I was going to tweet this but it was too long so I decided to make it a blog post instead. I am getting really annoyed with people mocking Newt Gingrich and twisting his words to say his cheating was inspired by a passion for our country.
I am no friend of Newt Gingrich, but that clearly is not what he said. What he said was, “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” It is obvious to me that he’s saying that because he loved his country (which in this case essentially amounts to his job) he worked very hard, likely to the point of being overworked and that it strained his marriage to the point where he found himself cheating. That isn’t the same thing as saying he cheated on his wife because he loved his country so much. Come on. You’re making us look like a group of people who are illiterate and irrational and completely oblivious to the point (isn’t that what we’re always accusing republicans of, anyhow?).
Yes, he did something bad and he deserves to feel bad, and no, I am not an advocate of cheating, but let’s be reasonable. This is not unique to Gingrich, it is a common problem in lots of marriages, and it plagues republicans and democrats alike. Furthermore, I see a great hypocrisy in being up in arms whenever a conservative talking head twists the words of our democratic politicians but then we turn around and do the same to them with such delight. It is obvious that that is neither what he said nor what he meant, and by distorting his words we’re also shifting the focus away from the real underlying issues, such as the fact that men are encouraged to work to the point where they become estranged from their wives.