What is Mark Sanford Thinking?

Who is advising Mark Sanford these days? That's what your Gaggler is wondering, considering the embattled South Carolina governor will not stop treating the media as a confessional. In two days of interviews with the Associated Press, Sanford not only owned up to still being in love with the Argentine woman he cheated on his wife with, but he confessed to having "crossed the lines" with other women in the past—though he insists he didn't have sex with them. Sanford admitted that he'd seen his mistress, now identified as Maria Belen Chapur, more often than he'd initially admitted and described her as his "soul mate." "This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story," the governor told the AP. "A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day." And Sanford is coming clean with all this, even as he says he wants to reconcile with his wife, Jenny, whom he is "trying to fall back in love with." Yikes. We can only guess at the advice most political consultants would be giving Sanford right now: Shut up. But maybe we got a clue as to what was to come when we saw Sanford's aides essentially drag him away from the press conference he held a week ago to confess his affair. Sanford doesn't want to go away. He wants to explain, even as he admits he's participating in his own "political funeral," as he put it. It's unclear who is giving Sanford advice day to day. Perhaps no one. The State newspaper over the weekend described his wife, Jenny, as his most valuable political adviser, and she's clearly not around. Another confidant, former chief of staff Tom Davis, looks to be on the outs with the governor as well. Meanwhile, Sanford's troubles just seem to get worse and worse. Henry McMaster, South Carolina's GOP attorney general, has announced an investigation into whether Sanford abused his office or used state funds to conceal his affair (or affairs?). A growing number of Republicans in the State are calling on Sanford to resign—something he, so far, refuses to do. "I've been able to do my job and in fact excel at it," Sanford told AP. Can he survive?