Carol Platt Liebau: Gingrich's Confession

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Gingrich's Confession

Former Speaker Gingrich has confessed that he had an extramarital affair even as Congress was exploring Bill Clinton's behavior in the Lewinsky matter.

He's obviously right in asserting that there is world of difference between having an extramarital affair -- which is, obviously, very wrong -- and having an affair and then lying about it under oath. One is a crime, and one isn't. Even so, it may be a fine distinction for normal American voters, who have for years been told that the Clinton impeachment was about nothing but sex.

The fact that Ginrich went to Dr. Dobson to make these admissions suggests that he might be interested in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination, and is trying to find a way to manage some of the considerable personal baggage he's carrying.

Although I stand second to no one in my admiration of Gingrich's formidable intellect and visionary leadership, it's tough not to conclude that because of issues like this one, he'd have a very hard time winning a presidential election (note, too, his high negatives). No doubt Rudy carries some personal baggage, too, but his more libertarian/liberal views on social issues -- rightly or wrongly -- may have offered him wiggle room for personal transgressions that Speaker Gingrich simply may not have.


Blogger Marshall Art said...

Sad to say that I'd have to agree. Newt has managed to elevate himself to conservative from hell in the eyes of the myopic left. It's so prevalent amongst them that even some on the right are affected in that they don't see him as one who could win.

At the same time, I often wonder if he'd be more suited to be on a conservative president's staff or a cabinet member, rather than president. His effectiveness would be greater advising than trying to constantly overcome the hatred the Dems would surely exhibit toward him. It would be worse than what Bush is dealing with.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Larry Who said...

To be honest, I could esily be excited for a Newt Gingrich candidacy. Is he a bigger sinner than King David? No, I don't think so.

We need leaders with some backbone. Period. If he is willing to go through the mud-slinging, then I'm for him.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

No doubt, Larry. Newt is someone I'd very much like to see as president. He'd certainly get my primary vote depending on who else is on the ballot at that time. Against the top three we keep hearing about, he'd be my guy.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I would vote for him without further question.

10:38 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

What if Gingrich lied under oath in order to cover up his adultery?

This who thing smacks of hypocrisy. You're quite willing to impeach Clinton but unwilling to stand on your morals when it comes to a Republican.

1:45 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

At least you admit that clinton lied under oath 3 TIMES! Many on your side of the isle won't even admit that.

8:51 AM  

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