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 “how passionately I felt about this country.”

“There’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,” Gingrich told CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody. “And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’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 God’s forgiveness.”

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 “in a forgiving God.”

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:

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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?

Update:

Philip Klein: Wilt Chamberlain must have really loved his country.

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15 Responses to “Gingrich: Past Extramarital Affairs Due to Feeling So Passionately About the Country… and Boobies… but Mostly the Country”

  1. VaGal on March 9th, 2011 8:42 pm

    Newt is a smart guy and there are many things for which I admire him. But, politically, he has become one of the beltway boys. He needs to step aside and support a true conservative candidate. I am not sure who that will be, but I hope the cream will rise to the top.

  2. SignPainterGuy on March 9th, 2011 8:46 pm

    While there is much to admire about Newt, his footsie playing with Nan and other lefties being a kind of hiccup as it were, his falling for the AGW nonsense is what`s unforgivable for me ! Getting along with others is good but going along TO get along is a game changer ! No thanks Newt !

  3. Clu Seatoe on March 9th, 2011 9:34 pm

    Well, it seems that something coming from the progressive left media is actually moving toward the promised transparency.

    It’s the hatchet job to try and marginalize Newt Gingrich.

    For the last few weeks we’ve all been watching the events in Wisconsin and I imagine very much in support of Gov. Scott Walker. Now, in these CBS articles hypothetically replace Newt’s name with Gov. Walker’s and answer this hypothetical question:

    Do you now withdraw your support or will you support Gov. Walker’s positions any less now that this news has been brought to the surface by the MSN?

    The most grievous statement to me is the last paragraph is this article regarding Newt’s political ethics. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/09/politic

  4. Marshall_Will on March 9th, 2011 9:51 pm

    Personally, I could care less about other people's s*x lives. Really couldn't.

    What I 'do' take offense to is when people [in effect] commit adultery-thru-serial marriage. Oh… they'd never even THINK of "having an affair!?" ( they do it all nice and legal-like ) expecting fully for the church to condone their behavior every step of the way.

    Hey, if you want to go buck-wild, don't let ME stop ya', but please don't drag the church into your musical relationships? It's insulting. Ahem.., however, I'd much prefer Newt's choices of being ( by and large ) UPFRONT about it, vice professing undying love for a woman he is obviously indifferent to.

    The woman in our life deserves nothing less than our best foot forward every day. If/when you feel you can no longer deliver that, you need to sit down and talk w/ her about it. Show a willingness to do what needs to be done to get -back- to where you 'were' before scrapping it out of convenience. I….'m on about my (4th?) "new lease". Marriage is tough and the next one won't be any easier.

  5. Nanny on March 9th, 2011 9:56 pm

    Well as someone who has been married three times – I feel compelled to offer my two cents. Newt's explanation is laughable. Like Doug said, admit your mistake and move on but to offer love of country as an excuse – that galls me. His love fest with Pelosi and GW was another unforgivable move. Newt has a brilliant mind and is a grand historian. I wish he would just find a good solid conservative candidate to back and help and hope for a cabinet position.

    And with the Donald in the mix – I have not heard one thing about his three marriages – could the press be giving us another sh!tty candidate?

    BTW, my mom has always said if I had met hubby #3 prior to the other two I would now be married for 30 years instead of 24. Sometimes two wrongs do make a right.

  6. Marshall_Will on March 9th, 2011 10:28 pm

    "Sometimes two wrongs do make a right." Can't be more honest than THAT! But it was hardly a matter of your conducting yourself like a 'rockstar' or flaunting your wealth/influence peddling etc., right?

    We have a guy in Portland ( in my industry ) that's on his 5th! Only marries prominent social pages gals, namely 'other' guy's former trophy wives. A little more what I was ref. to.

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/23053553/

    Mr. Good Enough, stumbled on that while looking for an in-flight read for Mrs. Will. What can I say? ( They didn't have Cheryl Burke's new book in stock! ) Loves Cheryl.

  7. SignPainterGuy on March 9th, 2011 10:30 pm

    Third time`s the charm eh ? Glad you`re happy !

    I agree with your analysis…….

  8. Clu Seatoe on March 9th, 2011 11:07 pm

    “His love fest with Pelosi…”

    I’m not sure what this refers to. Do you have a link to follow?

  9. Ken in Texas on March 10th, 2011 1:15 am

    I can only say that I'd love to see Newt debate Urkel. Urkel would wind up crumpled and bleedin' in a ditch, thinkin' he'd been et by a coyote and shit over a cliff.

  10. SignPainterGuy on March 10th, 2011 1:31 am

    I`m not usually into violent imagery……..usually ! That there was funny, I don`t care who you are !

  11. Ken in Texas on March 10th, 2011 1:49 am

    Git 'er done!

  12. SignPainterGuy on March 10th, 2011 2:53 am

    "Mr" Git-r-Done, on his new show,"Only In America" was on the steepest incline railway in the world. (missed where) He asked where folks were from; 6 were from Tennessee, 20 or so were from Georgia. He said of the Georgia folks, "I`ll try to talk a little slower !" Ha ha haaa !

    Oh he slays me ! Git 'er Done !

  13. Clu Seatoe on March 10th, 2011 3:28 am

    Nice to see you boys are having a good time. Getting kind of late on your coast’s.

  14. SignPainterGuy on March 10th, 2011 3:43 am

    It will be late on the east coast in one hour and twenty minutes…….since I`m most of four hundred miles from the sea, I cut myself some slack ! Self employment has me spoiled !

  15. nannykins on March 10th, 2011 11:59 am

    Well Clu if you are a lover of all things global warming please look at the pic Doug posted above. He did a public service ad with her telling us all to support global warming legislation to "save the planet". Enough of a love fest for me. He might as well sit on Rosie O'Donnell's lap and proclaim his support for same sex marriage and denouncing Geo W Bush for his successful campaign to bomb the world trade center so we could go to war.

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