Sunday, January 22, 2012
A POLITICAL LESSON NOT LEARNED
It is important to learn from the past.
When Jon Corzine was running against Republican Doug Forrester for Governor of New Jersey the race was tight. But Corzine won after a Republican ad quoting a negative interview by his ex-wife backfired.
Newt Gingrich turned the tables again and used the negative interview by an ex-wife to his advantage in the most recent debate, winning the South Carolina primary.
For some reason using the accusations of an ex-wife in a political campaign does nothing but bring sympathy to the cheating candidate.
It is also important to remember some things about Newt Gingrich.
Twice he left his wife, who had each been diagnosed with a serious illness (according to Esquire, Gingrich served his first wife with divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from uterine cancer), for a mistress, while espousing his support of “family values”.
Gingrich led the charge against Bill Clinton on the Monica Lewinsky issue while he was conducting his own affair with a congressional aide, who is now his wife. Coincidently I read that a woman named Anne Manning admitted to having a relationship with Gingrich during his 1976 campaign. "We had oral sex," she said. "He prefers that modus operandi because then he can say, 'I never slept with her.'" I guess that is where Clinton got the idea.
FYI, while he was Speaker of the House Gingrich was penalized $300,000 by a 395–28 House vote after extensive investigation and negotiation by the House Ethics Committee. This was the first time in history a Speaker was disciplined for ethical wrongdoing.
I realize that I have said I would prefer a snake to a faithful spouse in the White House– but Gingrich is too much of a hypocrite and sleaze even for me.