Newt Gingrich Acknowledges Affair During Lewinsky Probe

Newt Gingrich tells Focus on the Family’s James Dobson in an interview to be aired Friday that he had an affair during the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky probe:

Gingrich_clinton“‘The honest answer is yes. There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There’s certainly times when I’ve fallen short of God’s standards. The president of the United States got in trouble for committing a felony in front of a sitting federal judge,’ the former Georgia congressman said of Clinton’s 1998 House impeachment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. ‘I drew a line in my mind that said, ‘Even though I run the risk of being deeply embarrassed, and even though at a purely personal level I am not rendering judgment on another human being, as a leader of the government trying to uphold the rule of law, I have no choice except to move forward and say that you cannot accept … perjury in your highest officials.'”

As opposed to the sometimes useful dishonest answer.

Comments

  1. mark m says

    But but but but… he didn’t lie about it under oath!

    This is what conservatives will point out as the distinction. And yes, it’s a valid distinction. Except when I hear some conservatives bash Clinton, they don’t call him “Clinton the liar-under-oath”…they refer to the blowjob.. as if this President’s horny abuse of power is unique to his term in office, or to Democrats in general.

    Um, not so apparently. THAT is where we use the term hypocrite… because Republicans are NOT the keepers of virtue and goodness and the sooner they drop that from their platform, the sooner I can take them more seriously.

  2. says

    This is so typical of Republicans. They say one thing and do another. If they spent less time focus on policing other people’s lives and relationships, they could take better care of their own.

  3. Rad says

    …and this just does no shock me. Between cozying up to [ex][gay][porn star] Marines, trysts with male escorts, etc… this just does not shock me.

    The reason is; what recourse is there? We are a society so alive for immediate talking points, talking heads, spin, anti-spin, BLOGified garbage that what difference could this possibly make.

    I am waiting for “The New Anna Nichole Show” to be announced. Where some wizards use CGI to have her bumbling blonde call-girl likeness interact with celebutants and metrosexual athletes to keep the 15 minutes of fame going on inperpituity.

  4. John says

    Newt Gingrich is kind of the ur-hypocrite of the just ended Republican congress.

    I think someone should investigate him thoroughly. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

    Not to be unkind, but the man is despicable.

  5. FunMe says

    RepubliCONs are simply HYPOCRITES!

    Not to mention FREAKS of nature!

    The GOP of now is made of perverts, hypocrites, religous fascists, LIARS, theives, self-loathing closeted gays and more!

    How anyone can still be a RepubliCON is beyond me.

    Less government, fiscal responsibility .. what’s that? DEMOCRATS are more in line with that now!

    I so look forward to 2008 when the SENATE will become Democrat again with a stronger majority. And I do believe the presidency will be a Democrat.

    Bad thing, just like a hurricane, the DAMAGE these jerks have cause to the United States of America will take years to repair.

  6. says

    You’re damn right – lying under oath is the big difference. I don’t think anyone staying in the closet is bad, even if it is being dishonest. But lying about it under oath is a felony. Bill Clinton paid for it and Scooter Libby paid for it, and deservedly so to both.

  7. Marco says

    Hilarious. Newt finally acknowledges what we’ve all known for years. Wonder when he’ll admit he told his wife he wanted a divorce while she was in the hospital stricken with cancer?

    He’s the Supreme Leader of all Douchebags.

  8. anon says

    The problem with the Big G is that he is no where near as smart as he thinks he is and can’t acknowledge how unpopular he is too. He has no chance of becomming president. If he knows this he’s only running to attract attention–and perhaps raise his speaking fees or something.

  9. SGR says

    I wish elected Republicans would work harder at actually being noble public servants. They talk a big game when it comes to personal accountability, but stuff like this proves otherwise.

    And when they decide to investigate the opposition’s personal lives for purely political purposes, they need to do a better job determining if what they’re doing is worth it to the public (and not just to them). Think of the amount of public money spent on the investigation. And for what? What a shame.

  10. Jack! says

    F%cking hypocrite! Conservatives will be rushing to his aid saying that nasty liberals are on the path of personal destruction like they did with Matt Sanchez. Newt is an immoral pig.

  11. Mike says

    WELL WELL WELL as Shakespeare would have said:
    “truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.”

    So much for not casting any stones….

  12. patrick nyc says

    This is too funny. Most people know that those who yell the loudest have the most to hide. Let us not forget that this is the guy who served his first wife divorce papers, while she was lying in a hospital bed fighting cancer. Think he’s on wife 3 or 4 by now. Some fucking family values. Thank God gays will not get to sully it.

  13. Leland says

    Jesus, Mary, and Fucking Joseph, Cyd, how kind of you to slither across Towleroad once again without your lifesize blowup doll of Ronald Let Em Die AIDS Is God’s Punishment Reagan! But here ya are, defending the Repugnant’s answer to Willy Clinton. Hell, he’s got a worse dick, I mean track record that WJC himself. Have you had your balding head so far up Massa’s ass that you never heard ’em talk about Adultery, or was this time that the Gingrich Who Tried to Steal The Country had his peckerwood’s pecker where it shouldn’t be in between his, what, three marriages? Hmmm, let me check. Bill’s only been married once, so he’s behind The Newt by two. And, unlike Newter he’s never had the chance to inform one of his wives that he was dumping her for another woman while she was in the hospital being treated for cancer. God, Clinton is SUCH an amateur!

    Would YOU please go back in the closet, Cyd? You make my skin crawl and me ashamed to be a gay American.

  14. says

    Interesting that Newt mentioned the potential for his own embarrassment, but it apparantly never occurred to him to acknowledge the pain and embarrassment his cheating caused his wife.

    Of course, wives to him are as disposable as shoes. So what the fuck should he care?

  15. LightningLad says

    The amount of bile Leland spews towards someone is in direct proportion to the truth of their statement.

    Having an extra-marital affair and lying about it is not an impeachable offense.

    Having an extra-marital affair and lying about it UNDER OATH and OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE is an impeachable offense.

    The hypocrisy is not with Newt Gingrich but with the rabid liberals who cheer when Lewis Libby is tried and convicted on the same changes Bill Clinton was impeached for, but they cheer for the former but cry foul about the latter.

    Sorry, girls, you can’t have it both ways. Actually, it sounds like most of you like it both ways.

  16. Smarter Than You says

    And the “CPAC-porngate” plot thickens!

    So, let’s see what we have so far…

    At the CPAC convention meet Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, and a certain “ex-gay” honoree Matt Sanchez – who conveniently all take photographs in pair with Sanchez, which are leaked on the internet a day later.

    -ANN COULTER : began her career as a pundit during the investigation and impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. As an attorney, Coulter aided Paula Jones with her legal case and later wrote a book on Clinton titled “High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” She’s since became a best selling author, with an intriguing incling for publicly emasculating male politicians from the left. We’ll get into the real motivations and implications behind that tendency of hers soon.

    -NEWT GINGRICH: Most notable for his leadership of the congress during Bill Clinton’s presidency, which was marked by opposition to many of the administration’s policies, culminating in the impeachment of Clinton. Following the loss by the republicans in 98, in what was seen as backlash against the impeachment proceedings, Gingrich resigns as speaker…Starts to reemerge as potential presidential candidate in 2005 while promoting his book “Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America”, in which he warns that the US could soon be wiped out from the map if the following 5 threats are not delt with: Islamist terrorists, removal of God from public life, loss of patriosm, decline in economic supremacy, and the increasing burden of social security and medicare.

    -ANN COULTER: At the 2007 CPAC convention, the infamous authoress and showman, uses the word “faggot” to refer to democrat candidate John Edwards, which results in outrage in the press and the gay community. Coulter later spins the incident as a “joke”, while providing a carefully crafted explanation which would reveal the true motives of her democrats emasculating act : It’s an effort on her part to assimilate homosexuality with liberalism in the public’s consciousness; especially that of males who may fear being labelled as “wussies” for thinking against the grain. Simply put her “joke” was a disguised attack on both liberalism and homosexuality, and the reaction from the media was fully gauged and anticipated by her (except maybe for those newspapers dropping her column and TV networks banning her).

    -MATT SANCHEZ: ex gay pornstar and marine who might (or might NOT) have been hiding his past to his CPAC friends, who honored his work with ROTC at Columbia University…Within days after the the Ann Coulter scandal breaks, Sanchez gets mysteriously “outed” as gay porn Rod Majors on Datalounge, a gay gossip forum allowing anonymous postings. Cpl. Sanchez himself is on hands on chosen gay blog sites minutes after his “outing”, making himself available for interviews.
    http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/forum/thread/gossip/4586244/page-1.html
    But wait! there’s another development: turns out it might be a case of “second-outing” for Sanchez/Majors, as he has been identified on a Coulter fan blog in December ’06.. Sanchez and Coulter go a long way it appears. http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=61210576&blogID=202627118

    -MICHELLE MALKIN: Coulter wannabe and author of the much despised “In Defense Internment: The Case for ‘Racial Profiling’ in World War II and the War on Terror”. She initially plays the role of the upstanding politician embarassed both by Coulter’s hateful slur and revelations of Cpl. Sanchez’s past, then announces a 360 degrees turn on her morals when “nasty gloating” liberals unearth Sanchez’s past from their mail inboxes where it was sent to them. Adds the psychic-able Malkin: “I predicted the other day that left-wing bigotry would rear its ugly head.” …Deserving of a ‘WOW’ for reading accuracy!
    http://michellemalkin.com/archives/007013.htm

  17. Smarter Than You says

    -GINGRICH, COULTER, PSYCHIC-MALKIN: (all of whom were placed alongside Sanchez in those leaked CPAC photographs) in choir decide to stick by the porn star marine after he’s “outed” – thus portraying the image of a welcoming party to repentent ex-gays, while smearing liberals as callous and unaccepting.

    -ANN COULTER: In january, slammed all republican candidates in the running, while she had this to say about Newt Gingrinch’s potential bid for 2008:
    “Absolutely brilliant…His closet has certainly been thoroughly investigated already…I wish we could bring him in to pinch-hit for all presidential debates.”
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1777400/posts

    -NEWT GINGRICH: To further “clean up his closet” and ensure that any allegations of infidelity (which are bound to turn up during the campaign) are eradicated, choses the safest interviewer to pour his contrition act on: Focus on the Family. Note that “cleaning up” may also mean wiping out any remaining resentment left from the impeachment fiasco which he was a part of..
    http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/03/09/ap3503141.html

    -MATT SANCHEZ: The now infamous marine attempts to make as much noise on the talkshow circuit; inviting his own dismissal from the Marines – the perfect springboard for a book in which he’ll point fingers in all the right (left) directions : “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, “The liberal porn busines”, “The gay community and their beleaguered gay psyche of thinking everyone’s is as messed up as Rod Majors”… In other words, Sanchez is hired to play a role similar to that of Coulter, that of an attack dog / “Judas” to the gay community. His tasks consist of smearing his past liberal ‘friends’ in the porn industry and the gay community, which like Coulter’s emasculating act, he assumes he’ll get away with by presenting himself as an ambiguous ex-gay man. (except for the fact that Majors/Sanchez’s lack of media savvy will soon make him amount to load of liability for his posse).

    -NEWT GINGRICH: With this precarious stage set, is expected to announce his candidacy to the presidency in about 10,9,8,7…

    -GINGRICH, COULTER, PSYCHIC-MALKIN, SANCHEZ: All framed in a CPAC photo and sitting on a train about to crash in 5,4,3,2,..
    ……………………

    One can only guess what the next episodes of “CPAC-porngate” are going to be..

    But whoever is scripting this laughable, made for reality tv political show must not be very sharp, cause it’s really going bad.

    But keep the entertainment coming…we’re having a good laugh at your bid to self-implosion!!

  18. mark m says

    WMD’s?… nope.. thousands dead.

    CIA leak. A career ruined and dozens, if not more, endangered.

    President lies about getting a hummer. Office of the President is tarnished by poor judgment. But not a single life is threatened.

    Yeah, makes perfect sense to the Republican mind. Clinton’s offense was WAAAAAAAAY worse than what this current administration has done to this country.

    Conservatives, please stop using moral superiority as one of your cited differences between you and liberals. It’s obvious that you don’t give a shit about lives lost but care more about “appearances” and vague notions of integrity.

    But lives? Nah, who gives a shit?

  19. Smarter Than You says

    Apparently my “CPAC-porngate” expose has struck a nerve with the Gingrich/Coulter/Malkin camp, cause Cpl. Matt Sanchez reprinted my comment on his blog!!

    http://mattsanchez.blogspot.com/2007/03/elvis-at-chipolte-and-other-strrange.html

    *update1: Oops..Sanchez has been ordered to remove the post, it’s no longer there!
    *update2: Sanchez officially takes off comments section from his blog! Enticing abuse from liberals is no longer worth the risk!

    Anyone who visited Matt’s blog will have the entry still in their cache, but here is what it said:

    …………………

    Elvis at Chipolte, and other Strange Facts.

    Elvis was sighted ordering a burrito at Chipotle! It’s not clear if he had the chicken or the shredded beef. There’s something funny about rumor mills online, with a complete lack of proof and gutsy innuendo, you can pretty much fake anything. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have all the details. If things look close enough you can just put it up and someone will believe it.

    Case in point….

    Here’s the thing: Matt Sanchez is a FAKE, FAKE, FAKE!!!

    He’s part of an elaborate “CPAC-porngate” stunt put together by Ann Coulter/Michelle Malkin/the religious right to launch the presidential campaign of Newt Gingrinch.

    Everything else about Sanchez’s life thrown in the mix to confuse you and make you talk..

    1) Ann Coulter blurted the faggot word to garner the initial attention towards CPAC (though that backfired).

    2) Chosen photographs of Sanchez, alongside Malkin, Coulter, and Newt are then leaked online. And Sanchez/Majors gets “outed” on an anonymous gay forum, where posters are urged to forward the story to a written list of liberal media and gay blogs.

    3) This gives way to Malkin spinning the events as an attack by the liberals.

    4) Sanchez now does the talk show circuit, to get himself dismissed from the army; perfect springboard for a book in which he’ll attack liberals (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the porn business, the gay community, bloggers, etc..don’t be surprised if he mentions all of you in it). His other role is that of an attack dog in a “psychological warfare” against the gay community: he’s trained to distract, and attempt to break the will and ability to fight of enemies to Newt’s totalitarian agenda.

    5) Finally, Newt Gingrinch, long time ally of Coulter, is now ready to launch his campaign announced within days which will bear the name of his apocalyptic book: “Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America”.

    For more details about this hard to believe stunt, including all links found in investigation of “CPAC-porngate”

    And I strongly recommend you read the following article on Psychological-Warfare Tactics, and I promise you’ll get the complete picture of what they’re attempted to do here. It’s both hillarious and scary to think Newt’s camp would think such shit would fly today!

    “The Rise of Pseudo Fascism”

    Posted by Cpl. Matt Sanchez at 8:50 PM 15 comments

    Labels: Ann Coulter, GOP, Malkin, Newt Gingrich, Psy-op, Republicans

    …………………………

    I’ll admit, I felt ‘strrangely’ honored to have been selected, amongst the 8,736 (or less)
    commenters who sounded off on you since the net.com began “wall-to-wall” coverage of this story, as the one post that needed impervative and mandatory dismantling!

    And Matt even though it was another big blunder on your part to acknowledge my expose in the first place, based on technicalities I won’t count it as one, since you had no other choice, knowing that everything I said about the stunt being too close to reality.

    So let me fill you in on what will happen from here on in the “CPAC-porngate” series:

    -Scripters will be busy making some much needed rewrites (told ya the show was really bad.)
    -Adjustements will be made to the casting (you know what this may mean for your character, Matt..)
    -Deadlines will be reexamined (show needs more work!)

    I just hope your bosses won’t be too hard on you for making a boner of your mission Caporal Sanchez, cause if you want my opinion it’s Ann who made the biggest snafu of them all. She should be taking most of the blame, but I doubt they’ll see things that way..

  20. Smarter Than You says

    And here is the reading I was recommending in the entry Matt Sanchez deleted; it’s about Religious and Psychological Warfare, and the tactics its proponents employ to wage them. It’s a must read.

    “The Rise of Pseudo Fascism”
    http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2004/10/rise-of-pseudo-fascism_19.html

    I advise all of you to read as much as you can on this topic, and pass it to all your friends, so you grasp where Matt sanchez is coming from, and exactely what he was trained/commissioned by the Religious Right to accomplish in relation to the gay community. It’s stuff that sounds too outlandish and hillarious to believe at first, but soon you’ll start recognizing some of the tactics those texts allude to in the way Sanchez has conducted himself in his Columbia affair, and throughout his “outing” allegation.

    You’ll also understand why the likes of Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and right wing bloggers always seem on the prowl to personally attack anyone who disagrees with them..Or why they use unusual imagery and soundbites like: “nasty, gloating liberals”…”I predicted the other day that left-wing bigotry would rear its ugly head.”…”the beleaguered gay psyche”…

    It’s all part of a religious warfare training they come in contact with through books or conferences like CPAC, where party members are taught to:

    -Combat the enemy and win the war against evil!
    -Protect America from the Islamic Jihad!
    -Rid the country of its moral decay!
    -More craziness like that..

    A great deal of the republican base today actually believes this warfare to be real..They genuinely fear for America, and believes the threat to be as imminent as Newt Gingrinch’s apocalyptic book “Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America” coils it, which is what makes the propaganda effective. It plays on people’s fears about the future. Politicians just use it for political gains, and use lowly individuals like Matt Sanchez as warfare tools.

    ………………………

    Excerpts from “The Rise of Pseudo Fascism”..

    The primary vehicle for spreading this apocalyptic version of reality has been the media, which have largely converted into propaganda organs for the conservative movement. It’s important to understand this mechanism and how it continues to affect the body politic.

    Primarily, propaganda succeeds by taking advantage of the public’s limited ability to absorb all the details of the often complex problems that confront modern society. As Anthony Pratkanis and Elliot Aroson explained in Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion:

    Back in the 1930s, the short-lived Institute for Propaganda Analysis came up with the seminal catalog of these persuasive devices (since superseded by more complex catalogs) that remains a useful guide even today. These propaganda techniques are:

    — Name Calling, or hanging a bad label on ideas or persons.
    — Card Stacking, or the selective use of facts or outright falsehoods.
    — Band Wagon, or claiming that everyone like us thinks this way.
    — Testimonial, or the association of a respected or hated person with an approved or despised idea, respectively.
    — Plain Folks, a technique whereby the idea and its proponents are linked to “people just like you and me.”
    — Transfer, or an assertion of a connection between something valued or hated and the idea or commodity being discussed.
    — Glittering Generality, or an association of something with a “virtue word” to gain approval without examining the evidence.

    (Ann Coulter’s anti-gay slur against John Edwards seem to use the following propaganda techniques: “name calling”, “testimonial” and “transfer”.)

    ………………………

    The development of psychological-warfare techniques by the American military dates back to the 1920s, though they did not become an explicit part of military strategy until after 1945 and the end of World War II and the onset of the Cold War, in which they played a major role. Christopher Simpson, Science of Coercion: Communication Research and Psychological Warfare 1945-1960, describes in detail the often secretive development of these techniques

    a. destroy the will and the ability of the enemy to fight
    b. deprive him of the support of his allies and neutrals
    c. increase in our own troops and allies the will to victory

    Psychological warfare employs any weapon to influence the mind of the enemy. The weapons are psychological only in the effect they produce and not because of the nature of the weapons themselves. In this light, overt, covert, and gray propaganda; subversion; sabotage, special operations; guerrilla warfare; espionage; political, cultural, economic, and racial pressures are all effective weapons. They are effective because they produce dissension, distrust, fear and hopelessness in the minds of the enemy, not because they originate in the psyche of propaganda or psychological warfare agencies.

    (Matt Sanchez’s ex-gay/marine discourse in the media seem to borrow from psychological warfare technics used by the military.)

    ………………………

    More readings on religious and psychological Warfare can be found on google.

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