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America's most-fireable man may have just been saved by a bunch of machinists from Washington.
The saga of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has been

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Did Boeing Just Save Mark Sanford's Job?

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America's most-fireable man may have just been saved by a bunch of machinists from Washington.
The saga of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has been the political-theater hit of the year. Were it to qualify for nomination, it'd sweep the Tonys.

As you may recall, Sanford skipped town for a week and told everyone he was hiking the Appalachian trail when he was really sleeping with his Argentinian mistress in Buenos Aires. Out of the resulting fall-out, there seemed to be one thing of which everyone was certain: This guy was going to get sacked.

But four months later Sanford still has a job. And now, with Boeing's decision to move Dreamliner production to Charleston, he may actually have enough juice to keep it.

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.

Now, though, comes word that some politicians are losing the will to oust the Republican governor. Including Democrats!

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.

 
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