I found a lovely little commentary about Mark Sanford that neatly summarizes what I've been feeling for the last few days - that Gov. Sanford, although an adulterer, may not be all that caddish (is that a word? It should be). He apparently treated the woman involved with tenderness and with effort to keep her out of the headlines. He was, it seems, in love.
I remember Jenny, or someone close to me, once commenting that while my mom was pleasant and warm it was sad she had never accomplished anything of significance. I replied that they were wrong because she had the ultimate of all gifts — and that was the ability to love unconditionally. The rarest of all commodities in this world is love. It is that thing that we all yearn for at some level — to be simply loved unconditionally for nothing more than who we are — not what we can get, give or become.How romantic. How unexpected in a politician. As was said in Jerry Maquire, "You had me at hello."