11:34 AM, Jul 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Terry Eastland reviews Barton Swaim's The Speechwriter for the Wall Street Journal:
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, was once known for his stalwart opposition to the 2009 federal stimulus package—a position that made him, for a time, a rising star in the Republican Party and, some said, a potential presidential candidate. He is now known for having dashed such high hopes with a bizarre episode of marital infidelity. Barton Swaim had a front-row seat at Mr. Sanford’s rise and fall, serving in his employ for most of the governor’s second term, from 2007 to 2010. “The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics” is a wry and eloquent memoir of those years, offering an inside look at the life of a political wordsmith and, along the way, a portrait of a politician who was his own worst enemy.
Mr. Swaim ended up as a speechwriter by default. Having earned a doctorate in English from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, he returned home to South Carolina but found nothing better than a job in a library where his chief duty “was to attach call number stickers to the spines of books.” He started contributing to the (London) Times Literary Supplement and other outlets but knew that he couldn’t support his growing family as a freelancer. He wondered whether he might trade on his “moderate success” as a writer and get a full-time job “where you turn out copy for somebody else.”
One morning Mr. Swaim saw a newspaper op-ed on the state budget that the governor had written. He began reading the piece but stopped after two ugly sentences, resolving to send the governor his résumé and a cover letter. He recalls writing: “I don’t know that much about state politics, but I know how to write, and you need a writer.” He got the job.
His first speech—to a state military brigade—wowed Mr. Sanford, who told him that it was “fantastic.” Feeling a “surge of self-satisfaction,” Mr. Swaim imagined a future in which he was writing for the president of the United States and was “revered for my skills as a fashioner of words.” But his next assignment, an op-ed on the recently concluded legislative session, brought him down to earth.
Whole thing here.
3:19 PM, Jun 13, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In Thursday's Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim, a WEEKLY STANDARD contributor and former speechwriter for Mark Sanford, reviews a new ebook about the disgraced-governor-turned-congressman from South Carolina:
11:25 PM, May 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, has won his old House seat back in a special election to succeed Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate earlier this year. The Associated Press reports:
9:47 AM, May 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee for the South Carolina First Congressional District special election, is listed twice on today's ballot. Colbert-Busch is also the nominee of the Working Families party.
The special election is today. Here's a screen shot of the ballot those South Carolina voters will see today, courtesy of the South Carolina State Election Commission:
5:01 PM, May 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's been a roller coaster of a special election in South Carolina's First Congressional District, and about 24 hours before the polls close, the race for the House seat once held by Senator Tim Scott looks to be a close one.
3:02 PM, Apr 14, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
For your weekend reading, Politico has a long Maggie Haberman piece on political rehabilitation. Her subjects are Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner about whom some cannot get enough. Others undoubtedly believe that we know far too much already about both of these characters. Still, Haberman writes:
5:25 PM, Mar 20, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Mark Sanford, former governor of South Carolina, has cleared the first hurdle in his comeback campaign. He will be in a runoff to determine the Republican candidate for a vacant House seat. He got some 37 percent of the primary vote. Which would have seemed an utterly improbable back in 2009, when he delivered a tearful apology for deceiving his wife about an affair and voters about his whereabouts.
8:40 AM, Jan 22, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The race to succeed Tim Scott in South Carolina's First Congressional District begins with a new television ad from GOP candidate Teddy Turner, the son of billionaire CNN founder (and proud liberal) Ted Turner.
9:41 AM, Jan 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford announced his candidacy for the state's First Congressional District Wednesday. Sanford, who served as that district's House member from 1995 to 2001 and later as governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, is vying for the Republican nomination to replace former congressman Tim Scott, who was appointed last month to the U.S. Senate.
4:55 PM, Jan 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former congressman and governor of South Carolina, will announce he is running for his old House seat Wednesday. Jim Geraghty at National Review confirms the news in an interview with Sanford:
2:37 PM, Jan 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, will not run for the Charleston-area open congressional seat in the upcoming special election.
12:34 PM, Jan 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, will run for the House of Representatives, sources close to Sanford confirm. He will try to win election to the seat formerly held by Tim Scott.
Sanford, a Republican who held the House seat himself from 1995 to 2001, will announce his intention to run early next week, ahead of the January 18 filing deadline. The special election to succeed Scott, who was appointed to the Senate by Governor Nikki Haley last month, will take place on May 7, with a GOP primary being held on March 19.
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