because of the importance of the office of governor, he should at least notify the lieutenant governor if he's outside the state. When you assume a public office, you forfeit some of your privacy because you're accountable to the public." See, that's because the Lt. Governor is the Governor in the Governor's absence -- so it would make sense that the Lt. Governor know he's the Governor in case any governing needs to be done. If the Lt. Governor doesn't know he's the Governor, than the state is in reality Governorless -- which arguable may not be a bad thing, considering.

Of course my money -- and everyone else's -- is on Sanford being down visiting with Kissy-face Evita again. But another possibility is that he really could be doing naked hiking this time.

In which case, I don't want to know anything about it. (The State)

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is a freakin' trainwreck. Everyone knows it. That's not the most controversial statement in the world. So Republican bigs Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, a former RNC head, decided that if the GOP was going to raise some serious scratch to get crazy people elected, they'd have to bypass the RNC and raise that money on their own. They set up what they called a "Shadow RNC" -- because that sounds so trustworthy -- and named it American Crossroads. AC would raise stupid amounts of money from people unwilling to give it to Mike Steele so he could light his cigars with it. And then they'd run ads and stuff for good, patriotic lunatics who know that the only things that matter in America are oil, stopping abortion forever, oil, cutting taxes below 0%, oil, and always being at war -- preferably for oil.

How's this going? According to the report, AC "raised only $200 last month, according to a report it filed Monday with the Internal Revenue Service, bringing its total raised since launching in March to a little more than $1.25 million." They promised to raised $50 million, so it's not going so well. In fact, that $1.25 million comes from just two donors -- Trevor Rees-Jones, president of Chief Oil and Gas, and B. Wayne Hughes, the chairman of Public Storage. Donors aren't exactly knocking down their door.

So Karl and Ed, it's official -- you're even more incompetent than Michael Steele.

And let me tell you, that takes talent. (Think Progress)

-Bonus HotD-
"Steele Makes Up Facts: 'George Bush Created A Lot Of Jobs.'"

See? This is what you're worse than, guys. (Think Progress, with video)

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