September 12, 2011 by Bob Livingston
Education: B.A. in history from Emory University, M.A. and Ph.D. in modern European history from Tulane University.
Professional: Assistant professor in the history department and geography department at West Georgia College (now University of West Georgia) 1970-1978. Author or co-author of 23 books, 13 of them New York Times bestsellers.
Family: Married three times. Two children from his first marriage.
Political: U.S. House of Representatives 1979-1999, minority whip 1989-1995, speaker of the House 1995-1999.
State of residence: Virginia
Campaign website: http://www.newt.org/
With Gingrich polling around 4 percent and trailing everyone in the field except Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman, providing information on Gingrich seems almost a waste of time. But since there’s always the possibility that he could appear as someone’s Vice Presidential candidate, this information needs to get out.
It’s actually difficult to pin down exactly who he is, because it seems to be that Gingrich is whoever he needs to be at the time. That he is a brilliant yet undisciplined man, there is no doubt. Yet, like Democratic Senator John Kerry, Gingrich is for things before he’s against them, and that even applies to his wives.
While in high school, Gingrich began a relationship with his geometry teacher, Jackie Battley, who was seven years (or nine years, depending on who is talking) his senior. (According to Gingrich’s second wife, the relationship with Battley began when Gingrich was just 16.) They married in 1962, when Gingrich was 19. In 1980 they divorced. According to news reports, Gingrich served his wife with divorce papers while she was recovering from cancer surgery and still in the hospital. But Gingrich and his daughter deny that.
It’s quite obvious that marriage vows mean nothing to Gingrich. While still married to his first wife, “it was common knowledge that Newt was involved with other women,” according to a former campaign aide, including the woman who would become his second wife in 1981. In an eerily familiar scenario to the end of his first marriage, second wife Marianne Ginther was given her divorce papers in 1999 after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Coincidently, Gingrich had already begun an affair with Callista Bisek, the woman who would become his third wife. She should really hope she doesn’t contract a serious illness as Gingrich apparently ignores the “sickness” part of the vow that includes “in sickness and in health.” And by the way, some of his affairs took place while Gingrich was excoriating President Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
If you’re willing to excuse Gingrich’s character flaws and still plan to consider him for the GOP nominee, then consider his ties to one-world-government groups like American Enterprise Institute, the Hoover Institution, the Defense Policy Board, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, the Council on Foreign Relations and Bohemian Grove (an organization in which the world’s elites gather annually to conduct pagan rituals that include nudity, orgies, mock human sacrifices and worship of the Canaanite owl of Bohemia and the pagan god Molech). For a stomach-turning adventure, learn about Bohemian Grove by reading the story linked above, and be sure and give yourself time watch the video. Early in it is a brief shot of a photo of Gingrich at Bohemian Grove.
Beyond belonging to organizations that are working toward one-world governance, figuring out exactly who Gingrich is like figuring out what color a chameleon is.
He sided with Nancy Pelosi (and Al Gore), sitting on a couch with Pelosi hawking cap and trade legislation because he said he believed in man-caused global warming. Now he calls cap and trade an energy tax. In 2008 he supported insurance mandates for people who earn more than $75,000 per year. Two years later he said mandates were unConstitutional. On Libya, as the violence there escalated, Gingrich suggested that Obama should implement a no-fly zone immediately. Within days he told NBC’s Today Show’s Matt Lauer that “I would not have intervened… I would not have used American and European forces, bombing Arabs and that country.”
Still more troubling, even as he courted Tea Party voters, he was speaking disdainfully of them, calling them the “militant wing” of the Republican Party.
So who is Newt Gingrich? An arrogant man who believes he can say anything at any time and not be held accountable for it. He is certainly no conservative by any definition of the word, and his mimicking of Ron Paul on the idea of auditing the Federal Reserve is a desperate attempt by a desperate man to cast himself as something he’s never been, and it rings quite hollow.