Yes, Gentle Reader, disgraced former Guv Mark Sanfiord has become a joke. He is being used as a joke advertising a website whose slogan reads: “Life is short. Have an affair.” Click the link above to see the billboard, it is pretty funny.

And it gets crazier, as oftimes happens in partisan politics. You likely remember Mr. Sanford as the guy who went AWOL from his job as Governor, stole public funds, cheated on his wife, and generally wrecked his life, as well as the lives of others. More recently, he was busted for trespassing at his ex-wife’s house.

The biggest joke of all, though, is that Mr. Sanford has a good chance of winning a congressional election next week, because he has an “R” after his name. That’s right: a self-confessed liar, thief, cheat and likely head case may well win an election because (and only because) we have political parties, and partisans vote for their party’s candidate, regardless of how corrupt and crazy that candidate may be.

We have met the joke, and he is us.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky