Gingrich gets blunt reminder of his past

Newt Gingrich was speaking at the University of Pennsylvania last night and afterward took questions from the students.

Here’s the first one:

“You adamantly oppose gay rights… but you’ve also been married three times and admitted to having an affair with your current wife while you were still married to your second. As a successful politician who’s considering running for president, who would set the bar for moral conduct and be the voice of the American people, how do you reconcile this hypocritical interpretation of the religious values that you so vigorously defend?”

As Politico reports:

“Gingrich, speaking to about 800 at a speaker series event on the west Philadelphia campus, tried to cut off the question.

“I’ll bet almost everybody here can gather the thrust of your question,” he said. “I appreciate the delicacy and generosity in the way it was framed. … I hope you feel better about yourself.

“I’ve had a life which, on occasion, has had problems,” he added. “I believe in a forgiving God, and the American people will have to decide whether that’s their primary concern. If the primary concern of the American people is my past, my candidacy would be irrelevant. If the primary concern of the American people is the future… that’s a debate I’ll be happy to have with your candidate or any other candidate if I decide to run.”

The way he constructed his answer — “I’ve had a life which … has had problems” — is interesting. It’s as if he’s trying to distance himself from his own conduct. Then again, nobody ever questioned Newt’s verbal agility. His moral agility is another matter, and while I don’t think he should be hounded about it everywhere he goes, I’m glad the question was asked.

– Jay Bookman

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270 comments Add your comment

Normal

February 23rd, 2011
7:44 am

Jay,
Come on, man. Newt again? This only makes him seem revelent.
He is scum.

I’ll be back next thread…have a great day everybody!

Mick

February 23rd, 2011
7:45 am

It will be asked again and again and I’m sure it will not be framed as politely…

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
7:46 am

“I’ve had a life which has had problems … mostly in my pants”

what a wanker.

THIS is the “personal responsibility” he espouses???

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
7:46 am

” I hope you feel better about yourself.”

Newt. Dude. you got off LIGHTLY with that question.

um. so to speak.

Mick

February 23rd, 2011
7:48 am

Newt’s rallying cry: Wankers of the world unite!!

stands for decibels

February 23rd, 2011
7:51 am

Wankers of the world unite!!

You have nothing to lose but your… um… ew.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

February 23rd, 2011
7:52 am

Newt should watch The Ladies Man and take notes from Leon Phelps. Don’t blame it on the Wang….

Oh well, this thread should be good for a few jokes…

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
7:54 am

Mick – I’m surprised he doesn’t take a cue from Marion Barry – B*&^$ set me up!!

Brad Steel

February 23rd, 2011
7:54 am

And why shouldn’t he be hounded? He has shown little restraint in his hounded.

Reap what ya’ sew. The golden rule.

I hope you feel better about yourself. Yeah. Real world-class verbal agility for an 8th-grader.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
7:56 am

Did anyone ask about Newt’s unwillingness to sit in the back of the plane, where seats were available or if he has expressed his forgiveness of Bill Clinton’s indiscretion. So many questions, so little time. By the way, does Newt still fantasize about living the dream of a life in a US where the south won the Civil War. I bet he still has wet dreams.

stands for decibels

February 23rd, 2011
7:56 am

“I appreciate the delicacy and generosity in the way it was framed.”

If the questioner wasn’t allowed a follow-up that included the phrase “Oh, do go [bleep] yourself, you whiny fat [bleep],” then there is no justice in this world.

jt

February 23rd, 2011
7:57 am

Almost as hypocritical as Senator Reid wanting to outlaw prostitution.

I can think of about 520 that he works with everyday.

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
7:57 am

“Reap what ya’ sew”

sow.

as in sowing seeds.

stands for decibels

February 23rd, 2011
7:58 am

B*&^$ set me up!!

um, didn’t he marry the B*&^$ ?

kinda hard to pull that one off…

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
7:58 am

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
7:59 am

dB – welp, I was GONNA be faithful … but the woman, with the wily ways women have, seduced me … so, after our tawdry affair, I felt like I HAD to do the right thing and marry her …

or something like that …

Bill

February 23rd, 2011
8:00 am

I did not have sexual relations with that woman.

John

February 23rd, 2011
8:01 am

Atleast none of Newt’s wives he cheated on had cancer!!!

Brad Steel

February 23rd, 2011
8:03 am

Sow… Ah yes.

Sow I sea.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:05 am

Is Newt still hooking for the brothers Koch, like Walker and other Republicans.

Haywood Jablome

February 23rd, 2011
8:07 am

I can think of about 520 that he works with everyday.

That’s biting ironic rye wit. I’m talking Glenn Beck level wit.

Aquagirl

February 23rd, 2011
8:08 am

Children use the passive voice: “my toy got lost.” Adults who talk about their life as if it wandered off by itself and “had problems” are just children in grown-up bodies.

stands for decibels

February 23rd, 2011
8:10 am

I guess for Newt, the Legend In His Own Mind (and for whom, I like to remind people, NOBODY outside of his wee GA district have EVER voted), any publicity is good publicity.

When was the last time anyone even talked about him? probably when he was waving his flabby arms around, trying to get someone to notice that he was fearlessly opposing that “Ground Zero Mosque.”

Remember when that community center was the greatest threat to our Freeance evah?

(Speaking of which, knowing what about 80% of the residents of our nation’s greatest city would do to Newt and that spousal unit of his, given the opportunity, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.)

AmVet

February 23rd, 2011
8:10 am

Aquagirl, I noticed that too.

What can you say? He’s a victim!

He is the darling and very poster boy of the Party of No Personal Responsibility.

Newt

February 23rd, 2011
8:11 am

“When was the last time anyone even talked about him?” – Um, I would say right now. Thanks for the attention. I love it!!! It just means y’all are thinking about me.

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
8:11 am

I thought it was the greatest threat to our Peeance …

stands for decibels

February 23rd, 2011
8:12 am

Gingrich gets blunt

On a positive note, Newt has never shied away from his past (?) marijuana use.

Real Scooter

February 23rd, 2011
8:14 am

Good morn to y’all!!!

I don’t care what Newt has done in the past,he will never be the POTUS anyway.I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would want to hear him speak.

Granny Godzilla

February 23rd, 2011
8:14 am

” hope you feel better about yourself.”

snippy much Newt?

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:14 am

I wonder if Newt and Glenn Richardson are drinking buddies. They have so much in common.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:15 am

The remaining charge consisted of two counts “of failure to seek legal advice” and one count of “providing the committee with information which he knew or should have known was inaccurate” concerning the use of a tax exempt college course for political purposes. On January 21, 1997, the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich, including a $300,000 “cost assessment” to recoup money spent on the investigation. This was the first time in the House’s history that the Speaker had been disciplined for ethics violations

There’s just too much ground to cover with that loser, Newt.

Doggone/GA

February 23rd, 2011
8:16 am

“Reap what ya’ sew”

And that’s not the Golden Rule. The GR is “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” – or the version I prefer: “Do as you would be done by”

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
8:16 am

Granny – he was channeling @@ … hey, waitaminnit … we’ve never seen @@ and Newt in the same place at the same time …

hrmmmmmmmm …

stands for decibels

February 23rd, 2011
8:17 am

I thought it was the greatest threat to our Peeance …

They hate us for our Freeance. That leads to the end of Peeance. Come on, it’s not that hard.

DavidEm

February 23rd, 2011
8:18 am

Moralizing and toolishness are such an unpleasant combination.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:18 am

Even Tom Delay wanted to oust Newt from his Speaker position. How low does one have to be to be beneath Tom Delay.

Real Scooter

February 23rd, 2011
8:21 am

Dang,where are the Newt defenders? This thread is going to be really boring without them.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:22 am

Commenting on his departure, Gingrich said, “I’m willing to lead but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals.

Why the change of heart, Newt. Hunger pangs.

stands for decibels

February 23rd, 2011
8:23 am

Dang,where are the Newt defenders?

maybe we should only say nice things about him until a few show up. (I kinda got the ball rolling @ 8.12)

Lets see… well, in the event of a water landing, he can be used as a flotation device. There’s that.

Newt

February 23rd, 2011
8:24 am

“Dang,where are the Newt defenders?” – I don’t care about the defenders. I’m just happy knowing I’m on your mind. Thanks!

stands for decibels

February 23rd, 2011
8:25 am

Newt’s breeding days appear to be behind him. That too is a plus.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:25 am

Gingrich has been married three times. In 1962, he married Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old and she was 26. They had two daughters. In the spring of 1980, Gingrich left Battley after having an affair with Marianne Ginther. According to Battley, Gingrich visited her while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery to discuss the details of their divorce. Six months after it was final, Gingrich wed Ginther in 1981.

Dear John,

What were you saying about cancer.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:28 am

Newt Gingrich is known for, and has written on several occasions about, his love of animals.

Maybe he should collaborate with that guy that ran for Georgia governor on a new book.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 23rd, 2011
8:29 am

Newt’s in trouble. Sarah’s emails are revealing what many already knew. Darth Coulter says Mitt can’t win……Wonder when Bachmann announces?

Real Scooter

February 23rd, 2011
8:30 am

Newt

February 23rd, 2011
8:24 am

You were not on my mind til Jay just had to bring you up. :lol:

Real Scooter

February 23rd, 2011
8:33 am

Keep it up DB,you are on a roll!!!!

Jaye

February 23rd, 2011
8:35 am

What’s with aging, paunchy white guys – with baggage around their waistline and lives – who think they can run the world? Is THAT what John Boehner keeps crying about? Newt, Boehner, Barbour and, closer to home, Ralston and Deal. Those are just the cream of the GOP crop.

Normal

February 23rd, 2011
8:35 am

Scooter,

I have to say that the only time I think of Newt is when I reach for the toilet paper…

Bye again. (I was hoping this thread would be over by now)

Aquagirl

February 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

stands for decibels
February 23rd, 2011
8:23 am

Lets see… well, in the event of a water landing, he can be used as a flotation device. There’s that.

….There’s a mental picture that’ll be with me the rest of the day. Unfortunately.

Keep up the good fight!

February 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

Newt’s my former congressman…that’s a big plus although Price is nothing to brag about.

Tea Party Patriot

February 23rd, 2011
8:38 am

This is what happens when you run out of new ideas: retread columns.

Newt

February 23rd, 2011
8:38 am

“I have to say that the only time I think of Newt is when I reach for the toilet paper…” – Thanks Normal. Like I said, atleast you’re thinking about me, sport.

Bob

February 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

When a dem lies under oath about sex we all know that is fine because sex is personal. Now we have people like this questioner that wants candidates sex lives as an issue. Who cares about Newt and his divorces, the last time our budget was brought under control, Newt led the charge.

The Ghost of Harry S. Truman

February 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

I view Newt the same way I view Clinton cronies on the left and TV Preachers…..pure entertainment.

Take, for example, how James Carville declared “unconditional waw on Nuke Geen-rich”.

Loads of fun to watch. Moderate Repubs are on their knees praying that “Nuke” won’t run. Moderate Dems (who can fit into one prayer closet) are on their knees praying that Obama will win a 2nd, else he becomes the national King Roy Barnes who wants to stage a come-back and ends up killing the party power structure for the long term.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

Poor Newt needs someone to think about him because it looks like his party members are not.

Real Scooter

February 23rd, 2011
8:43 am

Normal

February 23rd, 2011
8:35 am

TMI Normal. I don’t think Ida told that brother!

Y’all find all the rocks you can.Palin is the next thread. Yee Haw!

SO WHAT !!!

February 23rd, 2011
8:44 am

If Georgians will vote a Scum Bag like Deal in as Governor. they surely will vote a Scum Bag like Newt in as President. Those politically connected have to much money to lose if they don’t rally the mindless majority that can’t read the writing on the wall to vote for idiots like this.

Straight Talk

February 23rd, 2011
8:45 am

The liberal hypocrisy continues unabated. It’s OK for Slick Willie Clinton to have extramarital sex in the White House, lie to his family and the entire country… and then commit perjury by lying under oath in a court of law. But Newt’s extramarital problem is fodder to attack him. Both men were morally wrong in what they did. ‘Keep up the good fight; : You are fortunate to have had two Congressmen who understand the Constitution and the role of limited government in our republic.

Newt

February 23rd, 2011
8:47 am

“Poor Newt needs someone to think about him because it looks like his party members are not.”

Just like Sarah Palin, we can ALWAYS count on liberals to talk about us. We LOOOOOVE the attention Democrats give us.

Just a few thoughts...

February 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

It’s so easy to yell “Hypocrite!”

There isn’t a single one of us on earth that isn’t a hypocrite.

Fact is, it’s called human nature and humans only think of themselves. It’s only modern society that has us “trying” to be civilized, thinking of others and following laws of mankind.

If we don’t continue to strive to do the right thing – regardless of our past and continued mistakes, then we will fall as a society.

So, I would ask that you all take a look at yourselves and see what faults you have.

Keep up the good fight!

February 23rd, 2011
8:50 am

Straight Talk….you’re entitled to your opinion. Personally I don’t think either one of them truly understands the Constitution except for their own objectives and I dont think that I was fortunate to have a congressman who was part of a group on a vendetta and mission to destroy a President while doing some of the very same things that he was complaining about. The good news is at least I have a current President who, while I may not agree with all that he does, is certainly better than the alternative presented by the Party of No.

jt

February 23rd, 2011
8:50 am

Haywood Jablome

February 23rd, 2011
8:07 am

“I can think of about 520 that he works with everyday.

That’s biting ironic rye wit. I’m talking Glenn Beck level wit.”

No…….No irony here either…………dummy.

sheesh.

Must be a wisconsin public school product.

Bosch

February 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

Well, everybody’s life has problems — so he is no exception. The exception comes when according to his ex-wife (which again, is pretty unreliable) he doesn’t have to do as others do because he is…well, Newt.

I would really love for people to butt out of politicians lives, unless of course, they are hypocrites and condemn and judge others when they are no better.

AND LUCKOVICH!! Spot on today….

jm

February 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

Jay, RE “if you don’t like unions, don’t join one”, sorry for the serious response. I should have realized either it was a joke or a flippant response, but I take the issue too seriously. I just think unions have seriously harmed US competitiveness.

On topic – damn! Awesome question…. I think Newt’s response was fine….

Left wing management

February 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

As a successful politician who’s considering running for president, who would set the bar for moral conduct and be the voice of the American people, how do you reconcile this hypocritical interpretation of the religious values that you so vigorously defend?”

The questioner was surely a plant! Sent by MoveOn.org to roil Newt’s campaign and sow chaos.

Bosch

February 23rd, 2011
8:54 am

” It’s OK for Slick Willie Clinton to have extramarital sex in the White House”

Really Straight? It wasn’t ok with me, and it wasn’t ok with our host, and apparently it wasn’t okay with the House of Reps because they impeached him.

Willis

February 23rd, 2011
8:54 am

Newt comes across like Ted Haggard – the closet case who dismisses his own hypocrisy.

jm

February 23rd, 2011
8:55 am

BTW (off topic) – this continuing APS saga is starting to make me feel like the AJC has become Nightline and the APS is some pain-killer dealing doc in a box pharmacy handing out meds to everyone.

I’m not suggesting the AJC reporting is cheap, rather, don the Pulitzer. But jesus it never stops….

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

February 23rd, 2011
8:55 am

as in sowing seeds

Definitely for Newt!!!!!!

Donovan

February 23rd, 2011
8:56 am

To all you liberals who supported the immoral likes of Bill Clinton for two terms and line up to give him a standing O at his highly paid speeches…you are hypocrites. I would vote for Newt in a heartbeat over what I have seen offered up by the Democraps through the years.

AmVet

February 23rd, 2011
8:56 am

We LOOOOOVE the attention…

Most petulant brats and juvenile delinquents do, meat.

The most unfortunate aspect of Newt’s life is that he was just a tad too young.

Had he served with Nixon, the little pr!ck from Connecticut, would have barely stood out.

And like Reagan before him and Bush after, he was not the solution, he was the problem.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
8:56 am

Newt’s a Catholic now. Does that give him more, less or the same amount of “freedom” to sin than when he was a Baptist.

Henry Grady

February 23rd, 2011
8:57 am

I do enjoy Newt as an idea guy, and a futurist in terms of explaining the consequences of current plans and programs, but I find him also very flawed as a candidate…….same as me and about everyone else.

Tommy Maddox

February 23rd, 2011
8:58 am

The funny thing about the past – everyone has one. How’s yours?

Newt is supremely qualified to be elected President – and that is what will disqualify him.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

February 23rd, 2011
8:59 am

Dang,where are the Newt defenders? This thread is going to be really boring without them.

http://www.hark.com/clips/tqccdppqps-if-do-right-no-can-defense

Peadawg

February 23rd, 2011
8:59 am

“And like Reagan before him and Bush after, he was not the solution, he was the problem.” – And you think Obama’s the solution? BBBWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

John K

February 23rd, 2011
9:01 am

Newt’s just playing the “it’s ok if you’re a Republican” card.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
9:01 am

Well, it’s about time Newt’s loyal followers showed up to defend him. Of course, their defense does not even address Newt. Their defense is to point their widdle fingers at others. They’re such good loyal defenders of Newt.

ken

February 23rd, 2011
9:01 am

Obama’s past hasn’t followed him . Big secret.

Tommy Maddox

February 23rd, 2011
9:02 am

Paul

February 23rd, 2011
9:02 am

Couple of points.

The question was predicated on “who would set the bar for moral conduct and be the voice of the American people,” and concluded with “how do you reconcile this hypocritical interpretation of the religious values that you so vigorously defend.”

Was a great opportunity to state whether or not the president should set the bar for moral conduct. If he does, the question has merit. If not, it doesn’t.

The second, hypocritical interpretation. Could have reminded the speaker “I recently converted to the Catholic faith. I was not satisfied with how I’ve conducted my life and hurt others. I feel badly about that and admit my faults. The Church provides a new life with a consistent moral framework to which I have committed. If I make moral conduct a political issue and violate the standards I’ve embraced I fully expect you to come after me and hold me accountable.”

Even having done that, though, I expect the same talking points to be endlessly recycled by those who don’t care for him. I don’t care for him, either, but I think there are much more substantive arguments to make the case.

Damon

February 23rd, 2011
9:02 am

Newt and Palin …. two good reasons to not vote republican. Of course the democrats put up even bigger douchebags. That leaves me with third party candidates. I try not to find out too much about them or else I wouldn’t even be able to cast my insignificant protest vote.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

February 23rd, 2011
9:02 am

The liberal hypocrisy continues unabated. It’s OK for Slick Willie Clinton to have extramarital sex in the White House, lie to his family and the entire country

Nobody’s ever said it was ok for Clinton to do what he did. However, a blow job does not fit the definition of high crimes or treason, which is what would call for the president to get impeached from office.

USMC dawg

February 23rd, 2011
9:03 am

Newt Gingrich is a genius and has more intellect than all of you put together including Jay Bookman.

You Hatemongers did a great job though at Slandering his name, but then again that is what you all know best.

Newt is one wise man. And no I didn’t need Faux News to tell me that;-)

Paul

February 23rd, 2011
9:03 am

TaxPayer

“Newt’s a Catholic now. Does that give him more, less or the same amount of “freedom” to sin than when he was a Baptist.”

You trolling this morning? Have you a cite from Catholic or Baptist teachings where they embrace freedom to sin?

Let the Big Dawg Eat

February 23rd, 2011
9:04 am

Hey, man, leave the dude alone. What’s the BFD anyway? Three wives? Tallywacker working overtime? I mean, who cares?

jt

February 23rd, 2011
9:05 am

AmVet

February 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

Pea, do you always conflate, spin like a ballerina and rely solely on logical fallacies?

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

USMC dawg has a crush on Newt. I think he lovvvvvves Newt.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

February 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

jt

Not familiar with the list, but I see nothing wrong with it.

cranky old man

February 23rd, 2011
9:07 am

Personally, I tend to adopt the French attitude about politicians who have to go to the hospital because they had a “filibuster” lasting more than 4 hours with someone other than their wives – I just shrug. But I can’t resiste snickering at this guy, given that he led the charge, loudly and piously, to impeach a certain ex-president for using interns as cigar holders.

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
9:08 am

“This is what happens when you run out of new ideas”

and if anyone knows about running out of new ideas, it’s a Tea Partier.

Left wing management

February 23rd, 2011
9:08 am

Then again, maybe the plant was sent by Palinites for America.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
9:09 am

Have you a cite from Catholic or Baptist teachings where they embrace freedom to sin?

Why the heck else would you be given the opportunity to confess one’s sins, day after day after day… instead of being told on day one, “If you sin, you’re out,” or something similar.

Susan

February 23rd, 2011
9:10 am

Newt, I am the American public and one of my primary concerns is any candidate’s ability to make moral and appropriate decisions. Without any doubt, you have proven you fail that test so as a candidate you are off the ballot for me and millions of others.

Go back to your writing which is often good, your wife who for some reason tolerates you and leave the rest of us alone. We don’t need a morally inept, judgmental fast talker running our country,

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
9:11 am

“Newt Gingrich is a genius and has more intellect than all of you put together ”

dammid, where’s SoCo and the spittake pic!

he’s got cajones and an ego as big as Jupiter, but genius AND intellect???

sorry. but, no. just. no.

AmVet

February 23rd, 2011
9:11 am

OK, gotta run for awhile.

A genius?????????

The guy talks like exactly like Beck, Hannity and O’Reilly. And those three stooges ain’t exactly Mensa material.

I’ll check back in later to see how the Kiss Newt’s Arse Hour went.

USinUK

February 23rd, 2011
9:12 am

Tax – “Why the heck else would you be given the opportunity to confess one’s sins, day after day after day”

not necessarily true … you’re advised to “go and sin no more”

confession is the opportunity to reconcile with God and with the community for your transgressions – not a free pass.

jt

February 23rd, 2011
9:12 am

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

February 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

jt

Not familiar with the list, but I see nothing wrong with it.

OMG, what a buzz kill.

I’m out.

TaxPayer

February 23rd, 2011
9:14 am

Have you ever noticed how, according to Christians like Scout, if you are not a believer then you are doomed. You cannot get into Heaven therefore you are destined to purgatory and it’s a hell of a place to spend an eternity. But! If you become a Christian, then you are afforded all the freedoms that come with membership and the biggest freedom of all — forgiveness, just for the asking.