So, South Carolina Republicans decided they didn't care about Newt Gingrich's serial philandering, about his cheating on his first two wives, about his hypocrisy.
The latter is my big problem with this. His personal life is his own, but not when he's criticizing others for what he does himself, not when he's campaigning as a "defender" of traditional marriage, not when we're supposed to think that his supporters are "values" voters. If those are your values, you should be ashamed of yourself!
But apparently, Fox News disagrees with me. Hmm,... fancy that.
From Indecision Forever:
Let's get clarification from the values upholders over at Fox News…
Here's what one interested in making America stronger can reasonably conclude—psychologically—from Mr. Gingrich's behavior during his three marriages:
1) Three women have met Mr. Gingrich and been so moved by his emotional energy and intellect that they decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with him.
2) Two of these women felt this way even though Mr. Gingrich was already married.
3) One of them felt this way even though Mr. Gingrich was already married for the second time, was not exactly her equal in the looks department and had a wife (Marianne) who wanted to make his life without her as painful as possible.
Conclusion: When three women want to sign on for life with a man who is now running for president, I worry more about whether we'll be clamoring for a third Gingrich term, not whether we'll want to let him go after one.
You got that? The issue isn't that Newt Gingrich "broke his marriage vows" or "led a life of lies/hypocrisy." It's that women–with their superior insight–recognized the inherent goodness of Newt Gingrich, his raw intelligence, his ability to last for hours whenever there was a premise to be challenged.
The real shock here is that Fox News suddenly thinks that women's opinions are important, especially when one of them is lacking in the looks department.
Funny, yes, but note that there were additional points and additional conclusions in that column at Fox News. For example:
4) Two women—Mr. Gingrich’s first two wives—have sat down with him while he delivered to them incredibly painful truths: that he no longer loved them as he did before, that he had fallen in love with other women and that he needed to follow his heart, despite the great price he would pay financially and the risk he would be taking with his reputation.
Conclusion: I can only hope Mr. Gingrich will be as direct and unsparing with the Congress, the American people and our allies. If this nation must now move with conviction in the direction of its heart, Newt Gingrich is obviously no stranger to that journey.
I don't know about you, but I'd worry that President Gingrich would "follow his heart" to another country and not tell us about it for years. I'd worry that he'd be cheating on America, and especially that it would take him years before he came clean about it.
Is he, in fact, cheating on America now? After all, everything Republicans propose seems to be designed to bring us down. Is that deliberate? Most of what they propose was tried during the Bush administration, with truly disastrous results for our country.
And Newt even wants to bring child labor back to America. Is he clueless, or has he just fallen for one of America's competitors? Will we find out in six years or so that he's been sleeping with a younger, hotter country?
It's not just that we have to worry about Newt "following his heart" elsewhere, but that it might already have happened. After all, Newt didn't sit down with his wives, delivering his "incredibly painful truths," until he'd been cheating on them for years. So when Newt whispers sweet nothings in our ears, is it some other nation he's really thinking about?