Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Friday, March 09, 2007
Cable news! Have I got a hot story for you!
Everyone publishes an Associated Press story that reveals Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted he was having an extramarital affair while he pursued the whole Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton issue. Gingrich admitted to the affair during an interview with James Dobson, but insisted he's not a hypocrite.
That's rich.

Somehow I'm not exactly surprised. I'm also not really surprised that the media investigative hounddogs were so busy with their noses up Clinton's butt that they missed out on this (among many) hypocrisies in the Republican party. Imagine for a moment. What would the news media do if Nancy Pelosi was revealed to be having an affair?

Update: Here's a brief history of Newty:
1) Gingrich marries his high school teacher, Jackie, who was seven years his senior; 2) Jackie puts Gingrich through college and she works hard to get him elected to the House in 1978 (Gingrich won partly because his campaign claimed that his Democratic opponent would neglect her family if elected -- at that time it was common knowledge that Gingrich was straying); 3) Shortly after being elected, Gingrich separated from his wife -- announcing the separation in the hospital room where Jackie was recovering from cancer surgery (the divorce was final in 1981); Jackie Gingrich and her children had to depend on alms from her church because Gingrich didn't pay any child support; 3) Six months after the divorce, Gingrich, then 38, married Marianne Ginther, 30; 4) "In May 1999, however, Gingrich [55] called Marianne [48] at her mother's home. After wishing the 84-year-old matriarch happy birthday, he told Marianne that he wanted a divorce." This was eight months after Marianne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; 5) In 2000, Gingrich, 57, married ex-congressional aide Callista Bisek, 34,[after a 6 year affair] with whom he was having a relationship while married to Marianne.
Gosh. Do you remember the NY Times slobbering all over this when Newty was Speaker? Maybe the WaPo?