Gov. Sanford: Ain’t No Valley Low Enough

The Daily Caller‘s Amanda Carey brings us this delightful profile today of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. She interviewed him a few days after Christmas while he was packing boxes. She described him as “visibly older and tired” noted his penchant for faded jeans. It’s interesting to watch as she delicately (and painfully) circles and circles around the affair. He won’t talk specifically about cheating with the Argentinian, those delicious leaked love letters or lying to his wife and constituents about hiking the Appalachian Trail, but she does get him to emote about friendships, mountains, valleys — and boxes.

“There’s remarkable comfort in friendship,” he said. “And you know, I understood friendship in an intellectual sense before, but until you really need a friend you don’t really understand friendship….How many friends do you have that would fly in from Florida or Dallas, Texas just because they’re thinking about you?”

…“Obviously I’m embarrassed, I embarrassed myself,” Sanford said. After taking a pause, he continued slowly: “The mountaintops of life are wonderful, but it’s in the valleys that you really learn. So it’s been a pretty profound introspection.”

No doubt he prefers to stay in present tense. The final graph dwelled on those boxes: “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about where I’m not in life,” he said. “You know where I am right now? I’m moving boxes. That’s what I’m doing – I’m packing things. That’s where I am right now.”

Understandably, this line also captured our attention: “Sanford has had a lot of time for introspection over the last 18 months when he has not been consumed with wrapping up his duties as governor and living in what he describes as his “own fishbowl.””