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Should Sanford really take a hike now?

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's extramarital affair has 60 percent of South Carolinians ready for his resignation, according to a SurveyUSA poll. Larger majorities thought he had no right to disappear without informing the public (63 percent) or his staff (77 percent) of his whereabouts. The Charlotte Observer editorialized: "If you're a governor, you do not go off without staying in touch with your office — whether you're backpacking on the trail or bawling in Buenos Aires." The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., stopped short of calling for Sanford's resignation but called it "inexcusable" that he left the state vulnerable by refusing to "take the simple step of turning his authority temporarily over to the lieutenant governor while he was out of the country."