That's the argument being made by some of our new assembly-line acquaintances.
The South Carolina legislature is in the midst of a special session. While there were other, more pressing reasons to schedule some extra lawmaking -- like sweetening the pot for Boeing, for one -- it was generally assumed that part of overtime would be spent trying to get Sanford ejected.
Why would legislative enemies turn down the opportunity to endlessly moralize against their opposition? Reading the tea leaves, it comes down to two reasons.
One, it looks like pols don't want to poison the positive goodwill generated by the Boeing decision. Says State Rep. Kenny Bingham: "I think our focus is going to be moving South Carolina forward." Which roughly translated comes to It's probably not smart to waste our time reminding the country that our highest elected official cheats on his wife.
The other reason: Sanford's term ends next year. Which means that even if Boeing really did just save his job, it was more of a temporary stay of execution, rather than a pardon.