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Men Behaving Badly

Rich Galen

Wednesday May 8, 2013


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  • 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 Gov had Gone was he was hiking 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 was, 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.

  • The Air Force even appointed an officer - a Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski - to head up the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

  • Pretty aggressive stuff.

  • Except this O-5 apparently got drunk on Sunday night in Crystal City Virginia - adjacent to the Pentagon - and, according to the Associated Press:
    "A police report says that the 41-year-old Krusinski was drunk and grabbed a woman's breast and buttocks. Police say the woman fought him off and called police."

  • Other reports indicated that Krusinski and the woman did not know each other.

  • If all this is true, a senior officer in the United States Military thought it was OK to walk into a parking lot near the Pentagon and try to feel up a woman he did not know.

  • That's not the biggest problem. Neither is the biggest problem that the woman beat Krusinski up and called the cops.

  • The biggest problem is that sexual assaults in the military have been increasing. According to the NY Times, a survey of active duty service members showed an estimated
    "26,000 people in the armed forces were sexually assaulted last year, up from 19,000 in 2010."

  • That's nearly a 40% increase in just two years.

  • Now that Krusinski has been arrested in sight of the DoD headquarters, everyone is jumping on the sexual assault bandwagon.

  • President Barack Obama said:
    "I have no tolerance for this. If we find out somebody's engaging in this stuff, they've got to be held accountable, prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period."

  • How is it, though, that no one thought to bring to the attention of the Commander-in-Chief that the problem was growing at this alarming rate?

  • A former Governor, now Congressman-elect; and a field-grade military officer behaving badly - really badly.

  • Where do we go from here?

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the result of the South Carolina Special Election, the AP report on Col. Krusinski's arrest and the NY Times' report on that survey of sexual assault.

    Also a confusing Mullfoto from a rest stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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