Fox News Claims Newt Gingrich's Affairs Are Beneficial, Forgets About Anthony Weiner
Fox News' Keith Ablow published an article yesterday that took a rather interesting view of potential Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich's extramarital affairs: they would make him a better president. Since this argument runs counter to pretty much all of the other political analysis you'll find on Gingrich's infidelity, I'll let Ablow explain it to you:
On what Newt's affairs tell us about his presidency:"When three women want to sign on for life with a man who is now running for president, I worry more about whether we’ll be clamoring for a third Gingrich term, not whether we’ll want to let him go after one."
On Newt's tendency to leave wives in the hospital: "I can only hope Mr. Gingrich will be as direct and unsparing with the Congress, the American people and our allies. If this nation must now move with conviction in the direction of its heart, Newt Gingrich is obviously no stranger to that journey."
And of course, the final conclusion: "So, as far as I can tell, judging from the psychological data, we have only one real risk to America from his marital history if Newt Gingrich were to become president: We would need to worry that another nation, perhaps a little younger than ours, would be so taken by Mr. Gingrich that it would seduce him into marrying it and becoming its president. And I think that is exceedingly unlikely."
To put it lightly, I disagree with Mr. Ablow's assertion. For one, he argues through the entire article that there's no correlation "from a psychological perspective" between being loyal to a spouse and being honest with the American people. Not that he could be bothered to actually cite any studies (psychological or otherwise) for these claims, but whatever. As a counterpoint, I'd like to cite another Fox News contributor's article on the Anthony Weiner scandal. According to Keith Ablow, circa June 7, 2011:
"Voters should, in this psychiatrist’s opinion, hold Anthony Weiner in contempt for lying to them about his actions. That duplicity was revealing of deep character."
Thanks Keith. Newt betrayed the trust of his wives by cheating on them, and I would say he betrayed the trust of the American people by leading several moralistic crusades against other philanderers without admitting to his own moral failings. Back in 1983, Gingrich lamented that our country could not remain free without moral leaders. By that point, he was on his second wife and had multiple other affairs alleged by his campaign staff in the 70s. If not outright lying, it was certainly hypocritical, not to mention selfish and misleading. It's hard to say that's what we should want in a president.