March 28, 2011

Doug Patton Nails Newt Gingrich’s Unfitness to Be President

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:24 pm

NoToNewt2012From his latest column:

Let me say that I was once a fan of the former House Speaker. I even have a photo of myself with him in 1994 from one of the times I met him during my own political career. I was actually proud of having that photo on my wall at the time. Not so much anymore.

Until Gingrich’s recent interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network, the number one lame excuse of all time had to be “the dog ate my homework,” followed, of course by, “I did not inhale.” But Newt’s doozy has taken political spin into a whole new universe. It goes like this: “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

That is exactly what Gingrich told CBN’s David Brody concerning his adultery with his current wife, Callista, which occurred while he was still married to his second wife, Marianne — with whom, incidentally, he cheated while still wed to wife number one, Jackie, who had been his high school geometry teacher and who claims Gingrich dumped her while she was recuperating from cancer surgery.

Newt married Jackie in 1962. He was 19, she was 26. In the spring of 1980, after 18 years of marriage, he walked into her hospital room and announced that he was leaving her for Marianne. Eighteen years later, he did the same thing to Marianne, informing her he was marrying Callista, who was his congressional aide at the time and who is 23 years his junior. …

… it is axiomatic that trust begins at home, and men like Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich are not trustworthy.

… Gingrich is shoveling a boatload of horse manure at Evangelical Christians (apparently the last group to care about such things) when he says he committed adultery because of his great love of America. As Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace told the former Speaker, “My wife would never buy that one.”

I believe fervently in forgiveness and in redemption, but Newt has it all backward.

… As my wise-beyond-his-years younger son says, “Any man who would deliberately cheat on the person in this world whom he supposedly cares for most will not think twice about cheating on me, whom he has never met.”

All he had to sincerely say was, “I was wrong, I am sorry,” and he might have had a chance with sensible conservatives (a usually redundant term). But because of his disgusting excuse-making, Newt Gingrich is simply unacceptable. Period.

So now it’s “Not This Mitt Again,” and “Not This Newt — Ever.”

Next …

We’re not looking for “simply unacceptable.” We’d prefer “Simply Irresistible” (in a political sense; good song, too-suggestive video).

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  1. I don’t know if Gingrich could have said anything that would have lead me to support his candidacy. However, you nailed it in slamming his pathetic excuse. What is so hard about apologizing in a manner that does seem like you’re excusing your behavior. If you’re really sorry it is only because you truly realize your behavior was wrong.

    This is not about being sanctimonious. We all have friends and loved ones who strayed from their marriage vows and we manage to forgive or accept that they screwed up and move on. However, the fact that I get a long with a brother or cousin who had personal failings does not mean I think a candidate for the presidency with ammunition of this nature is a good choice.

    Each case and each candidate is different. One major personal mistake can be overcome with enough time, sufficient good behavior and sincere contrition. Whether we like it or not, misbehavior by Democrat candidates is more likely to be forgiven as they are not expected to have high personal standards.

    Comment by Largebill — March 30, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

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