Rich Galen

Mark Sanford is the worst example of what passes for a political professional in the United States.

He will, in the next few days, be sworn in as the Member of Congress from the First District of South Carolina having won a special election against a woman whose only reason for running is that she is the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.

What a choice.

Sanford, you will remember, was the Governor of South Carolina. In 2009 he sort of disappeared for about a week. This did not go unnoticed in the Palmetto State and questions were asked.

The answer as to where the Governor had gone was that he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

In fact, he had run off to Argentina - yes THAT Argentina - to hang out with his girlfriend.

Sanford was married at the time.

The running joke back then was: Sanford was supposed to be hiking the Appalachian Trail, but he was really after Argentinian Tail.

I know, I know, but this is what passes for political humor.

It comes to pass that Sen. Jim DeMint resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate to run the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Current Governor Nikki Haley appointed the sitting Congressman from the First District, Tim Scott to take DeMint's seat.

That left a vacancy in SC-01 and about 173 Republicans signed up to run in the primary which, after a runoff, left standing the former Governor, Mark Sanford.

Sanford began his campaign by running an ad asking for forgiveness. He said he was praying to the "God of Second Chances."

Because I am old and have no downside vulnerability, I said on the air that he should be praying to the "god of Tango dances."

I am not expecting a call from the Congressman-elect to run his communications shop.

Sanford appears to have won 54% to 45% so in the end it wasn't even close.

Mark Sanford will return to the Congress and as far as I am concerned the Congress is getting exactly what it deserves.

Next Man Behaving Badly

It has been a well-whispered secret that the issue of sexual assault in the military is not just a problem, it is a growing problem.

It has been a particular problem in the Air Force where, at the Air Force Academy, assaults on female cadets were, at one time, at epidemic proportions.

At Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas - a first stop for many Air Force recruits - no fewer than a dozen trainers have been charged with assaulting at least 31 female recruits.

We knew about this and were told the Department of Defense was handling the situation.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at