The Republican outrage machine misfires for a brief second.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 @ 10:41 pm | Politics

I have a hard time keeping up with all of the things Republicans expect me to be outraged about so I generally tune out the constant peddling of idiotic news items that the “liberal media” churns out on a daily basis. One thing that’s guaranteed NOT to become a hot topic is a rather pointed question posed to Newt Gingrich about his many divorces and affairs:

In a question-and-answer session, Isabel Friedman, a student at the university who’s also Democratic activist, pressed Gingrich on how he squares his pro-family values with the fact he has been married three times and has admitted to two extramarital affairs.

“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,” Friedman said, in comments first reported by Politico. “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?”

In a video of the interaction posted on YouTube, Gingrich appeared none-too-happy with the question.

Of course he wasn’t happy. Republicans spent a good chunk of the nineties telling everyone, especially each other, that Bill Clinton’s sexual exploits was the single most important issue on the minds of Americans. Of course that wasn’t true. Clinton approval numbers surged during the Republican’s moral witch hunt and he continued to be viewed favorably by the electorate up until his departure. The man who led that charge, Newt Gingrich, was embroiled in his own extramarital affairs at the time. Ten years in exile later he needs to sweep all of that under the rug in hopes that the moral crusaders of the RW will believe his new shuck and jive about finding Jesus….again. Apparently, Newt is still under the impression that the old days of the Religious Right can be resurrected but obviously reminding Iowa caucus goers that he’s an opportunist at heart fucks up the narrative he’s been working very hard at for years.


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