Reactions to Mark Sanford from Around the Web, Plus Video

Reactions to Mark Sanford from Around the Web, Plus Video

Reactions to Mark Sanford from Around the Web, Plus Video

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June 24 2009 9:59 PM

Reactions to Mark Sanford from Around the Web, Plus Video

Mark Sanford's shocking presser from this afternoon is all anyone can talk about. Salon's Gary Kamiya admires Sanford for going off-script , and describes the Governor's confession as "so intimate it was almost unwatchable." Politico is reporting that Sanford went to Argentina on South Carolina's nickel back in 2002, but it's unclear if his relationship with "Maria" had already begun at that point. Gawker's Alex Pareene described it as a "bravura live political meltdown," and semi-congratulated Sanford for not blaming others for his philandering.

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If you haven't seen it yet, check out the video of Sanford's confession below and let us know what you think.

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Also, check out Double X 's photo gallery putting Sanford's apology in the context of the recent spate of philandering pols' statements.