Americans, who are pretty forgiving by nature, understand this. None of us can throw the first stone, none of us is perfect, not even Jim Tressel, now. But we also know when repentance seems as calculated as a poll question.
Unlike former President Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich deserves credit for readily admitting that, yes, he did indeed have sex with that woman.
But it’s all YOUR fault, America, for being so awesome!
In preparation for his presidential run, the gentleman from Georgia recently trotted out a preposterous excuse of “patriotic passion” as the reason for his past life as a serial adulterer. Hoping you will forgive and forget by next November, Gingrich has prostrated himself upon the altar of public opinion with a high-falutin’ excuse that sounds like a “Jeopardy!” question.
During a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich remarked: “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I feel about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”
With whom was he cheating, Betsy Ross?
What ever happened to “You know what? I screwed up.”
Americans, who are pretty forgiving by nature, understand this. None of us can throw the first stone, none of us is perfect, not even Jim Tressel, now.
But we also know when repentance seems as calculated as a poll question.
What is bothersome is not that Gingrich has made mistakes in his personal life; who hasn’t? What’s bothersome is when people in power assume we’re really that naive, or when they assume that what they bring to America’s table in terms of intellect and talent is reason enough for us to ignore whatever is wiggling behind the curtain.
Like Clinton, Newt Gingrich is smart enough to be president. But your mom was right: “Sorry” doesn’t always fix everything.
Sometimes we make such colossal messes of our lives, the consequences affect our future in ways we can’t imagine, negating any chance for a do-over.
Had Twitter and Facebook existed in 1992, Bill Clinton would be just a weasly ex-husband instead of an ex-president.
For Gingrich to ask American voters — particularly women — to separate his political ideology from not one but two nasty divorces simply is beyond the pale.
That might fly in other cultures, but not this one. Though technically neither Clinton nor the audacious John Edwards is divorced, no matter what else they may accomplish, their lives will always bear a smudge.
The callous way Gingrich dispatched his ex-wives still jangles like tin cans from a car bumper at a wedding.
He knows his misbehavior had nothing to do with patriotism. Thomas Jefferson was a scholar, a farmer, an architect and a pretty good politician, but he wasn’t a “wingman.”