Friday, March 09, 2007

Who in their right mind would serve divorce papers to someone in the hospital?

Newt Gingrich, that's who. He has also admitted to having an affair outside of his sacred marriage while he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair. OUCH.
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."

Gingrich argued in the interview, however, that he should not be viewed as a hypocrite for pursuing Clinton's infidelity.

"The president of the United States got in trouble for committing a felony in front of a sitting federal judge," the former Georgia congressman said of Clinton's 1998 House impeachment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. "I drew a line in my mind that said, 'Even though I run the risk of being deeply embarrassed, and even though at a purely personal level I am not rendering judgment on another human being, as a leader of the government trying to uphold the rule of law, I have no choice except to move forward and say that you cannot accept ... perjury in your highest officials."
I wonder what he thinks about Libby's perjury...

There's more...
Gingrich, who frequently campaigned on family values issues, divorced his second wife, Marianne, in 2000 after his attorneys acknowledged Gingrich's relationship with his current wife, Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide more than 20 years younger than he is.

His first marriage, to his former high school geometry teacher, Jackie Battley, ended in divorce in 1981. Although Gingrich has said he doesn't remember it, Battley has said Gingrich discussed divorce terms with her while she was recuperating in the hospital from cancer surgery.

Gingrich married Marianne months after the divorce.
Um...wait, this IS the same guy that trashes everyone else's lack of moral superiority, correct? Just checking.


Blogger Beltway Progressive said...

The Clinton "perjury" did not exist. So Newt's claim that his affair was better was Clinton's makes no sense.

Clinton was being asked about his relationship with Monica. His lawyer Robert Bennett had asked if Clinton could simply narrate exactly what they had done. He said, "We are – we acknowledge that some embarrassing questions will be asked, but then we all will know what we're talking about, but I do not want my client answering questions not understanding exactly what these folks are talking about." The prosecution objected, saying they did not want a narrative from Clinton. (Why not? Doesn't that seem odd?) When it came time to answer the questions about his relationship, Robert Bennett also objected, saying the "act" was undefined and there was no way to know what they meant. If there were a narrative, the act could have been defined.

Also, when Clinotn was asked about the affair in the present tense, Clinton, later noting it had been over for almost a year, said he "is not" having an affair. That's the whole flurry over "what the definition of is, is."

It was dumb, it was thoughtless, it was wrong. But it wasn't perjury. So Newt's claim that his behaviour was different is a crock of hooey.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newt Gingrich's behavior was different, though, because he was engaged in an ongoing, continuous extramarital affair, while simultaneously trying to bring down the President for having done much less than that in the past. Gingrich's behavior was much, much worse than Clinton's. This attempt to rehabilitate Gingrich is just sickening, particularly since it comes from Dr. James Dobson, our self-appointed religious expert on "family values."

5:00 PM  
Blogger Beltway Progressive said...

Anon, good point.
Then there's John McCain, who served his wife divorce papers when she was recovering from a car accident and married a rich woman in a new AZ Congressional District a month later.

Then there's Rudy G, on wife number 3 after an ugly divorce from wife 2.

It's sad when marriages end, but distasteful when these self-proclaimed "morals police" not only treat their families and children so callously, but start a coup of a legally elected President for a sin that they are guilty of themselves.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Newt was leading the charge against Clinton for perjury and denying Paula Jones justice.

If one can lie in court our entire justice system is perverted.

He was in a lawsuit concerning sexual harassment....he tried to lie his way out. He perjured himself about a very germaine topic relevant to the lawsuit....

Go drink some more Kool-Aid, Jaime.


2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contrast this with John and Elizabeth Edwards today. He stands by her, she stands by him, a real demonstration of dignity, class, and courage.
An additional contrast, the unbelievable Kathleen Parker column today:,1,256319.column
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and let her know what you think of this column coming out on the day of this announcement, which was scheduled yesterday and clearly involved Elizabeth's health.

7:34 PM  

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