Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Governor Mark Sanford faces the music

In a genuinely remarkable piece of American political theater, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina admitted that he had not in fact taken a hike on the Appalachian Trail during a five-day absence, but rather conducted an extramarital affair in Argentina. Extensive news coverage abounds, among other places, in The State (Columbia, S.C.), The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Even more remarkably, Mark Sanford has a theme song. With very few modifications, the lyrics from "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," the climactic song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, Evita, come very close to describing Governor Sanford's story:

It won't be easy, you'll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
that I still need your love after all that I've done

You won't believe me
All you will see is a guv you once knew
Although he's dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn't stay all my life down at heel
Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to

Don't cry for me Carolina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don't keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

They are illusions
They are not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me

Don't cry for me Carolina

Repeat chorus

Have I said too much?
There's nothing more I can think of to say to you.
But all you have to do is look at me to know
That every word is true


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