All sex aside, the Sanford scandal offers plenty of political intrigue.
If Gov. Mark Sanford resigns, Lt. Gov. André Bauer would get to run as an incumbent in 2010 -- a definite leg up -- and his supporters have been pushing hard for Sanford's resignation. But some of them have been pushing the wrong people.
The NYT obtained an email from one of Bauer's political consultants, Chris LaCivita, a former media consultant for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. He sent the email, which mentioned his efforts to oust Sanford, to fellow GOP operative Curt Anderson.
"André Bauer is my client; I've been working this since Monday," the email read. "I need to get this guy (Sanford) out."
Unfortunately, Anderson isn't exactly sympathetic to Bauer's ambitions, as he's a close friend of one of his likely opponents, Attorney General Henry McMaster.
"On this, I can't help you," Anderson replied. "Henry McMaster has been a friend of mine for almost 20 years." Anderson, by the way, is also one of Michael Steele's political consultants.
Note to LaCivita: Better check those email lists.
So this makes him Absalom, right?
Also: Possibly as a reaction, Bauer offers compromise; suggests that he will not run (in 2010) if Sanford resigns.