Newt Gingrich isn’t my candidate of choice heading into 2012, but I’ve always admired his mind, which is why this particular excuse is agonizing and comes off Bill Clinton-ish and then some:
Former House speaker and likely GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who has been married three times and has acknowledged an extramarital affair, said in an interview this week that his past indiscretions were driven in part by â€œhow passionately I felt about this country.â€
â€œThereâ€™s no question at times of my life, partially 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,â€ Gingrich told CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody. â€œAnd what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasnâ€™t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing it. I found that I felt compelled to seek Godâ€™s forgiveness.â€
Gingrich, whose personal history could hamper his efforts to win over social conservatives in a GOP primary, converted to Catholicism in March 2009. In the interview, he went on to say that he believes â€œin a forgiving God.â€
Wouldn’t it be wiser just to say “I screwed up, I have no excuses and can only promise that I’ve since straightened out my life and it won’t happen again”? Either that or simply wag a finger and say, “I… did… not… have… sexual relations… with…” — nevermind, that’s already been tried and didn’t work so sell.
Besides, the woman Gingrich cheated with who most offends me is this one:
Speaking of Gingrich’s Catholicism, MSNBC Sleestak Chris Matthews recently seemed to mock Newt’s conversion in disbelief, hinting that it was for mere political purposes.
How come it’s taboo to question Obama’s faith but fair game to question Gingrich’s?
Philip Klein: Wilt Chamberlain must have really loved his country.