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Loveless Triangle: Gingrich, Ex-Wife, Media

January 23, 2012 by  

Loveless Triangle: Gingrich, Ex-Wife, Media

Newt Gingrich slammed CNN debate moderator John King at a Republican debate in South Carolina last Thursday following the first question, which involved allegations by Gingrich’s ex-wife that he requested an open marriage in 1999.

“Would you like to take some time to respond to that?” asked King.

“No, but I will,” responded Gingrich. “I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.”

Gingrich went on to criticize ABC, the network that ran the interview with his ex-wife, for not allowing him to provide people who could back up his side of the story. Gingrich says he never requested an open marriage.

“Every person in here knows personal pain. Every person in here has had someone close to them go through painful things. To take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary, a significant question in a presidential campaign, is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine,” he said. “My two daughters, my two daughters wrote the head of ABC and made the point that it was wrong, that they should pull it, and I am, frankly, astounded that CNN would take trash like that and use it to open a presidential debate.”

ABC said that Gingrich was lying in an email from its Senior Vice President Jeffrey W. Schneider to The Washington Post:

“That’s just not true. His daughters were in our story last night and we sought interviews with Gingrich or surrogates very aggressively starting Tuesday morning. Would have been happy to interview anyone they put forward.”

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://gillysrooms.blogspot.com GILLYSROOMS in Australia

    All i can see is that Newt Gingrich is using some of Dr Ron Paul’s lines to get the votes, but I dont believe he really means what he is saying. He dumped his “uglier” wife to hook up with a better looking younger blonde and that might get him more votes from the Hollywood followers set but it dont wash with me. I’m going to repeat myself…YOU CANT WIN THE PRESIDENCY WITH ANYONE OF THE CURRENT CREW, EXCEPT DR RON PAUL. And even if you dont win under Ron Paul…you’ll sure as hell give the voters one hell of an option to think about. PS. Uglier is a term i use figuratively not to insult anyone…ugly people can be attractive too…as i did a bigger hole for myself.

    • Ted Crawford

      OH WOW! An Anarchist or a Marxist what a wonderful set of choices! NO THANK YOU!

      • wireline

        Not sure who you were referring to, but Paul is about as anti-socialist as it can get. He is the one who has been advocating for a return to the ideals of government since starting his public life. One of limited government and a Constitutional Republic as written. I know this seems to gall some since, I keep seeing these references to a re-write and one of a living breathing document and I think it is sad. Sad that the people do not want to see a government of law once again, instead of a government of men.
        Some pay lip service to the document we call the Constitution, most appear to do even less than that, once finished taking their oath of office.

        America no longer that shining light on a hill or does it seem to aspire to return to it. Adams probably said it best, but what did he know?

        “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
        John Adams (American 2nd US President (1797-1801),

        • Christin

          wireline,

          SUPERBLY said!

          Lost are the men and women of character and integrity who leave a legacy of Truth (in Christ) and Freedom for our country and mankind… a beacon of HOPE to all humanity who wish to escape oppression in their land under their tyrant.

        • TomD

          Ron Paul is an anarchist…? Dude, you are completely clueless.

          • Vic Bailey

            TomD, What have you been reading, Ron Paul is for the People and the Constitution, he believes in a Strong government for the protection of the people. He dosn’t believe in a government that overtaxes the people, overbuilds government where they break the bank, Police the world or Nation builds! You need to quit drinking the Kool Aid! Semper Fi.

  • http://myhome Paula Gail

    I have been a divorced person and it’s a very painful experience – I was abused and my 9 year old was about to be abused, so I filed for a divorce from a man who had 3 girlfriends. Two years later I remarried to a godly and honest man. No one wants to talk about a very painful time in their lives. I think John King was off base when he opened the debate with the question, and after that I have very little respect from CNN. I think Mr. Gingrich was correct in his answer to the question. The liberal media think they can take anyone and everyone down – and that’s very unfair. The solution – just don’t watch that station unless there is something on it that you really want to see, and be sure that you don’t do business with those that support the liberal media. The media can be pleasant and nice or they can be snakes – John King and CNN are the latter.

    • wireline

      that being said sounds like you support the Newt in spite of who he is or what he has done.

      I tell young women and my daughters as well, you stand a better chance of finding a good man in church type setting than you will in a bar room or a dancehall. Not to say that it can’t happen in a bar room or dancehall, but the odds are much better in a church type setting I would wager. Not to say there aren’t some bad people in church also. But hopefully there will be a lot more good ones than bad ones.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Wireline, if you tell the women and girls to seek the good men in churches you are doing the men a disservice. You should tell the women and girls to check their character flaws as to why they pick the jerks in bars the first time around.

    • eddie47d

      The news media should have waited until one of the other candidates brought it up and then pounced. The way they have been ripping into each other apart it was bound to happen. These National Enquirer moments are ugly and embarrassing and downright cheap. Yet the Conservative media(and Liberal media)made alot of hay over Clinton’s extramarital affairs.That didn’t seem to bother some of you. Back then I thought the nation should have concentrated on the rising threat of al Qaeda . Especially when they bombed our two embassies in Africa. The Republicans thought taking Clinton down was a bigger prize than taking down al Qaeda. They made sure Clinton was boxed in with Impeachment proceedings which kept him from dealing with the terrorist threat. How did that work out?

      • Bus

        What? Newt Lied! I can’t believe it. He lied about his daughters contacting ABC and about them not allowing his side to be told. Well he’s right in line to drag down the U.S. Presidency another rung after Obama has dropped it a few pegs.
        I think Romney just has to lay low and wait for the blowhard to implode like he’s done before.

        • Bus

          Oh and what a clever tactic, if you can’t deal with the facts then go on the attack that way while you’re having your temper tantrum people forget about the real issue, “character”. Too bad the good folks from SC bouht his act.

    • Christin

      Paula,

      So glad you have been able to turn things around and have a better life now.

      I agree that CNN should not have opened the presidential debate in SC with the ex-wife scenario, but could have asked about it later in the debate for accountability to the public for his behavior, but it did come form the ‘liberal lame stream media’ who wish to tear down the Republican candidates so… they got in their slam.

      The media and the government have quite a ‘Puppet Show’ going on for the American citizenry to watch, huh.

      Too bad Gingrich or the media couldn’t have come back with ‘Well, when you discuss obama’s on going bisexual affairs with white men that he is still cheating on his wife with, then I’ll discuss my problem with my ex-wife from decades ago.”

      http://www.opinion-maker.org/2010/08/why-obama-is-subject-to-blackmails/

      Don’t know if the site is still up, but I printed out the six page article which says that: “obama and Rahm Emmanuel are lifetime members of the same gay bath house, Man’s Country, which caters to older white men in uptown Chicago. Obama also made contacts with with younger men at his famous ‘pick-up basketball’ games such as with Giannoulias. Some of this came out in the Blagojevich trial: “Sex, Lies, and Audio tapes” -Fitzgerald’s US Attorney’s Office part of White House cover-up of gay sex in the Second City. “obama also went to a habitue` of Minibar, a noted gay bar in Chicago’s gay district and Chicago’s DLC, the ‘Down Low Club,’ a gay match making service. Among the members of the DLC were obama and Donald Young, Rev Wright’s choir director, an openly gay man who reportedly had sexual relationships with obama. Two other gay members of the church were Larry Bland and Nate Spencer who were both brutally murdered, execution style, in late 2007.” (scary) “Reggie Love, a former Duke basketball and football player (from Chicago) served as obama’s personal trainer and White House “special assistant” and has been called obama’s “body man” – who receives a salary of $104,000 a year and is reportedly one of obama’s regular gay sex partners.” And the article goes on with “persistent rumors of a gay tryst between obama and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2006… allegations which seemed unbelievable at the time.”

      This is all too creepy and scary… anyone want to vote for BHO now?

      PS. I guess now we know why obama can ‘claim’ he didn’t hear the Marxist Black Liberation theology “god d-mn America” speeches from Rev Wright… too preoccupied with other men.

      • http://sbcglobal.net Alan

        I don’t have much doubt this is mostly all true. It seems people of power all have similar traits. If anyone remembers “G.H.W. Bush” in the”Boys Town”, “Omaha, Nebraska” coverup with “King sex ring” and his “Franklin Credit Union”. Also we have the son of GHW Bush aka as the scrub taking in a very many daily and nightly mysterious visits from one Jeff Gannon, anyone remember that. Then we have over many years heard and seen headlines of both Democratic and mostly Republican Congressmen and Senators make the headlines with their devious sexual trysts. So yes, I guess it all proves nowadays you just have to be a pervert to get elected. And we all wondered why they reversed DADT!

        • Christin

          Thanks for commenting Alan.

          I thought more would read and respond… after all ABC, CNN and many posters here and other American voters are slamming Newt for his less than perfect private life with his multiple wives and sexual liaisons, BUT FAIL to find fault with the current pres for his past and CURRENT homosexual affairs while married to his wife… one man which currently travels with him on Air Force One and three of which have been offed (abruptly deceased) so that there is no gay testimony to taint the senator now president.

          BHO is NOT the kind of man we need leading our country.

          • Christin

            DADT…????

    • http://bellsouth.net marcy

      Newt Gingrich and his party are the party of FAMILY VALUES. Mr. Family Values was fooling aroung with his current wife before getting a divorce from wife #2. Newt Gingrich also participated in trying to impeach Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Newt was also censored by Congress for being Unethical. He is not my man to be president.

    • Gwen Butler

      Paula, You said it so well. All I can say is “DITTO” and I WILL NEVER WATCH CNN AGAIN!!!

  • wireline

    Actually Gingrich was the one who said his first wife wasn’t pretty enough or looked like one that could be a president’s wife. In word she was going to be too homely for him in a future campaign for president. The 2nd wife who knows, yes the 3rd wife is blonde and probably can put on the airs of a president’s wife much better than the first two.

    That said the first wife was really treated shabbily by Gingrich since she worked to support him through college. She got payback she was going to get when he started dating his future 2nd wife. Wife #2 really should have known better, he had already betrayed wife #1 for her, why did she think he would treat her any different? Wife #3 same goes for her, but then age has a way of mellowing people out, so who knows wife #3 may be there until the bitter end for the Newt. But she also dated him when he was still married to wife #2. Supposedly Newt staffers new about other philandering with other women as well. This coming from a guy who went after Bill Clinton for much the same kind of thing. Kind of ironic huh? Well I see the diehard Newt supporters will support him no matter what his past is/was, just like the Clinton supporters supported him no matter what his past was. So what goes around comes around. Sad that all Americans don’t want something better for the country and their kids than either one of those known philanderers. Sad they put us all through it as well. American is no longer that shining light on a hill. We don’t expect much from our leaders anymore
    and haven’t in quite some time.

    • Ted Crawford

      Can we assume then Wireline, that you set no value in redemption nor forgivness? While I, myself, am a Diest, I have read the Bible several times, I seem to remember that it credits Christ with saying “Let he amongst you that is without sin cast the first stone”. Even the much lauded King David secumed to the desires of the flesh.
      The primary difference between Clinton and Gingrich, in my opinion, is the fact that Clinton has yet to admit that he did anything wrong, much less sought forgivness.

      • wireline

        I set strong value in it, but I still do not believe in him. Let him ask and get his forgiveness from God, not from men, the same as Bill Clinton said he did after the dress was found out.

        That being said, always remember this. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

        People need a better class of leaders and should be seeking those out. Not just those who can be the best in debate or put on the best show, or those who can put out smoothest and slickest one liners. Ron Paul may not be smooth and he may not be slick, but he is right, to want to get government off the backs of the people. The dishonesty has gone on long enough wouldn’t you say?

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Go back and read that portion of the Bible again because you have not got the gist of the scene that was presented.
        We have no right to forgive Newt because he didn’t sin against us but his wife(wives) and God. There is no such thing as collective forgiveness for him or a free pass because he supposedly repented (how do you know he repented?).

      • Paula

        Ted,
        You may forgive Gingrich for his betrayal to his former wife years ago but will you also forgive him for his recent ripoff of the American people when he took the 1.6 million for his lobbying advice?

      • ChristyK

        Forgiveness is not the same thing as trust and honor. I may forgive a child molester, but I never again let them work with children. Newt has a history of infidelity and lying. If I was a friend and he repented, I would forgive him, but that doesn’t mean I would vote for him for president.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          ChristyK, it is not in your power to forgive a child molester since it is not you that he molested. There is not a right to be forgiven even if it is asked.

    • Bus

      Why would any woman vie for this guys affection? Check out what Ms Dodd made last year. Being the wife of a congressman is a very lucrative career move. I wonder how many boards Mrs. Gingrich 3 is serving on currently? They generally pay in the six figure area and the board only meets a few times a year.

    • Vic Bailey

      Newt’s last wife looks like an anemic call-gril. That what you need to make it in Washington! And as far as him getting religon, is about someone on death row all of a sudden found the lord, after they have killed 8 or 10 people! Wake up people don’t you know when someone is lying to you? Rupert Murdoch controlls Newt! Have you all forgot all the lies and broken promises that Bama swore to? They are professional political LIARS! Semper Fi.

  • http://Cox Darrell Crossman

    Why is this any different than Ted and Jack Kennedy, Fdr, or your wonderful Bill Clinton. I think the democrats are afraid of Newt simply because he is the smartest man running

    • wireline

      I am not afraid of either man, I think we can do better as a nation in who we pick to be our leaders and should strive to do that. But we aren’t so far. Sad that the people themselves don’t want better for their own children.

      but then when I look around at the broken families, single mom’s, etc
      I don’t think it can happen. We will continue down the path we are on, so it appears.

    • Vic Bailey

      The only place Newt is smart is where the hide is off! He is being coached by the best money can buy! Rupert Murdoch owns Newt, and has for a long time! He also is more of a democRAT than half of the democRATS! He will do ANYTHING, say ANYTHING, lie about ANYTHING, and hide all his lies just like Bama! He has a half million dollar charge account at Tiffany’s, he is a deadbeat dad, because he was wining and dining his new woman so the hell with his kids! He bounced 22 government checks that cost him the 1992 reelection, and so much more that I don’t have time to write but it’s all out there, and he can’t be trusted, doesn’t matter if you are man or woman, he is a whole lot like the scum bag Ted Kennedy! Hora! for me and the hell with you, after I get what I want! Semper Fi.

  • Deerinwater

    LOL,! Well I don’t know who the “elite news media” is that Newt referred to. But one thing is very clear.

    This media chair that thought that he or they would target Newt with a outside, smoking hot, fast ball on the first pitch did not expect him to connect and knock it clear out of the park!

    It was something to witness and a big turn around for Newt.

    But still, I do dislike him so, while I agree, the question offered was in poor taste and uncalled for. I too was appalled.

    Whats between consenting men & women, needs to stay there. Right or wrong, good or bad, this was a jaded lovers revenge and suspect and not suitable for public consumption.

    • wireline

      Seems like as far as media goes they should have waited a day or so to bring the story out.

      That being said it makes it almost appear the whole thing may have been staged for the benefit of the debate. For those who don’t think there are master manipulators at work behind the scene 24/7, better think again.

    • Bus

      Maybe it was a slimy thing for CNN to do but on the other hand why not get it out there and let Newt give his side before ABC put up their story. It was actually a great opportunity for the Newtster, that is if he had a leg to stand on, but since he didn’t he cryed and held his breath until nobody wanted to deal with the big baby.

  • Deerinwater

    I made the perdition South Carolina would disappoint most of us.

    South Caroline is for status quo and entrenched power on the HILL.

    Business as usual is good for SC.

  • Elizabeth Bordelon

    Something just isn’t right – no one shows at Newt pre-vote speech and wow he wins it or at least that is what we are told. While the opposite was true for Ron Paul.

    One theory I have about the ex-wife situation is the media set it up perfectly. First they scrutinize Romney and then Newt – looks like they are on our side right – wrong – they open with the very question to make it look as though they are socking it to him and wham Newt gets his big chance to slam the media – I don’t believe that was an accident. The whole ex-wife issue was to get voters in SC to sympathize with Newt and feel sorry for him and guess what it worked.

    Fooled again by MSM – now all of the sudden Newt is surging and the focus is not on what the other issues are with him, but instead a bad marriage to derail you from the other issues.

    The feel sorry syndrome – like Herman Cain (nothing against Mr. Cain) but Newt camp saw how effective it was with voters. This is amazing to me. I wish some journalist would pickup on this theory and open it up to public discussion.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Now the people who gave Newt the free pass and phony forgiveness can feel warm and fuzzy.
      How does anyone see in this plitical muddy water?

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Sorry about the bad spelling. It should be .. political muddy water.

  • jopa

    Transparency has become the issue now that Romney hasn’t released his tax forms for several years and that has been the norm to release such information since his father George released twelve years of income information when he made the presidential run.I believe Romney has a lot to hide and that he is embarrassed or just ashamed of some of his past actions as is Newt with his demand that the Ethics Committee findings not be released.

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Notice that the folks who are shocked and dismayed about Newt’s personal life, are the same people who defended that slime ball Clinton for far worse indiscretions.

  • eric siverson

    Releasing Romneys tax returns will be death blow to all republicans and their no tax increase pledge . What if Romney pays millions in taxes , but rhe percentage of his take home pay is higher than the average Joe’s ? This could finish off the corrupt republicans chances for this election real well .

    • Christin

      eric,

      You are probably right.

      Why do candidates have to show their Tax Return???

      Is that to show that they actually pay them or show their income and estate finance approximations???

      Does knowing their income level and estate approx. totals make them a winner or loser candidate???

      Frankly, I wish RINO Romney would have said, “I’ll show my income tax reports when berry obama releases his $2 million cover-up of his REAL birth certificate and college records showing that he was or wasn’t foreign born and a foreign student getting gov money to attend a US college or if he did even attend an American college and get any degrees at all.”

      • Bus

        I agree, I wish he would keep the tax returns under wraps until after the primaries then use them as leverage to illustrate how secretive Obama has been with his past.
        Another tact Romeny could use is how a smart rich guy can use the tax codes to keep most of his money rather than feel bad about not paying “his fair share”. Who do you want in office someone smart enough to understand and use the the laws to his advantage or a moron who over pays because they are too stupid to figure out how to use the loopholes provided. How many of us sent in a little extra last year just so we could feel good about paying “our fair share”?

        • Mark in LA

          Only one thing wrong with your theory. Most people don’t have any ability to avoid taxes. They get a paycheck, they pay a mortgage, they buy groceries. How do they convert ordinary income into capital gains or write off the toilet paper they buy? They cannot and are sick of the tax code that lets the rich get away with it.

          It was only a few years ago that they eliminated a special tax break for corporation done at the behest of UPS that gave special depreciation rules for trucks over 4000 pounds. That was why lawyers and doctors were all buying Hummers and Escalades – you poor saps were paying for it.

  • Robert Lebischak

    I guess I have to ask so what.We love Clinton and he did it while President, lied under oath to the Congress and worse the American People and he is now so important. How many Hollywood people have been married more than once? What about Edwards, the Media People? The past is the past, let it rest, How many times a person has been married does not tell us how they would be a President. We should be paying attention to the issues, not allowing the Media to tell us how to vote, they did it last time and look what happened. Go Newt.

    • ChristyK

      How many times someone has been married does tell us something about their character. Some people keep their oaths (like to a wife or the constitution) and some people don’t. One marriage could have extenuating circumstances (although with all of the cheating on the marriage I don’t believe it), but with multiple divorces it is a case of immorality. It means his word is not worth anything. If he won’t uphold his oath to his wife that he supposedly loved, why would anyone think he would uphold his oath to the constitution or to us (who he doesn’t even know). Newt care about only one thing — Newt.

  • NoMoBo

    The issue of whatever Newt did or didn’t do in the past is irrelevant. It goes way beyond that, and the liberals are hoping Americans won’t realize it in their Enquire styled eagerness for juicy crap they can use for gossip. The main point is, this is nothing but an Alinsky strategy that will be practiced on everyone except Obama. Romney may be their favorite at the moment, but maqke no mistake–if they get him as the candidate, they will then set out to destroy him in similar fashion. The reason they want him is because he is already a liberal candidate, and they believe they can portray him as the rich, WallStreet flpflopper, and he has already shown in the debates that he stumbles when confronted with specific facts. America, choose for yourself, and stick to your choice. Read everything you can–not the ancient or current media spin, but hunt up the old records and you will find out what really happened. Read the books written by your candidates and figure out what contradictions exist. And decide who can best save America. Then turn off the blasted TV and refuse to let the media tell you how to think.

    • Christin

      NoMoBo,

      Romneycare… need I say more. (second to push it and succeed, MA healthcare is broke.)

      Hillary tried it FIRST when Bill was pres… ‘Hillarycare’ and the people booed it and the gov told her to drop it.

      Then there is ‘obamacare’ which was FORCED on the America people by politicians written by The Apollo Alliance, not Congress which is illegal since the Constitution says only Congress may make laws.

  • http://none R Paul or status quo

    I would like to vote for the only man that can’t be bought. By anyone special interest, lobbyist, or corporation, you name it. Really narrows the field down don’t you think? Ron Paul 2012

  • Accountant Chuck

    Ben Franklin Said it best: “Activities engaged in by a citizen to prevent the Government from CONFISCATING the fruits of his labor are the noblest endeavors of man.”

    This is what this election is about and I Like Newt!

    • ChristyK

      Newt has a history of confiscating the fruits of our labor. Worst of all, he has a history of using those fruits to enrich foreign countries and whichever corporation is paying him.

      • TomD

        Newt is a scumbag who only gives a crap about himself. Do we REALLY need another person like this in the White House…?

        http://inthereddest.com/?p=384

  • Steve

    The hypocrisy of politics is astounding, “the least wide awake of children recognizes it and is revolted by it(Tolstoy)”, yet “the true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity( Gide)”

    The question is not whether Newt has harbored thoughts about three-ways, the question should be, for a person who has been caught “purposefully lying to the Congressional Ethics Committee” why is he even a consideration, in not just the Presidential race but any political position? Why isn’t he in jail?

    Newt is the sounding bell of the new UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, although it
    is way more cracked than the liberty bell. Way does the ‘system’ even entertain his presence? Does no one see through his double talk.
    When asked “… would you like to …. respond to that?”, his immediate response is “No, but i will,” why not ” yes, but i won’t”? Is that a better reply?
    Why blame the media? Why is it that ” that ‘the media’, make it ‘harder to attract decent people to run for public office” . What does that statement imply?
    Politics is harder because the media ask the hard questions? Or is politics harder because there are none left that are decent? That the difficultly in politics is not in getting the best to lead, but getting the least corrupt of an increasingly more openly festering bunch of really evil disgusting humans?

    I don’t have proof of the next thing i’m about to say but it seems to me there was a time in American when, if your marriage failed, it put into question your ability to even do a menial job.

    Does three failed marriages ( a marriage to a person who is significantly younger and prettier might
    be construed as having already failed, if it was entered into for the express purpose of being seen as
    being PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL at best and just SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE at worst), sorta reminds one
    of the game of baseball( maybe if he gets elected he can have the rules changed to, “three strikes you win”)

    How about a conversion from one religion Lutherism to catholicism, at face value a simple thing, a simple social statement (political and religious at the same time, kill two birds with one stone) at best, a divine right at worst ( i could see this individual fantasizing about a crown slowly, but snugly being fitted to his fat head).
    But the blatantly poor choice to “go back to, the very origin, from which the present has revolted against” (for those of you ignorant in religious matters, the Lutheran church rose out of the ashes of the dark ages in europe, escaping the bloody tyranny of the catholic church…. i exaggerate the last bit, sorta, but Luther did for many what should have hopefully remained forever, in the minds of all humans, separating the concept of GOD and the concept of MONEY (politics?)

    Back to the NEWT, if ‘stepping backward’, is this person’s modus operandi, in religion, would the natural extension, in the politics of the USA, be to join the 50 states with the mother land and once again come under the reign of the sovereign monarch of the British Isles?
    Maybe that’s the great wish of all evil men of power, that a perpetual state of purgatory is essential in the absolute control of the masses, aways never paying enough tax, because there are aways bigger wars to fight, making sure the flow of wealth is only in one direction, making sure that the message is that “you are just one more indulgence away from the glory of god” …… you small minded children.

    ps i’m only going to hint at the absurdity of the juxtaposition of the “Office of the President of the USA” and the given name “Newt”…… and also ask, is a “Mitt” , really any better?

    pps GILLYSROOMS ….. you can be forgiven, for insulting someone, what you can’t be forgiven for is changing the word ugly to include “the attractive” …. sorta like some people do when they define evil as good and good as evil, because when the definitions are clouded, the message is entirely lost in the confusion.

  • Rich

    Were Newt- or most of the others- running for Pope or the head of some religious organization I’d say look elsewhere. He is not, though, and so thank God (so to speak) for the separation of Church and State! Many great leaders have had some serious character flaws, but in spite of them rose to the occasion when their country needed them. Moral fortitude is an admirable quality, but if not present at every turn in life can be acquired, if the desire and commitment to do so is strong enough. At least he has admitted his errors, unlike so many others who continue to be in a state of denial. For this election, whether or not this has happened to Newt is for the voters to decide. Putting that issue aside, the remaining question for us all is whether he now has the experience and strength of character to stand up to a largely corrupt Congress and overbearing bureaucracy- one he knows so well, far more than the other candidates (including the President)in order to exert enough persuasive leadership to get out country out of its current mess. With a narrowing field amongst Republican candidates I hope the continuing primary election process will make the real alternatives left to us much clearer.

    • Christin

      Rich,

      ‘Separation of church and state’ is NOT in our Constitution, Bill or Rights, or Founding Documents. It is a phrase that Thomas Jefferson used years later while in England. It meant that the affairs of the State (gov) should be kept out of the Church, not the other away around. Our Constitution was made for a religious and moral people, that is why it is not working now as many parents have not left a legacy of ‘faith’ and ‘freedom’ to their children.

  • Bono

    Some people say character doesn’t matter however that is totally untrue. Character, along with honor and justice are the mainstay of being a conservative. We should not justify this hipocrit of a person making decisions for our nation, without the slightest remorse for his actions. The ends can never justify the means.

  • Hopeful daughter of a marine

    This is the fabric of this tattered, but once
    honourable nation. This is the evidence
    of the broken and basic foundation at its best.
    it’s not just about broken vows and covenants; lack
    diligence and commitment gone astray.
    it’s the lack of character, “power corrupts, absolute
    power, absolutely corrupts”, but also the lying about being
    so involved with throwing Reagan’s name around
    , (he was mentioned only one time, very briefly in Reagan’s
    memoirs), and yet he touts himself as almost
    responsible for the good that came from
    that administration, and as best buddies with Reagan.
    He’s riding on the coatails of someone who is not exactly around
    to shake him off!
    Do some reading, research, there are videos,
    footage on Gingrich and his grandiose , pathological
    lying are quite easy to see and hear.
    Rand Paul is an embarrassment; his viewpoints
    on 9/11 are dispicable. His disrespect for the
    millitary, for the very lives that were lost and his
    outlook on foreign policy are at the very
    least frightening. What is he on?
    I agree with his views re pro life,
    but the man is not balanced!
    We had decent, Godly people as
    candidates. Now we have
    Rinos, and wanna be Rinos, with a questionable
    third. So it looks like we are ‘settling’, selling
    out again, shooting ourselves in the foot to be
    rid of the current plague upon us.
    If the GOP, tea partiers, conservatives ever hope
    to save this country from itself, they better start
    looking in the mirror. Have an honest conversation
    just once….

  • JimH

    How does a short, fat dumpy guy who looks more like a toad than a Newt, get those hot women?

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Who says they are “hot” women?

      • JimH

        Nadzieja, The joke is no good if they’re not hot.

    • Jay

      Money? Power?

    • http://deleted Claire

      JimH– To put it bluntly, there are a number of women out there that will crawl in the sack with any man, ugly or not–just for the sake of money. Look at the women that throw themselves at rock stars, ball players, etc. Money talks and morals walk.

      • JimH

        Hi Claire, I could understand if he had a good personality, but I haven’t even seen that in him.

  • DavidL

    In terms of the overall health of our body politic, the poison of Newt Gingrich is not that he is a liar, a con-man, a hypocrite, and a moral degenerate. He is all of these things and more. The real poison is his self-serving and intentional cynicism which labels anyone who stands in his way or disagrees with him as evil, UN-American, and unpatriotic. He injected his highly toxic virus into our political mainstream in 1994, and it has festered there ever since. I give you many of the writers on this sight who too quickly fall prey to Newt’s disease. Just because we may disagree with a person’s point of view, be it liberal or conservative, is no reason to go beyond the policy difference and drum that person out of the human race.

    Ron Paul is none of these things, and even though I have differences with some of his policy positions, I respect him. I can’t say that about any of the other participants in this Republican clown show, and especially Newt Gingrich. It is so easy to criticize from the cheap seats and not have any responsibility or accountability for governing. It is quite another to be competent to govern. Newt is not, and the American people will demonstrate that I am sure.

  • Josette

    I think it was a GREAT way to start the debate! You absolutely should be able to call a presidential candidate out on his hypocrisy and ask a question regarding his character. Who wants to vote for a slimeball hypocrite like that? CERTAINLY not me!!!!

  • Alton Clark

    It doesn’t matter who you voted for 3 years ago, we knew this country couldn’t be Fixed in four years . And now it can’t be fixed in 20 and if Obama gets another 4 years it will not be fixable !

  • Thinking about

    To Newt, want to see what despicable is, just look at yourself and the decisions you have made in your life. You do not uphold your oaths not only to the wives you have but also your actions as Speaker of the House and it was so bad you was removed from the Speaker position. You claim you are a historian but we know it is the same as a lobbist so you lie when you claim otherwise. You are a fake, the one true fact you can claim. Voters should wake up and see a snake for what a snake is, Newt is not responsible enough to handle office of President of the United States.

  • Dr Jake In Chicago

    Many interesting comments on this thread. Truth be told, We The People need to support higher standards for our leaders and for ourselves. Everyone has skeletons of some sort, as we are humans with egos. We can all improve the way we live our lives, regardless of our individual religion/belief system or our politics. I believe that principles matter in government. Maybe the best question to ask any potential candidate is: “Would you be willing to serve as an unpaid volunteer, and donate 1/2 of your future gross income to legitimate charities, for the priveledge of being The President.” I bet most would jump ship. IMO, I truly would like to see government that works for us, and at the very least, demonstrates that on all levels. Just sayin’…thanks for listening. Many Blessings, Jake.

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