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Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

There is no doubt that the interview conducted by ABC News with Marianne Gingrich will be embarrassing for both Newt and Calista Gingrich.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins tells me he finds the interview, “troubling.” I mean think about it: would you want all of your past dirty laundry out there on national TV in front of tens of millions of people? Thought not.

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The real question is how much will this really damage Gingrich politically? Actually, it may not be as much as people think.

A prominent evangelical leader sent The Brody File this:

"The interview is not helpful. On the other hand, voters are familiar with Newt's personal issues and they will weigh those along with other factors such as his record, ability to lead, and electability. When it comes to evangelicals, I think Perry summed it up best in his endorsement of Newt: none of us is perfect, and we believe in redemption."

Look, don’t get me wrong. This interview has a bombshell quality and the “open marriage” issue is problematic. Clearly, Newt Gingrich's sins of the past are coming back to haunt him as he gets closer to a real shot at the presidency. The truth of the matter is that our past mistakes can make the future complicated. It's unfortunate but true.

Gingrich says he has asked God for forgiveness in this area of his life and as far as we know he hasn't had any transgressions since, so who are we (as evangelical Christians) to question Newt's sincerity when it comes to his business with God.

In a strange sort of way, the good news here for Newt is that he never claimed to have a patron saint reputation. This isn't a case where some deep dark dirty secrets are now coming out against a man who carried the morality torch. Gingrich's marital past has been out there for quite some time so even these latest comments aren't going to get supporters to say "Really? Wow. This is shocking to me!"

This is not to downplay what Marianne Gingrich has claimed in the interview. I'm just saying the shock factor won't be as high and politically that actually helps Gingrich. It would be far different and much more explosive if, let’s say some woman came out and said these things about Mitt Romney.

So while this is something the Gingrich campaign is going to have to overcome, it doesn’t necessarily trump the insatiable appetite of evangelicals and Republican voters as a whole of getting rid of President Obama in the fall of 2012.

When Gingrich takes the debate stage, he has literally mesmerized GOP voters. So far that narrative has trumped his marriage problems of the past. Why? It’s because voters are looking for a serious candidate to tackle serious problems.

Oh, and one more thing. I can see Newt turning this ABC News interview into an opportunity to bash the media because they are releasing this story 48 hours before the South Carolina primary. Don’t be surprised if he whacks ABC tonight and the crowd (once again) hoots and hollers.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

Hopefull Mr Brody will post this comment. I dont know why he dident post my last one. I hope it wasent because he dident agree with my opinion.)
Newt Gingrich offered his SECOND wife a choice of an OPEN MARRIAGE or a divorce when he revealed to her he was having an affair with the woman he later made his THIRD wife".
Wow. What an "outstanding Christian example" this guy has turning out to be. And to think so many Christians and Christian orgaizations have given their support to this FRAUD. And probally still will. Pro-Obama care, Globalist, Bohemian Grove attendee, joined at the hip with Nancy Pelosi on left,radical enviromental policy,Anti second amendment and now Pro open marriage. That some Christian Organizations are STILL willing to support this charactor is beyond me.

Left by LukeB on Jan 19, 2012 5:51 PM

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

I hope alot. The only one worth voting for is Rick Satorum.
Left by JESUS is the only answere on Jan 19, 2012 10:59 PM

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

Why some people are judging whithout knowing the truth, we don't know for sure and his 2 daughters are siding with him. After all herself cheated right?
Now she wants revenge, this is dirty. She realizes he is going up and might be the winner in this race and she is mad because she would not be First Lady.
I hope he wins, since his conversion to Catholicism he is a changed man, he is very smart,and the most qualified to beat Obama, very important in this Election.People are tired of Obama failed Presidency, 3 years after, America is way down.
Why they voted for him ? he had no accomplishment none!
Now with one more year left to do more damage.
If the Election would be tomorrow, I would vote for Gingrich, the only one of the 4 left to beat Obama. I do not think he will be hurt by his X wife comment. Revenge is ugly!
Left by Huguette Stadelmann on Jan 20, 2012 1:11 AM

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.
Left by James on Jan 20, 2012 10:19 AM

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

So by the same token, what about the (probably paid for) women who accused Cain of sexual misconduct? He should have ignored these idiots and stayed on to prove to everyone that he was innocent. He was the one Obama was afraid of the most, because then Obama couldn't use the race card against him: a black who was a conservative was really a BIG thorn in the side of Obama. But I think Santorum is better because of his much stronger stance against illegals. Check out NumbersUSA.com's endorsement of Santorum.
Left by 7obmar on Jan 20, 2012 9:33 PM

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

Luke, we Christians are bound by the words of Jesus. If you can not forgive you can not be forgiven. It really is just that simple. The ex wife who is making this claim needs to understand she will never have any peace in her own soul if she can't release bitterness and move on. Also I believe people are just to fast to believe what they hearand remember there is always two sides to every story. Newt Gingrich has said he repented and acknowledges he is not perfect and has made mistakes. I personally think he will make a good president and can restore America to the great nation we are intended to be. Let's remember King David and how God used him to restore Isreal, he too was an adulterer and a murderer and God loved David and said he was a man after God'd own heart. God created everyone of us and Jesus died for all of us, even those who were nailing Him to that cross.
Left by PatW on Jan 21, 2012 10:07 AM

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

No, Gingrich want be hurt by his ex. She just came off as a bitter woman. If she had said this back during the divorce maybe it would have hurt him. she needs to ask God for forgiveness for her part then lay it down and move on. No one is perfect and that means both of them had a hand in that marriage. No one is saying anything about their girls, they were sitting beside their and said that was not true. That their dad tried to work it out.
Left by DB on Jan 21, 2012 10:22 AM

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

Prov 18:17 "One man's case sounds just until you hear the other side." Don't judge without all the facts. Having handled many family law cases - it is obvious from the initial client interview the client rarely gives redeeming facts about their spouse's position usually laying most blame on their spouse. As such, I give limited weight to this interview - if one could cross-examine Marianne under oath in a court of law one's conclusions may be quite different. I would argue to LukeB -having watched Marianne Gingrich make her statement to the interviewer, she appears to be again presenting her case/opinion now to the court of public opinion, which we know is not a body through which truth can be discovered. To me she appears to have not forgiven her former husband, is bitter, & wants justified, which will only hurt her. Newt might consider a public apology to ask Marianne for forgiveness publically, having already confessed & repented for his sin. Jesus forgave Newt so should she.
Left by japa on Jan 21, 2012 1:54 PM

# RE: Will Newt Be Damaged By His Ex-Wife's Interview?

Lincoln and the Union needed a general to win the civil war when it looked that all was lost, and he selected Grant to fight for the Union,during the worst of time for the Republic. Newt is our Grant and while he might a sob to some,he can lead the charge to take the rains of Freedom out of the hands of Obama (and get America back on the right track) and the socialist rabble that are doing their best to destroy this country. No one dare questioned the candidate Obama when he was running for the Presidency and now we know he does not care for this country and he surrounds himself with many who are Marxist,socialist and communist in their beliefs.If I had the choice of loosing this Nation and our freedoms by keeping Obama in the White House or voting for someone who has been married before and admitted it(don't forget Clinton and what has was doing in the WH) and asked for forgiveness,I'll vote for Newt.Thanks for letting me have my say.
Left by southernpatriot on Jan 21, 2012 6:46 PM