Patriotism ≠ Excuse for Infidelity

As the GOP negative campaigning continues, the two front-runners, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, battle it out aggressively to ensure their own nomination. A recent ad released by Romney is directly focused to expose Gingrich’s marital infidelity. Romney is very successful in this ad because he makes himself appear better by showing how constant and stable he is while contrasting that with Gingrich to advertise his wavering personal life. Romney begins his ad by telling about how he had been married for 42 years. This is intended to bring up how Gingrich is on his third wife, Callista. He began an affair with Callista, his congressional aide at the time, while he was still married to his second wife. It was the response that Gingrich gave when asked about his marital infidelity that interested me the most. During an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich said his marital infidelity was “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.” He then went on the say that he “felt compelled to ask God’s forgiveness.” I don’t know about anyone else, but to me this is a complete load of bull$#*!. It is ridiculous to think that the American public might actually buy that Gingrich “felt so passionately about this country” that he felt compelled to sleep with his congressional aide. The level of rhetoric here is truly amazing. In one quote he managed to turn his repulsive behavior into patriotism and bring his sins to God for forgiveness. I don’t mean to say that Gingrich is an outright detestable human being, but it is not acceptable of him to blame his love of his country for his sleazy behavior. Apparently Mitt Romney shared this belief with me, because he ended his ad by vowing to never apologize for the United States of America.


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  • shinnsm  On December 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I like that Romney ad; it doesn’t go negative or address Gingrich directly–it just highlights Mitt’s consistency. The ad also humanizes Romney by showing him with his family, which is something he needs to do and has clearly been working on.

    I agree with your assessment on Newt; there’s no excuse for his infidelity. Newt clearly has a worse track record on family values, so I’m surprised he’s done so well recently in Iowa.

  • fiutemca  On December 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I agree as well, love for this country has no correlation with his infidelity. It is one thing to be married three times, but it is another thing to have cheated on a past wife and then marry the “cheatee.”
    Those answers to that interview was just a strategic way of redirecting his faults to something else.

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