2. My sense of Sanford is that he is a very emotional guy who just threw away his political
career because he obviously fell helplessly in love with another woman and practically went to the ends of the earth to be with her. So many politicians are cynical and cold about their extramarital affairs and just use women and casually toss them aside.
I don't mean to imply that Sanford is some kind of saint. His kids were real losers in their father's infidelity. His wife, who strikes me as rather cold and remote, did not deserve to be humiliated publicly and in the worst way possible.
Now he wants his political career to be revived and maybe his going to the people in his district in a "sinner who knows he has sinned" context will work, altho the Argentine wife to be won't get easy acceptance, I'll bet. But you can't say the guy isn't fascinating...