From the "You cannot make this stuff up" news and travel beat, South Carolina Gov. Sanford now says he has had liaisons with other women besides the Argentine chickie-chickie he was "visiting" when he said he was hiking the Appalachian trail. (Which assertion, of course, gave new and enduring meaning to the phrase "hiking the Appalachian trail.")
(And while we're on the subject, can someone please not ruin the phrase "Crossing the Khyber Pass?")
Anyway, in this AP account via the WSJ Online today, Sanford says that he had other, uh, relationships with women other than Mrs. Sanford in which he, uh "crossed lines." But he hastened to add that he "never crossed the ultimate line" with anyone but Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine woman. Of her, he said, "This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story. A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day."
Be still my busting gut! And could someone please explain to me what the hell crossing the "ultimate line" means? That? Or that? Or what? No, not that?? Egad!
[Update] -- Wait, it gets weirder. The following bizarre quote comes from a longer version of the AP story than the WSJ one linked to above. The AP had a lengthy interview with the crazy Carolina chatterbox. The governor seems to admit that among his transgressions was dirty dancing. Also he did stupid, although maybe Stupid is someone's name, as in those tee-shirts that say "I'm With Stupid."
"What I would say is that I've never had sex with another woman. Have I done stupid? I have. You know you meet someone. You dance with them. You go to a place where you probably shouldn't have gone," Sanford said, declining to discuss details."
This poor man evidently can't help himself as he writes his bodice-rippper novel out loud. Listen, Sanford: Stop that dancing! Stop talking! Instead, type! There's a market for this kind of prose.