You’ll be hearing from Mark Sanford, the Governor of South Carolina, more in the future. He has experience in Congress, is reasonably photogenic, and comes from a state that occurs early in the Presidential primary schedule.
He’s making a bid to keep the coalition together — although from the social conservative wing of the party, he is apparently making a pitch to the economic types by breaking with the President and the Candidate and criticizing the bailout, and then by repeating the maneuver and opposing a second stimulus package.
These are things that appeal to me despite his basic social conservativism. On a number of otherwise unanimous sorts of bills, he and Ron Paul would be the only “no” votes. This suggests something of a libertarian streak. So too do some of his actions as Governor, including an austerity program to keep the state’s budget balanced and a minimal approach to the state’s functions.
Good for him. Keep your eye on this guy, folks. He could be the one to re-unite the social conservatives and the economic libertarians.