Archive for the ‘Mark Sanford’ Category

Brian Gaines, who is with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and is also a political science professor, had this to say when asked by the Daily Illini about the next GOP presidential candidate:

Whether successful or not, I don’t think anybody is likely in the next two years to emerge as the likely nominee. I’m guessing it will be a governor. Historically speaking, Republicans have proven to get second chances. Look at McCain and Reagan. I can see Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani building strength in the grassroots in the next four years. I would also guess Tim Pawlenty, Mark Sanford or maybe Bobby Jindal from Louisiana. I would not count out Sarah Palin either. She took a beating from the media but she proved her ability to excite the grassroots of her party.

If it’s true that the next likely GOP nominee is not going to emerge for two years, then this blog, which is primarily devoted to highlighting the 2012 candidates for president, is more than likely going to accumulate a thick portfolio while sorting out all of the various wannabees and trying to predict who the eventual front runner might be.

The rest of the interview is also well worth a read. Gaines mainly discusses the GOP’s current public perception problems and offers strategies on how they can win back control of Congress.


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Over the next year and a half, South Carolina gradually will begin pushing all employers to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s e-verify program, a Web-based system run by the federal government.

Employers put pertinent employee information into the system, including name, Social Security number and birth date. The system scans millions of records from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security and tells the employer if the new hire is authorized to work or if their paperwork and documents need further review.

Oh, snap! But nevertheless:

The law, signed by Gov. Mark Sanford last summer, will be enforced through random audits of private businesses. So far the legislature has not allocated any money for auditing.

And, regulations determining how the random audits will be carried out have not been written.

“They still don’t have a process behind it,” said Ashley Feaster, executive director of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association.

Yes, Captain Sanford, thou hast slain the Jabberwock.

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Since, as is self-evident, the Detroit Three are actually financial firms:

The Bush administration was considering using money from the $700-billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, designed to help the financial services sector, to provide the emergency loans to automakers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) told reporters Monday that she was optimistic action would come “sooner rather than later.”

“All the signals coming from the White House are that they know that bankruptcy is not an option, and that TARP funds are the only recourse” after a $14-billion auto bailout bill failed in the Senate last week, Pelosi said.

Some media reports said the White House was considering as much as $40 billion in aid to the automakers. But TARP funds are running low, as Congress has voted to release only half the $700 billion so far. With only about $15 billion in the fund now, the White House would have to formally request the second half of the Wall Street bailout fund from Congress….


Mark Sanford, the Republican governor of South Carolina, took the unusual step of publicly criticizing the White House for considering using the Wall Street bailout fund for automakers.

“I believe this would be a very grave mistake,” Sanford said. “It would open the floodgates to federal monies for every distressed industry across the country — and there will be many in this economic slowdown,” Sanford wrote to Bush on Monday.

Like many Southern opponents of a Detroit bailout, Sanford is from a state that is home to a foreign automaker factory, in his case a BMW plant that employs 5,400.

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States are heading for budget difficulties that may compel the governors to swallow hard and either propose or accept tax increases.

And there is no better way to alienate the base of the Republican Party than to push for, or acquiesce to, tax increases.

Yeah? So?

The problem is particularly sensitive for a group of governors who are looked upon as potential leaders of their party in the wake of Sen. John McCain’s loss in the presidential campaign, including Charlie Crist of Florida, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Oh. Gotcha.

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Chris Cillizza has a new entry in the Washington Post blog in which he reveals a GOP top 10 list that he insists is not a presidential candidates list. This is a list of Republicans, he writes, to “to keep an eye on over the coming months and years.” Uh… okay. You decide if the is a list or “The” List:

1. Bobby Jindal
2. John Thune
3. Mitt Romney
4. Mitch Daniels
5. Bob McDonnell
6. Mark Sanford
7. Eric Cantor
8. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
9. Haley Barbour
10. Steve Poizner

Curiously, he names two people, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, on whom, I suppose, we are not NOT to keep an eye. Aren’t those the biggest elephants in the room?

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