OK, so now, supposedly, what Sanford said on TV this morning was a joke:
CHARLESTON, SC — Remember those pigs former Gov. Mark Sanford brought into the State House nine years ago to protest “pork barrel spending” in the state budget?
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning, fresh off of his victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the 1st congressional district, Sanford said the pigs were “barbecued.”
“Unfortunately, they were barbecued,” Sanford said. “They were great little guys.”
A Sanford spokesman later clarified that Sanford was joking, adding that Sanford did not eat the pigs. (An earlier version of this story said that Sanford did eat them.)
And an earlier version of this blog post said the same, because, well, silly me, I figured the ex-governor was telling the truth to the world. This belief prompted me to say the following:
So… The piglets were supposed to symbolize government waste. Do they no longer qualify as “waste” if you make a meal out of them?
Presumably, he changed clothes — since the pigs had daubed him with literal waste — before firing up the grill.
Twice now, Mark Sanford has huffed and puffed and blown the house down, eating the thoughtless little pigs within.
It remains to be seen whether Elizabeth Colbert Busch can build a house out of bricks before he does it a third time.
I was on a roll there for a minute. But now… well, never mind. I especially like Joel’s attempt to be all self-righteous over this:
“The governor made a joke that apparently was lost on members of the media, who seem unable or unwilling to write about issues that voters actually care about,” Joel Sawyer said.
Yeah, right, Joel. It’s the media who have a penchant for silly, distracting stunts. He says this on behalf of a man who, in the name of fiscal responsibility, hauled two squealing, defecating piglets into the lobby to ruin a new carpet (OK, sort of new — see below) that was part of a multi-million-dollar restoration of the State House.