Newt Gingrich has "family values?" WTF?!?

From Michelle Goldberg at Newsweek:

Like many evangelicals in Iowa, Steve Deace, an influential conservative radio host, is wrestling with the possibility that Newt Gingrich may be the most viable standard bearer for family-values voters in the next election. It’s a conundrum, he says, that many others are also grappling with. “Maybe the guy in the race that would make the best president is on his third marriage,” he says. “How do we reconcile that?”

“Under normal circumstances, Gingrich would have some real problems with the social-conservative community,” says Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. “But these aren’t normal circumstances.”

Gingrich benefits, of course, from the powerful Christian narrative of sin and deliverance. “These voters believe in forgiveness, they believe in redemption,” says Ralph Reed, who leads the Faith and Freedom Coalition. After all, as he points out, it was evangelicals who helped elect Ronald Reagan, our first and only divorced president.

Put another way, evangelicals would rather have a liar and a hypocrite and has been married three times than a Mormon. And if anyone seriously believes Gingrich has repented, I’ve got a beautiful orange bridge in San Francisco to sell you.

I suppose another possibility is that the Romney-hating evangelicals might instead believe that dishonesty, hypocrisy, and misogyny actually are family values.

Or maybe the Reed/Perkins style of evangelical believes that he can behave however horribly he wants from Monday through Saturday so long as he pretends to ask God for forgiveness on Sunday. In my opinion, a God who was so fickle to actually grant forgiveness to a human being this rotten (evangelical or not) is unworthy of worship, but that’s just me.

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  1. and anyone should pay attention to your crocodile tears because ….why?….lamenting family values & decrying hypocrisy…I see….YOUR side really doesn’t FEEL hypocrisy….hmmmm….philaderers of EPIC proportion abound on the left (W.J.B Clinton & Ted “Mea Culpa” Kennedy spring to mind along with quite a few others) but the reall lesson is that there can NEER be any hypocrisy on the left because ANYthing goes….there is no right & wrong except for evil conservatives now THEY should be silenced & have all their wealth taken….how DARE they…..well here we go…the right is FINALLY awakening to your miserable tactics….you did & said ANYthing to win when it came to protecting Clinton so now the shoe is on the other foot…..when we get Newt AND a conservative Senate majority we shall RAM our beliefs down YOUR throat……

    • See, mike, hypocrisy means saying one thing and doing something else. When a lefty refuses to come down hard on Clinton because that lefty believes that issues of adultery should be private and between the man and his wife, that’s not hypocrisy, that’s actually practicing what you preach.

      I’m not crying any crocodile tears at all – Newt is a lying, misogynist hypocrite who care not a whit for another human being but himself, and his entire political history demonstrates it. If you think otherwise, then you’re delusional. And it speaks volumes that you’d rather vote for a woman-hating liar on his third wife than Romney, who actual does have some honest-to-gods family values.

      If you care so much about “family values,” then by all means vote for the candidate who epitomizes those family values. Maybe that’s Perry, or Romney, or Cain. But whoever it is, it ain’t Newt. Newt’s a vote for “winning at any price,” not for “family values.”

  2. I will never be able to get passed the way Mr. Gingrich left his first wife – in the recovery room following cancer surgery. I lost my wife to cancer 6 years ago and I will never be over it. To me, the man has no humanity or love of family. It speaks volumes about how he would see the country.

  3. These folks need to hope that if God exists he’s really as dumb as they’re acting like he is. Because if he isn’t, it’s gonna be a slow moving line come Judgment Day.

  4. Sigh. I thought we’d been through this. Trying to reconcile the nonsensical logic and inherent contradictions of the Far Right is like trying to teach your dog calculus.

  5. Paul has been married to Carol since 1957

    Newt got us into $15 Trillion debt. Please tell me more about his political wisdom.

  6. didn’t mention that he divorced his first wife after cheating on her while she had cancer. did it say how he cheated on his second wife, whom he left his first wife for, with a secretary 23 years his junior WHILE he was going after “w.b.j. Clinton” as that one person said. Plus he’s Catholic, and if you guys missed the last 50 years in American politics, Catholics overwhelmingly vote left win and how many crazies think Catholicism (which he is) isn’t christian and how its supposed to he a cult worshiping the pope or whatever the right said about Kennedy. I’m not even gonna talk about the Freddie Mac lobbying during the Housing Bubble. Funny part, I REALLY want “The Newt” Gingrich to be nominated, he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, he’s a hack.