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S.C. GOPers embrace hypocrisy

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published January 22, 2012

He took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to verbally slash at then President Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky affair — while himself cheating on his second wife with a mistress.

He publicly pledged that he would not go negative in his bid for the Republican nomination for president, but did just that when he saw his campaign failing to gain traction.

He insisted that he wasn’t going to publicly criticize his second wife, Marianne, whom he divorced to marry his mistress, but sent his daughters from his first marriage — he divorced that wife to marry Marianne — to suggest that the second wife was a liar for saying in an ABC News interview that he wanted an open marriage.

Finally, he attacked the mainstream media for irresponsible and sensational news coverage, but Sunday morning was on national television pontificating about the real America.

And yet, on Saturday, Republican voters in South Carolina ignored Newt Gingrich’s numerous trysts — with hypocrisy — and gave him an impressive victory in the primary. In so doing, they slowed down former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s drive for the nomination, and made Florida’s Jan. 31 primary a must-win for Romney.

But it is the willingness of South Carolina Republicans of just about every stripe to ignore Gingrich’s character flaws, all the while wrapping themselves in the now stained cloak of family values, which was the real story of the election.

It will be interesting to see if Republicans in other states take seriously the admonition that aptly applies to Gingrich: “Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t run around naked.”


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1ailierdroit(98 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Family values are the real story of the election, Bert? You actually think you can get away with slipping that BS in here? You're funny. And a dope.

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2ailierdroit(98 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

That's not too enlightening when only one party is associated, and yet criticized, with 'representing' family values and religion, don't you agree? 'The Party of Family Values' should be a Country of Family Values, shouldn't it? The 'Religious Right' is a media driven hoax.

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3essen(9 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Clinton was impeached and lost his law license for perjury, not for having "sex" with "that woman".

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4palbubba(662 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Bertram is just another biased columnist, certainly not a journalist. Gingrich is a hypocrite without much evidence, while Bill Clinton is not after wagging his finger into a TV camera and proclaiming I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMEN. Truth is ALL politicians lie, that is why people are fed up with them. One thing we do not need is another biased columnist taking shots at only one side.

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5borylie(742 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Ninety % give or take of the black voters voted for Obama in 2008. Many were religious people and many were religious leaders. Obama admitted to using cocaine. Are all those religious blacks hypocrites? I don't believe they wanted a leader that showed weakness in his choices and that he couldn't be trusted to not break the law again sometime in the future.

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6HonestAbe(244 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

If I remember correctly, Newt left either wife #1 or #2 while she was recovering from cancer. Yep, he's perfect for the moral majority hypocrites.

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