Sarah Palin (right) endorsed South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley -- before the cheating rumors.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution political columnist Jim Galloway said it best:
South Carolina is in apparent need of chastity belts. Thousands of them. Unisex, and industrial strength.
First the sobbing governor ran off to Argentina to have an extramarital affair with his "soul mate," then his wife moved out, then his former spokesman confessed he had an affair with the married woman who wants to take over the job as governor. And just for good measure, the philandering governor's ex-wife is supporting her ex-hubby's supposedly unfaithful replacement candidate.
Add Sarah Palin to the mix, and you've got a Lifetime movie.
Palin endorsed Nikki Haley, who hopes to replace philandering Governor Mark Sanford when his term limit expires in January. Sanford's former spokesman, Will Folks, now says he had an affair with Haley, who is married with kids. In a rant on his conservative website, FITSNews.com (which occasionally features pictures of girls in bikinis, by the way), Folks said Haley's opponents are dead set on taking her down and humiliating him as well by leaking proof of the affair to the media:
Specifically, within the last forty-eight hours several pieces of information which purportedly document a prior physical relationship between myself and Rep. Haley have begun to be leaked slowly, piece by piece, to members of the mainstream media.
I have become convinced that the gradual release of this information is deliberately designed to advance this story in the press while simultaneously forcing either evasive answers or denials on my part or on Nikki’s part.
I refuse to play that game. I refuse to have someone hold the political equivalent of a switch-blade in front of my face and just sit there and watch as they cut me to pieces.
The truth in this case is what it is. Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki.
Haley's office immediately issued a statement adamantly denying the affair. Haley stated:
I have been 100 percent faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage. This claim against me is categorically and totally false."
RedState editor Erick Erickson sides with Haley on this. He says the good old boy Republicans don't like her because she demanded transparency, so they're trying to sleaze away her chances of moving into the governor's mansion. He also says the confession doesn't make sense:
This violates the very basic laws of nature: hot women do not have affairs with ugly guys unless those guys are rich.
One thing is certain: Few things in life are more fun than watching a bunch of hypocritical politicians trying to out-sleaze each other.