There’s a lot of disagreement as to whether or not a candidate’s personal life is a relevant topic of discussion in a campaign. Some believe it is, some don’t. What do I think? It depends.
In the case of Newt Gingrich, the devil is in the details and are they ever steamy. In 1981, Newt left his dying first wife for the woman with whom he’d been having an affair (who, ironically, he would also leave twenty years later for another woman with whom he had started an affair.) Even more interesting (and this isn’t a new revelation, I should point out) is the fact that Newt Gingrich, as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, spear-headed the effort to impeach Bill Clinton on charges related to his affair with Monica Lewinsky. It would later be learned Gingrich was at the same time involved in an affair with who would be his third wife, Callista Bisek.
That means that every press conference and every speech wherein Newt lambasted Clinton for having an affair with Lewinsky took place while Newt was himself cheating on his own wife. Using the word “hypocrisy” in this instance would be a cliche.
A politician’s infidelity may not may not be a relevant point of discussion when said politician is running for national office; however, when this person not only claims to be a champion of traditional family values, but led the impeachment effort against a president for lying about doing the very thing he was himself doing off-camera, it’s very, very relevant.
Of course, all this is still overshadowed by the fact that Newt Gingrich is a pretentious dick, as he proves over and again every time he takes the lectern at a public speaking event or debate. Newt, not sure if you know this, but after a while, snide comments and condescension start losing their cuteness; for you, that point came and went a long time ago. The bright point in all of this is that unless 51% of the country is utterly insane, Newt Gingrich will never sit behind the desk in the Oval Office, even if he does somehow win the Republican nomination.
On a side note, why a woman would stay with a man who’s left two previous wives for other women is a mystery to me. Newt is a history teacher and as any good history teacher will admit, the past has a funny way of repeating itself. Hopefully, Callista has indeed reformed Newt from his evil ways and she won’t have to endure the shame he bestowed on his previous wives. We can only hope.