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article imageOp-Ed: Newt Gingrich and ex-wife may provide high entertainment

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 19, 2012 in Politics
Will this be fun? Thursday's interview with Newt Gingrich's ex-wife on ABC? It's not nice to make sport of people's failings of course, we all have them, nor their personal troubles, we have them, too. But be honest - it might be fun.
Scandal is akin to staring at an accident you pass on the highway. The police - that would be our morals - are waving you on but you cannot help but look. It's not nice but it's unavoidable. We are human and Mr. Gingrich, despite a questionable past, is trying to become the Republican candidate for the office of the U.S. Presidency. Surely he knew we would look as we drove by.
Marianne Gingrich on Nightline
In case you don't know, as Digital Journal writer Katerina Nikolas reports, Gingrich's second wife, Marianne Gingrich, with whom he says he has no relationship with whatsoever, is about to blow the doors off his candidacy. As Ms. Nikolas reports, Marianne Gingrich has given an interview to ABC that pulls no punches and they are leaning toward playing it on Nightline in the hours preceding the debate in Charleston. This is two days before the South Carolina primary.
We already know that while Gingrich was harshly attacking Bill Clinton for his tryst with Monica Lewinsky he was himself having an affair with Callista Bisek, who he is now wed to. During his affair with Bisek it was Marianne he was married to, they wed in 1981 after he proposed to her, she says, before his divorce from his first wife. Marianne and Gingrich were divorced in 2000.
Newt Gingrich: Blames Affairs on Country
Look, before we go any further know this: I am not normally interested in Mr. Gingrich's personal life. Yes, he's the only Speaker of the House in its 220 year history to be cited for ethical wrongdoing, but let's not quibble about the fine points. I mean if he was running for the president of the glee club I'd be the first to say, providing he could hit the low notes, "forgive and forget."
But he's running for America's highest office and if an opponent had the track record he does he would be unforgiving. If Mitt or Ron were to say, as he has, that "...at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate" Gingrich would strike them down for having the moral turpitude to blame their duplicity on a love of country. He would be merciless.
So let us not feel guilty if ABC plays the interview and it's replete with juicy stuff, and, as Marianne Gingrich claims it will, it ends his candidacy. He's the guy with a moral high ground, the religious man with a finger that stabs out when others fail, all the while secretly doing the very same thing.
And let us not feel guilty if we look, heck if we stop and stare, and it is fun.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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