I’m going to start a new feature here at Chump Lady. It’s called Showcase a Narcissist! Rule are — you can’t nominate your cheater. It’s got to be someone in the news. Small town narcissists make great copy (we’ve got a realtor loon in our town who has a giant billboard of herself and her dogs facing a historic courthouse, and she goes around telling other people how they’re defiling the city by not being “historically accurate.” Priceless.) Celebrities and politicians are fair game of course.
I’m a little late on this one, but I wonder if any of you have been following the ridiculousness of Mark Sanford’s campaign in South Carolina? Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth is handing him his ass in the poles and the Republicans have pulled the plug on financing his campaign. So he recently — right after the Boston bombings — took out a full page ad in a Charleston newspaper to complain about his bad week. Yes, that’s right. HIS bad week. NPD much? According to the Washington Post:
Laurin Manning of the South Carolina Soapbox blog puts Sanford’s already epic tone deafness into perspective in her opening paragraph.
On Sunday, just days after the horrific Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent events that left three people dead, hundreds wounded, and a nation in shock — and just days after the explosion of a Texas fertilizer plant that killed thirteen people and injured hundreds more — Mark Sanford bought a full-page newspaper ad in the print version of Charleston’s Post & Courier to tell us just what a bad week *he* had.
What was so crappy about it? Well, his ex wife filed trespassing charges against him, after he let himself into her house. Creepy? Boundary-less? No, he had a noble purpose you all fail to understand — he wanted to watch TV with his son “because, as a father, I didn’t think [my 14-year-old son] should sit alone and watch [the Super Bowl].” He was taking one for the team! Violating his ex-wife’s privacy is all in the interest of being a good father. Because Mark Sanford knows all about being a good father — he abandoned his wife and kids. You can’t understand that mindfuck? It’s okay if you don’t. He left his cell phone number on the full page ad so he can explain it to you personally. Call him!
While you’re at it, congratulate him on his engagement to his Argentine mistress (of “hiking the Appalachian trail” fame).
Mark Sanford — you take the biscuit. Hope you and your soul mate schmoopie enjoy watching the election returns together.