Gingrich’s Infidelity: Does It Matter?

Newt Gingrich (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

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.

3 thoughts on “Gingrich’s Infidelity: Does It Matter?

  1. i forgot about him leading the Clinton impeach thing, thats intense. So I am assuming you are not endorsing him office? BTW i think that all this past may be a presidential ‘deal breaker’ even if he has changed. Do you think the same? Is there any evidence to say that he has turned from his wicked, and pernicious ways? Which candidate is roygeneable?

    • I hesitate to speak so assuredly on things like this (because literally anything can happen), but it’s very unlikely Newt Gingrich will be president of the United States; not impossible, but improbable. While the issues I talked about in this post are true, there are also many others that President Obama could use to discredit him in an election campaign.

      For example, at the beginning of his political career, Newt campaigned as a liberal Republican. Most notable, he campaigned on environmental causes (this was before he appeared in that commercial with Nancy Pelosi urging Congress to pass legislation to combat climate change). And, there’s the history Newt has of changing or intensifying his support or opposition to various issues in response to large contributions. Most recently, this happened when Las Vegas tycoon Sheldon Adelson, known as a major supporter of Israel, made a $5 million donation to a super PAC supporting Gingrich who then came out as a massive supporter of Israel as well. All these issues and others have received a lot of coverage in the media so it shouldn’t be hard to find information on them.

      As for who I’m supporting, I can’t rightly say just yet. It’s not too late for another candidate to get in the race (since so few delegates will actually be allocated before March 1) and other variables are also at play (such as the effort to get a viable third party ticket on ballots in all the states by Americans Elect). I can, however, say this: if my choice is between Barack Obama and Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul, I will almost definitely be voting for Obama. Should the choice be between Romney and Obama, I’d still probably vote for Obama but I’d have to see. In all honesty, any differences between Obama and Romney would be minute considering both of them have essentially been bought out by corporations. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

  2. You said, ” unless 51% of the country is utterly insane,…’. Well, I think it is. How else did our current president get elected?

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