We've been asked to buy some outlandish explanations for bad behavior by politicians, celebrities, and those seeking office over the years, but the last offering served up by Newt Gingrich absolutely takes the cake.
In case you missed his interview with CBN (I did and had to settle for reading a transcript) his rationalization for all the adultery he committed; ironically while he was leading the attack on Bill Clinton' s infidelity, was that he loved his country and was really, really busy. Newt...seriously? You're saying this with a straight face? To potential voters...some of whom are women?
Let's just take a quick peek back at your track record. You cheated on Wife #1 with Wife #2, and went on to serve Wife #1 divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from surgery to treat her cancer. Then you went on to cheat on Wife #2 with Wife #3. You dumped Wife #2 shortly after she was diagnosed with MS.
And during the time you were waving your penis around like it was the checkered flag at NASCAR, you were going after Bill Clinton for...his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
You were House Speaker, Newt...third in line for the Oval Office- spouting your family values doctrine and setting a good example for the Christian Right to follow...oh, wait- you weren't. You were dumping wives and waving your dick, and lying about almost everything to just about everyone.
And now that you are "inclined to run for president," you have the gall to offer up your patriotism as an excuse for your lying, cheating, adulterous to say nothing of hypocritical actions.
The exact quote was this:
"There's no question at times of my life, particularly driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate."
Things didn't happen, Newt. You cheated. You didn't honor your marriage vows. You dumped not one, but two sick wives. So much for 'in sickness and in health'. And your excuse is that you love America, and you were busy.
So if I were Wife #3; Calista, I'd be really really concerned about you running for office again. Because chances are, you're going to get busy. And if you still love America, which presumably you'll say you do, (because that kind of thing is important to the voters you're trying to woo)
then it's just a matter of time before you start lining up Wife #4. Of course, you'll cheat first, then dump Calista.
It's not just Calista who should be concerned...Republican voters should be taking a long, hard look at the damage they can sustain from supporting such a foolish, hypocritical old windbag who thinks his supporters have the collective memory of a swarm of fruit flies.
Then again, maybe Newt's not such a fool. Maybe he'll get by with this nonsense. Maybe his supporters don't care if he lies, cheats, and dumps his sick wives. Perhaps as long as he continues to embrace xenophobic, anti-gay, anti-choice positions, they'll simply look the other way.
But there's another thing I just don't get.
I don't see jumping at the chance to get with this-
If he were a great guy; selfless, benevolent, honorable...that would be something else, but knowing he's such an SOB...ladies- please.