Wednesday, March 9, 2011

He Loved His Country Too Much!

Newt Gingrich, on his many affairs:
"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. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness. Not God's understanding, but God's forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts, hope there's a forgiving God."
So you cheated on your wife because you were too passionate about your country, not because you were too passionate about the other woman you were fucking. Got it.

Just in case anyone needs reminders about what an asshole he is: (via frumfourm)
After going to the doctor for a mysterious tingling in her hand, [Marianne Gingrich] was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Early in May 1999, she went out to Ohio for her mother’s birthday. A day and a half went by and Newt didn’t return her calls, which was strange. They always talked every day, often ten times a day, so she was frantic by the time he called to say he needed to talk to her.

“About what?”

He wanted to talk in person, he said.

“I said, ‘No, we need to talk now.’ “

He went quiet.

“There’s somebody else, isn’t there?”

She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?

She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. “‘I can’t handle a Jaguar right now.’ He said that many times. ‘All I want is a Chevrolet.’ “

He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.

He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.

The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”
I'm definitely of the belief that whatever happens in your private life should stay that way, but when people like Gingrich make everyone's private lives their business, than what they do is most certainly fair game.

And regardless of anything else, let's look back at that last quote:
“It doesn’t matter what I do, people need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live."
Holy fuck what a douchebag.


  1. is this similar to john edwards just replace his name with newt and cancer with MS?

  2. In fairness to Gingrich's statement, his mistress's name was "America." Anyone could make that mistake.

  3. @anon: True, or John McCain and his ex wife for that matter.

    I will say that they're s difference in my mind between people who cheat on their wives (don't honestly care) and people who are putting themselves on the moral high ground (during clinton's impeachment, speeches like the one referenced in the quote), while conducting these affairs.

    Don't know if that's splitting hairs or not, but that's how I see it.

    @6.54 haha

  4. @6.54: I also gotta say I respect the balls of that statement. If this works it literally sets a precedent for using "I love my country too much" as an excuse for anything.

    Hopefully it also joins Sanford's "hiking the Appalachian trail" as a euphemism for cheating on your wife.

  5. And conversely, "Deepthroating" = snitching on illegal presidential activities.

  6. haha true dat. ladies be all about the "snitching on illegal presidential activities". you know what it is I am saying, America!?