I’ve heard some doozies when it comes to excuses for messing around on your wife, but Newt Gingrich’s latest about how “passionately I felt about this country” take excuses to a whole new – and somewhat disturbing – new level. His full comment, courtesy of Hot Air:
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. 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 them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness. Not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts hope there’s a forgiving God.
Now, I can understand one’s “passion for their country” leading them to do things with Girls named America, Glory, or anything else that could be argued as a patriotic name (and I guess women born in 1976 count as well), but he didn’t. He, like so many other politicians, craved power and the trappings of power. That includes women who didn’t care he was married.
In fairness to Gingrich, as Hot Air points out, Trump has used a similar line of reasoning – that working hard lead to his indiscretions – and it’s just as ridiculous as Gingrich spouting that crap. Trump, despite not having sought political office, still craves power. This isn’t unusual and can be channeled towards accomplishing great things. However, it also comes with the same potential pitfalls.