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Gingrich: Love of country contributed to affair - Yahoo! News

ATLANTA – Newt Gingrich says his passion for his country contributed to his marital infidelity. In an interview posted Wednesday by The Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich — who recently converted to Catholicism — said he had sought God's forgiveness for mistakes in his past.
The twice-divorced former U.S. House speaker has admitted he had an affair with Callista, a former congressional aide, while married to his second wife. It happened at the same time he was attacking President Bill Clinton for his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The interview with the Christian broadcaster comes as Gingrich gears up for a likely presidential run. He has been courting religious and social conservatives who would be critical in a GOP primary.

The fact that he cheated in the first place while trying to crucify Clinton makes me wonder how stupid people really are if they're going to believe him this time around. I can't imagine myself saying the same thing with a straight face.


This trend in politics of asking for forgiveness or saying sorry for doing the dumbest stuff is getting old. I don't care if you make mistakes or admit to infidelity, just don't lie about how you're a better person and then use it to sway certain sections of society.
 

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I don't think that it's okay to tear into another person for doing the same things that you do. That makes you a liar and a hypocrite.

BUT, I think whether people believe that he won't do it or not has a lot to do with where he was in his life when it happened and where he is now. For example, I have a couple friends who had hot-headed, abusive, alcoholic, drug addicted fathers growing up. Today they have good relationships with their fathers. Point is, people CAN change IMO.

I saw no where in that article where he asked for anyone's forgiveness other than God's or anywhere where he proclaimed that he is a better person. IMO, he has accepted his mistakes as mistakes and is describing how he has moved on and how that has benefited him.

I'm not one of those people who thinks that politician's private lives are none of our business either. There is no doubt in my mind that someone who will lie, cheat, and/or steal in their private lives will do the same as a politician.

It all comes down to: Will he do it again? IMO. The answer is no for me. But all-in-all, this is a 'no care' kinda thing for me.
 

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Agreed.

I'm just disappointed in politics.
 

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Agreed.

I'm just disappointed in politics.
 

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You know if Newt had simply had a series of divorces, this would be a non-issue. But that's not even remotely what happened. No, what Newt did was cheat on Wife#1 with the person who would become Wife #2. And just to put a little sauce on it, he served Wife #1 with divorce papers while she was laid up in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. What kind of ******* does that? Things are going OK with Wife #2 when she messes up and gets diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Oops, time to shop for Wife #3. And he does all this while wagging his finger at Bill Clinton. Seriously?

I mean that's a genuine character flaw. Not to mention, what grown man calls himself "Newt"?

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:lmfao: Don't forget that the current wife is the one he was cheating with when he was married to #2. I wonder if #3 thinks she's going to be replaced soon.
 

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I mean that's a genuine character flaw.

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...it's as if he was BORN to be a politician!

Let's face it, no good man will ever get voted into office if the status quo doesn't change.
 

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...it's as if he was BORN to be a politician!

Let's face it, no good man will ever get voted into office if the status quo doesn't change.
I'm starting to think that the only way we could ever get any good (or even decent) politicians is if they were drafted at random by social security number. It'd be like jury duty. You'd open the mailbox one evening and there'd be a letter... "Crap! Looks like I'm the new congressman representing the 11th district..."

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I'm just disappointed in politics.
The Executive branch throws up a figurehead for the masses to bitch about. Judicial and the Congress are puppets of the special interests.

You see commercials that show how much good a company is doing for 'everyone'...not really selling anything except good will for their corporate name. (Con Agra, Monsanto, GE, big Oil, Pharma, Insurance)

These folks ^ hold the strings...the politicians just show up and vote which-ever way best serves their main contributors interests. Apart from this pesky voting and debating (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) stuff the toughest decision a politician has to make is which tie to wear for lunch with the BP rep who wants to make sure you kill that nuclear plant proposal asap. Oh yeah....better set up a new acct in the Caymans too.

It costs what?...$200 million be get into the White House. You're ass is in somebodys pocket.

Ronin is right....better to pull a name outta the hat.
 

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I'm starting to think that the only way we could ever get any good (or even decent) politicians is if they were drafted at random by social security number. It'd be like jury duty. You'd open the mailbox one evening and there'd be a letter... "Crap! Looks like I'm the new congressman representing the 11th district..."

-RZ
:lol: I kind of like that idea, except we might accidentally get an illegal into office because he or she is using a fake SSN.
 

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You know if Newt had simply had a series of divorces, this would be a non-issue. But that's not even remotely what happened. No, what Newt did was cheat on Wife#1 with the person who would become Wife #2. And just to put a little sauce on it, he served Wife #1 with divorce papers while she was laid up in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. What kind of ******* does that? Things are going OK with Wife #2 when she messes up and gets diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Oops, time to shop for Wife #3. And he does all this while wagging his finger at Bill Clinton. Seriously?

I mean that's a genuine character flaw. Not to mention, what grown man calls himself "Newt"?

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If a person will do these things to their spouse, they will do anything to voters.

The man is extremely intelligent, and may turn himself around someday. The problem is I don't think I can believe him if and when he does.

I wouldn't vote for him to be the republican nominee even though I think he could bury just about any democrat in a debate on the issues.

On a side note; Clinton was impeached for perjuring himself while trying to fix a court case. The fact that he had to lie about cheating on his wife in the process of trying to squash a sexual-harassment suit against him was just the "juiciest" part of the story.

I'm surprised the press didn't pick up on the irony of a Democrat leader, (Democrats who claim to champion women's rights) doing these things in a sexual harassment trial.

Considering the left-leaning tendencies of the press, I really shouldn't be surprised.
 

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I'm starting to think that the only way we could ever get any good (or even decent) politicians is if they were drafted at random by social security number. It'd be like jury duty. You'd open the mailbox one evening and there'd be a letter... "Crap! Looks like I'm the new congressman representing the 11th district..."

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IMO, this is a terrible idea. Sure, we may get "good" people but it's highly likely that they are an idiot as well. Hang around the freshman dorms on a college campus for a few hours and tell me if you want any of those "adults" running our country. The movie "Idiocracy" comes to mind for me...
 

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On a side note; Clinton was impeached for perjuring himself while trying to fix a court case. The fact that he had to lie about cheating on his wife in the process of trying to squash a sexual-harassment suit against him was just the "juiciest" part of the story.

I'm surprised the press didn't pick up on the irony of a Democrat leader, (Democrats who claim to champion women's rights) doing these things in a sexual harassment trial.

Considering the left-leaning tendencies of the press, I really shouldn't be surprised.
Clinton was the victim. He was harassed by ML and forced to have sex with her. I mean, look at her. Would you do it willingly? :lmfao:
 

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Clinton was the victim. He was harassed by ML and forced to have sex with her. I mean, look at her. Would you do it willingly? :lmfao:
Thing is, he got a beej. I'd willingly take a beej from just about anything with the skills. Don't matta. :eek:
 
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