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Sanford's confession draws both sympathy and criticism, and Conason calls Democrats out for their 'abject dependence' on health care lobbyists.

Margaret Carlson was "riveted" by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's (R) press conference. He "was honest, he talked from that wrenching place of having fallen in love, fallen short of his vows and hoping somehow to salvage something of his life."

• "However rotten Sanford's behavior was, there was something compelling in the raw and messy nature of his confession," Dana Milbank remarks.


• Sanford has "become the second GOP hopeful in a week to do a swan dive off the adultery cliff," Gail Collins quips. "Perhaps the party has been too strict about the no-girlfriends-while-running-for-president rule."

• "Something strange happened during Sanford's confession," Salon's Gary Kamiya writes. "He broke the formula. He got lost. He went too deep. He exposed his soul. He got all weird and human on us."

• "It's natural to feel some compassion for him -- but no one should lament the passing of his political future. He's too weird to be a governor, much less a president," Eugene Robinson asserts.


• "Even as weakened as Mr. Sanford already had made himself politically, and as weak as our state makes its governors, this is a blow that will have repercussions that we cannot imagine," laments the Columbia State editor Cindi Ross Scoppe.

• If politicians "can't stop themselves from straying, could they at least stop themselves from holding press conferences to announce it?" Ruth Marcus asks.

• "Sanford's own actions in the coming days and weeks will play a huge role in determining whether he is fit to continue as governor," the Columbia State remarks.

• "Congress and the administration need to be sure that the drug companies are contributing their fair share of cost savings to the [health care] reform effort," the New York Times maintains.


• "Americans are increasingly concerned about the cost -- in money and personal freedom -- of Mr. Obama's" health care reform plans, Karl Rove writes.

Nicholas D. Kristof hopes Obama "tunes out" the American Medical Association "and reaches out instead to somebody to whom he's turned often for medical advice... a Chicago internist who was Mr. Obama's doctor for more than two decades."

• On, the New York Observer's Joe Conason charges that some Democrats are impeding reform because of their "abject dependence on campaign contributions from the insurance and pharmaceutical corporations fighting against real reform."

George F. Will charges that the administration's plans to create more jobs in a "green economy" are "economically counterproductive."

• The Washington Post argues that "uncertainties abound" in the House energy bill related to the portions about coal.

• "It looks as if the Democrats will have to destroy the discipline of economics" to pass the energy bill, the Wall Street Journal scoffs.

• In the Wall Street Journal, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., express their support for the administration's PAYGO style of budgeting.

USA Today supports the administration's new "pay czar" and says he should focus not on how much financiers are paid, but how.

• In an opposing view, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., counters that politicians should not make decisions about executives' pay.

• The Supreme Court's "ruling this week on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act will go down as a classic in the history of judicial logrolling," E. J. Dionne maintains. "The court avoided catastrophe through a second-best decision that leaves the core issues raised by the case undecided."

Michael Barone scoffs that Obama's recent actions on Iran and missile defense "show an adolescent determination to renounce the policies of those who came before, no matter what."

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