Saturday, November 19, 2011

Newt Gingrich Ugly Past Finally Caught Up to Him

The media kept the GOP soap opera under control. Thus, the media made sure that a GOP candidate didn't get too far ahead in the GOP presidential race. Since it was reported that Newt Gingrich surged in the latest poll, the media wanted to remind the American people that the former House Speaker is a weak candidate. Gingrich is part of the Republican establishment. Gingrich is very similar to Bill Clinton. Besides adultery, Gingrich had several affair. Gingrich was a draft dodger. Also, there was an ethics violation using tax payer's money to publish a book. Gingrich's argument with his cancer, stricken wife at her hospital bed was in bad form. Gingrich and Bill Clinton believed that oral sex is not sex. To top Gingrich's problem, the former House Speaker overdrawn and bounced 22 House checks. It looks like an uphill climb from Gingrich.

(Politico) Newt Gingrich’s campaign sought Friday to differentiate the former House speaker’s extramarital affair in the 1990s with that of Bill Clinton by noting that the former president committed perjury.

“Opponents often try to delegitimize Newt Gingrich by pointing out that he had admitted to having an extramarital affair during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton,” notes a new page on Gingrich’s campaign website that is devoted to explaining past controversies involving the Republican White House hopeful.

“What these accusers are ignoring is that the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton were due to the fact that the president committed perjury in front of a sitting federal judge, which is a felony. As the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt felt that he had a duty to uphold the rule of law by pursuing impeachment. He stands by that decision today.”

Gingrich also confronts the oft-told story that he asked his first wife for a divorce while she was on her deathbed.

“This story is a vicious lie,” according to the page. “It was first reported by a left-wing magazine in the 1980s based on heresay and has survived in left-wing chat rooms on the Internet until today. It is completely false.”

The page refers and links to a column one of Gingrich’s daughters wrote earlier this year about the incident.

“The column reveals that 1) It was her mother that requested the divorce, not Newt, and it was months before the hospital visit in question; 2) Her mother was in the hospital to remove a tumor, but it was benign, and she is still alive today; 3) Newt visited the hospital for the purpose of taking his two children to see their mother, not to discuss a divorce.”

What the page doesn’t mention is that a Gingrich spokesman confirmed earlier this year that the then-congressman and his then-wife did get into an argument while he was at the hospital. In addition to his 90s-era affair and the story about his hospital visit, the site addresses 14 additional topics that could be used against Gingrich.

The other issues are mostly on policy and politics, ranging from his statement on Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan to his work for Freddie Mac.