March 09, 2007

Gingrich admits to affair

When it rains it pours. The GOP, fresh off of the Scooter Libby
conviction,
now has former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich admitting he had a secret extra-marital affair -- during the impeachment proceedings against former president Bill Clinton:

"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."

"Potential 2008 presidential candidate"?? Yeah, right. He didn't have a shot before this revelation; now, with it, he has less than a zero chance.

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."

Technically, Gingrich is correct. But technicalities ain't gonna cut it with the public. But more to the point: If Gingrich is so concerned with "the rule of law," then he should be consistent and hold that the recent conviction of Scooter Libby is likewise an upholding of the rule of law. I do not know if Gingrich doesn't believe thusly; however, if partisanship is any [usual] indication, it's a good bet to assume he believes Libby shouldn't have even been indicted.

Hmm. Like Bill Clinton, maybe??

Posted by Hube at March 9, 2007 04:24 PM | TrackBack

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You know, I always thought Clinton should have been charged with sexual harassment. According to the NOW playbook, it's harassment any time an employer has a sexual relationship with a subordinate, simply because of the inherent power differential. Anyway, I never thought of Newt as much of a horn dog. Who knew he was a secret Kennedy!

Posted by: G Rex at March 9, 2007 04:36 PM

According to the NOW playbook, it's harassment any time an employer has a sexual relationship with a subordinate, simply because of the inherent power differential.

That is, of course, 100% spot-on. But y'see, since Bill was otherwise a big supporter of their causes, they could easily overlook that! (wink, wink)

Posted by: Hube at March 9, 2007 04:43 PM

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