Last week, Mark Sanford, South Carolina's beleaguered governor, sat down to lunch. A waitress walked up, and offered him comfort--a scene that, given his troubles, has been recurring with surprising frequency these days. "Look, I'm a longtime Democrat," she said. "I don't really follow all this stuff that closely, but what's going on right now is wrong." She gave him a hug, Sanford recalls, and told him to "keep pushing."