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Fox Psychiatrist On Newt Gingrich: Infidelity A Sign Of Awesomeness

Picture 23South Carolina's big primary is today, and Newt Gingrich is the most talked about man in America. He's been up, he's been down, and then he was up and then down and now up again, and the caprices of fate have given some Newtwatchers cognitive whiplash.

Dr. Keith Ablow is the most recent and obvious example. He's a pop psychiatrist on retainer with FOX News, and so devoted is he to to unraveling the mysteries of the human mind that one of his three tattoos features hands prying open a man's skull. One week ago, before his reason was destroyed by presidential politics, Dr. Ablow published a brief, rather murky essay at Foxnews.com entitled "America is drunk," in which he opined:

My theory is that Americans are on a flight from reality. Faced with painful facts—including the precarious state of the economy, the gathering storm represented by militant Muslims, in general, and Iran, in particular, the crumbling state of marriage in this country, the fact that our borders are being overrun, and the fact that our health care insurance system is in shambles (to name just a smattering of the troubles we desperately need to address)—we as a nation are drinking, drugging, gambling, smoking, Facebooking, YouTubing, Marijuaning, Kardashianing, Adderalling, Bono-ing (as in thinking of Chaz’s sad flight from reality as good), Prozacking, Twittering, and Sexting ourselves into oblivion.

The fact that we are doing this as a culture is the single most ominous psychological trend we have ever faced. I am not exaggerating. [Emphasis added.]

But now Dr. Ablow's changed his mind about the marriage thing, at least when it comes to Newt Gingrich. In an article published yesterday -- just five days after he declared the "crumbling state of marriage in our culture" a harbinger of the "single most ominous psychological trend we have ever faced" -- Dr. Ablow explained that Newt Gingrich's infidelities make him more qualified for the presidency than his competitors:

I want to be coldly analytical, not moralize, here. I want to tell you what Mr. Gingrich’s behavior could mean for the country, not for the future of his current marriage. So, here’s what one interested in making America stronger can reasonably conclude—psychologically—from Mr. Gingrich’s behavior during his three marriages:

1) Three women have met Mr. Gingrich and been so moved by his emotional energy and intellect that they decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with him.

2) Two of these women felt this way even though Mr. Gingrich was already married.

3 ) One of them felt this way even though Mr. Gingrich was already married for the second time, was not exactly her equal in the looks department and had a wife (Marianne) who wanted to make his life without her as painful as possible.

Conclusion: 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.

4) Two women—Mr. Gingrich’s first two wives—have sat down with him while he delivered to them incredibly painful truths: that he no longer loved them as he did before, that he had fallen in love with other women and that he needed to follow his heart, despite the great price he would pay financially and the risk he would be taking with his reputation.

Conclusion: 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.

... 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.

He goes on and on, but his message can be summed up as: 1) Newt Gingrich is awesome; and 2) therefore Newt's divorces must reflect his awesomeness; and 3) since even the Newt's divorces reflect his awesomeness, then 4) Newt Gingrich must be awesome. Dr. Ablow's just begging the question, and as a psychiatrist he ought to know it. If Newt had been a faithful husband, Dr. Ablow would be just as keen to interpret his fidelity as a valid qualification for the presidency. And if Newt was asexual, Dr. Ablow would be praising the man's monastic devotion to work. With this kind of reasoning, literally nothing could falsify Dr. Ablow's initial assumption.

One could look at the questionable grammar of Dr. Ablow's screeds (as in the first line of the second excerpt) or their wonky formatting (such as Dr. Ablow's switch from a bullet point format to an evidence/conclusion format midway through the above list) and conclude that he's a bit of an idiot. Except it's not just him. In South Carolina, a lot of people are thinking this way -- if the polls have it right, the trad-fam-loving Republicans of South Carolina are about to hand Newt Gingrich an enormous victory. It's Saturday, January 21st, one month into the primaries, and everyone's a little mad.

 

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  1. He was yesterday's "Worst Person in The World" on Keith Olberman's show.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 21, 2012 9:41:42 AM


  2. Keith Ablow should have his license revoked.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Jan 21, 2012 9:43:16 AM


  3. I...honestly have no words.

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 21, 2012 9:43:59 AM


  4. could you vomit from that? sheesh.

    Posted by: matt | Jan 21, 2012 9:46:22 AM


  5. Awesome for The Newt. Clinton going to hell. Makes sense to me - NOT

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Jan 21, 2012 9:48:51 AM


  6. "we as a nation are drinking, drugging, gambling, smoking, Facebooking, YouTubing, Marijuaning, Kardashianing, Adderalling, Bono-ing (as in thinking of Chaz’s sad flight from reality as good), Prozacking, Twittering, and Sexting"

    Projecting much, "Doctor" Ablow? Since I'm not doing any of these things (and disdain those who do) I must be unpatriotic.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jan 21, 2012 9:49:41 AM


  7. Wow... That hurts my head.

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 21, 2012 9:51:32 AM


  8. Isn't this the same nut who said that kids would become transgender just by watching Chaz Bono on Dancing With The Stars? He seems to have a lot of issues, but I admit laughing a few times, when I read this article yesterday. It was just one of the silliest things that I've ever seen.

    Posted by: cadence | Jan 21, 2012 9:52:45 AM


  9. I am personally ashamed that this man is associated with my alma mater.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 21, 2012 9:53:46 AM


  10. "Three women have met Mr. Gingrich and been so moved by his emotional energy and intellect that they decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with him."

    His emotional energy and intellect? Yeah, that's it. It has nothing to do with money and power.

    Posted by: Lucas | Jan 21, 2012 9:55:51 AM


  11. It has nothing to do with his "emotional energy and intellect". The man is simply a narcissist and an a$$hole, and not in a good way. He cares only about himself and has always only cared about himself. He is a total a$$hole.

    Posted by: Xavi | Jan 21, 2012 10:08:43 AM


  12. Let's face it. The Conservative mindset is depraved. Their entire agenda is to turn madness and hypocricy into reason and credibility. They celebrate venality and Gingrich is the king of that. Prolife means prowar, less government means controlling marriage, adoption and reproduction... They become absolutely giddy at the thoughts of unleashing their destructive perversions on the world. So of course to deflect that criticism they have to blame it on others. That anyone could consider Gingrich credible as a president or a husband points to a degree of self-delusion that is unimaginable to me.

    Posted by: Stranded | Jan 21, 2012 10:22:35 AM


  13. Intelligent, argumentative thought is not a requirement for Fox News contributors. This is due entirely to the fact that the majority of Fox News watchers wouldn't know the difference.

    Posted by: Tom | Jan 21, 2012 10:22:38 AM


  14. Thank you so much for posting this. I have had so much going on I needed a good hearty laugh. Cobert is going to be out oa job if this kind of stuff keeps up.

    Posted by: Joey | Jan 21, 2012 10:29:52 AM


  15. Seriously, is there a topic that Fox News can't get Ablow to spin? He's giving all legitimate mental health professionals a bad name.

    Posted by: Tamayn Irraniah | Jan 21, 2012 10:49:10 AM


  16. I don't know if this guy was really serious or meant this in a tongue-in-cheek way. If he was serious, then he is nutty and not to be taken seriously.

    That said, I have three observations:

    1) Most Presidents have cheated on their wives and have even done so while they were in the White House, Bill Clinton and Jack Kennedy only being the most renowned examples......and it does not seem to have had any effect on their ability to function in their jobs

    2) Absolute sexual monogamy is a totally unnatural way to live for any man, regardless of sexual orientation....and society needs to discard this notion that a wife should command absolute loyalty when it comes to pure sex or even emotion (the principal emotional attachments of men should be to each other, again regardless of sexual orientation, as they are in most cultures now, those un-infected by the Western idea of "romantic love" for a woman)...in short, men need to stop living by women's rules and live by our own

    3) Funny how so many gay men who would never dream of being completely faithful to another man, either sexually or emotionally, nevertheless jump on any straight man who "cheats" on his wife or girlfriend (which of course they would not do if the wife or girlfriend were cheating on the man....no, they would think that was "cool")....and it's pretty obvious what conclusions one should draw from that.

    Thanks.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 21, 2012 10:51:12 AM


  17. My mother was under psychiatric care for over 30 years and in one of her lucid periods she observed something about psychiatrists that was stuck with me all these years. "It's hard to find one that's not worse off than you are."

    Over the years I met most of her psychiatrists and out of the tens of these, only one struck me as anything even approaching sane. The rest of them could only be differentiated from the ward patients because they were wearing lab coats. *shiver*

    Ablow is clearly among the latter. I find it stunning that a lunatic like him could make it all the way through med school and the additional training to become a psychiatrist. Or maybe his psychosis started occurring after he completed his residencies.

    Posted by: justinw | Jan 21, 2012 10:52:27 AM


  18. I didn't know the proper spelling of hack was A-B-L-O-W. Look, people cheat, people break up, but Newt's treatment of his wives has been pathological and fairly cruel. How a "doctor" can find merit in this guy from a psychological perspective is an indication that he needs some serious professional help or meds himself!

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jan 21, 2012 10:58:36 AM


  19. Sounds like Doctor Ablow is on a long flight from reality himself.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jan 21, 2012 10:59:11 AM


  20. This is a prime example of, Pay Me Enough And I Will Say Anything.

    I guess this might be Fox News' way of competing with Stewart and Colbert. Parodying themselves now before Jon and Steven get to it.

    Posted by: It's not just my opinion | Jan 21, 2012 11:01:20 AM


  21. Plenty of men were "moved" by Liz Taylor. Shame she didn't run for President. Oh, and Rick, I assume you believe that men & women should understand being monogamous is unrealistic. Neither gender should expect their partner to be their "one & only," right?

    Posted by: Barbara | Jan 21, 2012 11:01:30 AM


  22. I've known this for a long time but clearly the lunatics have taken over the asylum at Fox News.

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Jan 21, 2012 11:03:50 AM


  23. "Funny how so many gay men who would never dream of being completely faithful to another man, either sexually or emotionally, nevertheless jump on any straight man who "cheats" on his wife or girlfriend (which of course they would not do if the wife or girlfriend were cheating on the man....no, they would think that was "cool")....and it's pretty obvious what conclusions one should draw from that."

    The conclusion, troll, is that straights like the Stay-Puff Marshmellow man, Dr. Keith Blowitouthisablow, and self-loathing bi-polar basket cases like you are full of it when you go on and on and on about how immoral we out and proud LGBTs are.

    My lover and I have been together for 38 years.

    You're welcome!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 21, 2012 11:07:40 AM


  24. The first time I saw that, I didn't know who Ablow was and honestly thought it was a joke.

    Posted by: John B. | Jan 21, 2012 11:07:55 AM


  25. These people can justify anything. Gingrich is the defender of moral values while Obama, with his one marriage and beautiful family, is the anti-Christ.

    Posted by: Charley | Jan 21, 2012 11:10:19 AM


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