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“I want to be very clear, Mark. Nobody tells me what to do. I am a fiscally conservative independent tough businesswoman.” – Elizabeth Colbert Busch

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THE ONLY debate that will likely occur between Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Mark Sanford happened last night. Colbert Busch proved she’s no southern belle.

“I rocked it,” Colbert Busch said following Monday’s 75-minute debate before an audience of about 500 at The Citadel, which was telecast on C-SPAN. Sanford, a former two-term governor trying to revive a political career damaged by an extramarital affair, said he would let the pundits decide who won. [Associated Press]

Colbert Busch didn’t flinch in the exchange where she called Mark Sanford out for skipping town to unite with his Argentinian love, the woman to whom he’s now engaged.

From The Hill:

Fiscal conservatism “doesn’t mean you take the money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose,” she said to strong cheers from her supporters and boos from his.

“She went there, Gov. Sanford,” a moderator said.

“I couldn’t hear what she said,” he responded with a smile before asking her to repeat herself.

She didn’t, but later Sanford compared himself to former President Clinton when asked whether he regretted voting to impeach the 42nd commander-in-chief in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky affair: “Do you think that President Clinton should be condemned for the rest of his life based on a mistake he made in his life?”

There’s at least one problem with the Bill Clinton analogy, though by screwing up Hillary’s husband is forever the poster bad boy for philandering husbands. Sanford’s problem is that he voted to have Clinton impeached when he was in Congress. Now that he’s got his own issue with fidelity it’s different.

That’s called hypocrisy, which is the base line for national Republicans.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch is a conservative Democrat who supports South Carolina’s “right to work.” That’s hardly courageous and is one reason I haven’t covered her candidacy very much. Let’s face it, in South Carolina, this is what a Democrat looks like right now. Mark Sanford voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which is just despicable.

I’d still rather have a female conservative Democrat in Congress than a man. It’s an experiment worth having until Congress is 50-50 men and women.