The Washington Post today, engaged in their endless struggle to see that the Republican party returns to its former glory as soon as possible:
"So both Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) have recently resigned national GOP leadership posts after admitting an affair..... But neither loss is a major blow to the GOP, except in terms of the short-term optics."
No, it never is, is it?
"But neither, really, had much of a chance even to be a headlining national party spokesman, let alone the nominee."
Of Course not. Who ever talked about Sanford as a Republican leader, or the nominee? What a ridiculous idea.
From the, uh, Washington Post, a few months ago:
"Gov. Mark Sanford has been charged by the nation's Republican governors to lead their association through the toughest times the GOP party has faced since 1994."
But, of course, no amount of serial humiliation should be enough to make us question the proper order of the universe- Republicans on top, Democrats whimpering away down below.
And those "optics" being a mere "short-term" problem? The Washington Post will see to that.