The chastened Mr. Sanford could be transforming into political hybrid who could be useful, though annoying, to “establishment” Republicans as they craft a path to 2014 and 2016. He appears eager to forge alliances. The news media is always curious about the man, and will either celebrate or attack the moment when he marries his mistress-turned-fiancee Maria Belen Chapur. And his outspoken tea party allies can’t get enough of him.
“Mark Sanford’s victory is further evidence that the political power balance in Washington has shifted. A strong fiscally conservative candidate, backed by a tenacious community of issue-driven grass-roots activists, can prevail without the traditional power brokers of the Beltway,” observes Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, a Washington-based fiscally conservative grass-roots group.
“This is both a victory for Mark Sanford and tea party grass-roots activists in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. We are now looking to carry this momentum into the 2014 election cycle,” says Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, a political action committee.
Hispanic mothers will gather across the street from the White House on Thursday afternoon, and they are not very happy with President Obama.
“As Americans settle in to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, 1,100 immigrants continue to face deportation each day, many of them mothers and their spouses,” say organizers with Casa de Maryland, a community organization centered on the woes of Central American immigrants living in and around the nation’s capital.
The group will assemble in Lafayette Park to have air their grievances.
“By the end of this month, my three children may face a future without a parent,” says Angie Gonzalez, whose husband is at immediate risk of deportation. “If Congress is poised to resolve this crisis once and for all, why does the president continue to destroy our families?”
POLL DU JOUR
• 42 percent of Americans say the Republicans Party is best able to deal with the economy; 79 percent of Republicans and 22 percent of Democrats agree.
• 38 percent say Democrats are best able to deal with the economy; 9 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats agree.
• 42 percent overall say Republicans best reflect their personal views on gun control; 76 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats agree.
• 39 percent overall say Democrats best reflect their views on gun control; 13 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats agree.
• 38 percent say Republicans are best able to deal with immigration; 69 percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats agree.
• 38 percent say Democrats are best able to deal with immigration; 13 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats agree.