Fish or Cut Bait ?
Mr. Newton Leroy Gingrich, better known as Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House (1995-1999), co-author of the Republican Party's policy document Contract With America
, political analyst and reported to be a consultant to the Dept of Defense, has been mentioned often as a potential presidential candidate. The Post has published details of an interview to be aired today in which Mr. Gingrich admits an extramarital affair to Focus on Family's Rev. James Dobson.
March 9, 2007
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged he was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.
"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards."
You could have knocked me down with a feather! Newtie, a chest-thumping champion of moral values like many other Republicans, was carrying an affair with an aide during the days when he was castigating President Clinton about his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. What next?
Seriously though, Mr. Gingrich's affair was not a secret. Bringing it up now, and with no less than James Dobson, a pillar of the Christian Right, makes it clear that Mr. Gingrich is getting ready to throw his hat into the ring for 2008 election. If his admission does not cause too much wave among the conservatives then we can expect his official entry in the race in the near future. Christian Right is very flexible about right and wrong when it comes to one of their own. Their God is merciful to Republican sinners who repent......and they do -- publicly -- whenever they are exposed or whenever it becomes necessary. Contesting a presidential election is strong enough reason for doing so.*****