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Sympathy For Mark Sanford

07/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I can't help but feel bad for Mark Sanford, "drawing a blank" and stammering through his appearance on CNN this Sunday. We've all had that nightmare where we've forgotten about the big test or realized too late that we've been cast in the school play and don't have any ideas what our lines are. My laughter at Sanford's expense came coupled with the realization that the same thing could easily happen to me, and that's the truth.

Anyway, in noting Sanford's struggle, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that virtually any question about McCain's economic plan can be truthfully answered with a blank stare, so what Sanford did is, in essence, a "Kinsley gaffe."

Next time that happens, Sanford should make use of that time-tested public speaking technique and just imagine Wolf Blitzer naked. That way, the dead air will instead be filled with ear-splitting screams, which are also an appropriate answer to questions on the McCain economic plan.

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