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He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

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Tuesday
Oct272009

Mark Sanford on Ayn Rand (not literally)

Image rehabilitation isn't an easy thing.  As an observer once noted, it can take years to build a reputation and seconds to destroy it.

A lesson that Mark Sanford learned the hard way.  To the surprise of most observers, he's still governor of South Caorlina, having somehow avoided impeachment.  He may not be a very effective Governor, but it looks like he'll serve his entire term.

And now for the rehabilitation part.  I have to assume that his book review of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged in the current issue of Newsweek marks a first step towards the slow slog of repairing whatever remains of his image.  Why else would Mr Appalachian trail take time to weigh-in on the literary classic? 

It may not seem like much, but it's actually a pretty good move on his part.  It's literally the first thing he's done since that weepy press conference that wasn't explicitly about his marital infidelity.  Ok, so it was a clumsy review of an ancient book, but he had to start somewhere.  In reading it, I actually forgot for a second that he was a total creep.   It might have been only a second, but it's a start.

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