Like Living Downwind From a Landfill

March 16, 2011

There goes that Newt Gingrich again, making excuses for being morally challenged, but being so in such a traditional, family-values sort of way.  It’s as if he thinks he ought to be beatified for screwing around.  Gingrich, like Sarah Palin, just won’t quit prenteding to occupy the moral high ground. And it is all pretend as PZ Myers says. It’s like living on the lee side of a landfill.

“It’s a strange situation where the political party with more ex-wives than candidates, that houses and defends a disturbingly amoral network of fundamentalist operators is regarded as the protector of the sanctity of the family. They’re anything but,” says Myers.
Newt’s excuse for cheating on his former wives rings as hollow as a Fox News officianado’s skull. See how believable this sounds to you —this is Newt explaining himself in an interview last week:

“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 that things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing it. I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness.”
If what Newt means is that he was so horny for the next available woman he made dry runs screwing the USA in off-hours while he stalked, then it makes sense. But anybody who believes that line besides Newt (and he probably does, he’s that far gone) oughta have their heads examined, as dad used to say.
Meanwhile, proud atheist Myers reports, “Today is my wedding anniversary. I’ve been married to the same woman for 31 years, without ever straying. Newt Gingrich has been married 3 times, divorced one wife while she was recovering from surgery, and has had extra-marital affairs.
It is strange politics and morality that condemns a professed aethist despite the fact that he’s doing exactly what a professed believer in god can’t seem to manage. If guys like Newt and Vitter and Ensign can get away with saying “God” out of one side of their mouth and “Baby, let’s do adultery” out of the other,” maybe that’s the lure of religiosity in conservative circles that any “head of the wife” can appreciate.

Check the PZ Myers’ blog post here; it makes such sensible sense.


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