Ladner: The Sanford saga — enough!

By BENJAMIN LADNER

Guest Columnist, The State

July 2, 2009

Governor Mark Sanford’s life and career are in a terrible tangle, and the harder he tugs on this or that thread, the more tangled they become. Some wonder whether the threads this former national GOP leader, touted as presidential material, are pulling are also unraveling the Republican Party itself.

In another time and place — say, Medieval Rome — an explanation of what happened to Sanford and what it means might have been easier: He sinned, or the devil made him do it, or his soul is being fought over by God and Satan, and he’s suffering the curse of the damned.

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September 16, 2008

No reason to be cynical of ‘celebrity’

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By BENJAMIN LADNER

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Over the course of the recent political primaries the concept of celebrity has been cleverly manipulated by opponents of Barack Obama to create uniformly negative connotations. He’s been called a “rock star;” he’s “hot;” he’s “so cool.” How else to explain the unprecedented public response to his appearances, they ask?

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