"Family Values" Don't Apply to Newt Gingrich...

"Family values" apparently don't apply to Newt Gingrich. Marianne Gingrich, the second of Newt's three wives, sat down for a rare interview with Esquire and talked about Newt cheating in their marriage. The article said, "When Marianne confronted Newt about his cheating, he had just returned from a speech where he spoke of the importance of family values. Yet he asked her to simply tolerate the affair. She refused, and asked him how he could give high-minded speeches while simultaneously running around on his wife. "It doesn't matter what I do," he answered. "People need to hear what I have to say."

Well, so much for family values when it comes to the Newster. But this really raises two larger issues. First is the obvious one, that some politicians particularly on the right, believe that the end justifies the means, and will lie enthusiastically to accomplish what they think is a noble goal. The second is the issue of morality, which is where this will most seriously bite Newt in the butt.

While liberal morality usually focuses on society - we can't call ourselves a moral people if there are hungry among us, homeless among us, or sick among us - Conservative morality usually focuses on the individual. Because conservatives are more interested in, and worried about, who's is sleeping with whom, and how, and when, Newt's conservative bas - which largely doesn't give a damn about the hungry, homeless, or sick among us - will probably be quite upset that he cheated on both his ex-wives while giving high brow speeches about family values and lead the prosecution of Bill Clinton for having sex in the White House.


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nemediaoc 12 years 25 weeks ago

Newt.....Do as I say not as I do....must be my childhood all over!

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Jeanie 12 years 25 weeks ago

I doubt that any of these revelations will hurt Newt Gingrich a bit. Because rightwing people will do as they are told, and if they are told to vote for Newt, they will. They are "Conservatives without Conscience".

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rladlof 12 years 25 weeks ago

Newt Gingrich, noted wife-recycler and infamous slimy amphibian impersonator . . .

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Left Overham 12 years 25 weeks ago

Speaking of conscience, this quote fits the Newtster pretty well.

There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot. -George Bernard Shaw

I agree with you Jeanie. It seems that the rightwing nuttery just waits around to be told what to think, what to say and when to say it, by their leaders behind the curtain.

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Redlocks 12 years 25 weeks ago

It is interesting how he can get away with this and still remain a public figure.

You would think that those he is preaching to would not tolerate his behavoir.

How come there is a double standard here? Maybe cheating on one's spouse is nothing special anymore. Now the hot issue is getting caught doing homosexual activity. One has to hook up with strangers in public bathrooms or hire male escorts to get noticed anymore.

Apparently, family values should be enforced by the federal government on some and not on others.

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OrgDevGuy 12 years 25 weeks ago

No, the Right's "family values" apply to everyone but themselves...

There's a reason I call him "Amphibious Rex".

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